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Decatur Criminal Law Attorney

There were 40,362 violent crimes reported in our state in 2009, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  While that figure captures felony crimes like murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery, it does not include misdemeanor, traffic, and juvenile offenses.  Decatur criminal law attorneys understand the processing and deterrence of these different types of violations that represents the main function of criminal law in Georgia.

While it is the duty of the state to prosecute, it is the duty of criminal law attorneys to defend the personal rights, liberty, and future of those accused under criminal law.

If you are accused or arrested in Decatur for any criminal, traffic, or juvenile offense, the only advocate who can help you navigate your situation is a qualified criminal law attorney.

Criminal law attorney in Decatur

As a former DeKalb County Public Defender, and recognized as a leading criminal law attorney in Georgia by Super Lawyers, a nationwide legal rating organization, Jim Michael is a criminal law lawyer possessing the critical skills and knowledge needed to successfully defend his clients over a broad range of criminal practice areas.

Highly regarded among criminal law attorneys in the metro Decatur area, Mr. Michael assists clients understand criminal or other charges they are facing in Georgia, including the following:

Felony and misdemeanor crimes: Felony offenses are serious crimes resulting in harsh fines and imprisonment and can be prosecuted under state or federal law.  The severity of a crime in Georgia often predicates whether the offense is considered a felony or a misdemeanor.  An initial arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) is considered a misdemeanor, but repeat DUI offenders may be charged with a felony.

Examples of crimes classified as felonies in Georgia include the following:

  • Weapons offenses
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Fraud

Offenses that may be classified as misdemeanors in Georgia can include the following:

  • Simple assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Shoplifting
  • Certain traffic offenses

Traffic violations: In Georgia, serious traffic violations include speeding, reckless driving, racing, DUI, and charges related to fatal automobile accidents, among others.

Juvenile law: Governed mainly by state law, juvenile law generally encompasses two broad areas of delinquency and deprivation.  Delinquency addresses crimes are committed by children under 17, whereas deprivation responds to concerns over treatment and welfare of minor children.

Contact a skilled criminal law attorney in Decatur

Providing aggressive legal defense in Decatur, Jim Michael is an Decatur criminal attorney defending the rights and liberty of clients charged with felony, misdemeanor, traffic, and other crimes.  Call 404-857-4059 or contact Jim online or to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.

We offer dedicated legal service to the following counties in Georgia:

  • DeKalb
  • Gwinnett
  • Fulton
  • Clayton
  • Cobb
  • Douglas
  • Henry
  • Hall
  • Newton
  • Rockdale
  • Walton