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At the time of this writing, we have worked remotely for 56 days, almost 8 full weeks. While we have been able to seamlessly adjust to the new reality, we are mindful that many colleagues, clients, friends, and family members have had a more difficult time. I think about the workers for whom working at home is not an option. I think about small business owners (and their families) trying to safely reopen, fearing for their safety and that of their customers. I think about all of the medical and nursing home personnel, the postal workers, the bus and train operators, who have to do their jobs for us to keep moving.

            My thoughts revolve around gratitude and generosity. I am grateful for the essential workers in this pandemic. I am grateful for the scientists searching tirelessly for a vaccine. I am grateful for the many lawyers who continue to make a difference in the lives of others, whether by asking government officials to keep us safe in reopening the economy or the lawyers who are still working to have their clients released from custody because they cannot afford to post bail. I am grateful for the lawyers of the State Bar of Georgia working to keep the Bar open for the good of the public. And I am grateful for the lawyers I am around, who continue to do excellent work. And I am grateful for everyone trying to make the best of this situation.

            Generosity must be remembered now too. If you can safely contribute to a food bank, do that. If you can safely help a neighbor, do that. If that means taking the time to make a phone call, do it. What a great time to call that relative you have not heard from. What a time to offer the olive branch to someone you have not seen in a while.

            And do not forget to extend generosity to yourself. This is Lawyer Wellness week. The State Bar of Georgia is an excellent resource at There are resources for your total well-being. Go take a look!

Together with generosity and gratitude, we will get through this difficult time. 

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Adjusting to the new normal of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a challenge for many who have never done it before. However, there is still work that needs to get done. Here are some tips that may help you stay productive at home:

Work regular hours

Establish a start and end time for when you will work just as you would when going into the office. Communicate this with your coworkers so they do not assume you are available at all times and you can still separate your work life from your home life.

Make plans and lists to stay organized

Write down what you plan to accomplish for the day or the week. When you set an intention for each day you increase your chances of getting things done.

Take breaks

Go for a walk or talk to a friend. If you take breaks throughout the day you will be more productive and give yourself a chance to refresh mentally and physically.

Avoid working in your bedroom

Working in your bed, will make you more likely to get sleepy or have a hard time feeling truly awake. If your bedroom is the only available space for you to work, try creating a sense of going to work by changing clothes or getting coffee before you get started.

Set expectations with people at home

It can be easy to get distracted by roommates, spouses or kids when working from home. Therefore, is important that you let them know when you are working and ask them not to interrupt you during those times unless it is urgent.

Stay connected with your co-workers

Working virtually makes it difficult to have the typical informal chats with co-workers. Try to find time have a quick phone call or video chat with your co-workers to keep in touch.

Work when you are at your most productive

Some people focus better in the morning, if you are one of those people start your day with your most challenging tasks. If you work better in the afternoons, then start work with more logistical tasks and save the more important work for when you feel you will be able to perform at your best.


When you are not working, take the time to enjoy having free time and relax. Try out that hobby you have always wanted to pick up, catch up your favorite television shows or just spend time with your family.  

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Do not to let one mistake ruin your life. The criminal justice system is daunting. There’s a different language in the court system that is unfamiliar to most. The police and prosecutors are not there to protect you and without experienced counsel you’re at a disadvantage. In some instances, however, a first offender may have the opportunity to have the case diverted without criminal prosecution or be sentenced under the First Offender’s Act, which allows a first time offender to move through the system without a criminal record. Some of the options may include less jail time, diversion programs, community service or probation. It is important to have an attorney that is aware of these alternatives so they can advocate for you and help you reduce the harm on your reputation.

If you or a loved one need help in a criminal defense from an attorney with over 30 years of experience, call attorney R. Gary Spencer today at 404-549-8782 for your free consultation.

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I would say from my experience and my ability to communicate with people, I have been practicing law and trying cases for more than 30 years in both Florida, here and other states in the southeast. I have worked with thousands of clients in a number of federal and state crimes, and so I am someone who is familiar with pretty much every sort of crime and every sort of defense to those crimes. When you hire me, you get someone who’s hands-on, and you will have access to me. I will be the person who goes to court. I will be the person who answers calendar calls, as well as goes to motion hearings and handles your trial. I will explain to you every facet of the proceedings.

I will let you know what I think is the right course of action, and so you get someone who has more than 30 years of experience handling state and federal crimes, and everybody doesn’t have that. I’ve been practicing in federal court alone since 1993, and so that is a niche that I’ve developed over the years, and that’s the experience you get when you hire me. With more than 30 years of experience, we know how to get results for our clients. At R. Gary Spencer, P.C., we provide clients with the personal attention and skilled counsel they deserve from their attorney.