Felony Crimes in Georgia
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, over 11,000 men and 3,000 women were arrested on violent crime charges in 2009. Arrest for a violent crime in Decatur, or anywhere in Georgia, requires the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Felonies are punishable by fines exceeding $1,000 and resulting in imprisonment for a period exceeding one year. Like a misdemeanor, conviction on a felony charge will result in a lifelong criminal record that can affect many aspects of your future, including the following:
- Ability to gain employment
- Future ability to enter into financial transactions
- Opportunity to obtain educational assistance or enter your college of choice
- Lifetime loss of right to own a firearm
- For conviction on a sex crime, enrollment on state sex offenders registry
Experienced criminal attorneys understand that facing felony charges can have a devastating impact on your life, personal relationships, and your family. It is crucial you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately if arrested, or if you learn you are under investigation.
A delay in retaining effective legal help can hinder investigation of your case and cause loss of valuable evidence and witness testimony that significantly diminishes prospects for a satisfactory outcome to your charges.
Criminal defense attorney in Decatur, GA
Serving metro Decatur and other areas in Georgia, Jim Michael has extensive experience, as a DeKalb County Public Defender and attorney in private practice, providing criminal defense to clients accused of serious crimes.
Believing you do not need a good criminal defense attorney is a mistake. Skilled legal counsel can work with you, and officers of the court, to discuss and evaluate the charges against you. Self-representation rarely provides a positive outcome in felony, or misdemeanor matters.
Arrest on felony charges
While specific sentences parallel the severity of the actual crime committed, general sentences for certain felonies in Georgia include the following:
- Sale or intent to distribute drugs: Imprisonment up to 40 years
- Murder: Life sentence or death penalty
- Armed robbery: Not less than 10 years with no early release, up to 20 years imprisonment, or life in prison
- Aggravated assault: Up to 20 years imprisonment
- Rape: Not less than twenty-five years imprisonment
When you face felony charges, your liberty and your future are on the line. Make the right choice and seek representation from highly qualified Decatur criminal defense lawyer Jim Michael. Call us today.
We can help with criminal defense in Decatur
With offices in Decatur, Jim Michael is a seasoned criminal defense attorney who can help you today. For matters of criminal defense, make the right choice and contact Jim online, or call 404-857-4059 to arrange a free consultation on your case.
We provide aggressive legal defense to those facing criminal, juvenile, or motor vehicle charges including speeding tickets and other moving violations in the following counties in Georgia: