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If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of "guilty" is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Montgomery, GA.
Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.
The good news? Dennis O'Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Montgomery are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.
At O'Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven't seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O'Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That's why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.
Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation - when you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.
Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O'Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Montgomery, Dennis O'Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Montgomery criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O'Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.
When you are charged with a drug crime in Montgomery, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it's hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.
While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there's reason to be hopeful: O'Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember - being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.
Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O'Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.
No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Montgomery, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Montgomery:
Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.
Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.
If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.
Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.
To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O'Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.Contact Me!
Violent crime offenses in Montgomery typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual's will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.
Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person's reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.
When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Montgomery, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O'Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.
|Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:|
|Forced rape:||20 years|
|Armed robbery:||Up to 20 years|
|Simple assault:||Up to 12 months|
|Aggravated assault:||10 to 20 years|
|Aggravated battery:||Up to 20 years|
|Involuntary manslaughter:||One to 20 years|
|Vehicular homicide||Up to 15 years|
|Murder:||Life in prison or the death sentence|
As a former police officer, Dennis O'Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Montgomery, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.
Clients choose O'Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients' rights and freedoms.
Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons - when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they're putting their life and the lives of others at risk.
While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused's life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.
The city of Montgomery, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Montgomery could face:
Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Montgomery and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:
There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Montgomery, GA, Dennis O'Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state's mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.
If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Montgomery, GA, don't leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it's too late.Contact us
Metadata:Topic(s): International Mission BoardFormat(s): Text ArticlesShare this post:AUGUSTA, Ga. (BP) — As Leslie Montgomery finished college, her dad asked if she was ready to go to Africa as a missionary. He had heard her speak of that desire often growing u...
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (BP) — As Leslie Montgomery finished college, her dad asked if she was ready to go to Africa as a missionary. He had heard her speak of that desire often growing up. Her reply was one of frustration.
“No, I was ready for that nine years ago. Not anymore,” she said. She’d felt the call of God to missions at 12 years old. Yet, it seemed God wasn’t opening those doors for her life. In her view, there were too many “messy years in the middle,” she says. She had given up on her dreams of missions.
Still, for Leslie, Africa had always been deeply imprinted on her heart. She changed her mind about the short-term mission trip her dad proposed, and she went. That experience marked a defining season for her. There was a “before Africa” and there was an “after Africa” for her.
Similarly, her husband, Luke, knew God was calling him to missions. But when a short-term trip opportunity presented itself, he said no. While his childhood call was to missions, he still preferred the idea of life in the United States to cross-cultural missions.
Life happened for Luke and Leslie – marriage, a pandemic and a baby. God’s calling on their lives hadn’t changed, though. The couple knew God was telling them it was time to go. They sold their house, quit their jobs and followed His call.
The Montgomerys were two of 24 International Mission Board missionaries who participated in the Sending Celebration on Nov. 13 at Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga. The event was hosted by the Georgia Baptist Convention in conjunction with its annual meeting, as it celebrated its 200th anniversary. Twenty-six missionaries were approved unanimously for appointment in a virtual meeting of IMB’s board of trustees held Nov. 8.
Next March, the Montgomerys, along with their 2-year-old son, Brock, are headed to South Africa to disciple university students. They are being sent from Harvey Baptist Church in Texas.
Power of partnership
As IMB President Paul Chitwood began his time addressing those in attendance, he brought thanks to Georgia Baptists for their cooperative work in solving the world’s greatest problem.
“It is such a privilege to be in partnership with you,” Chitwood told Georgia Baptists. “Thank you for continuing to work together.”
Chitwood reminded attendees why this partnership and the sending of these missionaries is so important. Partnership is crucial, because the world’s greatest problem is lostness. Lostness is eternal, and lostness is universal. The Bible teaches that, and clearly so, in Revelation 20.
“This chapter helps us understand that lostness is the only problem with eternal consequences,” Chitwood said. “Every problem in your life that you experience ends when you die but one. The true magnitude of that problem will only be realized the moment you die.”
Through Jesus, though, God solved this age-old problem of lostness.
“Your church exists to address the world’s greatest problem. Georgia Baptists, you’re here to address the world’s greatest problem. We’re here to address the world’s greatest problem,” he said.
And while there are so many who have never heard the solution, “we’re here because we know the solution, and we’re here to share it,” Chitwood added.
Georgia Baptist Executive Director Thomas Hammond asked Chitwood to take a message to IMB missionaries.
“Tell them we will walk beside them through this, and we will sacrifice as they have sacrificed to ensure they have all they need as they go and take the Gospel to the nations,” Hammond said.
“We have an army of people who desire to do not just evangelism in Georgia, but around the world.”
Each IMB missionary is funded through the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO). The missionaries sent out Nov. 13 represent the IMB’s purpose to provide steadfast missionary presence that leads to Gospel access among those who have never heard.
The Cooperative Program, in addition to funding overseas work of Southern Baptist missionaries, funds the support services in the U.S. for those missions. Each dollar of the LMCO, with the 2021-2022 offering exceeding $200 million, goes overseas to bring the Gospel to the least reached.
Sending the senders
Caleb and Trish Spacht were the senders. They’d supported a teenager, Rebecca Joy, from their youth group who was called as an adult to the mission field. They were comfortable serving on a church staff, calling out the called and sending the sent.
Until they weren’t.
“Our call didn’t come in a thunderous, ‘this is it’ moment,” Trish said. “It was a collection of tiny moments, God whispering and weaving through our lives this thread of international missions.”
The couple felt God calling them to something different, Trish said. She describes feeling a “holy discontent” with the level of comfort they were experiencing in their lives.
In obedience, they started conversations with different churches, wondering if God was calling them to leave their current ministry position at a church they’d served for 16 years. Caleb thought maybe God was calling them to be church planters in the United States. Still, they sensed God’s will in none of those options.
Then, God broke their hearts for the people of Europe. With the cultural Catholicism, agnosticism and postmodernism that characterize the region, they knew the people in the picturesque European cityscapes were essentially unreached with the Gospel.
The Lord made it clear to them that He wasn’t calling them to plant a church across the city, but He was calling them to plant a church across the world.
The Spachts, along with their two daughters, Reagan (6) and Camryn (2.5), are headed to Paris to join a church-planting team to impact the postmodern culture with the truth of the Gospel. They are being sent from Happy Valley Baptist Church in Arizona.
The next IMB Sending Celebration will be Feb. 1, 2023, near Richmond, Va.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Erick Montgomery of Historic Augusta, Inc. just received the Mary Gregory Jewett Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation at its 44th annual Preservation Award ceremony.The award is the trust’s top honor for an individual.“Well I’m very honored. Preservation has been my career since I graduated from college and I’ve been in Georgia ever since. I’ve been here in Augusta for 32 years, but I was in other places before that. So, I’m gratified, h...
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Erick Montgomery of Historic Augusta, Inc. just received the Mary Gregory Jewett Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation at its 44th annual Preservation Award ceremony.The award is the trust’s top honor for an individual.
“Well I’m very honored. Preservation has been my career since I graduated from college and I’ve been in Georgia ever since. I’ve been here in Augusta for 32 years, but I was in other places before that. So, I’m gratified, humbled and honored,” said Montgomery.
In his time at Historic Augusta, Montgomery has grown it into one of the largest non-profit historic preservation organizations in Georgia. Having been here 32 years, there’s lots of projects Montgomery has been involved in and his work speaks for itself.
“Well, one is the building we’re standing in here; the Joseph Lamar Boyhood Home, which is our headquarters. We acquired this in 1995 and got it rehabbed and moved into it in 2004. Next door is Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home, which was another major project. We acquired that in ’91 and had it opened as a museum in 2001. So, these are major things. More recently, I think the Augusta Jewish Museum project is quite a victory for Historic Augusta and the Augusta community,” said Montgomery.
Montgomery has no plans of slowing down.
“A community knows itself by it’s history. If they don’t know their history, they don’t have a real self-awareness of themselves as a community. Historic preservation is all about that. It keeps the focus on on the history through the buildings, through the built environment that we all enjoy and recognize,” said Montgomery.
So you pretty much got the lifetime achievement award for what it is that you do. What’s next?
“Just keep on keeping on. We’ve got about 25 or so projects that we are helping with now; different rehabs in our town, mostly downtown. We’re just keeping those alive, advising people on what they can do and how to go about it,” said Montgomery.
AUBURN — Auburn gymnastics coach Jeff Graba gave a few of his stars some rest in a meet against Missouri on Sunday. Most notably, Suni Lee and Cassie Stevens weren't participants in the all-around.Back in full force five days later against Georgia on Friday, Lee got things started with a bang. ...
AUBURN — Auburn gymnastics coach Jeff Graba gave a few of his stars some rest in a meet against Missouri on Sunday. Most notably, Suni Lee and Cassie Stevens weren't participants in the all-around.
Back in full force five days later against Georgia on Friday, Lee got things started with a bang. She matched her career-high mark on vault in the first rotation with a 9.95, helping Auburn jump out to an early .425 lead. The Tigers maintained their advantage throughout, topping the Bulldogs, 197.55-196.075, in Neville Arena.
Lee, the 2020 Olympic all-around champion, added a 9.95 on bars, a 9.85 on beam and a 9.725 on floor to win the all-around title with a 39.475. One judge awarded her with a 10 for her performance on bars, but the other deducted a tenth of a point, which the Auburn faithful wasn't too pleased with.
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"(We) came in trying to focus on us a little bit more," Graba said. "Try to get in our bubble. And even though this environment is fantastic and you don't actually have to motivate too much, we have been prone to getting distracted at times. I thought they did a better job tonight, so that was good to see.
"And we put some people into positions where we think we might be using them in the postseason. Most of that was pretty successful, so pretty happy night."
Derrian Gobourne matched Lee's 9.95 on bars and registered a 9.9 on vault before finishing the meet with a 9.95 on floor. On beam, it was Gabby McLaughlin leading the way with a 9.9.
Auburn's overall score of 197.55 is its third best of the season. It replaces the 197.175 the Tigers notched against North Carolina State on Jan. 27 in the calculation of their National Qualifying Score. Auburn's NQS is now 197.46.
"We're ready for the postseason. I think we're ready. ... (The team's) mindset right now is − I feel like they think they can handle anything," Graba said. "I've just got to back them down. Everybody is trying to go 150 miles an hour right now. We'll go to Kentucky next week and have another record crowd and they'll want to beat us and if they beat us it'll be on the front page.
"That's just the way it is. I love it. No better way to prepare for the postseason than this way."
The Tigers go on the road to take on Kentucky on Friday (6 p.m. CT). After that, they'll wrap up the regular season with a meet against Penn State at home on March 10.
Richard Silva is the Auburn athletics beat writer for the Montgomery Advertiser. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @rich_silva18.
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Story by: John Zenor – The Associated Press
Photos by: Ed Pugh – LaGrange Daily News
MONTGOMERY (AP) — Buffalo built a lead with Cole Snyder’s passing and Alex McNulty’s kicking. The Bulls put the Camellia Bowl away with an unrelenting barrage of fourth-quarter runs by Tajay Ahmed for a 23-21 victory over Georgia Southern on Tuesday. Snyder passed for 265 yards and Ahmed took over the final quarter with 14 carries. “This was kind of a small episode of kind of who we’ve been and what our season looked like,” Buffalo coach Maurice Linguist said. “Just tough yards, grind out play after play. And kind of throw a blanket over the scoreboard and just pound the rock, is what we say.” The Bulls (7-6) chewed up the clock with runs from Ahmed on 11 consecutive plays and one pile-pushing final first down. The former walk-on, who was awarded a scholarship in the spring, finished with 27 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. That last first down meant quarterback Kyle Vantrease and Georgia Southern (6-7) couldn’t get the ball back for a final chance against Vantrease’s former team, with whom he spent five years and started 26 games before transferring. “I’ve always believed great quarterbacks provide hope and every game we walked into he provides hope,” first-year Eagles coach Clay Helton said. “If we got that ball back one more time, you just knew that that hope was there.” Snyder, a Rutgers transfer, completed 21 of 38 passes, including a 32-yard touchdown to game MVP Justin Marshall to outduel his predecessor. Quian Williams gained 100 yards on five catches, and Marshall caught 11 passes for 127 yards in what the graduate transfer from Louisville called his best college game. The last catch was Marshall’s biggest, and a replay upheld the on-field call that Marshall’s right foot stayed in bounds. “We all were talking amongst the offense,” he said. “We looked at it one time and I saw it and said that’s definitely a catch. They’re wasting time reviewing it.” Vantrease completed 28 of 45 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Beau Johnson had five catches for 118 yards. It was Buffalo’s third straight bowl win after going 0-3 in bowls. And the victory came after an 0-3 start this season. “They wrote us off. They questioned,” Linguist said. “They weren’t sure if we were going to finish, and then here we are at the end. We got a ring. We’re (bowl) champions.” Buffalo had a cushion thanks to Dylan Powell’s interception and return across midfield in the fourth quarter. Ahmed then carried nine straight times but was stopped on three runs starting from the 2. The Bulls had to settle for a 23-14 lead with McNulty’s third field goal of the second half with 8:38 left. That FG was a school record, No. 49 of his career. Vantrease and Georgia Southern stayed alive with a 13-play, 90-yard drive. On fourth-and-7 from his own territory, Vantrease hit Johnson for a 42-yard gain. Then Jjay McAfee made a grab in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown with 3:38 left. Georgia Southern needed only 26 seconds in the second half to wipe out a 14-6 deficit, thanks to a fumble, Vantrease’s 79-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Thompson and a two-point conversion. “It has been a wonderful ride this season, and I can’t thank our seniors enough for the foundation that they’ve led and laid for this team,” Helton said. “In my opinion, the best is yet to be. Sometimes you fight your guts out and it just doesn’t go your way at the end, and that’s what this team did.”
Auburn football is hitting the road for the first time this season to face the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday.The Tigers (3-2, 1-1 SEC) played five straight games at Jordan-Hare Stadium, losing two including last week against LSU.Georgia (5-0, 2-0) is undefeated, taking down Missouri last week.Here'...
Auburn football is hitting the road for the first time this season to face the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday.
The Tigers (3-2, 1-1 SEC) played five straight games at Jordan-Hare Stadium, losing two including last week against LSU.
Georgia (5-0, 2-0) is undefeated, taking down Missouri last week.
Here's how to watch the game:
Time/date: 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8
Location: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.
Live stream: CBS Sports
Online radio broadcast: Auburn Tigers Radio
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Trisha Easto is a digital producer for the USA Today Network. You can find her on Twitter @trishaanicole