- Aggravated assault
- Rape or sexual assault
- Drug crimes
- Drug possession
- Drug trafficking
- Possession of drugs with intent to distribute
A felony conviction is serious and attracts severe penalties, including imprisonment for over 12 months, life imprisonment, or potentially even a death sentence. However, getting the help of an Atlanta criminal defense attorney is absolutely crucial to you and your case.
A misdemeanor is less severe than a felony and carries lesser penalties. Examples of misdemeanors include:
- First-time DUIs
- Having one ounce or less of marijuana in your possession (for personal use)
- Shoplifting property valued at less than $500
- Simple battery
- Simple assault
- Family violence
- Traffic citations such as reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, no insurance, etc.
The penalties for misdemeanors include jail time of less than a year, community service, or payment of fines.
Some misdemeanors could also be charged as felonies depending on the offender’s prior criminal history, the amount or value involved, or other factors. For instance, a fourth or subsequent DUI conviction within ten years elevates the crime to a felony, with increased sentences. Possession of marijuana (over one ounce) or distributing such amounts could increase your charge to a felony. This increment could result in a prison term of one year to ten years.
Misdemeanor convictions could significantly impact your future. It is vital to hire an experienced misdemeanor lawyer who may be able to improve the outcome of your case or avoid a conviction.