PDW In The News

Thank you again Clients! Mo Wiltshire named Avvo Client’s Choice Award winner for 2015

Posted by on March 3, 2015

Once again, just as in 2012, 2013 and 2014 PDW partner Mo Wiltshire has been named an AVVO Client’s Choice Award winner in 2015. The Client’s Choice Award represents outstanding achievement in the area of client satisfaction as determine by Avvo.com the world’s largest online attorney rating and review service. Mo is very grateful for… Continue Reading

Gov. Deal issues “Ban the box” order

Posted by on March 2, 2015

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed an executive order Monday banning the state from requiring job seekers to disclose their criminal histories in the initial application stage. The “ban the box” initiative will prohibit the use of a criminal record as an automatic disqualification for prospective state employees, except in applications for “sensitive governmental positions.”… Continue Reading

Stolen NASCAR race car recovered undamaged.

Posted by on March 1, 2015

HAMPTON, Ga. — Police have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway.Team XTREME said the car was discovered early Saturday northwest of Atlanta in Gwinnett County, about 20 miles away from where it was taken. The team tweeted a pictured of team owner John Cohen standing in… Continue Reading

Another 5 star review from a grateful client! Thanks Ashley for the wonderful review!

Posted by on February 28, 2015

“A Bulldog attorney with a heart of gold!!” “Mo Wiltshire is talented, smart, kind hearted and amazing in the courtroom for his clients . Mo’s goal is to get you the best deal possible . He did that for me ! My case was very unusual and he got me justice at every turn. I… Continue Reading

Chris Phelps named to bench in Northern Judicial Circuit

Posted by on February 27, 2015

Chris Phelps got the phone call he was hoping to get recently — the one that officially puts the words “Honorable” and “Judge” before his name. The long-time Elberton attorney is now a Northern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge thanks to a call from Gov. Nathan Deal. “Well, I was in Atlanta, when my cell… Continue Reading

Georgia Narcotics/Vice Squad Commander arrested for DUI

Posted by on February 26, 2015

THOMASVILLE — The suspended Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division commander — charged Saturday night with driving under the influence — apologized Monday to the Thomas County citizenry and to his employer, the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office. Kevin Lee was driving his personal vehicle, a black 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe, when he and his wife left a downtown… Continue Reading

American Drug Legalization Is Allegedly Doing Catastrophic Damage to Mexican Cartels

Posted by on February 25, 2015

Marijuana legalization has proven that the most violent cartels cannot resist the powerful forces of market economics. Thanks to new market competition, Mexican drug cartels are beginning to experience serious losses on their operations. The effects will continue to diminish their business as marijuana prohibition is slowly repealed. Unfortunately for cartels, economics is not a… Continue Reading

Craigslist Robber Killed the Other Fled

Posted by on February 24, 2015

Not long after an elderly couple of Marietta, Georgia, are killed for answering to a Craigslist ad, an English Bulldog breeder, Walter Gonzales, 40, and Salvador Burgos, 32, ended up in an almost identical situation. The dogs were advertised for sale at $2,000. Fortunately, the breeder’s friend came armed. The two visited a Fairforest Drive… Continue Reading

PDW Attorney: Authorities ‘overreached’ in charging UGA student with murder

Posted by on February 24, 2015

A University of Georgia student may have made some bad decisions that resulted in the death of his friend and fellow UGA student, but an attorney said authorities “overreached” in charging 20-year-old Lucas Amsler Raposo with felony murder in the fatal shooting of Min Seok Cho. Authorities charged Raposo with felony murder because they said… Continue Reading

Secrecy around police surveillance equipment proves a Florida case’s undoing as prosecutor offers weak plea bargain to avoid disclosure.

Posted by on February 23, 2015

TALLAHASSEE — The case against Tadrae McKenzie looked like an easy win for prosecutors. He and two buddies robbed a small-time pot dealer of $130 worth of weed using BB guns. Under Florida law, that was robbery with a deadly weapon, with a sentence of at least four years in prison. But before trial, his… Continue Reading

Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry on Icy Weather…. as reported in the AJC… hilarious and well worth the read

Posted by on February 22, 2015

It’s hard to get a laugh out of a lawman. Harder still when you’re talking to one about something bad, such as treacherous weather that could cause harm to good people. Ah, but the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, it’s a different cat entirely. Not content to put out a standard warning to citizens in advance… Continue Reading

Georgia couple charged with kidnapping, extortion in Jackson County

Posted by on February 21, 2015

A Troup County couple remained in the Jackson County Jail Friday on extortion and kidnapping charges following their arrest a week ago at the Pendergrass Flea Market. Jefferson police said Wilman Abdiel Hernandez, 27, and Wanda Lynn Hernandez, 33, both of Blue Creek Road, Hogansville, were charged after they demanded $4,000 from a Guatemalan teenager… Continue Reading

Jeb Bush: “I don’t understand the debate” Over the NSA’s Bulk Phone Records Collection Program

Posted by on February 20, 2015

Just in case there was any doubt, Jeb Bush decided to clear up any lingering questions about where he stood on one of his brother’s more controversial programs: the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. In a speech in Florida, Bush, the former Florida governor who… Continue Reading

Montana set to ban government deployment of license plate readers

Posted by on February 19, 2015

Cops in Big Sky Country aren’t happy about it, but Montana lawmakers look ready to ban the use of license plate cameras by government agencies to track motorists’ movements. The legislative move comes after a stream of revelations of local, state, and federal tracking and databasing of Americans’ movements by car, without cause or warrant…. Continue Reading

Man in jail for possession since November freed when ‘drugs’ turn out to be vitamins

Posted by on February 18, 2015

MANKATO — A Mankato man who sat in jail for weeks awaiting trial for possessing a large amount of powder amphetamine was released recently after the charges were dismissed. It turns out his story about the powder actually being vitamins was true. Joseph Ray Burrell, 31, said he isn’t happy that it took as long… Continue Reading

NASA able to hide spying tech deep within hard drives

Posted by on February 17, 2015

Reuters – The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives. That long-sought and closely guarded… Continue Reading

In Georgia Shooting Five Are Dead Including the Gunman

Posted by on February 16, 2015

A quiet suburb outside Atlanta, Douglasville has seen another tragedy as Cedric G. Prather, 33, left four dead before turning the gun on himself. Victims included his ex-wife and two of his children. Neighbors terrified of the incident notified the police and tried to assist the severely wounded victims before the rescuers arrived. The adults… Continue Reading

A new 5 star AVVO review of Mo Wiltshire from a very grateful domestic violence client

Posted by on February 16, 2015

“My son had 3 different family violence (FVA) charges and 1 obstruction charge as a result of three separate arrests against him, all due to “HIM” calling for assistance (911) with a young lady (she lived in another county) at “HIS” home in Jackson County, GA. I knew this was not true as he is… Continue Reading

Emily Bowman files suit against Athens, Ga bar that served dui driver

Posted by on February 15, 2015

ATHENS, Ga. – The former Kennesaw State University student who suffered lifelong injuries after a convicted drunk, hit-and-run driver struck her two years ago filed suit Friday against the Athens bar that served the driver. The driver, William Wilson Heaton, pleaded guilty in December to DUI and other crimes, and was sentenced to 10 years… Continue Reading

PDW Partner Michael Daniel appears before Congress: Clyde Armory v IRS

Posted by on February 14, 2015

Michael Daniel, PDW partner, successfully took on the IRS for our client’s Andrew Clyde and Clyde Armory. After achieving a big win and the return of over $900k of the clients’ funds Michael and Andrew went to Washington to testify before Congress about this IRS abuse and their fight against the IRS. A veteran of… Continue Reading

Augusta Chronicle Editorial: Georgia DUI laws are tough enough do not need “tweaking”

Posted by on February 13, 2015

State Rep. Earnest Smith’s heart is in the right place. But the Augusta Democrat’s bill in the General Assembly about DUIs misses the mark. House Bill 42 would require all convicted first-time DUI offenders to serve at least 72 hours in jail. “Three days in jail is corrective,” Smith said. The existing law sounds pretty… Continue Reading

NHTSA study: Driving stoned is much safer than driving drunk?

Posted by on February 12, 2015

A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that drivers who smoke weed before getting behind the wheel are no more likely to crash than sober drivers. For marijuana, and for a number of other legal and illegal drugs including antidepressants, painkillers, stimulants and the like, there is no statistically significant change… Continue Reading

DUI fatalities and convictions down: Madd activists call for more enforcement

Posted by on February 11, 2015

ATLANTA — DUI convictions in Georgia have been dropping dramatically over a five-year period, state figures show. There may be multiple reasons to account for the decline in convictions, experts say. But they note that this decrease in convictions has coincided with an increase in the number of people refusing to take a field sobriety… Continue Reading

Domestic violence charges dropped against Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy

Posted by on February 10, 2015

Domestic violence charges were abruptly dropped on Monday against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy after his accuser could not be found to testify, prosecutors said. The jury trial for Hardy, 26, had been set to begin in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday. He was accused of assaulting his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, and threatening… Continue Reading

Elderly Woman Shoots Burglars

Posted by on February 9, 2015

An unidentified woman, 71, awoke to strange noises in her home. When she stepped out of the bedroom, she caught a man and woman burglarizing her home. One of the robbers carried a gun and opened fire, hitting her two times, once in the stomach and once in the arm, but brave in the face… Continue Reading

Careful what you say in front of your Smart TV

Posted by on February 9, 2015

Today In Creepy Privacy Policies, Samsung’s Eavesdropping TV. As the number of connected devices — aka the Internet of Things, aka the sensornet — proliferates so too does the number of devices leaning on voice recognition technology as an interface to allow for hands free control.Last fall, for instance, Amazon revealed a connected speaker with… Continue Reading

Friend claims to have found Bobbi Kristina Brown face-down in tub

Posted by on February 8, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — An attorney said Wednesday that it was his client who found Bobbi Kristina Brown face-down in a bathtub last week and called 911, not Brown’s partner. Maxwell Lomas, 24, of Duluth, Georgia — not Nick Gordon — found Brown on Jan. 31 at a townhome in suburban Atlanta, said attorney Philip Holloway…. Continue Reading

Congrats Stan! Former PDW associate Stan Baker named to the federal bench

Posted by on February 7, 2015

BRUNSWICK | Several years ago, Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge, the dean of the University of Georgia School of Law, met with U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. in hopes of persuading Moore to accept more UGA law students as law clerks in the Southern District. Rutledge said Moore showed him a picture of a… Continue Reading

Man pleads guilty to selling fake urine for drug tests

Posted by on February 6, 2015

An Ohio man who sold fake urine and other products meant to help people pass workplace drug tests has pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Pennsylvania. David Neal, 61 of Middletown, Ohio, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to defraud the United States and introduction of misbranded drugs into interstate commerce. He faces up to… Continue Reading

A new 5 Star avvo.com review of Mo Wiltshire “He didn’t promise the moon but damn near delivered it.” -2015 DUI Client

Posted by on February 5, 2015

“I hired Mr. Wiltshire as a result of a second DUI in 5 years charge. I was facing substantial jail time in a prosecutorial environment were a lot of deals are simply not made (Athens/Clarke County -UGA). He didn’t promise the moon but damn near delivered it. He knew what I was potentially facing. He… Continue Reading