Learn about our areas of experties involving state crimes, and better understand your rights.
Learn about our areas of experties involving state crimes, and better understand your rights.
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 Savannah, 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 Savannah 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 Savannah, Dennis O'Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Savannah 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 Savannah, 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 Savannah, 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 Savannah:
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 Savannah 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 Savannah, 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 Savannah, 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 Savannah, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Savannah 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 Savannah 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 Savannah, 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.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The popularity and value of comic books has only grown over the past couple years.Naturally that has fans and collectors constantly on the look out for the next big, unique item and Neighborhood Comics in Savannah now has just that.“When you think about a comic books, you know, you’ve got that wonderful high action impact cover on the front that really draws you in to pick up that book off the rack and take it home,” said Neighborhood Comics owner Lee Heidel.See for Heidel, there&...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The popularity and value of comic books has only grown over the past couple years.
Naturally that has fans and collectors constantly on the look out for the next big, unique item and Neighborhood Comics in Savannah now has just that.
“When you think about a comic books, you know, you’ve got that wonderful high action impact cover on the front that really draws you in to pick up that book off the rack and take it home,” said Neighborhood Comics owner Lee Heidel.
See for Heidel, there’s a specific type of cover that has always caught his eye.
“In the comic book industry there’s phenomenon known as variant covers.”
Which means, “well, variant covers give other artists a chance to do their version of a cover,” explains Heidel.
So, while the content stays the same, the cover varies.
But recently Heidel, and his store, were given an opportunity to get a variant cover of their own.
“For the Mandalorian number 1, which is one of the biggest highest profile Star Wars comic book releases in a while. They made a limited number of store variant covers available and we were lucky enough to be one of those stores.”
Meaning the only place in the world you can get this comic with this specific cover is, “at Neighborhood Comics right here in Savannah,” Heidel says.
Which has brought some big attention to this little store.
“We’ve received orders from literally all over the world for this book. We’ve shipped to Australia to Japan and all over Europe.”
Oh, but perhaps the coolest feature of this cover, is what’s on the back.
“Well, obviously it’s incredibly cool to know that someone on the other side of the world is holding a comic book that says, ‘Neighborhood Comics, Books and Art, Savannah, Georgia’ on the back. So, It’s really just kind of a dream come true to see our little store have a foothold on people’s connection from all over the world.”
If you’re interested in snatching up a copy of your own you may want to act fast as Heidel says they only printed 3,000 copies.
You can actually check them out this weekend at Savannah Comic Con.
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - With great weather in the forecast – it is time to get outside and enjoy.Any Georgia residents can fish for free without a license Saturday on any public water from rivers to lakes to the coastal waters.There will also be an event for kids ages 15 and under at the Richmond Hill Hatchery.From 8 a.m. till noon on Saturday, the Georgia DNR will open up their ponds for fishing. You are encouraged to bring your own rods and bait, but they will have some to provide if you don’t have them....
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - With great weather in the forecast – it is time to get outside and enjoy.
Any Georgia residents can fish for free without a license Saturday on any public water from rivers to lakes to the coastal waters.
There will also be an event for kids ages 15 and under at the Richmond Hill Hatchery.
From 8 a.m. till noon on Saturday, the Georgia DNR will open up their ponds for fishing. You are encouraged to bring your own rods and bait, but they will have some to provide if you don’t have them.
The fish in the pond were produced right there at the hatchery. They produce thousands of fish each year for the state of Georgia to stock the rivers, lakes and other areas for fishing opportunities.
Just this week they restocked hundreds of fish at Daffin Park and Lake Mayer.
“We do a lot of work to produce these fish that everybody is catching every week so we love to see people go out and catch as many as many fish as they can whether they are trying to keep them and eat them or just go out and have a good time outdoors especially with the good weather this weekend,” said Alex Cummins, Ga. DNR Fisheries Biologist.
This weekend – any of the fish caught in the ponds at the Richmond Hill hatchery you can take home with you and the DNR says after not hosting this event for two years with COVID, there are a lot of fish to catch in there.
If you still want to get outside this weekend but fishing maybe isn’t for you. It will also be free to get into national parks and landmarks, including Fort Pulaski.
Saturday is also National Public Lands Day.
That means that national forests, parks and monuments are all free for the day – including in our region.
While the fee free day is nice, there will also be hundreds of volunteers across the nation volunteering to clean up the public land.
In the morning dozens of volunteers will be out on the property cleaning up the trails and making sure to preserve the land – those volunteer spots are full.
However, all day Fort Pulaski will be open to enjoy the trails, the fort and have cannon firings throughout the day on Saturday.
The day is all about getting outside and enjoying – whether you are in town visiting or maybe you’ve lived here your whole life and never have come out to explore.
“That happens more frequently than you think, I’ve lived here for so long and this is our first time but it is when we have those experiences that I think people are surprised, not only at the history we’re telling out here but just the beauty we have out here, it’s amazing come out on a morning or an afternoon, you never know what wildlife you are going to see,” said Joel Kadoff, Visitor Services Program Manager.
It’s true, within minutes of wrapping up that interview, we spotted two bald eagles off in the distance.
If you want to come check it out again – it is free Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – the last time to get through the gate will be 4:30 p.m. Get outside and enjoy!
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Shannon LeCounte and members of the Shannon LeCounte Ministries Gospel Choir will raise the roof at District Live at Plant Riverside District for the monthly Gospel Sunday Brunch on Sunday, sharing soul-stirring renditions of go...
Shannon LeCounte and members of the Shannon LeCounte Ministries Gospel Choir will raise the roof at District Live at Plant Riverside District for the monthly Gospel Sunday Brunch on Sunday, sharing soul-stirring renditions of gospel classics.
This family-friendly event, which is open to the public and requires advance reservations, features a buffet-style brunch prepared by the culinary team at Plant Riverside District as well as inspiring live performances by a talented local gospel choir. Much to the delight of local residents and visitors, this interactive monthly performance showcases Savannah’s gospel roots and rich musical history.
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LeCounte started singing in the youth choir at Solomon Temple Holiness Church while growing up in Riceboro, Ga.
“I first got attracted to gospel music when I was nine-years-old, singing in the adult choir,” he recalls. “I initially got started by playing the drums and realized I wasn’t as good as the older drummers, so I found my way through another avenue.”
This gifted singer, who refined his craft at the Temple of Praise Church, brings a deep passion for gospel music to his live performances and believes that music can bring people together in unity.
“I love how versatile you can be and how gospel music isn’t a solo-based sound,” he explains. “It’s bridged throughout many different nations colors and creeds.”
Inspired by legendary gospel vocalists like Myron Williams and Twinkie Clark, LeCounte’s style has evolved over the years to include various musical influences.
“I essentially started with your traditional gospel and then added the Southern Baptist style and combined them all with Christian contemporary gospel music,” he says. “At any given moment in worship, you’d experience one of those sounds.”
In addition to live gospel music, the Gospel Sunday Brunch at District Live also offers a lavish brunch buffet with delicacies like slow-smoked brisket, chicken and waffles, Lowcountry shrimp and stone-ground grits, cheddar scrambled eggs, cinnamon French toast, baked mac ‘n’ cheese and a selection of beverages, freshly baked pastries and Southern-inspired desserts.
The monthly Gospel Sunday Brunch will continue at District Live on Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. All events offer reserved seating starting at 11:45 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. live performance by Shannon LeCounte Ministries Gospel Choir.
“At the Gospel Brunch, you can expect tons of energy, crowd participation, traditional moments of hymns and some classic gospel hits,” LeCounte explains. “It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy brunch-style food and to be inspired to make it through your coming week.”
IF YOU GO
What: Gospel Sunday Brunch at District Live, featuring the Shannon LeCounte Ministries Gospel Choir
Where: District Live at Plant Riverside District, 400 W. River St.
Cost: $42++ for adults and $19++ for children ages 5 to 12.
For Do SavannahAfter coming off of a two year pandemic hiatus, the Savannah Jazz Festival is finally returning to Forsyth Park for what could possibly be its biggest and most well attended event yet.Returning to the festival and closing out Friday night is the New York-based instrumental band Huntertones...
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After coming off of a two year pandemic hiatus, the Savannah Jazz Festival is finally returning to Forsyth Park for what could possibly be its biggest and most well attended event yet.
Returning to the festival and closing out Friday night is the New York-based instrumental band Huntertones, who have a knack for getting the party going wherever they play, all over the world.
The Huntertones were formed by horn players Dan White (saxophone), Jon Lampley (trumpet/sousaphone), and Chris Ott (trombone/beatbox) while they were student at Ohio State University. The rest of their current line-up includes Adam DeAscentis (bass), John Hubbell (drums), and Josh Hill (guitar).
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With an energetic and imaginative trio of horn players, Huntertones have grown their fanbase by traveling around the world as music ambassadors for the United States.
Since the 1960s, the state department has been sending great jazz musicians to work, collaborate, and present concerts in partnership with U.S. embassies all over the world. Participating artists have included Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong, who famously posed in front of the Egyptian Pyramids, so Huntertones are in royal company.
“To be a part of that lineage and that program and to use music to connect with people, I think we found ourselves really well equipped to make those connections and speak directly to people—even when there was a language barrier—as an instrumental band,” said White. “I feel like the further we got from western culture the more profound and amazing experience we had.”
Globetrotting to 20 different countries and collaborating with so many different cultures have shaped Huntertones into incredibly creative composers and dynamic musicians.
“I don’t think there’s anyway to have those experiences and have them not affect you,” said White. “We think of it as an exchange where we’re collaborating, we’re working with musicians as much as we can when we’re out there, and working with students, as well. To do that, we’ve learned about so much world music and specific styles and cultures that as a vacationer you would never get to do, but because we were performing and connecting with people you actually have an inside look at some of the really special things about what it is to be a human on this planet outside of national boundaries.”
Hunterones’ latest album is “Time to Play," which was produced by Late Show host Stephen Colbert’s current band leader Louis Cato (Huntertones’ Jon Lampley is currently a member of Grammy Award-winner and former Late Show band leader Jon Batiste’s Stay Human).
Recorded during the pandemic, “Time to Play” manages to capture the incredible live energy of the Huntertones.
“[Cato] really pushed us to create in the moment and not to rely on technology to fix things later, but do it exactly like we do it live on stage, in the studio,” said White. “Because of that I feel like there’s a really great projection of what is special about this band. It’s chemistry, and it’s our sound, the way each of us hears the harmony, hears the intonation, hears and feels the beat. It’s different, but it’s also a celebration of those differences. The diversity of sounds and feels, it all comes together in the studio. It’s delicious.”
Huntertones have described their shows as social experiences where the energy of the audience is integral to their performances. There are opportunities in every Huntertones song for the band to improvise, and the audience’s reaction can drive the band into exciting directions.
“We don’t put on the same show for a different audience,” explained White. “When we are getting a vibe from an audience we throw it right back at them and it becomes a living breathing exchange during the concert. It’s hard to describe in words, but it’s music that lives in the moment in a really amazing way."
To feed off that energy, there are risks involved with leaving sections open for improvisation. There are no guarantees of writing an absolute banger every time. Instead we love that sense of risk because without it sometimes you can’t reach certain heights of energy. We found that having that exchange and opportunities in the show is really rewarding and provides a deeper connection with our audiences, once they realize that we’re swinging for it and are authentically in the moment.”
Fans might be familiar with trombonist Chris Ott’s hilarious viral YouTube rendition of Darude’s dance classic “Sandstorm” as played on a tiny toy trumpet, so it begs the question of whether or not that will be a part of Huntertones’ setlist on Friday night.
“That’s a game time decision that we cannot reveal,” White said with a laugh.
IF YOU GO
What: Savannah Jazz Festival: Huntertones
Where; Forsyth Park
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A Savannah resident receives recognition for her hard work to end hunger in Coastal Georgia.America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia hosted a luncheon to pay tribute to its volunteers.Savannah’s volunteer of the year, Kate Fox-Marrs received special recognition.Second Harvest says without volunteers the nonprofit could not fulfill its mission every year.Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia gave out 40 percent more food last month than they did the prior month and they d...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A Savannah resident receives recognition for her hard work to end hunger in Coastal Georgia.
America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia hosted a luncheon to pay tribute to its volunteers.
Savannah’s volunteer of the year, Kate Fox-Marrs received special recognition.
Second Harvest says without volunteers the nonprofit could not fulfill its mission every year.
Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia gave out 40 percent more food last month than they did the prior month and they don’t see that slowing down anytime soon.
If you are at the grocery store today, you can always pick up a few extra items to drop off, or you can donate online or even host your own food drive.
Second Harvest relies on help from the community as they continue to see the need increase – mainly due to rising food prices.
Mary Jane Crouch, the executive director, says the price of eggs is up 40 percent and chicken is now up more than 16 percent.
Those prices combined with higher prices for gas, rent and just about everything else has forced families to make tough decisions.
“It just all culminates to the fact that they just don’t have enough money and the only place they can cut back is in food, because if they don’t pay rent they lose their house and if they don’t pay their electricity, it gets turned off, so it really and truly is the only place that a lot of families are able to say we have to take a step back,” Crouch said.
That is when Second Harvest steps in and they will be hosting a mobile food pantry in Chatham County on Friday to help 1,000 families.
September is Hunger Action Month, which is a time to create awareness about food insecurity in our community.
Food Lion is donating food to stock the Second Harvest’s shelves and freezer on Thursday.
Then Friday, they will be out in the community to donate food to anyone in need. You can stop by Oglethorpe Mall in Savannah from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to get some free food to feed the family, including meat and produce.
Crouch says they are seeing an increase of people in need but also, a changing face to hunger in our community.
“A lot of people think of hunger think of a homeless person or things like that and it’s not that we don’t want to help them and we do through our pantry programs and our congregate feeding sites but right now the people that we are seeing and coming to us have never been to a food bank or the COVID pandemic was the first time they even knew there was a food bank.”
In addition to the mobile food pantries, they are also serving about 4,000 meals a day to kids after school to help fill the need.
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