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

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Here are just a few reasons why O'Brien Law Firm PC is Whitemarsh 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 in Whitemarsh Island and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Whitemarsh Island, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Whitemarsh 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 Whitemarsh 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 Whitemarsh 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 Whitemarsh 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 Whitemarsh 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 in Whitemarsh Island, GA

Violent crime offenses in Whitemarsh 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 Whitemarsh 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 Whitemarsh 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 Whitemarsh 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.

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

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If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Whitemarsh 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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Hometown Hero: Maggie Evans

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Maggie Evans doesn’t really mind that she cannot recall any details about the bicycle accident that nearly took her life.“I remember going out and doing my workout and then I was opening my eyes in the hospital,” Evans said.Because the memory she will take from it began after impact.“Completely overwhelmed and the love just keeps coming,” Evans said.Maggie was finishing a training ride on April 12th, riding the shoulder of highway 80 between Whitemarsh Island an...

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Maggie Evans doesn’t really mind that she cannot recall any details about the bicycle accident that nearly took her life.

“I remember going out and doing my workout and then I was opening my eyes in the hospital,” Evans said.

Because the memory she will take from it began after impact.

“Completely overwhelmed and the love just keeps coming,” Evans said.

Maggie was finishing a training ride on April 12th, riding the shoulder of highway 80 between Whitemarsh Island and Thunderbolt when she was struck from behind by a truck traveling at high speed.

“I flew 135 feet and landed in the marsh, luckily, I had a lot of internal bleeding initially, my liver was lacerated, some spinal stuff mostly thoracic and cervical. Vertebrae, ribs, I fractured my hip and broke my toe,” Evans said.

“A month ago, we really didn’t know the extent of her injuries and whether or not she would recover from all of them and now we see a really long road,” Howard Paul said.

Maggie’s husband Jackson works at Benedetto Guitars with Howard Paul, who was the first person at the emergency room once Maggie was identified.

He was also first to look past her massive physical injuries to other potential challenges and started a GoFundMe account for the couple.

“Within 48 hours, we reached our $100,000 goal.”

“Which speaks to how wonderful Maggie is. She is beloved by everyone. She has the biggest heart, so talented, so successful at everything she does, but so humble. It’s just impossible not to love her and support her,” Kristin King said.

Maggie is a musician and an artist, a competitive cyclist and a teacher at SCAD and she saw support from all of those communities.

“Everybody just wants to help, figuring out people who can go and help clean the house, preparing meals, dog walking, whatever they could do. They’ve stood up, raised their hand and said let me help.”

And they have as Maggie is now back home after a month in the hospital and a therapeutic care facility,

One WTOC Hometown Hero fighting her way back to health with the help of many more.

“I want to individually thank everyone; I just don’t know how to do it. I hope everyone knows, every single, everything just a comment, it helps me. It brings me up a little and it’s inspiring too. I appreciate it all so much,” Evans said.

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New Islands Expressway bridge opening, lane shift planned for Thursday night

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia Department of Transportation announced traffic on Islands Expressway at the Wilmington River will shift overnight to the newly constructed bridge starting Thursday, July 7 in Chatham County.Weather permitting, traffic on the Wilmington River/Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway draw bridge will be shifted to the new high level fixed span bridge beginning at 11:30 p.m. Thursday night continuing until 7 a.m., Friday, July 8.Message boards will be set up to give drivers advance notice of the upcoming t...

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia Department of Transportation announced traffic on Islands Expressway at the Wilmington River will shift overnight to the newly constructed bridge starting Thursday, July 7 in Chatham County.

Weather permitting, traffic on the Wilmington River/Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway draw bridge will be shifted to the new high level fixed span bridge beginning at 11:30 p.m. Thursday night continuing until 7 a.m., Friday, July 8.

Message boards will be set up to give drivers advance notice of the upcoming traffic shift.

This new traffic configuration will allow continuous traffic flow, no longer hindered by maritime traffic. The traffic shift is needed for removal of the two existing double bascule bridges and complete bridge two construction, which is expected in second quarter of 2023.

“It’s been a long time coming.”

It’s replacing the draw bridge that officials say slowed down the traffic headed back and forth to the islands. The west bound bridge will be a one lane express way for traveling both ways for now until the east bound bridge is ready in 2024.

Jill Nagel with the Georgia Department of Transportation says it’s best to avoid the expressway while they are switching traffic patterns over night while they change the traffic markings. But if you do use it, there will be help top navigate you.

“When we go to put traffic on the new bridge we will have a pilot car that will lead them, kind of like follow the leader so they’ll know which way to go and everyone will just follow from there on.”

Soil stability issues pushed the construction of the west bound bridge but Nagel says it’s safe now.

“We hit a hiccup we had to change some design on the bridge but that is going to be a bridge that will last for years and years to come.”

While Nagel says the project will improve traffic, Tybee resident of 20 years Michael Nolin isn’t as excited.

“I think they’ll miss the charm of the draw bridge.”

Living in Savannah for two years, Marlene Lemons is excited for the improvements.

“It’s very convenient and I guess I didn’t live here when it was a draw bridge but we come over about twice a week and it’s just really nice and it’s convenient if we’re going out to Tybee or we make a right and go out to Wilmington or whatever.”

Drivers are told to expect delays and use alternate routes, exercise caution, and reduce their speed while traveling through work zones. Before heading out, get real-time information on work status and traffic conditions. Call 511, visit 511ga.org, or download the Georgia 511 app.

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GDOT pushes Islands Expressway bridge completion to 2024, westbound lanes open this summer

Another delay has hit the Islands Expressway bridge over the Wilmington River, pushing the four-lane bridge's estimated completion to summer 2024, two years past its original completion date.Bridge work has been plagued with construction issues as risers have sunk into the soft marsh mud upon which the bridge is built. Initial delays required the bridge design to be extended and the slope of the bridge to be made steeper, causing one of several traffic concerns for neighbors of the construction.The first half of ...

Another delay has hit the Islands Expressway bridge over the Wilmington River, pushing the four-lane bridge's estimated completion to summer 2024, two years past its original completion date.

Bridge work has been plagued with construction issues as risers have sunk into the soft marsh mud upon which the bridge is built. Initial delays required the bridge design to be extended and the slope of the bridge to be made steeper, causing one of several traffic concerns for neighbors of the construction.

The first half of the bridge, the westbound lanes, will open this summer. Once those lanes are open, work to demolish the current draw bridge and begin constructing the eastbound lanes will start, according to Jill Nagel, spokesperson for the Georgia Dept. of Transportation (GDOT). The work on the second half is slated to take two years.

In August 2021, GDOT officials estimated the bridge would be finished by summer 2023. The original contract with the builder, Prince Construction, called for a June 2022 completion date.

Nagel said the contractor, Prince Construction, placed the final beams and is working now to pour the final stretch of pavement for the bridge, which will connect the two arcs of the westbound lanes.

Nagel added that additional work to erect mechanically stabilized earth retaining (MSE) walls — which support the bridge and ensure it doesn't sink or shift in the shifting marsh soil below — is underway.

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The delayed work has continued to cause issues for four neighborhoods that border the construction zone. Last year, at least two neighbors were involved in wrecks that totaled their vehicles, according to residents in The Bluff and Causton Bluff communities. Representatives for the neighborhood associations told the Savannah Morning News that the traffic continues to cause a safety issue for the neighborhoods, whose entrances are in the thick of the construction zones and blocked by a tangle of orange-and-white-striped cones.

Safety plans for the bridge include deacceleration lanes into the neighborhoods, but residents want to see a safety light, or other increased measures. Representatives from the neighborhood associations said GDOT has not conceded to these requests.

Chatham County Sheriff's Deputies enforce speeding in the work zone, which neighbors said has helped increase safety, but it's not a cure-all.

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Islands Expressway Bridge to open this summer for car traffic

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Soon drivers will have an elevated view over the Wilmington River.The new Islands Expressway Bridge is nearing the halfway point of construction and is expected to open to car traffic by early August.“It sure is a milestone,” said Randy Rhodes, Area Engineer in Savannah with the Georgia Department of Transportation.The milestone moment is not just because of the engineering feat, but also because soon drivers and boaters will no longer have to wait for the old Sam Varnedoe Bridge, a dou...

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Soon drivers will have an elevated view over the Wilmington River.

The new Islands Expressway Bridge is nearing the halfway point of construction and is expected to open to car traffic by early August.

“It sure is a milestone,” said Randy Rhodes, Area Engineer in Savannah with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The milestone moment is not just because of the engineering feat, but also because soon drivers and boaters will no longer have to wait for the old Sam Varnedoe Bridge, a double draw bridge, to open and close over the busy Intracoastal Waterway.

The changes for drivers will happen overnight, Rhodes explained.

“It will be a single lane in each direction, so really other than that it won’t be much different,” he said.

The re-route over the new bridge will allow construction crews to get to work on a second bridge, nearly identical to the one just built.

The massive state-managed project has been underway since 2018, but not without challenges and ongoing delays.

Soil stability issues with the first bridge led to an expensive design change - pushing up the total price tag up by $10 million to about $74 million dollars. It’s also added an extra year to the project completion date, expected by the spring of 2024.

As Rhodes explained, the lessons learned will go a long way.

The challenge with the first bridge: The location of it is farther into the marsh, he said. GDOT does not anticipate similar issues with the second bridge since it will be built over the old roadbed of the draw bridge.

As crews get ready for the transition, Rhodes asked drivers in the area to remain vigilant.

“It’s just the new traffic pattern and being cautious of workers on foot and equipment moving,” he said. “We’ve still got a whole other bridge to build, so just be patient moving through the work zone and this will benefit the community in the end.”

Once traffic is on the new bridge, it will take several months to demolish the old draw bridge.

Until then, the draw bridge will remain fixed in the open position to allow boat traffic to move through at any time, Rhodes said.

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Families brought more than 100 books to WTOC’s Books to Kids drive

WHITEMARSH ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - WTOC got more than 100 donations Friday for our books to kids drive at Walmart on Whitemarsh Island.People stopped by all day...including the kids.“My mom came and she wanted me to help give the books to kids,” said Lucy Williams, a book donor.Donors helped us get closer to our 3,000 book goal by keeping them coming.“The Cat [in the Hat] Dr. Seuss, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and Disney 5 minute snuggle stories,” said Jim Drinnon, a book donor....

WHITEMARSH ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - WTOC got more than 100 donations Friday for our books to kids drive at Walmart on Whitemarsh Island.

People stopped by all day...including the kids.

“My mom came and she wanted me to help give the books to kids,” said Lucy Williams, a book donor.

Donors helped us get closer to our 3,000 book goal by keeping them coming.

“The Cat [in the Hat] Dr. Seuss, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and Disney 5 minute snuggle stories,” said Jim Drinnon, a book donor.

They’re hoping to pass them on to a kid in need.

“I knew I had a lot of books at home...some to spare that my daughter already read through,” said Shelley Mills, a book donor.

They had handfuls, bags and some even crates of books. Most of the parents were on the same page.

“These days, especially education, is often overlooked,” said David Noland, a book donor from Colorado. “It seems most of the kids are worried about fame, Instagram and social media so to put the focus about where it needs to be it really warms my heart.”

“I think kids are on computers too much,” said Wendy Boone, a book donor. “I allowed mine to be and that was the worse thing I could do so I’m hoping kids will read more.”

“I just believe reading is fundamental for all children. If you don’t have literate children you’re gonna have problems in society later,” said Drinnon.

They want kids to know books are still in style.

“One thing about having the written word in your hand, you have more ownership of it than looking at something on a screen,” said Drinnon.

You can never get too old for them.

“This is what they need and if I don’t know nothing I know that reading is fun....damental,” said Noland.

So for the next few weeks, look through your bookshelves and when you pass by a WTOC tent – make sure to donate as many books as you can to help a kid who needs it.

“Please bring some books kids K-3 we need to get them off the computers y’all,” said Mills.

We appreciate all of the donations, but we definitely want to say a special thank you to Port Wentworth Elementary. They donated 9 crates of books!

WTOC will continue to collect books through May 13.

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