MISDEMEANOR IN GEORGIA

If you are facing misdemeanor charges in Georgia, you need an attorney you can trust. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation or to learn more.

 

What Are Considered Misdemeanors in Georgia?

 

In the state of Georgia, misdemeanors are the least serious criminal charges. Nonetheless, they can still carry significant penalties, including time in jail, fines, and more. For this reason, having a qualified attorney on your side in court is essential.

Georgia distinguishes felonies from misdemeanors based on the potential amount of time one could spend imprisoned. If an offense carries a potential jail time of 12 months or less, the crime in question can be considered a misdemeanor offense under Georgia law (O.C.G.A. 17-10-3). A felony conviction carries a penalty of more than a year of imprisonment.

Generally, traffic offenses, criminal trespass, DUI, petty theft, and public intoxication can be considered misdemeanor offenses.

 

What Is a Misdemeanor of a High and Aggravated Nature?

Some misdemeanors can be classified as misdemeanors of a high and aggravated nature which means they are considered more serious misdemeanors and the sentences imposed can be harsher. That can occur if an individual has already been convicted for the same offense or if the person committed the crime against a vulnerable victim.

For example, a third DUI offense or battery against a pregnant woman would most likely be considered a high and aggravated misdemeanor.

 

Can Misdemeanors Become Felony Offenses?

Although there is a difference between a felony and a misdemeanor crime, some misdemeanors could be prosecuted as felonies. For example, even though DUI is prosecuted as a misdemeanor, a fourth DUI offense within 10 years will be prosecuted as a felony crime.

Drug offenses can also range from misdemeanors to felonies and even federal offenses, depending on the type of the drug, its amount, as well as other circumstances of the crime.

 

Can a Misdemeanor Conviction Go Away?

 

Most misdemeanor convictions are eligible for expungement. That means a Georgia criminal defense attorney can help restrict public access to your criminal record. But not every criminal conviction is eligible for an expungement. A criminal conviction for a DUI or sexual battery will be a part of a person’s permanent criminal record.

 

What Should You Do If You Are Charged for a Misdemeanor?

Reaching out to an experienced criminal defense attorney is essential. Even though a misdemeanor charge is considered less serious than a felony charge, that doesn’t mean it should be taken seriously. 

A misdemeanor conviction can result in a jail sentence and severe fines. Also, a person convicted of a misdemeanor may experience difficulties finding a job, applying for loans, or obtaining housing.

 

How We Can Help

 

At the Office of ALJ, we have substantial experience representing Georgia clients who have been charged with misdemeanors. We put this experience to good use for each of our clients, developing a customized defense strategy designed to achieve the best possible outcome. If you are offered a plea bargain, we will work closely with you to make the best decision. If your case goes to trial, we will be by your side every step of the way.