Attorney Michael Vereen focuses on criminal, DUI, and bankruptcy matters at his private practice. As the sole attorney and owner of his own law firm, Michael Vereen prides himself on his ability to offer each client personalized attention. Michael Vereen and his staff understand the careful attention to detail required for each client?s situation.

Michael Vereen attended the University of Emory School of Law, earning a Master of Laws (LLM) degree. The LLM is an advanced law degree that covers a more specialized knowledge of the law than does the JD. With his LLM, Michael Vereen founded Vereen Law in 1989. For the more than 20 years, Michael Vereen has provided expert legal advice in Cherokee, Cobb, and Forsyth Counties, as well as the surrounding areas. Michael Vereen is particularly experienced in bankruptcy and DUI law, as well as automobile accidents, speeding tickets, and personal injury cases. Michael Vereen belongs to the State Bar of Georgia.

Michael Vereen and the staff at Vereen Law understand that criminal and DUI arrests can seriously impact their clients' lives if handled incorrectly. Drawing on his extensive experience, Michael Vereen offers clients his expertise in navigating the law in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. Using their knowledge of the tax code, Michael Vereen and his staff dedicate themselves to helping clients with overwhelming debt to obtain a fresh start through the process of filing for bankruptcy.

Residing in Georgia, Michael Vereen is married and has three children. A dedicated father, he coaches youth basketball and baseball teams. In his spare time, Michael Vereen also enjoys practicing horticulture in his backyard and spending time with his family.

 

The Master of Laws (LLM) Degree

Upon earning his JD (juris doctor) from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, E. Michael Vereen III elected to take advanced training in the law. Just as medical professionals may undertake advanced training after earning their medical degrees, some lawyers also return to school to earn a master of laws degree, often abbreviated LLM, the abbreviation for the Latin term legum magister. E. Michael Vereen III enrolled in the master of laws program at Atlanta’s Emory University and received his LLM degree in 1989.

Historically, LLM programs in the U.S. have been offered primarily to graduates of foreign law schools, to acquaint them with the principles of common law in the U.S. and the U.S. legal system. In addition, lawyers with degrees from law schools outside the U.S. must generally earn an LLM from an American law school before they are eligible to apply for admission to the bar.

More recently, though, some law schools have established or broadened LLM programs to offer additional training to lawyers who earned their JDs from U.S. law schools. The training offered in LLM programs covers specific areas of the law, like elder law, intellectual property law, international law, and environmental law. One of the most popular courses of study for contemporary LLM students is tax law. Many of the lawyers with the LLM, as well as students pursuing it, feel it enhances their chances for securing employment at better law firms. E. Michael Vereen III, attorney at law, can be contacted at (770) 345-9449 or vereenlaw.com.

Bankruptcy: The Basics for Consumers

Information Provided as a Public Service by the Law Office of E. Michael Vereen III

The prospect of filing for bankruptcy can confuse or frighten consumers whose circumstances have led them to consider such an option. Knowing one’s rights and responsibilities, and getting a general idea of how a bankruptcy might affect the future, can alleviate some of this anxiety.

Bankruptcy, handled in the federal court system, operates under two sets of rules, depending on the consumer’s circumstances. Chapter 7, or liquidation, wipes out debt entirely, while Chapter 13 (reorganization) allows repayment of outstanding debt under the umbrella of bankruptcy court protection.

Most Chapter 13 repayment plans require payment to the consumer’s creditors in full or in part within three to five years. Some debts, such as those related to child support and taxes, cannot be completely dismissed.

Under Chapter 7, a consumer turns over personal property—with certain items exempted—to the bankruptcy court, which sells the assets and then pays creditors with the proceeds. A Chapter 7 filing usually results in denial of new credit during the bankruptcy period, and the consumer’s credit history reflects the bankruptcy for the following 10 years.

Filing for bankruptcy is a serious matter, and should only be entered into after consultation with a qualified legal professional.

E. Michael Vereen III holds a Master of Laws from Emory University and has practiced in the Atlanta area for more than two decades, with a concentration on criminal defense matters and bankruptcy.

E. Michael Vereen III Attorney at Law. (770) 345-9449. Vereenlaw.com.

Georgia DUI Laws and Consequences By E, Michael Vereen III

In the state of Georgia, a driver can be charged for DUI in two ways. If you are found to be driving in a hazardous manner due to intoxication, you can be arrested for DUI. Note that this does not require a blood or breath test. Secondly, Georgia has a per se law, which means that if the driver is found to have a blood alcohol content of .08% or above, they will be charged with a DUI regardless of the manner in which they were driving.

A first DUI offense, or first offense within five years, yields numerous consequences. The offender can expect to be fined between $300 and $1000. The driver can face jail time ranging between 10 days and one year. Their license will be suspended for one year. There will also be a 40-hour community service requirement. Furthermore, the offender must complete DUI School. These consequences become much more severe if it is a second or third DUI within five years. For example, on your second offense, your license is suspended for three years, and a third offense merits a five-year suspension. Besides the monetary consequences and the license suspension, a DUI warrants insurance consequences as well. If your insurance company does not drop your coverage, the rates of your policy will go up. If you are indeed dropped from the company, you will most likely find it difficult to obtain coverage from a new insurance provider.

About the Author: Michael Vereen is an expert attorney in criminal, DUI, and bankruptcy law. Serving mainly the Cobb and Cherokee counties of Georgia, he offers his clients over 20 years of experience and personal service.

E. Michael Vereen III Attorney at Law (770)345-9449 www.vereenlaw.com

E. Michael Vereen III: New Georgia DUI Laws for 2013

In 2013, Georgia implemented new DUI laws that expand permits for first-time offenders or for those who have not been charged in the last five years. The overall goal is to improve the treatment of individuals who drive while intoxicated.

Senate Bill 236 addresses punishment for DUI offenders and ignition interlock devices that prevent them from driving while intoxicated. A significant change to the law involves hardship driving permits granted to first-time offenders over age 21. Before the law changed, permit holders could only drive to and from work, school, doctor appointments, and support group meetings. Expanded privileges enable permit holders to drive to community service engagements, probation officer visits, and court appearances. They may now also drive family members without licenses to school, work, or medical appointments. 

As a lawyer for more than 20 years, E. Michael Vereen III specializes in consumer bankruptcy and DUI law. A member of the Georgia Bar since 1989, Mr. Vereen earned his master of law from Emory University’s School of Law.

Reach E. Michael Vereen III, attorney at law, at 770-345-9449 or vereenlaw.com.

What You Need to Know About Getting a DUI in Georgia By Attorney E. Michael Vereen III

A DUI is a ticket for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. DUIs have consequences far more severe than an ordinary traffic ticket, as penalties for this crime can include jail time, large fines, driver’s license suspension, and required classes and community service.

DUI laws vary from state to state. Georgia has two types of DUI offenses: being an “impaired driver” under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and having a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. In both cases, the state is responsible for proving that the driver was unsafe or intoxicated.

In Georgia, DUI convictions remain on your record forever. While a first offense has a one-year mandatory probation period, repeat offenses result in more probation time and more severe consequences. However, the direct legal repercussions of a DUI conviction are just the beginning. Having a DUI on your record can affect your ability to rent, operate or own a car, carry health, life, and auto insurance, and find or keep a job. 

If you have been arrested for a DUI, it is best to get a basic consultation from an attorney as soon as possible.

About the Author: 
A bankruptcy, criminal defense and DUI lawyer in Atlanta, E. Michael Vereen III offers personalized legal consultations and services. For more information please call (770) 345-9449 or visit www.vereenlaw.com.

Michael Vereen Explains Why You Should Always Fight a DUI

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Following a DUI (driving under the influence) arrest, many individuals make the mistake of simply pleading guilty. These people fail to appreciate the consequences of a DUI conviction. They may face jail time, expensive fines, and community service, in addition to a permanent mark on their criminal records that can hurt them in the future. It remains in your best interest to fight a DUI case, and you should always strive to get an experienced DUI lawyer on your side. No guarantees exist, but with an attorney you will at least have a chance.

There are many ways to have a DUI case thrown out. The officer may have collected information illegally at the time of the arrest or violated another protocol later on. Only an experienced attorney knows how and where to look for this type of information.

In addition, in Georgia, individuals have the right to a jury trial in DUI cases. Not all states offer this privilege, and a smart defendant will request one. In order to arrive at a guilty verdict, the jury will need to unanimously convict the defendant. Of course, if all the jurors decide on a verdict of “not guilty,” the defendant leaves free and clear. The same holds true for a hung jury, however. The defendant and his or her lawyer need only convince a single juror to vote “not guilty” in order to have the case thrown out.

Another benefit of a jury trial stems from the standard of evidence required. A jury must meet the highest standards of evidence under the law, which means that they must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt of the guilt of the defendant. A case decided by a judge does not require as high of a standard. The judge simply needs to decide that a preponderance of the evidence points toward guilt. 

First-time offenders have an even greater reason to fight a DUI case. Many argue that a single offense will likely not lead to any future offenses, significantly reducing sentencing or other penalties. 

About the author:

In practice for over two decades, Michael Vereen has fought and won numerous DUI cases. Based in Canton, Georgia, he owns Vereen Law.

E. Michael Vereen III Attorney at Law (770)345-9449 vereenlaw.com

If You Are Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

By Michael Vereen 

If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) and subsequently arrested, you will benefit from having legal representation to provide you the protections you are entitled to under the law, no matter which state you live in. Should your case go to trial, the outcome will be based on proof and evidence, and an expert attorney will examine the police reports, view videos, question witnesses, and fight for the best outcome for you. 

In the state of Georgia, where I practice law, anyone may have their driver’s license suspended if they refuse a breath test or blood analysis test or if test results show that their blood alcohol level surpasses the legal limit. In both such cases, it is imperative to seek legal counsel immediately in order to avoid license suspension. The window of time is brief for a lawyer to take the steps needed to retain driving privileges for a client. 

About the Author: 

Michael Vereen has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1989, when he opened his law office in Canton, Cumming, and Kennesaw. Primarily serving the counties of Cherokee, Cobb, and Forsyth, Vereen concentrated mainly on bankruptcy and DUI cases during his 20-plus years of practice, as well as various aspects of criminal law and personal injury cases. 

E. Michael Vereen III (770) 345-9449
www.vereenlaw.com

Emory University School of Law’s Honored Statesman by E. Michael Vereen, (770)345-9445, www.vereenlaw.com

Emory University’s L.Q.C. School of Law received its name in honor of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, a 19th-century statesman upheld as a role model for students at the Georgia institution. Lamar himself attended Emory, known then as Emory College, graduating in 1845. Two years later, he gained admittance to the bar. After serving with the Georgia state legislature, L.Q.C. Lamar moved west, seeking his fortune. He decided to settle in Oxford, Mississippi, where he opened a law practice. Later, he joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi. 

Lamar continued his peaceful career, including two terms of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, until the outbreak of the Civil War. At that point, he became heavily involved in the struggles, drafting Mississippi’s ordinance of secession from the United States. During the war, he organized the 19th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry, serving as the regiment’s lieutenant colonel for two years. Lamar also served the Confederacy as a diplomat, traveling to England, France, and Russia to gain support.

After the end of the Civil War, Lamar helped reunite the North and South through Reconstruction. As the first former Confederate officer to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lamar continued to promote unity. He even delivered a eulogy in honor of long-time enemy of the South, Charles Sumner, after Sumner’s death in 1874. Throughout the following years, Lamar remained active in politics and became a popular national figure. He served for a time as the U.S. Senator for Mississippi, as Secretary of the Interior under President Grover Cleveland, and then as a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

About the Author: A lawyer specializing in bankruptcy, DUIs, and criminal law, Michael Vereen studied at Emory University’s L.Q.C. School of Law, earning his Master of Laws in 1989. Currently, Michael Vereen maintains his own law office in Kennesaw, Georgia. For more information about Vereen’s firm, visit www.vereenlaw.com or call (770) 345-9445.