Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions about Georgia criminal law matters below. To discuss the details of your particular case, contact the firm today for a free consultation.
- What's the difference between a federal case and a state case?
- I'm innocent, so do I definitely need a criminal attorney?
- Does it matter what kind of lawyer I use?
- What is an indictment?
- What is an arraignment?
Federal criminal laws are different from the state criminal laws. In addition, federal criminal cases are prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, while state criminal cases are prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office. In federal matters, agencies like the FBI or IRS may be involved.
If you are facing criminal charges, it is highly recommended that you seek out experienced counsel—even if you believe yourself to be innocent. You need a lawyer to protect your rights. The judicial system is not perfect and it is important to have someone advocating on your behalf who understands the laws and the systems you are up against.
It is critical that you retain a lawyer who is specifically experienced in handling criminal law matters. In order to make sure you have the best shot resolving your case in an optimal fashion, you need to have someone who is familiar with the nuances of criminal law—particularly the state's criminal laws if it is a state case.
The indictment is the formal charges against the defendant.
An arraignment is the formal notice a defendant is given by a judge regarding the charges against him or her.