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 Skidaway Island, 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 Skidaway Island 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 Skidaway Island, Dennis O'Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Skidaway Island 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 Skidaway Island, 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 Skidaway Island, 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 Skidaway Island:
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 Skidaway Island 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 Skidaway Island, 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 Skidaway Island, 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 Skidaway Island, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Skidaway Island 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 Skidaway Island 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 Skidaway Island, 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 Skidaway Island, 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
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Some people out on Tybee Island are making their way to the stores and getting their homes ready for what Hurricane Ian could bring to the area such as high winds and heavy rain.People out on Tybee Island say their focus right now is securing their property. For some, they’ve been through hurricanes before and know the drill but they do say every storm is different, so there’s no such thing as being overprepared.“Even if the hurricane passes us over and doesn’t do any damage, I&rsq...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Some people out on Tybee Island are making their way to the stores and getting their homes ready for what Hurricane Ian could bring to the area such as high winds and heavy rain.
People out on Tybee Island say their focus right now is securing their property. For some, they’ve been through hurricanes before and know the drill but they do say every storm is different, so there’s no such thing as being overprepared.
“Even if the hurricane passes us over and doesn’t do any damage, I’m ready for the next one,” Tybee Island Resident Kecia Adams said.
Better safe than sorry. This is what many residents out on Tybee Island say is their motto as they prepare for what impact Hurricane Ian could have on the coastal communities.
“I’m looking at my weather every 15 minutes. Is there an update? Is there an update?” Tybee Island Resident Deb Baber said.
Kecia Adams and Deb Baber both say the next three days are dedicated to prepping their homes and yards.
“Take down our chimes and move them inside. We either bring the outside furniture in or either turn it down and we bungee cord things, so that they’re not moving around. We bungee stuff in the garage to the garage like trash cans the bikes,” Baber said.
“We’re weather stripping and putting plastic over the doors inside and out. It can’t hurt. So, I’m doing it and putting boards over that,” Adams said.
Adams says even though there isn’t an evacuation order in place, as of now, her and her husband will be staying with family more inland and coming back to Tybee when it passes. She says she does expect to come home to some flood damage.
“My house is on the ground, so subject to flooding. It’s going to happen,” Adams says.
Baber has a raised home, which she says has been very helpful in previous storms. She says she will be moving her cars, though, to higher ground since her street is prone to flooding.
“Plan for the worst,” Baber says.
She says she also encourages others on the Island to make sure their generators are ready, batteries are charged, trash cans are tied up and that they have enough food and drinks in the pantry.
“We’re like ‘oh no, we don’t want to get ready again,’ but you know some people get ready at the very beginning of hurricane season and they don’t get unready until it’s over. Get ready, get ready now. Then you’ll be sure that you’re ok,” Baber says.
Tybee city officials say they have sand for people on the island if they need.
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There’s no question about it. Tybee Island is one of the most mesmerizing beaches on Georgia’s 110-mile shoreline. We also know that Jekyll Island, once the playground of such filthy-rich notables as Rockefeller and Vanderbilt—is a dream destination for island hoppers who appreciate something about the charm and ...
There’s no question about it. Tybee Island is one of the most mesmerizing beaches on Georgia’s 110-mile shoreline. We also know that Jekyll Island, once the playground of such filthy-rich notables as Rockefeller and Vanderbilt—is a dream destination for island hoppers who appreciate something about the charm and allure of beautiful, secluded hideaways.
Because of their famed beauty, both Tybee and Jekyll Island are frequent mentions in travel circles. The ideal would be to visit both of these two sides of paradise. However, the truth is that visiting both destinations is oftentimes not practical. Many of us just don’t have the time for a combined trip. And some cannot meet the cost of what would otherwise be a tour of a lifetime. For those who have to choose one—this article lifts the lid on which of the two is a better travel destination.
For those travelers looking for a destination that has more activities, Tybee Island edges out Jekyll Island. The Tybee Island Marine Science Center alone packs a punch. At the center, travelers learn about the lives of different aquatic animals. A captivating lesson on starfish, snails, or sea turtles, while holding one or two slimy ones in hand—will be both interesting and intriguing. While there are no golf courses on Tybee Island, its closeness to Savannah does the trick. And, of course, there's the lighthouse that holds within its somber walls a lot of fascinating United States history. At the pier, visitors get the opportunity to watch dolphins, fish, or just chill out with friends.
On the food and dining scene—as well as entertainment—Tybee Island is just a little more active, vibrant, and diverse. The Original Crab Shack, perhaps Tybee’s most iconic eatery—serves incomparable deliciousness on a plate. No restaurant on Jekyll Island comes close. Then Tybee Island also has more grocery stores. These grocery stores are also better stocked than their Tybee Island counterparts. And it’s not just the number. Grocery prices on Tybee Island are also modest. On the flip side, Jekyll is not also all gloom. For starters, Jekyll’s historic district can enthuse history buffs. For the fun of teeing on lush courses, Jekyll Island has three 18-hole golf courses. Jekyll also boasts of having the Sea Turtle Research Center, something that’s comparable to Tybee’s Marine Science Center. Even if Tybee has more activities that one can do and is a tad more active, we would say the difference is not very pronounced.
However, there are certain vacation features for which there are no clear winners. For instance, in family-friendliness, we would say the two destinations share the spoils. There’s nothing off the charts at both locations. The same goes for camping. Both Tybee and Jekyll have hookups, clean showers, and generally fine camp-related amenities.
Related: Savannah To Tybee Island: Why This Is The Perfect Georgia Day Trip
The first advantage of Jekyll Island has to do with pet-friendliness. Although Tybee Island allows dogs on the island, our furry friends aren’t permitted on Tybee Island beaches. Ostensibly, this is to protect sea turtles and other wildlife, which is fair enough. However, many of us just like tagging our pups along. The truth is, they’ve become part of the big family. And then, Jekyll Island looks a little more modern and contemporary than Tybee Island. Also, the scenes are better on Jekyll Island—including down on its beaches. Of course, this has little to do with its avant-garde look or ambiance.
When it comes to bike riding, both Tybee Island and Jekyll Island are great spots for switchbacks and all. However, Jekyll Island has trails, a decent 22 miles in length, which are more natural and more picturesque. Also, the winding trails on Jekyll Islands do not see as many crowds as their Tybee Island equivalents. On Jekyll Island, Driftwood Beach is among bikers’ favorites.
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Also, for those looking for some romantic privacy, or just some alone time, we’d go with Jekyll Island. This is because Jekyll Island is less crowded than Tybee. Jekyll also easily edges out Tybee Island when it comes to parking. This is crucial for those who’ll be driving to either of Georgia’s top vacation destinations. Since Tybee is usually more crowded than Jekyll, naturally, that alone impacts the ease of getting a parking space. But it’s not just that. Travelers will pay more—in parking fees—on Tybee Island than they would part with on Jekyll Island.
That’s it. As we’ve seen, someone would say that Jekyll Island is the overall winner here. However, it isn’t so clear-cut or uniform.
The 2022 hurricane season saw its last day Wednesday — and although Georgia was spared a direct hit this year from Hurricane Ian in late September, the storm system still managed to take a toll on the state's coastal landscape.“Hurricane Ian moved the shoreline about 30 feet inland,” said Skidaway Institute of Oceanography director Clark Alexander, referring to part of the beach on Tybee Island. “It did about half as much damage, in moving the shoreline and eroding the shoreline, as a whole two-and-a-half years...
The 2022 hurricane season saw its last day Wednesday — and although Georgia was spared a direct hit this year from Hurricane Ian in late September, the storm system still managed to take a toll on the state's coastal landscape.
“Hurricane Ian moved the shoreline about 30 feet inland,” said Skidaway Institute of Oceanography director Clark Alexander, referring to part of the beach on Tybee Island. “It did about half as much damage, in moving the shoreline and eroding the shoreline, as a whole two-and-a-half years of erosion under normal, non-hurricane storm damage conditions.”
Tybee's erosion came even as the center of Ian stayed well away from the area, veering further east into the Atlantic Ocean than originally forecast: When the hurricane made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast, Coastal Georgia stood well within the National Hurricane Center's dreaded “cone of uncertainty,” which tracks the probable path of the eye of the storm.
“A single event — even for Hurricane Ian, that moved by us and had a much better track than we had anticipated — can do significant damage to our coastal beaches,” Alexander said.
Fortunately for Tybee, the city managed to mitigate damage through its beach renourishment program — a process in which offsite sand is pumped up from either offshore or underwater deposits, or trucked in from upland sites.
“Tybee beach renourishment is so well planned and they've looked at so many different aspects of shoreline erosion and how to mitigate that, that it's really hard to find negative effects on the island,” Alexander said, adding that the city's beach renourishment program has been in place since the mid-1970s.
Nevertheless, the Skidaway Institute's monitoring has found that Tybee's shoreline — where the high water line meets the upland — has still been moving inland ever since Alexander's team began taking measurements in 2020.
The U.S. Geological Survey has also been conducting monitoring of its own: shortly before Ian's arrival to the U.S., the agency installed hundreds of sensors along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts to measure storm tide — an advanced metric that supplements traditional storm surge data with high tide, in order to give a more complete picture of a hurricane's flood impacts.
“It's the amount of surge over and above what you would normally see,” USGS hydrologist Chris Smith explained. “Having a hurricane hit at high tide could cause you to have higher storm surge than hitting at low tide.”
Although relatively little storm tide was recorded in Georgia, the data stands to pay dividends in the future: the USGS shares its figures with multiple government agencies, including the National Weather Service, which uses it to improve its forecast modeling.
The NWS plans to release its first outlook for the 2023 hurricane season in May. In the meantime, officials are advising people to ensure that their families are ready for whatever next year may bring — especially as global warming intensifies hurricanes and the rainfall brought with them.
“What we can expect is to have stronger storms as the climate warms, because there's basically more fuel,” Alexander said. “Hurricanes get their fuel from the moisture and the heat in the upper ocean. So, we expect to have more intense storms. The jury is still kind of out on whether we expect to have more storms. It's just that the ones we do experience will be stronger.”
TYBEE ISLAND , Ga. (WTOC) - A group with the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography has been busy gathering data about the impact Hurricane Ian, had on Tybee Island’s shoreline. They mapped the shoreline before and after the storm.Since March of 2020, the group has gone out every three months to monitor Tybee’s beaches and their manmade dunes. They fly drones around to develop surface elevation maps for the island and compare them to previous months.After Hurricane Ian, they saw some significant changes.“We...
TYBEE ISLAND , Ga. (WTOC) - A group with the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography has been busy gathering data about the impact Hurricane Ian, had on Tybee Island’s shoreline. They mapped the shoreline before and after the storm.
Since March of 2020, the group has gone out every three months to monitor Tybee’s beaches and their manmade dunes. They fly drones around to develop surface elevation maps for the island and compare them to previous months.
After Hurricane Ian, they saw some significant changes.
“We saw about half the amount of erosion that we would get in a normal year from that one event,” said Dr. Clark Alexander, the director of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.
When asked, “that’s pretty significant right?”
Dr. Alexander said, “it is significant and it’s a good thing that we don’t get these storms one right after another.”
In a regular year, Dr. Clark Alexander with the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography says they see about 60 ft. of erosion in areas that are eroding. With Hurricane Ian, the retreat of the shoreline was about 30 ft.
“But we also see about 60 ft. of accretion, so areas where sand is building up.”
Dr. Alexander has studied shoreline changes for 30 years with a specific focus on Tybee for about 2 ½. He says even with Hurricane Ian making landfall in Florida, Tybee saw big changes although not big enough to reorient the shape of the coastline.
“You’re seeing more of a redistribution of material.”
He says after the island finished their renourishment project in 2020, the city started to fund their research to monitor the beach on a quarterly basis. Dr. Alexander says how the city has worked to protect the island was tested during Hurricane Ian.
“All in all, right now the island is in really great shape.”
He says the research they’re doing also helps them learn things like that Tybee will start to see some erosion into their dune structures within the next few years. He says they also use tools lthat use current erosion rates to determine future erosion.
A map shows how far landward the shoreline will move over the next three years.
With this information, the city can plan to do things like targeted renourishment projects.
“It allows us to tell them, next year when you write your budget think about budgeting for 10 dump truck loads of sand to reinforce this area where we know the beaches will be impacted.”
Dr. Alexander says the island did see some impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole as well. He says they will be going out in the next few weeks to assess the beach.
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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - On February 5, 1958, two military planes were carrying out a training exercise.The problem came when a fighter jet crashed into a bomber which had an atomic bomb on board.“In order to land safely because Hunter Airfield was still under construction, in order to land safely, the only way they could do that was to drop the bomb in the water off Tybee Island,” said Sarah Jones, the executive director of Tybee Historical Society.The U.S. Military launched a recovery effort the next day....
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - On February 5, 1958, two military planes were carrying out a training exercise.
The problem came when a fighter jet crashed into a bomber which had an atomic bomb on board.
“In order to land safely because Hunter Airfield was still under construction, in order to land safely, the only way they could do that was to drop the bomb in the water off Tybee Island,” said Sarah Jones, the executive director of Tybee Historical Society.
The U.S. Military launched a recovery effort the next day. They called off the search after a little over a month and to this day, the bomb hasn’t been found.
Since then, it has become the source of tall tales and legends.
“There was some vague notion that maybe a Russian submarine came in and found the bomb and hauled it off, but if that ever happened, it was never substantiated,” said Jones.
There are different accounts of whether the bomb was actually live when it was lost which causes people to speculate about what kind of risk it poses.
“If it were to go off, some say the explosion would be a mile wide, and that the aftereffects would be up to ten times that amount,” said Jones
Any threat from the weapon is something Tybee Islanders have taken in stride.
Joe Inglesby finds the story intriguing... intriguing enough to put it on a t-shirt.
“We got hats and T-Shirts, and sweatshirts, and all kinds of merchandise. I guess that’s been almost 20 years ago,” said Joe Inglesby, the founder of Tybee Bomb Squad.
Inglesby’s shirts have become such a hot item in local souvenir shops, he’s planning on launching a website and an Instagram page to sell more.
He finds that people just can’t get enough of the Tybee bomb.
“You find out more facts about it and this and that, so it’s- it could go on forever but there’s always someone that wants to know something about it, or thinks they know something about it. It’s a good topic. For Tybee, anyway,” said Inglesby.
The bomb itself was huge. It would’ve weighed over 7,000 pounds.
The Department of Energy believes the bomb is likely in the Wassaw Sound, which sits between Little Tybee Island and Wassaw Island.
But, the official consensus is clear.
If you think you’ve found the bomb or any bomb, for that matter- leave it alone and call 911.
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