Misdemeanor Or Felony? Why The Difference Matters.

If you have been accused of committing a crime in Georgia, you are facing either misdemeanor or felony charges. The difference matters: felony charges carry much more severe penalties across the board.

  • Misdemeanor offenses can include crimes such as possession of marijuana (less than 1 ounce), most traffic violations, shoplifting, domestic violence and driving under the influence. Misdemeanors usually carry a maximum punishment of 12 months in custody and $1,000 in fines.
  • Felony offenses can include crimes such as drug trafficking, sex crimes, murder, homicide, fraud, burglary and kidnapping. Felony convictions are usually punishable by one or more years in prison. With a felony conviction, you can lose many of your rights and privileges, including your right to vote or own a handgun. A felony conviction may also disqualify you from obtaining professional licenses.

Many of similar criminal activities can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. For example, a fourth DUI results in a felony charge in Georgia. When reviewing your case, attorney Mitch Durham may look for the possibility of arguing that the charges against you be reduced, in some cases from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Regardless Of Charges, You Have The Right To An Attorney

The United States justice system is considered an adversarial legal system, because it is believed that the truth in a matter can best be determined by giving two sides an equal chance to make their case before an impartial judge or jury.

Attorney Mitch Durham believes that clients who are under investigation or who have been arrested and charged with a crime — no matter what that crime is — deserve a lawyer willing to protect and defend their rights. This is the process our adversarial legal system is set up to serve.

Call To Discuss Your Charges And Options

Prospective clients can call the Marietta firm of Mitch Durham Attorney at Law directly at 770-427-0743 or contact the firm online. Your initial consultation is always free.