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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington Island, Dennis O'Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington Island, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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.
The wreck happened on North Cromwell Road near Suffolk Road on Saturday night. Infinite Scroll Enabled GET LOCAL BREAKING NEWS ALERTSThe latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.Your Email AddressPrivacy Notice WILMINGTON ISLAND, Ga. —A Wilmington Island homeowner is raising concern about the safety of her road following a deadly wreck over ...
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A Wilmington Island homeowner is raising concern about the safety of her road following a deadly wreck over the weekend.
The crash happened close to midnight on Saturday on North Cromwell Road near Suffolk Road.
"We heard really loud bang. It woke me up," said Kelly Hanrahan, who lives near the crash site.
Hanrahan said her husband went outside to figure out where the noise came from.
"He actually had to stop a lady and ask her to shine her headlights because he couldn't see, it was so dark over here," Hanrahan said.
Her husband finally found a car smashed up against a tree in their neighbor's yard.
"My husband was the first to call 911," she said.
Hanrahan said she is heartbroken the driver, who was trapped, did not survive.
"It's super sad that it happened because, you know, for years my neighbors have been asking and trying to get resources to prevent this kind of thing from happening," she said.
Hanrahan said in her 8 years living on North Cromwell Road, she's witnessed more than 10 crashes. That's why she wants the county to take action and install safety measures like lighting, speed humps and signage.
"We have so many kids who play on the street and we love our neighborhood. We take good care of our neighborhood, but this is something that is beyond our control and we need help," she said.
A spokesperson for Chatham County told WJCL 22 News, "The Chatham County Department of Engineering has a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Policy in place. That policy aims to reduce speed, volume of cut-through traffic, make streets safer and improve the quality of life for County residents. Residents can submit an application for the Engineering Department to investigate traffic calming measures."
Hanrahan said she plans to submit that application.
"I think the neighbors were really on board with starting a petition to kind of, you know, get this rolling," she said.
Hanrahan said she just wants to see the county take action before another deadly wreck occurs.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) confirmed Wednesday that more specimens of an invasive, bee-eating hornet have been found in coastal Georgia and a second nest has been eradicated.The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that a second nest of yellow-legged hornets, which has since been destroyed, was located on September 15 under a bridge on Wilmington Island near Savannah.“The discovery came just over three weeks after off...
SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) confirmed Wednesday that more specimens of an invasive, bee-eating hornet have been found in coastal Georgia and a second nest has been eradicated.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that a second nest of yellow-legged hornets, which has since been destroyed, was located on September 15 under a bridge on Wilmington Island near Savannah.
“The discovery came just over three weeks after officials tracked down the first hive, which was found high in a tree, also on Wilmington Island,” The AJC’s Drew Kann writes. “That nest was dispatched by a pest control company on August 23.”
Kann adds that so far, “there have been confirmed sightings of the hornets at 12 separate locations in coastal Georgia, all in the areas of Wilmington Island, Whitemarsh Island and Thunderbolt.”
Officials have since confirmed that nine out of those 12 detections were reported to the GDA by citizens and “three were captured in traps set by staff,” Kann reports.
“While our efforts on the ground continue, it is important to note that this is a significant victory and another step forward for our state and for our agricultural industry as we fight the establishment of the hornet in the state of Georgia,” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper said during a press conference Wednesday.
In early August, a beekeeper near Savannah spotted the first yellow-legged hornet discovered in Georgia. The sighting marked the “first-ever confirmed detection of the species in the wild in the U.S.,” Kann writes. Read more here.
Officials and scientists warned that the hornet’s arrival in Georgia could threaten honey production, native pollinators and agriculture.
The GDA is continuing to ask for the public’s help in spotting these hornets.
“Georgians play an important role helping GDA identify unwanted, non-native pests, and I want to thank the beekeeper who reported his sighting to us, as well as our partners at the University of Georgia and USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service for working swiftly to confirm its identity,” Harper said. “Our experienced team of professionals will continue to assess the situation and are working directly with USDA APHIS and UGA to trap, track, and eradicate the yellow-legged Hornet in Georgia. "
Officials said the yellow-legged hornet is a social wasp species that builds egg-shaped paper nests, often in trees. These nests can become huge, with an average of 6,000 insects.
The yellow-legged hornet is native to tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia, according to officials.
The GDA said its team of Pest Program scientists, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and academic experts are developing an ‘operational plan to trap, track, and eradicate the yellow-legged hornet in Georgia.’
Officials said yellow-legged hornets can be dangerous, and advised caution in the event of a sighting.
Georgians with additional questions or concerns are encouraged to email the Georgia Department of Agriculture at email@example.com.
Here is what to include with your report:
• Your name and contact information.
• The location of the sighting.
• Date of sighting.
• If you can, safely take photograph(s) of the hornet (we generally can only confirm a report with a photo or specimen).
• Location and approximate height of the nest if found (Is it in a tree? Approximately how high is the nest?).
• If you have no photo, please include a description of the size of the insect, the color of the head and body, and what it was doing.
• Description of the hive loss/damage (if no photo is available).
• The direction the hornet(s) flew when flying away.
Officials said there are many domestic lookalikes that we have here in the United States who do not pose a threat to honeybees.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution contributed to this story.
ATLANTA — Today, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper announced, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the University of Georgia (UGA), the discovery and destruction of a second yellow-legged hornet’s nest on Wilmington Island near Savannah, GA. The first live detection of a yellow-legged hornet (YLH: Vespa velutina) in the open United States was confirmed in Georgia on August 9, 2023. Shor...
ATLANTA — Today, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper announced, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the University of Georgia (UGA), the discovery and destruction of a second yellow-legged hornet’s nest on Wilmington Island near Savannah, GA. The first live detection of a yellow-legged hornet (YLH: Vespa velutina) in the open United States was confirmed in Georgia on August 9, 2023. Shortly after, on August 23, 2023, a yellow-legged hornet’s nest was located and destroyed by Department staff and pest management professionals in a residential neighborhood on Wilmington Island. The yellow-legged hornet is a non-native species that, if allowed to establish in the United States, could threaten honey production, native pollinators, and Georgia’s #1 industry – agriculture.
“Since the initial detection of the yellow-legged hornet in Georgia, the Department’s team of dedicated professionals have been working overtime to find any additional yellow-legged hornets in our state, and thanks to their tireless work, we have eradicated a second yellow-legged hornet’s nest,” said Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper. “While this eradication is a win for our state and our agriculture industry, we’ll continue working around the clock to find any additional hornets, eradicate this invasive pest, and protect our state’s agriculture industry. The public has played a vital role in this effort, and we’re asking Georgians to continue reporting any suspected sightings directly to the Department.”
The second nest was discovered by Department staff under a bridge on Wilmington Island, GA, on September 15, 2023, and it was eradicated that evening by the same crew of pest management professionals who assisted with the eradication of the first nest. This nest was located using a variety of techniques, including capturing, marking, and releasing hornets to estimate the distance from the trapping location to the nest. Additionally, hornets were captured, taken to different locations, and released so their flight direction could be observed. As this process was repeated, the size of the search area was gradually reduced until the nest was located.
After eradication, the nest was examined by Dr. Lewis Bartlett from the University of Georgia and Dr. Jamie Ellis from the University of Florida. They identified developing hornets within the nest and confirmed there was no evidence of the production of reproductive males or queens within the colony at the time of destruction. Additionally, scientists from UGA have sequenced the genetics of hornets from the first nest and evidence suggests these hornets originated in Asia. DNA samples were taken from the second nest, and genetic analysis of these samples is ongoing.
“The University of Georgia remains committed, alongside our colleagues at the Georgia Department of Agriculture, to the task of eradicating the yellow legged hornet from Georgia and the rest of the country,” said University of Georgia Professor of Entomology and Honey Bee Program Director Dr. Keith Delaplane. “While it does not pose a serious risk to humans, pets and livestock, this hornet has proven itself a deadly predator of honey bees and other pollinators in Europe and Asia. An ideal scenario would be the discovery and eradication of every established nest before the colonies have time to issue new queens who overwinter and start the life cycle over again next spring.”
The Department has two teams of four deployed in the Savannah area that are actively trapping and surveying for additional nests, and these teams have placed 134 traps in the area around the initial detection. So far, confirmed detections of the yellow-legged hornet have been made in twelve separate locations around Wilmington Island, Whitemarsh Island, and Thunderbolt, GA. Nine of these detections were reported to the Department by citizens and three were captured in traps set by Department staff. The Department continues to explore options to more efficiently and effectively trap and track the yellow-legged hornet and recently received electronic monitoring equipment from the Washington Department of Agriculture, which will be put into use in the coming days.
The Department’s team of dedicated professionals continues to work with our partners at UGA and USDA to eradicate any additional hornets in our state, educate the public on the yellow-legged hornet, and conduct outreach to key stakeholder groups such as beekeepers and pest management professionals. Since the initial detection, USDA has provided the Department with additional operating funds to continue our efforts, and the yellow-legged hornet partnership has expanded to include Clemson University and the University of Florida.
As we continue our efforts to eradicated the yellow-legged hornet from our state, we are again asking the public to report any suspected sightings to the Department via this readily accessible form. Beekeepers have been key in reporting yellow-legged hornets, and we encourage them to continue monitoring their hives and contact us with any suspicious activity. Georgians with additional questions or concerns are encouraged to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Georgia Department of Agriculture
(TYBEE ISLAND, Ga (WSAV) — On Tybee Island, a 3-year-old loggerhead sea turtle, Ike, was released back into his natural habitat Saturday morning. People we spoke with didn’t mind getting up at the crack of dawn to cheer on Ike’s new beginning. Some say they woke up as early as 6 a.m.Asya Loring and Loghan Wampler of Savannah told News 3 it was worth it. “It’s a cool experience it’s something that you are able to see often”, Loring said. Because not a lot of sea turtles are seen on the beach. Y...
(TYBEE ISLAND, Ga (WSAV) — On Tybee Island, a 3-year-old loggerhead sea turtle, Ike, was released back into his natural habitat Saturday morning. People we spoke with didn’t mind getting up at the crack of dawn to cheer on Ike’s new beginning. Some say they woke up as early as 6 a.m.
Asya Loring and Loghan Wampler of Savannah told News 3 it was worth it. “It’s a cool experience it’s something that you are able to see often”, Loring said. Because not a lot of sea turtles are seen on the beach. You only see them far out in the ocean or in Hawaii. If you want to be up close and a part of it, it’s something cool to try.” “I agree for sure,” Wampler responded. Plus, just any chance to be on the beach in the morning. Almost like a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing to see.” As News 3 continued speaking with people who attended, they tell us this was like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sage Mathews of Wilmington Island agreed. “It’s our first release and it’s probably… it could be a once and a lifetime opportunity,” Mathews said. “So, we are really happy to make it out.” Ike has been a resident at the Tybee’s Marine Science Center since 2020. He was a straggler on Tybee Island beach. His job as Marine Debris Ambassador was to bring awareness to water pollution through engagement.
Even though he is dealing with a flipper injury, that did not stop him from taking confident strides towards his new home. As the new loggerhead steps in as ambassador, Mathews said she hopes to experience this again. “In a couple of years, we hope to have our baby brother and head on out and experience it again,” Mathews concluded. As Ike steps down, the upcoming Marine Debris Ambassador is named Westie.
CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Some areas in Chatham County still don’t have power after Idalia knocked down trees and power lines.Georgia Power said power in Savannah should be 95 percent restored by 8 p.m. Friday.On Rio Road, there is a tree hanging on a power line. Crews have been out here for hours trying to get power back for folks that have been out of power for 24 hours now.On Wilmington Island Thursday morning, crews were out there trying to get power back up. There were also a few trees down including one on...
CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Some areas in Chatham County still don’t have power after Idalia knocked down trees and power lines.
Georgia Power said power in Savannah should be 95 percent restored by 8 p.m. Friday.
On Rio Road, there is a tree hanging on a power line. Crews have been out here for hours trying to get power back for folks that have been out of power for 24 hours now.
On Wilmington Island Thursday morning, crews were out there trying to get power back up. There were also a few trees down including one on a house.
As far as the Southside, there are several different power companies including Alabama Power staged at the Savannah Mall.
Michelle Gilmore has been living in Queens Retreat for six years. Her daughter tells me she hasn’t been able to do any of her schoolwork, as Savannah Chatham schools went virtual for the rest of the week.
Michelle says she worried about her and her some of her neighbors with no air and electricity.
“For me the most important concerning thing is that, especially in this neighborhood they have people that, like me, have medication that needs to be refrigerated. I’m sure there are other people in the neighborhood who’s more dependent on the power than I am. Usually, it would be restored within a couple of hours or so but every since I’ve been here, this is the longest it’s ever taken.”
Gilmore’s power has since been restored.
Georgia Power representative Amanda Arnold says it’s taking a while to get power back up not only because crews have to access the outages before repair, but also because they focus areas across Georgia with the most damage first.
“Before people can get their power restored. Our crews have to do damage assessments. Before they do that, the storm has to have completely passed. Debris and trees and all that stuff has to be cleared out of the way by our partners. Then, our crews go in and do damage assessment tests and they communicate what equipment they need. What may be broken, power line down and what they need to restore the power,” said Arnold.
She says they are doing what they can to restore power in all areas. She mentioned that just because you don’t see a truck near, it doesn’t mean they aren’t working on it.
And if your power still isn’t on, they encourage you to unplug all your major appliances, so your circuit doesn’t blow when power comes back.
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