Misdemeanors in Georgia
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It is essential to seek legal counsel if being charged with a misdemeanor, as a conviction can result in financial, social, and professional consequences. Daniels & James Law Offices provides experienced representation in such cases.
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In Georgia, misdemeanors are defined as crimes that can be punished by one year or less in county jail. There are two different categories: misdemeanors and misdemeanors of a high and aggravated nature. Both are punishable by up to 12 months in a county jail.
The former charge includes a fine of up to $1,000 while the latter’s fine can be up to $5,000.
With misdemeanors, judges hold a significant amount of power in determining how the accused serves their sentence such as:
- Suspending some or all of the sentence
- Giving the defendant the option of probation instead of jail
- Permitting defendant to serve jail term of less than 6 months on the weekends or during non-working hours
How Long can a Misdemeanor Case Stay Open in Georgia?
Most specific offenses do not have a predetermined statute of limitations, but the general guideline is that most felonies aside from rape, murder, or crimes against underage victims hold a statute of limitations of four years, while misdemeanors hold a statute of limitations of two years.
Penalties if Convicted
While being charged with a misdemeanor is less serious than a felony, there are still penalties with long-lasting implications that must be considered, such as:
- Loss of right to own a firearm
- Loss of federal financial aid or education
- Loss of driver’s license
- Publication of photo in newspaper
- Mandatory community service
- Ineligibility for certain jobs
- Jail time
- Permanent criminal record
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