What is a Misdemeanor in Georgia?
Misdemeanors are lesser charges for mostly non-violent crimes or unlawful behaviors that take place in the State of Georgia. This includes petty theft (stealing or shoplifting something worth less than $300), misdemeanor sex crimes (such as indecent exposure, prostitution, and sexual battery), some violent crimes (less severe instances of assault, battery, or stalking), public drunkenness, resisting arrest, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and disorderly conduct.
Georgia prosecutors 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 illegal substances seized by authorities.
Most misdemeanor charges aren’t technically as serious as felony charges. However, if you’re arrested for a misdemeanor in the state of Georgia and you want to protect your good name, it’s time to hire a good defense lawyer.
Atlanta Misdemeanor Defense Attorneys
If you’re accused of breaking the law, but you haven’t been charged with a violent crime or felony. It’s a minor infraction. Why not defend yourself against the accusations?
Many people mentally downplay the seriousness of a misdemeanor charge in order to make themselves feel better. This is a mistake because Georgia misdemeanor law is still strict. Once you're arrested and charged with a misdemeanor, you should seek legal counsel immediately instead of trying to defend yourself in court. An experienced misdemeanor defense attorney from the Miles Patterson Hansford and Tallant Law Office will know the fine details of the Georgia criminal law system, including what it takes to get charges dropped, get charges reduced, or make a strong argument in your defense.
Penalties and Sentencing for Misdemeanor Convictions in the State of GA
A Georgia misdemeanor conviction means a possible jail sentence, large fines, court-ordered financial restitution, probation, and/or community service. If you value your personal freedom and your reputation, it's important that you choose the right GA defense lawyer to take your case as soon as possible after your arrest.
At Miles Patterson 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. If you were arrested and charged with a misdemeanor in the State of Georgia, please call our misdemeanor defense law firm today at (770) 781-4100 or after hours at (678) 343-8075 or access our simple contact form here.