Calling ALL High School Parents – Ignorance of Georgia Law is No Defense – Seminar Tuesday Aug 28 @ 7 pm DHS

via Heneghan’s Dunwoody Blog by on 8/20/12



DHS Students will have an Assembly on Friday August 24th at 8:30 am

Parents Only Session – Tuesday Night – No Students Please
Tuesday August 28th 7 p.m. at Dunwoody High School
All High School Parents invited (Public Schools as well as Private Schools)

Through real-life examples, Ignorance is No Defense explains Georgia laws to teenagers in easy-to-understand language. With a primary focus on criminal laws,Ignorance is No Defense not only describes what the law requires but also teenagers’ rights under the law. Author J. Tom Morgan, a highly respected former prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, provides straightforward information and valuable insights to help teenagers avoid violating the law and avoid being victims of crime.

DID YOU KNOW that a person under 21 years old can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if the person’s alcohol concentration is .02 grams or higher? For most people under 21 years old, drinking one (1) beer or one (1) glass of wine or one (1) mixed drink will cause their alcohol concentration to be .02 grams or higher. There is no “safe” amount to drink and still be able to drive without impairment.

DID YOU KNOW that if you have a fake ID in Georgia that it is a crime, and depending on the type of ID and how you use it, you can be charged with a felony?

DID YOU KNOW that if you give a prescription drug to a friend, you can both be charged with a crime?

DID YOU KNOW that you can be charged with statutory rape regardless of whether you are a girl or a boy?

Book is available for purchase at the Parents Session
and it is a Must Have for Every Household!

$15.00 – Proceeds go towards Dunwoody PTSO


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15 Responses to Calling ALL High School Parents – Ignorance of Georgia Law is No Defense – Seminar Tuesday Aug 28 @ 7 pm DHS

  1. I had J. Tom Morgan come to speak with our Parents as one of our PTSA Programs in 2011- If you have not heard him, this is a MUST for ALL PARENTS as well as young men AGES 13 and up. Some of the information he has to share is shocking- and every student needs to hear it. This is a worth attending event!

  2. Poster says:

    Yes, he is fantastic. I highly recommend it for parents and girls as well as boys. Eye opening. His approach is basically to inform parents/kids what the law is. He is not preachy at all. He’s very down to earth and tries to inform kids of what their rights are. My son didn’t want to go, but was glad he did afterwards.

  3. dekalbite2 says:

    My friend’s child in Cobb County went to a party in Marietta around ten years ago. He was a UGA student with excellent grades in the Terry College of Business. He was 20 years old, and the boy who threw the party in his apartment was 22. My friend’s son had one beer. The party was a little too noisy and the police came to tell them to quieten down. They came into the apartment and used tested anyone that had id that showed they were under 21 for alcohol. My friend’s son tested positive although it was well under the legal limit for driving. He was arrested and hauled down to the jail along with the other under 21’s who tested positive for alcohol. He was sentenced to probation (every week he had to come back to Cobb County and see his probation officer) with the stipulation that if he even had so much as a speeding ticket he would be losing his probationary status.

    I’m not saying it was right for him to drink a beer at 20, but this seemed extreme to me. The main point is that he did not know consuming ANY quantity of alcoholic beverage carried such a high penalty. Knowing the laws is an important issue that all parents and their children should be interested in. This young man was an honors student and today is an extremely successful businessman with a wife, a home and a six figure income with the tax bracket to match. Just think what could have become of him with one careless action.

  4. We probably all know someone this kind of thing happened to — maybe even in our own family. It’s scary! J. Tom Morgan is interested in young people — in fact, he was one of the founders, we believe, of Youth Leadership DeKalb — a true leadership program.

    J. Tom Morgan — formerly DeKalb County DA, now in private practice, is willing to speak to parent groups and student groups at no charge. J. Tom Morgan speaks without hype and hyperbole. He knows whereof he speaks — and, as one commenter noted — he is not preachy and he is very down-to-Earth. J. Tom Morgan’s message is one that MUST be heard by parents and high school students (boys and girls!). The law is not always what you might think it is — and ignorance of Georgia law is no defense.

    For the convenience of parents, J. Tom Morgan’s book is for sale at his talk. But, unlike Russell-McCloud, books are not pre-sold to all attendees, no one is required to buy this book and there is no guarantee of how many books will be sold, but sales benefit the Dunwoody High School PTA. Parents: please make plans now to hear J. Tom Morgan on Tuesday, August 28 at 7 PM at Dunwoody High School.

    One more thing: an arrest like this can be extremely costly. It’s not just a slap on the wrist and a $500 fine. The retainer for an excellent lawyer, for example, starts at $8,000 and the cost goes up from there with no cap. Without parents who can afford an excellent lawyer and who are willing to pay for all the other attendant costs, even a bright future is significantly dimmed for the teenager who is arrested. Going to court is expensive plus, for students who receive probation, there is the requirement to check in weekly — in person — with a probation officer in the county where the student was arrested, regardless of where the student lives. There is also the requirement to pay for the probation officer ($100+ per week). For a student — even a first-offender — who lives at or close to poverty level (or below), this can easily be a death sentence for that student’s future. One mistake quashes the student’s attempt to climb out of poverty.

  5. Name One says:

    Interesting story about a former DeKalb County School Board president, now deceased, also a WWII veteran:

  6. Wow! A feel-good story. Thank you so much!

  7. Miss Management says:

    This is what we get when we choose to be ‘tough on crime’ and adhere to mantras like “zero tolerance”. It’s appropriate that this is being held in Dunwoody. New municipalities are the most dangerous places for the possibility of an arrest even on minor infractions. They are the financial drivers and generators for the new city. Dunwoody police have generated a good portion of the city’s operation budget – at the expense of its residents or others who drive through. There are worse offenses that go completely unnoticed in other areas of DeKalb. This is what happens when you incorporate. And once you get tangled up in the legal system, it’s very hard to get untangled.

    In 2009 the Court held 53 court sessions, 8723 citations were filed with the court and 628 defendants were placed on probation. Of those probationers, 3556 hours of community service hours were completed. The Court’s revenue for 2009 was $645,901.

    In 2010 the Court held 90 court sessions, 7469 citations were filed with the court and 1171 defendants were placed on probation. Of those probationers, 17,833 hours of community service were completed. The Court’s revenue for 2010 was $1,143,548, with a budget of approximately $325,000.

    Brookhaven will soon follow this trend. There are plenty of young students in the cities of Dunwoody and Brookhaven as well as unincorporated DeKalb that need to hear the warning of J. Tom Morgan. Traffic citations are serious business to the police department. Do not take their efforts lightly. Times have changed. The police don’t just call the parents anymore — even for first offenders. If you are 18, they take you to jail. DeKalb County Jail. They book you and put you in with the general jail population. And it can be very costly and damaging to your future.

  8. Former Dekalb Parent says:

    This is a must see for all parents AND their teens. I was enlightened and so was my son after hearing J. Tom Morgan speak, and then reviewing the book, we were able to “walk through” some scenarios….It can be a scary world out there…Prepare your self!

  9. AnonMom says:

    I echo what folks are saying about this presentation being excellent – I’ve seen it 2 or 3 times and my 2 older sons have seen it – my older one once and my middle one twice — it’s really excellent. I think it should be mandatory. You should buy the book and have any 16 year old+ read it. There are dangers lurking in corners you don’t know about. We treat our teens as children but then they do things without thinking and they are charged with crimes as adults. As an example: a friend of my oldest (age 20) dared to call for an ambulance for a friend with alcohol poisoning and dared to wait with him for help and wound up arrested for under-aged drinking –he wasn’t driving but tested above limits for drinking for aged 20 (0.02) because the police also came with the ambulance — the kids who ran off when the one in trouble needed help and the ambulance was called didn’t get into trouble — but the ones who cared and tried to get help had to deal with the ticket and consequences — no forgiveness for being a good Samaritan — there are traps for the unwary (ultimately with the right legal help it went away with community service and other things but college kids should be able to get other kids needing medical help medical help without fear of being charged and arrested … there’ve been some stories on 60 Minutes from around the country on this)… then there are the stories about the boys who have been “seduced” by girls a year or 2 younger (before the law finally changed) or because the girls mislead them about their ages and the boys wind up charged with rape because the girls were under 16 and the boys over 18 — now there’s a Romeo and Juliet law — kids need to be careful — we have some real good traps out there for kids doing stupid things that can haunt for a very long time.

  10. Via email:

    DeKalb County School System bus drivers will be having a rally on Monday, August 27, 2012 on Snapfinger Woods Dr (off Wesley Chapel Rd.), at 6:30 PM, regarding our pay reductions, unlawful health insurance deductions, crowded buses, no raises for 7 years, etc. There are so many things that are happening that are not right — it would take me awhile to give all the information. We would like to invite you to hear all that’s going on and get support from you.


  11. another comment says:

    MIP has become the favorite ticket of the summer this year. Unlike, down is Destin, Panama City, etc. all of the Small Muncipalities here are taking everyone to jail. If your child is 17, they are charged as an adult. They are also targeting the White middle class and up children, because they know that their parents will not leave them in jail and let them have time served. Also, if your child has a alcohol or drug prosession conviction on their record, they are not eligible for the Hope Scholarship or any Federal Financial Aid ( Pell, Work Study, Loan’s etc.). Most people do not realize it includes alcohol. That includes those 4loco’s they sell to under age folks at the convience stores. Most immature teenagers and folks whose brains are fully developed do not understand that if you have someone riding in your car or if you are so stupid that you let someone drive your car or your parents car, and they end up having drugs on their person or in their purse you will be charged. Also, if you get pulled over, don’t be surprised that riders in your car or your parents car will try to hide drugs in various places of that car, ie, back counsels, under seats. You will be charged, or worse yet your parent who owns the car could be charged. If your stupid child lets another person drive their car ( really the parents car) because they know they are wasted, if that other person has an accident, they have just risked every asset that their parent has, even though the last word the parent said going out of the house is no one else is to drive my car. Why do teens think that marijana doen’t emit any odor? Why if a family never has smoked in any of their cars would the stupid parents not be able to tell?

    Also, $8K is way too high for an attorney. You can find a top 100 list lawyer with top Republic Connections varies by county which party connections you need. For between $1,500-2,500 to get your kid into diversion for an MIP or simple posession. You want Diversion. But the first thing you must do is take your kid to a treatment center and get them evaluated for Drugs and Alcohol, if you do this before court ordered your insurance pays, If your lucky your kid my do 1-4 weeks fullday out patient $5K or about $500 if insurance pays., Otherwise they will say your kid needs inpatient rehab $1000 day, for 30 days, with good insurance about $750. Then kid will have to do at least 20 days of community service, write an essay. 3-5 clean drug tests @ 50-75 a pop. Pay for the chance to enter diversion $400 ( that goes to City). Bail $1,100-2,500, hope you have someone that owns a house in that city to put up. Other wise you pay 10% or the full thing that becomes your fee.

    Down in Florida in the Beach Counties they just issue a ticket and if you pay the $500 or so, no court no record. That is how it works at SandDestin, Seaside and the rest of 30A.

    The minority kids aren’t being target as revenue generators because they sit and cost money on these minor charges. The white kids are the money makers. Why don’t they just do like Bay and Walton counties and call it for what it is revenue enhancement, but of course they want the tourests with money back.

    Absolute worse is the raids on Private parties in Private houses and arresting the parents. I grew up in a Catholic European family that we were all allowed to drink at home. I can’t wait to get out of the land of hypocracy.

  12. dekalbteacher says:

    IMHO the bus drivers deserve their own post rather then being hidden in a comment in this thread.

  13. You are probably right. However, we aren’t “hiding” anything. We edited what we were sent and printed it. If someone — perhaps, you, dekalbteacher? — would care to obtain more specifics and write up a post, we will be happy to print it. But, right now, there is not enough information to create an actual post.

  14. dekalbteacher says:

    I didn’t mean hidden in the sense of your trying to keep it from being seen—just lost among all of the other posts on this topic. I see your point, though. Maybe there isn’t enough info here, and–like you–I don’t have the time or inclination to dig for it. Got to plan what to do with my 190 students on Monday.

  15. booksrkool says:

    So what’s going on with the bus drivers?

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