What To Expect From Your Misdemeanor Case
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 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. Our experienced criminal defense attorney, Brian Hansford, at the Cumming firm of Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, knows the finer details of the Georgia criminal law system. He 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)
- Certain 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
Is A Drug Charge A Misdemeanor?
Georgia prosecutors also charge some drug offenses as misdemeanors. The difference between a misdemeanor drug charge and a felony drug charge depends on the amount and weight of the illegal substances seized by authorities. Attorney Brian Hansford will fight hard to combat the charges against you, whatever they might be.
Penalties And Sentencing For Misdemeanor Convictions
A 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 lawyer to take your case.