Hawk Law Blog

Changing the Past: Retroactive Application of Georgia’s First Offender Act

December 12th, 2017 | By Shawn Merzlak

It is often said in the legal profession that a criminal history is like a shadow because it follows you for the rest of your life.  While mostly true, there are certain aspects of Georgia law that may assist some people in changing the past by literally getting rid of the shadow a criminal conviction […]

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Criminal Defense Investigation

October 10th, 2017 | By Shawn Merzlak

One of the most often overlooked aspects of criminal defense is certainly the value that comes with having a complete criminal defense investigation conducted on your own behalf. In fact, I know some lawyers who just thoroughly read the government’s investigative file and then speak with their client about the case and think such activities […]

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THE INSURANCE COMPANY HAS MADE ME AN OFFER TO SETTLE – WHY SHOULD I STILL CONSULT AN ATTORNEY?

June 9th, 2017 | By Melissa Detchemendy

Especially in serious injury cases; an insurance company might approach you and try to settle the case. Sometimes they might even offer to settle for the full amount of the policy.  Most people would think, “why get an attorney and give the attorney some of my money?” What the insurance companies don’t tell you is […]

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“The officer never read me my rights.”

June 9th, 2017 | By Shawn Merzlak

You have the right to remain silent.  Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.  You have the right to an attorney.  If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to represent you. Because of movies and television shows such as C.O.P.S. and other crime dramas […]

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Dangers of “trying it on my own first”

May 8th, 2017 | By Reid Sanders

I often have clients that come in after trying to resolve their claim by themselves first. Usually they start to get overwhelmed and finally realize they need some help. While I’m glad they finally realize they need some help, there are some real dangers about not getting an attorney early on. The thing I hear […]

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“I think I am guilty. Do I need a lawyer?”

March 23rd, 2017 | By Shawn Merzlak

What should you do if you are charged with a crime and you believe you are in fact guilty? People are accused and charged with criminal offenses every day and there is a large population of those people who are in fact guilty of some crime. Of those people, many think, “I’m guilty, why would […]

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Why you need Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage

March 23rd, 2017 | By Reid Sanders

Being injured in a car accident can be painful physically, emotionally and financially. If you find yourself in this position, you may look to the insurance provider of the driver at fault to help cover the costs of medical treatment and property damage.   But what should you do if the driver at fault did […]

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