If you've been accused of breaking the law, but you haven't been charged with a violent crime or felony, it's considered a minor infraction or misdemeanor. Many people downplay the seriousness of a misdemeanor charge to make themselves feel better, but this is a big mistake. Georgia misdemeanor law is strict and can be difficult to deal with on your own.
If you've been arrested on a misdemeanor charge, you should seek legal counsel immediately. As experienced criminal defense attorneys, the lawyers at the Cumming firm of Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, know the finer details of the Georgia criminal law system and will help you make a strong argument in your defense to get the charges dropped or reduced.
What Is Considered A Misdemeanor In Georgia?
Misdemeanors are lesser charges for mostly nonviolent crimes or unlawful behavior. In Georgia, this can include:
- Petty theft (stealing or shoplifting something worth less than $300)
- Misdemeanor sex crimes (indecent exposure, prostitution and sexual battery)
- Some violent crimes (less severe instances of assault, battery or stalking)
- Public drunkenness
- Resisting arrest
- Obstruction of justice
- Disorderly conduct
Georgia prosecutors also charge some drug offenses as misdemeanors; the delineation between a misdemeanor drug charge and a felony drug charge depends on the amount and weight of the illegal substances seized by authorities.
Penalties And Sentencing For Misdemeanor Convictions
A Georgia misdemeanor conviction can mean possible jail time, large fines, court-ordered financial restitution, probation and/or community service. If you value your freedom and your reputation, it's important that you choose the right misdemeanor lawyer to take your case.
At Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, we consider every client innocent until proven guilty in a Georgia criminal court. We have an outstanding record of success in criminal defense, even in the toughest cases. We are experienced, thorough and cost-effective trial lawyers. Please call our office today at 770-744-1111 to discuss your case or for assistance after hours, please call 678-343-8075. You may also reach us via our simple contact form.