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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 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.

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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 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.

The OBrien Law Firm PC Difference
Here are just a few reasons why O’Brien Law Firm PC is Savannah’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
Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients in Savannah and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Savannah, GA

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.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Savannah 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 Savannah 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 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:

  • 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

Violent Crime Cases in Savannah, GA

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.

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 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
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 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.

DUI Cases in Savannah, 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.

DUI Cases

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

If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Savannah, 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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When was the last time it snowed in Savannah?

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – While Savannah may not be hosting any skiing competitions with its weather, there have still been many times over the past several decades when snow has graced the area with its presence.The last time that it snowed in the Savannah area was January 3, 2018. That year, there was a total of 2 inches of snow in some parts of the area, though most places settled at a little over one inch.During that winter storm, schools were closed and roads were empty as residents of Savannah stayed home, enjoying or ...

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – While Savannah may not be hosting any skiing competitions with its weather, there have still been many times over the past several decades when snow has graced the area with its presence.

The last time that it snowed in the Savannah area was January 3, 2018. That year, there was a total of 2 inches of snow in some parts of the area, though most places settled at a little over one inch.

During that winter storm, schools were closed and roads were empty as residents of Savannah stayed home, enjoying or cursing the winter weather. Savannah’s Hilton Head National Airport was also closed for a period of time due to the conditions outside.

But how often has it snowed in Savannah in recent history?

The National Weather Service can provide some answers to that question.

A graph of the total inches of snow by decade in the Savannah area. In the 1950's there was 1 inch of snow. In the 1960's there were 3.6 inches of snow. In the 1970's there were 5.2 inches of snow. In the 1980's there were 6 inches of snow, the largest amount in the graph. In the 1990's there were .2 inches of snow. In the 2000's there were .9 inches of snow. In the 2010's there were 1.2 inches of snow.

Snowfall (Inches)

Each decade since the 1950s has had at least one snowstorm, apart from the 2000s, where some information is not recorded in the database. Much of the data from the 1990s and 2000s was not recorded. Because of this, the data shown in the graph may not be entirely accurate for those decades.

According to the National Weather Service, these are all of the times it has snowed in the Savannah area since the 1950s:

February 13, 1958

Snowfall: 1 inch

February 8, 1968

Snowfall: 3.6 inches

February 10, 1973

Snowfall: 3.2 inches

January 18, 1977

Snowfall: .7 inches

January 31, 1977

Snowfall: 1.3 inches

January 27, 1986

Snowfall: .3 inches

March 1, 1986

Snowfall: 1.1 Inches

February 23, 1989

Snowfall: 1 inch

December 22-24, 1989

Snowfall: 3.6 inches

March 13, 1993

Snowfall: .2 inches

February 4,1996

Snowfall: .2 inches

February 12, 2010

Snowfall: .9 inches

January 3, 2018

Snowfall: 1.2 inches

Energy assistance opportunity for Savannah-Chatham County area residents

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - It’s your chance to get money off of your heating bill.The Economic Opportunity for Savannah-Chatham County Area is holding their second phase of appointments Wednesday at 7 p.m.In order to qualify for the money - you must meet the income eligibility so they ask that you bring proof of income along with your heating bill, social security card, and a photo I.D.The amount you receive will vary.“The second phase which will be tomorrow evening at 7 o’clock, it will be open to a...

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - It’s your chance to get money off of your heating bill.

The Economic Opportunity for Savannah-Chatham County Area is holding their second phase of appointments Wednesday at 7 p.m.

In order to qualify for the money - you must meet the income eligibility so they ask that you bring proof of income along with your heating bill, social security card, and a photo I.D.

The amount you receive will vary.

“The second phase which will be tomorrow evening at 7 o’clock, it will be open to all the people who may qualify in Chatham County for energy assistance they’ll have the same opportunities as the seniors except that the seniors, the people who are 60 years of age and older will still receive the same amount that seniors did that were 65 and older, so everyone 60 years of age and older will receive a minimum of $500. The other people in the community based on their income will receive between $350 and $500,” said Terry Tolbert, Executive Director of Economic Opportunity for Savannah-Chatham County Area Inc.

He says that they are expecting their appointments to be taken up fast. They have 1,800 available which are expected to be taken up in about 30 minutes.

To obtain an appointment, you must call 912.721.7910 Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Potential applicants will receive a date, time of the appointment and confirmation number. There will be no appointments made by calling the EOA office or online, all appointments will be made as described above. Please be advised there is a limited number of appointments.

Once an appointment is made and confirmed, applications will be taken via telephone Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9:00 am-4:00 pm on the day of the appointment.

To qualify, a family’s annual income must be in accordance with the Fiscal Year 2022 LIHEAP Eligibility Guidelines. Documents needed by applicants who qualify are as follows:

1. Current Heating Bill (must provide both electric and gas bill unless the home is total electric).

2. Social Security Card for each member of the household (Medicaid Card or SSN Printout will not be accepted)

3. Picture ID (i.e. Driver’s License, State Photo ID, even if the the ID is expired etc.)

4. Proof of Income for the last 30 days for each adult member of the household.

a. Proof of income can include, but is not limited to: 2021 Social Security Award Letter, a paycheck stub, a letter granting public assistance, unemployment benefits for all applicable members of the household.

These documents should be put in a sealed envelope and placed in the drop box on the Front Entrance of the EOA Cuyler Building located at 618 West Anderson Street. Please ensure that your name, appointment time and date, confirmation number, and a working telephone number is included on the front of the envelope.

All signatures for the applicants will be waived due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Savannah State football coach Shawn Quinn steps down

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Wednesday morning, Savannah State head football coach announced on Twitter that he is stepping down from his position.The school said in a press release that his resignation would be effective December 7. They called his announcement “sudden”.“On behalf of Savannah State University, I would like to thank Coach Quinn for his three years of service as our head coach,” Savannah State President Kimberly Ballard-Washington said in the release. “He wholeheartedly devoted himself to...

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Wednesday morning, Savannah State head football coach announced on Twitter that he is stepping down from his position.

The school said in a press release that his resignation would be effective December 7. They called his announcement “sudden”.

“On behalf of Savannah State University, I would like to thank Coach Quinn for his three years of service as our head coach,” Savannah State President Kimberly Ballard-Washington said in the release. “He wholeheartedly devoted himself to the success of the football program for which we are grateful.”

“We are thankful for Coach Quinn’s time here at Savannah State,” Director of Athletics Opio Mashariki also said in the release. “He turned the page for Savannah State football and put us on track to be a competitive program within our new conference and division. As the search for a new coach begins, we will be looking for a person who can continue to build on the foundation that has been laid.”

SSU hired Quinn March of 2019 after serving as the interim beginning in December of 2018. Prior to that, he had led the defense to a number-one ranking in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in pass defense.

He found immediate success with the Tigers-- posting their first winning record since 1998 in 2019 with a 7-3 record, leading the team to an undefeated Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record at 5-0. The team also posted the number one scoring defense in the conference.

The 2020 fall season was cancelled due to COVID-19, but Quinn, coached the team to a 1-1 spring record in 2021 and followed that up in the fall with an 8-2 overall record, going 5-1 in the SIAC and undefeated at home.

The release stated that “Quinn’s two full seasons at Savannah State were the best in program history since the mid-1990′s.”

According to the school, Quinn and the team also performed over 1,500 hours of community service to connect with the Savannah-area.

Quinn held a number of coaching positions prior to his time at Savannah State, including 2 years at Georgia Southern (2010-2012) where he served as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.

The release also said that, “Savannah State Athletics Administration will make an assessment of the program. Updates will be forthcoming.”

Early reports suggest that Quinn will be joining the Virginia Tech coaching staff, under their new hire, Brent Pry. The two worked together in Statesboro.

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Georgia Southern head coach Clay Helton sheds light on team’s future in speech to Savannah QB Club

SAVANNAH, G.a. (WSAV) – After Georgia Southern’s season-ending loss to rival Appalachian State on Saturday, the work now truly begins for head coach Clay Helton.Helton took some time out of his schedule to speak to the Savannah Quarterback Club on Monday night. In his speech, Helton explained his vision for the Eagles program and answered questions from area supporters.&l...

SAVANNAH, G.a. (WSAV) – After Georgia Southern’s season-ending loss to rival Appalachian State on Saturday, the work now truly begins for head coach Clay Helton.

Helton took some time out of his schedule to speak to the Savannah Quarterback Club on Monday night. In his speech, Helton explained his vision for the Eagles program and answered questions from area supporters.

“I’ve got three children by birth and 120 (on a football team) that I get to adopt,” Helton said to a packed crowd at the Elks Lodge on Wilshire Blvd.

With his season over, Helton is in the process of recruiting – both future football players and a new staff. Helton chose to retain interim head coach Kevin Whitley, but let go of all the other on-field assistants.

Helton said that Whitley’s unique combination of qualities led him to believe the program would be better off if Whitley stayed.

“One, he’s an immense man of character, two he’s a developer of talent, he knows how to develop kids, he’s competent and knowledgeable enough to take them to the highest level,” Helton said. “Three, he’s got a care and concern for kids. He cares about them outside of the field, not just the Xs and Os.”

In his speech to the QB Club, Helton said that he hopes to have an offensive coordinator hired within the next two weeks and that he would like someone with passing game experience.

“Right now I think our running game is extremely strong…we’ll use that as a strength but one of the ways we need to be able to support that is to be explosive down the field,” Helton said.

There seems to be an expectation of more continuity on the defensive side of the ball. Helton expressed a desire to stay with the base 3-4 scheme that the Eagles had run under former head coach Chad Lunsford.

On top of recruiting staff, Helton is also recruiting future Eagles players, hosting roughly 20 prospects on campus for visits within the next two weeks.

During his introductory press conference, Georgia Southern’s new head coach asserted that he could get all the talent he needs for a championship program within a 300-mile radius from Statesboro.

Local prospects have treated Helton with similar levels of respect whenever he has visited their schools.

“We’ve been able to develop some relationships where you look up and you go ‘wow, that kid is going to Georgia Southern,'” Helton said.

“The reception that I have seen is that there’s such a pride about the university. Kids around the state of Georgia understand how special it is to go to Georgia Southern.”

Helton’s speech to the club emphasized how pleased he is to be in Statesboro. He got an especially warm reaction from the crowd when he recounted his first trip in a yellow school bus with Georgia Southern legends Adrian Peterson and Tracy Ham.

“I didn’t get too enamored with movie stars in Hollywood,” Helton said in reference to his time as head coach at USC. “But that gave me goosebumps.”

Two former Georgia Bulldogs from Savannah talk about SEC Championship Game

SAVANNAH, Ga. —The excitement continues to build to the SEC Championship Game Saturday in Atlanta.The Georgia Bulldogs looking to topple their nemesis, the Alabama Crimson Tide.We caught up with a couple of former Bulldogs to get their thoughts.The Georgia Bulldogs are undefeated and No. 1 in the country and back in the SEC Championship Game.Josh Mallard and Ryan Sewell are former Georgia Bulldogs and they believe you will see a very focused team Saturday.“Kirby (Smart) w...

SAVANNAH, Ga. —

The excitement continues to build to the SEC Championship Game Saturday in Atlanta.

The Georgia Bulldogs looking to topple their nemesis, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

We caught up with a couple of former Bulldogs to get their thoughts.

The Georgia Bulldogs are undefeated and No. 1 in the country and back in the SEC Championship Game.

Josh Mallard and Ryan Sewell are former Georgia Bulldogs and they believe you will see a very focused team Saturday.

“Kirby (Smart) wants a national championship just like everybody that’s a University of Georgia fan that bleeds red and black wants a national championship," Mallard said. "But I can assure you Kirby’s National Championship is this weekend against Alabama.”

“I think this team is going to come in with a very measured mindset and being ready and ready to tackle what’s going to be a pretty tough game," Sewell said.

And that focus is one of the reasons both former Dogs are feeling optimistic about Georgia’s chances.

“We all feel like Georgia is going to win," Mallard said. "We feel that they are the better team and we feel like it’s going to be like that for some time to come.”

“I think Georgia wins," Sewell said. "I think Georgia should win, but I think it’s going to be a late fourth quarter game and I think that to expect anything different from the University of Alabama would be crazy.”

One thing is for sure, whatever happens, both Mallard and Sewell plan to be there to see it all unfold.

“First things first, I’ve got to help the city of Savannah with COVID testing the Bridge Run on Saturday morning," Mallard said. "But the second I do my last test I will be on the road to the University of Georgia game.”

“Tons of excitement in Atlanta," Sewell said. "A lot going on catching up with former teammates, catching up with friends. I’m really excited about that.”

Of course, Georgia and Alabama will hook up in the SEC Championship Game Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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