William James Atkins’s Answers

William James Atkins

Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer.

Contributor Level 9
  1. Do I have any legal rights when Pictures of me are posted online without my consent?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. William James Atkins
    1 lawyer answer

    Assuming that you can prove that the pictures were taken without your knowledge or consent (that means you didn't see someone with the camera and had no reasonable expectation that someone would be taking pictures), you may be able to allege an invasion of privacy claim. However, unless your are (a) a woman; (b) the pictures are particularly damaging, i.e. embarrassing photographs, sensitive photographs (nude, sexual, etc.); and (c) the person who took the pictures and/or owned the house is...

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  2. Improper Lane Change/Usage in Sandy Springs, GA

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Phillip Darrell Kimbrell
    2. William James Atkins
    2 lawyer answers

    I would encourage you to consult with an attorney before your first court appearance. You will be in Sandy Springs Municipal Court. Depending on your driving history, along with a number of other factors, your attorney may be able to negotiate a reduction to the fine, points and offense charged. You should not delay in seeking the advice of an attorney specializing in criminal defense matters.

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  3. Do I have a case

    Answered 13 days ago.

    1. William James Atkins
    2. Marie-Jacques Marilyn Ambroise
    3. Elizabeth Taylor Herd
    3 lawyer answers

    Emma, It is very difficult to offer a meaningful response to your question because medical malpractice matters are very complex, expensive and difficult. Without knowing a great deal more about your underlying condition, the nature of the deterioration and the likelihood that you would have eventually required surgery anyway, I can't really tell you much. In general terms, cases arising from a failure to treat or diagnose a condition are very tough to win. In most instances, an expert...

  4. If a persons bodily injury coverage is 100k.

    Answered 13 days ago.

    1. Jeffrey Parker Shiver
    2. Christopher Matthew Simon
    3. William L. Swank II
    4. Lloyd Noland Bell
    5. Philip Wesley Lorenz
    6. ···
    11 lawyer answers

    The first issue is whether you have underinsured motorist coverage and, if so, how much coverage do you have? Your coverage may be more than the amount listed on the policy if you insure more than one vehicle on the same policy and you have not opted out of "stacking" your coverage. If you don't have UM coverage or the coverage amount is less than $100k, then your only other source of recovery would be the defendant driver's assets. As other lawyers have said, that can be a challenge.

  5. Police search allowed?

    Answered 13 days ago.

    1. John Arnold Steakley
    2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    3. William James Atkins
    3 lawyer answers

    If you called the police and advised them that you were having an altercation with your boyfriend and wanted them to come, they have the right to do a pat down search of your boyfriend when they encountered him outside your residence. Your call requesting police assistance certainly gave the officers reasonable suspicion that your boyfriend had committed or was about to commit a criminal offense. Under those circumstances, they can do a pat down search for weapons for officer safety. It gets...

  6. Who is liable when an employee invades the privacy of a customer using the stores printing services and computer?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Alfred Fargione
    2. William James Atkins
    2 lawyer answers

    Are you represented by an attorney in your divorce proceeding? I would start there. As far as the invasion of privacy claim is concerned, the employee would have been acting outside the scope of her employment when she accessed your email account without your permission. If you contacted the store and informed them of what she did, I'm quite sure they would fire her on the spot. If I'm right that she would be deemed to have acted outside the scope of her employment (she certainly didn't...

  7. Can i sue? what kinda of attorney do i need?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott Benjamin Riddle
    2. William James Atkins
    3. Torin D. Togut
    3 lawyer answers

    I respectfully disagree with the prior post. The nature and extent of any claim depends upon the entity involved. So, for example, if the Gwinnett PD did this, your claims would be thought to pursue at all because there is no basis for a successful negligence claim against a county. On e othe hand, I'd the City of Lawrenceville PD did this, you maybe able to bring a claim under state law, provided that you file an ante Litem notice within 6 months of the incident. With that said, if ou signed...

  8. Is it legal for patrol officers to sit at exit ramps at night sideways, with takedown lights, alley lights, spot lights on?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jesse Cole Kent
    2. William James Atkins
    2 lawyer answers

    The officer must have reasonable suspicion to believe you have committed a crime, (includes traffic offenses) to pull you over. That is a very low standard. He cannot prolong the traffic stop any longer than necessary to investigate the traffic offense. Without more information, I cannot tell you whether you have a civil rights claim. At a minimum, ou should report the officer to the internal affairs division of is department.

  9. What is the sentence for simple Battery - Family Violence (Misdemeanor) and alsoGiving False Name, Address or Birthdate to a Law

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Noah Howard Pines
    2. Allen Rust Knox
    3. William James Atkins
    3 lawyer answers

    As Noah Pines noted, the actual sentence will vary based on jurisdiction, specific facts of the crime, prior criminal history (especially if it involves the same victim), etc. As both offenses are classified as misdemeanors under Georgia law, the maximum sentence for each offense would be 12 months in custody (county jail, not state prison) and $1,000 fine.

  10. Can the Cobb County Sheriff's Office be sued for invasion of privacy and unreasonable search?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott Benjamin Riddle
    2. John Arnold Steakley
    3. William James Atkins
    3 lawyer answers

    Your question raises potential civil rights issues related to the scope of the warrant. Without reviewing the language of the warrant itself, it is nearly impossible to offer an informed response. As a general rule, if the search exceeded the scope of the warrant (as set forth in the Affidavit), the search may violate the 4th Amendment. If you can establish a violation of the 4th Amendment (either as described above, or in some other manner) you may have a viable claim under Federal law....