In Your Defense When You Have Been Charged With A Misdemeanor
Although the word “misdemeanor” may sound like a minor legal problem, in fact, a misdemeanor conviction can have serious consequences both in the short term and the long term. Depending on the nature of the criminal offense, a criminal record based on a misdemeanor could lead to jail time as well as major vocational roadblocks over the years.
At Sexton & Moody, P.C., you will find the caliber of representation you need to have a good chance at a favorable outcome after a misdemeanor arrest. We carry on the strong legacy in criminal defense that was established by our founder, Lee Sexton. His stellar reputation for effective defense is reflected in our law practice today.
Common Misdemeanors In Georgia
Examples of misdemeanor charges that many of our clients are facing when they contact us include the following:
- Family violence
- Violation of protective orders
- Weapons charges related to the possession of firearms
- Drunk driving or driving with a suspended driver’s license
- Possession of marijuana weighing one ounce or less
- Traffic offenses such as reckless driving
Even a low-level misdemeanor charge can be made worse as it proceeds through the court system. In some cases, a misdemeanor charge may be upgraded to an aggravated misdemeanor charge, with potentially higher penalties and long-term repercussions.
Common Consequences For A Misdemeanor In Georgia
Someone convicted of a misdemeanor may be fined up to $1,000. They may also serve jail time in a city or county jail for up to 12 months. Besides these criminal penalties, many people experience difficulties in other areas of life, through background checks associated with job hunting, financial transactions, and in their personal lives.
How Long Do Misdemeanors Stay On Your Record?
Once you have any kind of criminal record in Georgia, it will remain for life unless you get it expunged. In Georgia, you may have the opportunity to pursue an expungement two years after a misdemeanor conviction if you have not been convicted of any other crimes in the meantime. Expungements are not automatic. Separate legal action is required to seek the clearing of your record in this way. No expungement of DUI convictions is available.
Get Your Defense Underway After A Misdemeanor Arrest
It is worth all your effort to get an aggressive McDonough criminal defense lawyer even for a first-time DUI, theft or assault case.