A crime can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the potential punishment associated with the charge. Common misdemeanor offenses include assault, battery, disorderly conduct, DUI/DWI, domestic violence, marijuana possession, theft, trespass, vandalism, and shoplifting. In Georgia, a misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of one year in custody and a $1000 fine. There may additional punishment for “high and aggravated misdemeanors.” Apart from potential jail time and fines, misdemeanor offenses can have serious consequences, including a suspension of your driver’s license, a permanent criminal record, an adverse impact on employment, and overly restrictive sentence conditions.
Many people facing misdemeanor charges will represent themselves because they believe that the punishment will not be severe. This is a serious mistake. I have often seen Defendants who will negotiate directly with the Solicitor regarding their charges. More often than not, they will rely on the advice of the Solicitor as to how best to resolve their case, especially if the State’s recommendation does not carry jail time. However, Solicitors does not represent you – they represent the State. As such, they have no incentive to properly advise defendants as to their legal defenses and the consequences of their actions. It is only after months and years that these defendants realize that they have made a serious mistake, at which time it may be too late for an attorney to help them.
If you have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor offense, you need an attorney who will represent your interests and not those of the State. I am passionate about defending your rights and protecting your reputation. I will provide you with committed and effective legal representation so that you will achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
Call Ghanayem & Rayasam LLC today for an experienced and dedicated attorney who will fight for your rights!