Atlanta Misdemeanor Lawyer
Misdemeanor Charges in Georgia
Misdemeanors and traffic charges, though less severe than felonies, can lead to serious consequences. If you are facing charges for a misdemeanor or traffic crime, you need a representative who understands the gravity of your situation. Don’t mistake a minor offense for something inconsequential. The right Atlanta misdemeanor attorney can help ensure your financial responsibilities are as minimal as possible and that your record is as clear as it can be.
Contact ChancoSchiffer Law, LLC for Atlanta misdemeanor attorneys who will do everything possible to reduce your charges or get the court to dismiss them.
Of the many types of misdemeanors, one of the most common is petty theft, which covers many property crimes where someone steals something. Some of the most frequent petty crimes are shoplifting and larceny.
Basic assault is another misdemeanor. Assault crimes can vary from misdemeanors to serious criminal charges that lead to imprisonment. Different courts will interpret basic assault differently, as there is no clear definition that categorizes different attacks and intentions.
No matter whether you are of legal age, public intoxication is a misdemeanor. Some cities allow you to drink in public, but intoxication is illegal because it often leads to disorderly conduct.
Indecent exposure is another one of the more frequent misdemeanor charges. It generally occurs when one person exposes genitalia to another person without the other person consenting to it. Urinating in public, even if not intentionally exposing yourself, is also indecent exposure.
Another common misdemeanor charge is trespassing. Any time you are on another person’s property without permission, he or she could accuse you of trespassing.
Traffic Misdemeanor Charges in Georgia
Traffic offenses can vary greatly in penalties. For example, speeding or running a red light usually only warrants a ticket. Sometimes, however, traffic offenses can lead to more serious charges. Usually, courts will treat traffic offenses as misdemeanors or felonies if:
- The act causes a personal injury to a person or damages property
- The act causes a real threat of injury to a person or a threat of damaging property
If you commit a traffic offense that the court considers a misdemeanor, it may treat the offense the way it treats other misdemeanor charges. Some common traffic misdemeanor charges include:
- Driving under the influence
- Hit and run
- Driving without a valid driver’s license
- Driving without insurance
- Reckless driving
Traffic misdemeanor charges, while less severe than felonies, can still lead to the police taking the driver into custody. The charges do not require imprisonment, but if the court does order incarceration, the sentence is less severe than for most other crimes.
Traffic Felonies in Georgia
Traffic felonies are significantly more serious than misdemeanors. Most courts define felonies as crimes punishable by at least one year in prison or a death sentence. Punishments are almost always more severe than for misdemeanor crimes. Traffic offenses that could lead to felony charges include repeated DUI convictions, certain hit-and-run accidents, and vehicular homicide.
Depending on the severity of the offense, you could face a variety of punishments for a traffic felony. If convicted, in addition to jail time, you could lose your right to vote and would not be able to teach or be a lawyer. The court could also prohibit you from being able to serve on a jury at any point. A felony may also prevent you from being able to join the military or own a gun.
Atlanta Misdemeanor Attorneys
If you are facing charges for a misdemeanor or traffic charge of any kind in Atlanta, ChancoSchiffer Law, LLC can help. We have an extensive understanding of every aspect of Georgia’s laws and know which strategies would be most effective for your case. We offer each client personal attention.
Contact ChancoSchiffer Law, LLC, for determined representation for your misdemeanor or traffic charge in Atlanta, GA.
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