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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 Pooler, 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 Pooler 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.

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The O'Brien Law Firm PC Difference

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 Pooler, Dennis O'Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Pooler 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.

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Here are just a few reasons why O'Brien Law Firm PC is Pooler's top choice in criminal defense:
  • Vigorous Representation
  • Fierce Dedication to Clients
  • Unmatched Experience
  • Face-to-Face Counsel
  • Prompt Response to Inquiries and Questions
  • Commitment to Defending Your Rights
  • Thorough, Effective Research and Investigation
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Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients in Pooler and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Pooler, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Pooler, 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.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Pooler often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

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.

With more than a decade of experience as Pooler drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

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 Pooler, 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 Pooler:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    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.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    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.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    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.

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Violent Crime Cases in Pooler, GA

Violent crime offenses in Pooler 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.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

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 Pooler, 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
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

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 Pooler, 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.

DUI Cases in Pooler, GA

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.

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The city of Pooler, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Pooler could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

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 Pooler and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O'Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror's mind.

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 Pooler, 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.

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If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Pooler, GA, don't leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it's too late.

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99-year old WWII veteran reflects on service as a B-17 pilot during visit at Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

POOLER, Ga. —Seventy-seven years have passed since World War II ended and right now about 240,000 of the 16 million WWII veterans are still living.One of those brave veterans spoke with WJCL 22 News during his visit to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, located in Pooler.Richard Wehmeyer, 99, was a B-17 bomber pilot.He told WJC...

POOLER, Ga. —

Seventy-seven years have passed since World War II ended and right now about 240,000 of the 16 million WWII veterans are still living.

One of those brave veterans spoke with WJCL 22 News during his visit to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, located in Pooler.

Richard Wehmeyer, 99, was a B-17 bomber pilot.

He told WJCL’s Marvis Herring that he participated in 30 missions both during and after the war, clocking more than 600 hours in a B-17 Flying Fortress.

“I'm impressed with the size of it. I'm impressed that I flew one of those things,” Wehmeyer said as he gazed at the massive aircraft inside the museum.

During his visit, he shared how he was quickly transitioned from flying B-24s to piloting the B-17 during the war.

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“We hadn’t seen a B-17 before so the entire crew had to be acclimated from a B-24 to a B-17,” he said. “The 24 was a boxcar with wings. The B-17 was an airplane.”

His daughter, Kim Wehmeyer, came with him on his tour.

For her, this visit brought her father's war stories to life.

“It's sort of surreal being in the actual plane,” she said. “You imagine it your entire life. You've heard all these stories, but to be actually in it is quite amazing. It feels really wonderful to see what he did.”

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Wehmeyer recalled a mission where they lost two engines on their B-17.

“One of the engines started to throw oil. Well, you can’t fly if an engine is losing its oil so you feather it,” the 99-year-old said. “You’re immediately out of formation and your objective is to lighten the load of the plane. So, the first you do is throw out all machine guns all ammunition.”

He shared other stories with WJCL 22 News, including one mission where he landed the aircraft despite the wheels locking up.

“He has not talked about any of his service until recently,” said Kim Wehmeyer. “He's been very humble about it. He still is very humble about it.”

“A lot of veterans don't like to think about what happened to them,” said Richard Wehmeyer. “Their buddies were lost and so on and they say why, why not me. Why them? And so on. My own take is, it's war. Some are going to live, some are going to die, some will be badly injured, and my own take is you just take what comes.”

Wehmeyer said he plans to publish a book sharing his perspective of the war and how his service played a role in the man he is today.

Do you know a veteran or veteran group in Coastal Georgia or the Lowcountry that deserves to be featured on WJCL’s Voices of Valor segment? Email Marvis Herring at Marvis.Herring@hearst.com.

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Republican and Democratic Candidates for Georgia Senate Districts 1 and 2 and House District 164 To Discuss Issues at League of Women Voters Forums

To help voters become better informed about their candidates in the upcoming election, the League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia will host two forums. The events are designed to allow voters to pose questions relevant to their local areas and to hear about the issues directly from the candidates.The forums:Georgia Senate District 2, Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. Coastal Georgia Center, ...

To help voters become better informed about their candidates in the upcoming election, the League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia will host two forums. The events are designed to allow voters to pose questions relevant to their local areas and to hear about the issues directly from the candidates.

The forums:

Georgia Senate District 2, Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah

SD2 candidates: Clinton Young (R) and Derek Mallow (D)

Georgia Senate District 1 followed by House District 164, Monday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Richmond Hill City Center, JF Gregory Park, 520 Cedar St, Richmond Hill

SD1 candidates: Senator Ben Watson, MD, (R) and James “Jay” Jones (D)

HD164 candidates: Representative Ron Stephens (R) and Marcus Thompson (D)

Candidates will respond to questions pre-submitted by voters on issues relevant to the constituents. The candidates will not see the questions prior to the event. The forums are free, but attendees must register at www.LWVCGA.org.

Questions can be submitted to www.LWVCGA.org until Sept 23.

The candidates, Senate District 2:

The candidates, Senate District 1:

The candidates, House District 164:

The League is partnering with WJCL 22 News for the event. Shannon Royster, a Weeknight Evening Anchor for the station, will moderate the forum.

“As a nonpartisan organization, the League’s mission is to offer these opportunities for voters to hear directly from the candidates in an open, transparent way,” said Nina Altschiller, President of the LWVCGA. “Candidate forums allow voters to ask questions and to let the candidates know what matters to them the most.”

The 101-year-old League of Women Voters has been called the most respected and influential grassroots organization in the country. Membership is open to men and women of all ages. Learn more at LWVCGA.org or the League’s Facebook page.

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Sept. 16 - CURE Childhood Cancer Partners with Sommers Oil Company and Shell Gasoline for ‘The Giving Pump’ Charity Event

September 16, 2022 - CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology, is the charity of choice for Shell gasoline stations across the region during this year's Giving Pump initiative.The Giving Pump, a three-month promotion through Oct. 31, is part of ...

September 16, 2022 - CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology, is the charity of choice for Shell gasoline stations across the region during this year's Giving Pump initiative.

The Giving Pump, a three-month promotion through Oct. 31, is part of Shell Oil Company’s nationwide Force for Good campaign that raises awareness and funds for nonprofit organizations by allocating a portion of sales to their cause. Locally owned and operated Sommers Oil Company was the driving force to bring this promotion to the Lowcountry and South Georgia area and chose CURE Childhood Cancer as the beneficiary.

Cory Sommers, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Sommers Oil Company, said, "It is so important to support our friends and neighbors who are going through a crisis. A cancer diagnosis for a little one seems like one of the biggest crises a family could face, and CURE is the organization that is there to help them - with rent, food and even gas. I'm proud we chose CURE Childhood Cancer as the organization to benefit from the Giving Pump and I trust that our customers will want to support their mission too."

Last year, with only seven pumps participating, the promotion raised nearly $4,000 in the Savannah area. This year, the program has expanded to more than 40 sites in Ga. and South Carolina.

Ga. Giving Pumps can be found at Shell stations in Brunswick, Eatonton, Midway, Metter, Pooler, Riceboro, Rincon, Richmond Hill and Savannah. Participating S.C. Giving Pump Shell stations can be found in Aiken, Beaufort, Bluffton, Columbia, Elgin, Hardeeville, Hilton Head, Johnston, Lexington, Moncks Corner, Ridgeland, Summerville, Swansea and Walterboro.

“We appreciate all the participating Shell stations and everyone who fills up for CURE,” said Mandy Garola, Vice President of CURE in South Ga. “The funds raised will support pediatric oncology patients and their families right here in our community, as well as research that is critical for fighting childhood cancer. We believe a cure can be found in our lifetime, and the awareness and funds raised by The Giving Pump are invaluable to this effort.”

CURE Childhood Cancer is working for a cure by funding research exclusively for childhood cancer and supporting families affected by the disease. Childhood cancers differ from adult cancers in the way they grow and spread, how they are treated, and how they respond to treatment. Every year, more than 17,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, and incidence rates are increasing every year. Despite cancer being the leading cause of death by disease in children, only six cancer drugs have been developed and approved specifically for children in the last 25 years. CURE is on a mission to change this.

Shell launched The Giving Pump campaign at stations across the U.S. as part of its Force For Good initiative to drive positive change in local communities by giving back. Since launching Force For Good, Shell has highlighted the impact its wholesalers have in the communities in which they operate, going beyond fuel quality and loyalty, to help raise millions of dollars nationwide.

For more information on Sommers Oil Company, visit www.sommersoil.com. For more information on The Giving Pump campaign and to find a participating gas station near you, visit https://www.shell.us/motorist/together-we-are-a-force-for-good/fill-up-for-a-good-cause-at-the-giving-pump.html.

Troupial reopens its doors, Rita's Italian Ice coming to Pooler and other dining updates

Ask anyone why they love Savannah and one of the likely answers will be the food.Every corner is bustling with dining and drinking spots that satisfy a variety of tastes. Lucky for locals and tourists alike, there's never a shortage of spots to visit, especially when new businesses are rolling in every month.Here is a roundup of recently-opened restaurants, incoming restaurants to keep an eye out for and updates on your local favorites.Previous Roundup:...

Ask anyone why they love Savannah and one of the likely answers will be the food.

Every corner is bustling with dining and drinking spots that satisfy a variety of tastes. Lucky for locals and tourists alike, there's never a shortage of spots to visit, especially when new businesses are rolling in every month.

Here is a roundup of recently-opened restaurants, incoming restaurants to keep an eye out for and updates on your local favorites.

Previous Roundup:Broughton Street shop serves up milkshakes, new Two Tides bar and other dining updates

Recently-opened restaurants

Troupial

9 W 43rd St.; streetfoodhomeflavors.com

More:Sapphire Grill returns with pop-up, Troupial set to reopen service and other dining updates

The doors of the Troupial Yellow House are now open. The Venezuelan restaurant made its long-awaited return on Sunday after weeks of opening day preparations. Customers enjoyed staple menu items like expressos, arepas, and all the cachitos, tovars and golfeados your heart and stomach can imagine.

Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Incoming Restaurants

Rita's Italian Ice

Pooler, GA 31410; ritasice.com

Pooler just got a bit cooler with a second Rita's Italian Ice coming to the Savannah area. While there are no immediate details yet on the new location, the "coming soon" sign should offer up excitement for those looking for a cool treat in the coming, hot Savannah months.

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First Watch delays opening

400 Pooler Pkwy, Pooler; firstwatch.com

First Watch was initially supposed to open on Sunday, but according to the franchisee owner Amanda Tuorto Hendrix, locals will have to wait until Monday, April 4, to get a taste of the new brunch restaurant after a "little hiccup."

Laura Nwogu is the quality of life reporter for Savannah Morning News. Contact her at LNwogu@gannett.com. Twitter: @lauranwogu_

Zunzifest is back, a nano brewery is coming to Pooler and other Savannah dining updates

Ask anyone why they love Savannah and one of the likely answers will be the food.Every corner is bustling with dining and drinking spots that satisfy a variety of tastes. Lucky for locals and tourists alike, there's never a shortage of spots to visit, especially when new businesses are rolling in every month.Here is a roundup of recently-opened restaurants, incoming restaurants to look out for and updates on your local favorites.Previous Roundup:...

Ask anyone why they love Savannah and one of the likely answers will be the food.

Every corner is bustling with dining and drinking spots that satisfy a variety of tastes. Lucky for locals and tourists alike, there's never a shortage of spots to visit, especially when new businesses are rolling in every month.

Here is a roundup of recently-opened restaurants, incoming restaurants to look out for and updates on your local favorites.

Previous Roundup:Sapphire Grill returns with pop-up, Troupial set to reopen service and other dining updates

Recently-opened restaurants

Isreally Hummus

1000 Eisenhower Dr.; isreallyhummus.com

Since January 2021, owners Assaf Gleizner and Tegan Miller have been serving up authentic Israeli hummus at the Forsyth Farmer's Market every Saturday. Over a year later, the husband and wife duo have now opened up a storefront location, giving diehard chickpea fans another way to get their fix.

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Incoming Restaurants

Mad Maggie's Brewpub

Aaron and Kim Johns plan to raise the bar of Pooler's cool status with their incoming restaurant, Mad Maggie's Brewpub.

The veteran and family-owned spot will serve a farm-to-table, seasonal pub grub menu in a comfortable and lodge-like atmosphere with outdoor seating. Customers can also expect a built-in nano brewery that will give an inside look into the brewing process while you sip on a cool glass of beer. On the weekends, a live band will play and other activities will be hosted during the weekday to provide an ample amount of events for people to enjoy.

"The idea originally was, if you're familiar with British pub culture, every village has a little pub sitting in the middle of it. ... The music is not intrusive," Aaron said. "It's a public house kind of feel."

A big draw — and unique factor for Pooler — will be Mad Maggie's craft beer, brewed in-house by Aaron. Eight beers will be on tap at all times with seasonal beers offered as well. Aaron said they will initially serve more traditional brews and bring in sours and seltzers in the future, but their brew will be the only beer on-site with no other beers being imported or sold in the restaurant.

"There's not very many craft brewers in Georgia. And so Pooler, there is none where we are," Kims said. "We're going to be an alternative, also, for those reaching around us that don't want to go all the way downtown to go somewhere and have a brew."

Expected opening: End of summer 2022

Local updates

Zunzi's

236 Drayton St.; zunzis.com

It's been four months since fans of the South African-inspired restaurant have had a free Conquistador sandwich to look forward to. Luckily, the popular Zunzifest is back after a break that gave their team members some much-needed R&R, and the event now lands on the second Tuesday of every month. Get ready for all that chicken goodness stuffed into French bread and drizzled with signature Zunzi's sauce and dressing.

Plus, 26% of all sales will be donated to Planned to A.T., a nonprofit organization that curates interactive financial literacy educational programming.

Zunzifest date: Tuesday, March 8

Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Laura Nwogu is the quality of life reporter for Savannah Morning News. Contact her at LNwogu@gannett.com. Twitter: @lauranwogu_

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