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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 Talahi 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 Talahi 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.

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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 Talahi Island, Dennis O’Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Talahi 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.

The OBrien Law Firm PC Difference
Here are just a few reasons why O’Brien Law Firm PC is Talahi Island’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 Talahi Island and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Talahi Island, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Talahi 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.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Talahi Island 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 Talahi Island 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 Talahi 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 Talahi Island:

  • 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 Talahi Island, GA

Violent crime offenses in Talahi 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.

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 Talahi 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
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 Talahi 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.

DUI Cases in Talahi Island, 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 Talahi Island, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Talahi Island 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 Talahi Island 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 Talahi 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 Talahi 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.

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Residents on Talahi Island cleaning up damage from Tropical Storm Elsa

TALAHI ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - Residents on Talahi Island spent the better part of their morning cleaning up debris left over from Tropical Storm Elsa.Residents say they went to bed with no power and woke up with it still out. It’s cleaned up now, but it was all because of a massive tree that fell over, knocking down a power line.Residents on Falligant Avenue woke up to a tree that crashed down and landed right on top of the power line. Residents say the power was knocked out around 11:00 Wednesday night.“I didn...

TALAHI ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - Residents on Talahi Island spent the better part of their morning cleaning up debris left over from Tropical Storm Elsa.

Residents say they went to bed with no power and woke up with it still out. It’s cleaned up now, but it was all because of a massive tree that fell over, knocking down a power line.

Residents on Falligant Avenue woke up to a tree that crashed down and landed right on top of the power line. Residents say the power was knocked out around 11:00 Wednesday night.

“I didn’t really think that it was that windy. Looking at the mess, I realized it was more windy than I thought,” said resident Serena Nasworthy.

Crews were out Thursday morning cutting up the tree and repairing the power lines. But it didn’t stop there. One resident sent us photos of a backyard fence knocked over and a tree uprooted.

“The rain was torrential. That’s mostly what I heard. There was one huge crash of lightning and thunder.”

The loud crash Nasworthy says she heard was her neighbor’s car that had been struck by lightning.

Serena Nasworthy has lived on Talahi Island for more than 50 years and has been through her fair share of storms. She says she made sure she was prepared, especially to lose electricity.

“I sorta counted on no electricity and I thought well I’ve got everything that I have to have, my animals are safe and we’re dry.”

She says she’s left cleaning up small limbs and debris in her yard.

“One of my neighbors said this morning, this is the day I have the love, hate relationship with my trees. I said, the hate part of it is today right? She said ya!”

Nasworthy says she’s thankful for the crews out working to clean up and reminds people to stay prepared and cautious for the remainder of hurricane season.

“Stay aware, watch the news, see where the hurricane is, what it’s going to do and make your decisions based on that.”

Around noon Thursday morning, all of the power had been restored in the neighborhood.

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TV series begins filming on Tybee Island on Tuesday

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - Production crews will be out on Tybee Island on Tuesday filming a series called ‘The Girl From Plainville.’An area of Tybrisa Street will look a lot different than it does now. It’ll be closed off and film crews will take over. Since this means the businesses on this strip have to close for the next two days, Mayor Shirley Sessions says the city made sure the film crews did their due diligence to make sure businesses and residents, directly impacted, are on board.“We agreed tha...

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - Production crews will be out on Tybee Island on Tuesday filming a series called ‘The Girl From Plainville.’

An area of Tybrisa Street will look a lot different than it does now. It’ll be closed off and film crews will take over. Since this means the businesses on this strip have to close for the next two days, Mayor Shirley Sessions says the city made sure the film crews did their due diligence to make sure businesses and residents, directly impacted, are on board.

“We agreed that we want this to happen, we want to help you, but our first concern is our business community and our residents,” said Mayor Shirley Sessions.

Mayor Shirley Sessions says in the past, businesses and residents directly impacted by film crews weren’t always properly notified. This time around, the city wanted to make sure that wasn’t the case.

“It’s up to us, to the city, to make sure they understand what the expectations are in the beginning.”

Those expectations, Sessions says, were clear and concise to the film crew in advance. For the first time, the city made sure the location managers spoke with every business impacted to have them sign an agreement.

“We all had to be, as business owners on this street, okay with them shutting down for the two days like that. A lot of the stores could lose a lot of money, myself included,” said Angela Cooper, Owner of Beau & Arrow’s Frozen Yogurt.

Tybrisa Street, Strand Avenue, the Pier and the beach between the 15 1/2 street crossover and the Tybrisa crosswalk is where filming will be. Angela Cooper’s business sits right in the middle of the movie scene.

“They are compensating us for the two days that we are down. Basically we just took prior week sales and just went with that.”

Mayor Sessions says the city is really trying to clean up the process for when movies get filmed on the island and this is the start. She says they’re always very appreciative that people want to film here, but making sure it’s done right is key.

“I think most people kind of like the idea of a film being made in their hometown, but there are some people who see it completely as an inconvenience and a nuisance. We’re trying to make sure those people aren’t inconvenienced or as inconvenienced as little as possible.”

Cooper says she was told her store and others will probably be used by the movie extras and actors for scenes. She says even though they won’t have any sales the next two days, it’s an exciting opportunity for Tybee.

“It’s exciting for us as business owners to be able to be a part of it and just kind of be in the background.”

According to the production team, the areas they’re using will be closed for the afternoon. Beach access will be available from 17th Street southward. If you would like to read the letter that outlines more about their filming the next two days you can do so here.

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Former mob attorney claims Jimmy Hoffa is buried under a Georgia golf course (relax, not Augusta National)

It’s been 46 years since Jimmy Hoffa, the most powerful union force in America and known mob consort, disappeared from the Machus Red Fox, a restaurant in suburban Detroit where he was scheduled to have a meeting with mob contacts. In 1982, Hoffa was declared legally dead, but that didn’t stop the American imagination from wandering, seeing him in every supermarket freezer section and at the bottom of every river for decades to come. Hoffa was never found, but ...

It’s been 46 years since Jimmy Hoffa, the most powerful union force in America and known mob consort, disappeared from the Machus Red Fox, a restaurant in suburban Detroit where he was scheduled to have a meeting with mob contacts. In 1982, Hoffa was declared legally dead, but that didn’t stop the American imagination from wandering, seeing him in every supermarket freezer section and at the bottom of every river for decades to come. Hoffa was never found, but according to former mob lawyer Reginald “Bubba” Haupt Jr., there might finally be a break in the case.

As Bubba would have you believe, Hoffa isn’t sipping Mai Tais in Tahiti or sleeping with the fishes in Lake Michigan. He’s buried beneath a Georgia golf course.

But don't worry, it’s not Augusta National. Instead Hoffa is allegedly buried beneath a green at Savannah Inn and Golf Country Club, located on Wilmington Island just off the coast of Georgia.

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The club was previously run by Chicago mobster Lou Rosanova, a former client of Bubba’s. One day while playing a round, Rosanova used a particular hole on the course to relieve himself. When Bubba asked him why, Rosanova let the cat out of the bag.

“The package was flown in here from Detroit,” the attorney recounts, saying that Hoffa’s body was transported in a Beechcraft King Air plane which landed at the island’s then-dirt runway.

“They would probably locate him where no one would ever suspect. And you don't go around digging up a golf course. At one particular spot on that golf course, they [mobsters and Teamsters] would urinate. They would laugh about it, and when you see somebody do that, it sort of rings a bell. That is not ordinary golf etiquette.”

Skeptical though you may be, it’s worth noting that the Savannah Inn and Golf Country Club was formerly run by the Teamsters union, of which Hoffa was longtime president. After serving eight years in prison between 1963 and ‘71, Hoffa was believed to be securing mob support for his return to the head of the union before his disappearance. Even longtime caddy master David Days Jr. acknowledges something fishy happened at the club around the time of Hoffa’s disappearance.

"I think he might have been buried here," Days said. "It happened so quick, and so quietly during that time, you can never tell. But something was going on, we just couldn't put our finger on it."

So there you have it, folks. Jimmy Hoffa’s grave has been found and it’s been used as a urinal for 45 years. Who wants to go dig that up?

Cast & Grey Botanical is teaching you about houseplants and delivering them to your door in Savannah

For Do SavannahGreen is the new gold for local plant-trepreneursFor green-thumbed entrepreneur, Emily Hinners, her affinity for houseplants took root a few years back after she bought a pair of succulents in Seattle. They were petite, small enough to fit on a windowsill, easy to care for, and a bright addition to her tiny apartment living.Fast forward to summer 2018 when Hinners and husband, Nate, moved to Savannah. They brought with them 45 houseplants, a deepening knowledge of their care, and keen desire...

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Green is the new gold for local plant-trepreneurs

For green-thumbed entrepreneur, Emily Hinners, her affinity for houseplants took root a few years back after she bought a pair of succulents in Seattle. They were petite, small enough to fit on a windowsill, easy to care for, and a bright addition to her tiny apartment living.

Fast forward to summer 2018 when Hinners and husband, Nate, moved to Savannah. They brought with them 45 houseplants, a deepening knowledge of their care, and keen desire to share with many their love of indoor plants.

Now, Emily Hinners is the green goddess behind Cast & Grey Botanical, providing an array of houseplants to Savannah area residents, available for pick up or delivery.

It works like this: customers typically order from her Instagram offerings. Every day, Hinners adds images of plant inventory to her Cast & Grey IG story, and people place orders by direct messaging. Cast & Grey has a website, too, where customers can place orders. Once the order is received and processed, the plants are ready to go.

“It all started out as consulting,” recalled Hinners. “I helped businesses and people get connected with plants that would be best suited for the spaces they had. We quickly found that people also really wanted the plants I suggested, so we started the full plant business in fall 2019 and have been building ever since.”

Last year’s COVID lockdown came as a blessing in disguise. Since the business was already online and locally focused, it was fairly easy to pivot and accommodate social distancing measures required by the pandemic.

“We made the best of a bad situation and I focused on our Instagram posts, that helped,” said Hinners.

“For two months people were cooped up and houseplants seemed to bring a lot of joy to people. And a different level of responsibility. They are something to nurture that are relatively low risk. During the early days of the pandemic, people were very concerned about clean air, and plants do that and make oxygen.”

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Plant sales are up everywhere in the U.S. with Millennials greening the way. According to a 2016 National Gardening Report, as much as 37% of millennials said they grow plants and herbs indoors. Their penchant for plants likely reflects the demographic’s delay in homeownership and parenthood — houseplants are affordable and don’t require a college fund.

According to the National Gardening Association, houseplant sales increased 50% between 2016 and 2018 — totaling as much as $1.7 billion by the end of 2019. According to Market Place, plant sales were up another 19% in 2020.

Though Cast & Grey Botanical's focuses on plant pick up and delivery, they frequently do pop-up shows and weekend farmers’ markets. On Sept. 4, they’re at the Islands Farmers Market on Talahi Island, and Sept. 5 catch them at Root and Bloom Market in Bluffton.

“I’ve taught myself what I know about plants,” said Hinners.

“I’m just a big nerd. I’ve done a lot of reading, a lot! I’ve learned so much through trial and error, and I’m happy I can share what I know and get people the plants they want. I’m helping people help their plants live their best life.”

Surf camp instructor recovering from shark bite

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - In just a matter of seconds, a surf camp on Tybee Island turned quite scary for some when the instructor was attacked by a shark.A few days later, he says he’s ready to share his experience and spread ocean awareness.Atsushi Yamada has been teaching surf lessons on the island for more than 10 years. He says he always makes sure, no matter their age, that his surfers are aware of the risks in the water.It wasn’t until Tuesday that he came face-to-face with one of the risks himself....

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - In just a matter of seconds, a surf camp on Tybee Island turned quite scary for some when the instructor was attacked by a shark.

A few days later, he says he’s ready to share his experience and spread ocean awareness.

Atsushi Yamada has been teaching surf lessons on the island for more than 10 years. He says he always makes sure, no matter their age, that his surfers are aware of the risks in the water.

It wasn’t until Tuesday that he came face-to-face with one of the risks himself.

Yamada shares his surfing passion every summer with children of all ages. He holds weekly camps, and this week is sure to stand out.

“I got a total of one here, one here and the bigger one right on the shin,” Yamada said.

Yamada says he was sitting on his board helping a camper get back on shore because it was a stormy day. That’s the moment when a shark came up and bit him on the leg, leaving behind three gashes.

“Ok now she’s in the safe zone and less than three seconds later I was attacked. I was very, very thankful, it’s almost a miracle, the shark didn’t get her,” Yamada said.

His immediate reaction, he says, was that he hoped the shark wouldn’t get to anyone else. He says he stayed calm so as to not cause a scene.

“I didn’t want to get too panicked, so I was hoping I could manage to paddle myself back in close enough they could listen to me,” he said.

Yamada was able to get a first-aid kit from one of his instructors and wrapped his leg, to stop the bleeding, in the water.

“I was heavily breathing, a lot of pain.”

Soon after, this lifeguard and an ambulance came to help. All this week’s campers showed back up two days after the incident, which Yamada says shows how brave they are.

“It doesn’t get any better than this. I mean, I get to see them again. They’re all smiling, they’re stoked, and the waves are perfect for them to learn, so I cannot be more thankful than this,” Yamada said.

Yamada says a researcher who specializes in shark bites looked at his injury and determined that the bite could be from a juvenile bull shark or black tip shark. He reminds people that we are the intruders in the ocean, so be aware of every risk possible before getting in the water.

When asked if he would be nervous getting back in the water, he responded, “I mean, again, it’s a part of the deal! Part of the deal! Part of the sport we love, and I cannot do this without going in the ocean.”

Yamada says he got plastic surgery on his leg already and he has about a three-week recovery. Of course, he plans to be in the water surfing as soon as he cleared to do so.

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