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Charged with a Misdemeanor Offense? Contact Our Firm Today!

While misdemeanor offenses do not come with as adverse repercussions as felony convictions, they should still be taken seriously.

It is important to remember that if you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you will have a permanent mark on your criminal record.

The Effects of a Misdemeanor Conviction

Misdemeanor crimes are not quite as devastating as felony charges, but they are still serious criminal offenses that have the power to derail one's life for at least a short period of time after jail is served.

Other consequences you could suffer include:

  • You Could Lose Your Right to Possess a Firearm
  • You Could Lose Federal Financial Aid for Your Education
  • You Could Miss Out on Certain Job Opportunities
  • You Could Experience Ruined Relationships
  • You May Have a Tarnished Reputation
  • You Could Have Your License Suspended

On top of these things, in Georgia, penalties for misdemeanor convictions can include up to 12 months in jail and fines as high as $1,000. Furthermore, if you commit a misdemeanor of an aggravated nature, your fine could be as high as $5,000.

Can a First Time Misdemeanor Be Dismissed in Georgia?

Georgia offers the possibility of dismissing misdemeanor charges for first time offenders. Charges can, however, be dismissed depending on the specific facts and circumstances.

Generally, a first-time misdemeanor charge in Georgia can be dismissed if there is insufficient evidence or extenuating circumstances justify the dismissal. Your case can be reviewed by a criminal defense attorney to determine the best course of action.

First-time offenders may be eligible for pre-trial diversion programs, such as Georgia's First Offender Act (FOA), which allows them to plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) and avoid conviction if they complete probation and other requirements. Successful completion of the FOA may result in the charge being dismissed.

It's important to note that each case is unique, and the outcome will depend on the specific facts and circumstances involved. It's crucial to work with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the legal process and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Common Misdemeanor Offenses in Georgia

It's important to note that most of these offenses carry with them the ability to be trumped up to felony charges if they are repeated or are committed in an especially aggravated manner.

The majority of misdemeanor offense include:

  • Battery
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Domestic Violence
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Pandering
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Public Drunkenness
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Selling Alcohol to Minors
  • Sexual Battery
  • Shoplifting Less Than $300 Worth of Merchandise
  • Simple Assault
  • Stalking
  • Trespassing
  • Vandalism

Why Contact Tevis Law Firm, LLC

If you are a resident of Atlanta or the surrounding area and you are being investigated for committing a misdemeanor offense or have been charged with committing a misdemeanor offense, it is imperative that you take legal action immediately to protect your rights. Our founding attorney has handled over a thousand cases and has received a 10.0 Superb Rating on Avvo®.

To speak with Tevis Law Firm, LLC about the circumstances surrounding your case and to learn how we can help combat your misdemeanor charges, contact our office for a free consultation!

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