DUI / Criminal Misdemeanor

Misdemeanors are crimes that are not considered as serious as felonies, but you should not take a misdemeanor charge lightly. A conviction for a misdemeanor can result in jail time, probation and fines.

DUI / Criminal Misdemeanor

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor it is critical that you have an experienced misdemeanor defense lawyer to represent you. Our misdemeanor defense attorneys have significant trial experience working for both defendants and the prosecution.

The misdemeanor lawyers at Rivers Delivers Law have years of experience successfully defending people in the Atlanta metro area and throughout the entire state of Georgia against misdemeanor-charges.

Choosing a defense attorney is one of the most important decisions you will make in your case. Whether you have been accused of a crime or are simply being investigated, your rights, your freedom and your future are in jeopardy. It is important to have the counsel of an experienced misdemeanor attorney as early as possible.

Misdemeanors are crimes that are not considered as serious as felonies, but you should not take a misdemeanor charge lightly. A conviction for a misdemeanor can result in jail time, probation and fines. These charges can cause a loss of liberty, the loss of your job, reduced job opportunities in the future and a serious disruption to your personal and family life. If you’re facing a misdemeanor charge, protect yourself by contacting us.

Types of Misdemeanors

In Georgia, misdemeanors fall into two broad categories: misdemeanors and misdemeanors of a high and aggravated nature. A conviction for a misdemeanor can result in one or more of the following:

  • A prison sentence of up to twelve months in county jail
  • A fine of up to $1,000
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Mandatory drug and alcohol counseling
  • The suspension of your driver’s license.

Being convicted of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature increases the possible fine to $5,000.

The difference between the two depends on the circumstances of the alleged crime. In most cases a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature occurs when a person has been convicted of the same offense multiple times within a given time frame. It can also depend on who the victim is, such as a family member, a member of law enforcement or someone older than 65.

Common Misdemeanor Charges in Georgia

There are many different types of misdemeanor charges under Georgia law, but some are more commonly charged than others. At The Law Offices of Robert A. Rivers, we’ve helped many clients succeed in fighting misdemeanor charges in the greater Atlanta area. We frequently represent clients who are charged with the following Georgia misdemeanors:

  • Possession of an unlawful controlled substance, including an ounce or less of marijuana
  • Violation of probation
  • Simple battery
  • Certain types of domestic violence offenses
  • Public drunkenness
  • Vandalism
  • Trespassing
  • Prostitution
  • Violation of a restraining order
  • Shoplifting when the total value of the stolen property is less than $300
  • Traffic violations, including speeding, and reckless driving, and traffic tickets
  • Some driving under the influence charges

Misdemeanor DUI Charges in Georgia

Our lawyers have successfully represented many clients in DUI misdemeanor charges. Under Georgia law, most first-time driving while under the influence (DUI) charges are considered misdemeanors. Most defendants face the following penalties for misdemeanor DUI charges in Georgia:

  • 40 hours of community service
  • A fine of $300 plus court costs
  • Required attendance in a DUI school
  • 12 months probation
  • Suspension of the defendant’s driver’s license

As with other crimes in Georgia, the circumstances of the crime will determine whether prosecutors charge the defendant with a misdemeanor or felony. For example, if you face your fourth DUI charge in 10 years, prosecutors will charge you with a felony. Additionally, when someone is injured, defendants will face felony charges.

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