Public intoxication, speeding, trespassing, loitering, and petty theft are all examples of simple crimes that are classified as misdemeanors. We are all prone to make mistakes from time to time, and these are mistakes that anyone could make.
Let’s say, for instance, that you just received a promotion at work, and you go out with some of your co-workers to celebrate. You have responsibly decided that you’re not going to drive, but you have had a few too many drinks and you get sick as you are walking on the side of the road. Unfortunately, a police officer sees you and cites you for public intoxication. This could happen to anyone.
Or say, for instance, that one day you are standing outside of the super market. You lose track of time and are deep in thought after a long day. You end up standing there for a little too long, and suddenly you are slapped with a ticket for loitering. You didn’t even realize you were doing anything wrong.
These and other similar situations would fall under the misdemeanor blanket and can happen to anyone at any time. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, you are most likely afraid, confused, and potentially aggravated. At Pak and McRae Law, LLC, we work hard to make sure that you are not wronged by the system. We will explain the process in a way that you understand in order to put you at greater ease.
Call our criminal defense attorneys to find out how we can help get you back on track.
What is a misdemeanor?
To put it simply, a misdemeanor crime is a lesser offense that typically does not cause any severe damage or trauma to another person or property. A misdemeanor is typically not a violent crime and is not as severe as a felony. Examples of misdemeanors include:
- Public intoxication
- Petty theft
- Possession of marijuana (less than one ounce)
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, it is important that you seek legal help from a criminal defense attorney immediately. While the charge may seem simple at first, potential consequences of a misdemeanor could create serious problems for you down the road. If you have been charged with a more serious crime, such as a felony, we also offer felony defense services.
If we can help you, we will give you our all; you can be sure of that. We are here for people like you. We know that anyone can make a bad choice, and it’s not fair for that one bad choice to define your future.
What will the punishment be for a misdemeanor?
In Georgia, the accuser has two years from the time of the crime to file a charge as outlined by Georgia’s statute of limitations. A misdemeanor is punishable by:
- A fine of up to $1,000
- Up to twelve months in a county jail
- Up to twelve months in a state diversion center
Besides financial and jail time, there are many other punishments associated with a misdemeanor. Other punishments can include:
- Community service
- Loss of the right to possess a firearm
- Loss of federal aid for education
- Loss of driving privileges
- Publication of your photo in the newspaper
These additional punishments can damage your privileges and reputation for years to come. You are not a bad person; you may have made a simple mistake, but we don’t believe that your reputation should be tarnished for the rest of your life. At Pak and McRae Law, LLC, we do not only think about the present—we think of your future too.
What if I’m charged with a high and aggravated misdemeanor?
In Georgia, you may be charged with a misdemeanor that is considered to be of a high and aggravated nature. The main difference in terms of fines is that you can potentially be fined up to $5,000. You can still only spend up to twelve months in jail.
An example of a “simple” misdemeanor would be battery. However, the charge becomes one of a high and aggravated nature if the battery is towards a family member, a pregnant woman, or a person over the age of sixty-five.
What should I do?
We understand that this may be a new experience for you. It’s important that you are not wronged by the system. The criminal defense attorneys at Pak and McRae Law, LLC want to help you with your case.
We understand that you are a good person who happened to make a mistake. We will not judge you. We understand that you are confused and scared. In Georgia, misdemeanors can hold serious punishments. We want to make sure that you get the fairest treatment possible. If you have questions, we will explain the justice system in a way that you will understand. We want to make sure that we have an open line of communication with our clients. We will walk you through the legal process from the beginning to the end. We will always be honest with you and will not give you false hope. No two cases are the same, but many cases are similar. The criminal defense attorneys at Pak and McRae Law, LLC have a proven track record for helping their clients.
Please contact us if you are looking for legal help. We offer a free initial consultation. If you want the best team representing you, you want Pak and McRae Law, LLC.