In Georgia, the maximum jail sentence is 10 years and the minimum is one, but there are a few other variables that affect amount of jail time for all felonies.
The amount of jail time you’ll receive for a felony charge will depend on a few factors:
- Are you working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer?
- Did you have a prior record?
- How much did the allegedly stolen property cost?
Are you working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer?
If the answer to this question is no, then you might want to take a second look at your options. Working with an attorney who is going to fight for your rights with everything he or she has is crucial to your success now and in the future. As you probably know, felony charges are very serious, and working with a serious, efficient criminal defense attorney is the most effective way to handle these charges.
Know that a criminal defense attorney should be your greatest advocate. You should trust them to act in your best interest.
Do you have a prior history?
If you have previous charges, regardless of whether they are previous theft or other type of felony charges, you do risk harsher sentencing. This is why an Atlanta criminal defense attorney will work hard to fight the first charges, just in case there happens to be another instance in the future.
How much did the property cost?
If you work with a criminal defense lawyer, and you stole property that amounts to under $500, then the possibility of you being sentenced to jail time and/or the amount of jail time lessens. When property under $500 is stolen, it is a misdemeanor, and the jail time cap for misdemeanor theft is 12 months.
However if motor vehicles, motor vehicle parts, firearms, or other specific types of property are stolen, you risk up to 10 years of jail time, regardless of cost of property.
Remember that every criminal situation is different and it is important to speak about your specific charges, court location, and criminal history with Atlanta criminal defense attorneys. If you have any questions, please call Pak and McRae Law. Our office is located in Decatur, Georgia on Clairemont Avenue.