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What is a felony in Georgia?

This blog periodically highlights recent events that involve a felony charge. But what is a felony in the state of Georgia? What are some examples of felony crimes? This blog will delve a little deeper into felony charges in the state of Georgia so that those facing them can have a better understanding before crafting their legal defense.

The state of Georgia defines a felony as a charge for a crime that can be punishable by more than a year in prison. This also includes crimes that are punishable by death or a life sentence. If convicted, a defendant must serve the entire term of the sentence. A felony conviction in another state may have an impact on the sentencing for a felony in the state of Georgia. In addition, a previous felony conviction in Georgia can lead to lifetime imprisonment upon the conviction for a subsequent felony in the state.

So, what crimes are classified as a felony? Murder, rape, robbery, burglary and grand theft may all be classified as felonies. Anyone convicted of these and other crimes may face serious consequences that go beyond time served in prison. In some instances, convicted felons can lose their right to vote and the ability to serve on a jury. If the convicted felon is an attorney, he or she may be prohibited from the practice of law. For individuals who have been convicted of sex crimes, he or she may be required to register as a sex offender. It can be difficult to find adequate employment after a conviction, and one's reputation may be significantly damaged.

Drug offenses are the largest class of crimes from which convictions are obtained under felony statutes, and those facing such allegations have a lot on the line. Therefore, anyone facing felony charges should think about seeking legal counsel to see what criminal defense options are available to them.

Source: Government Registry, "Georgia Felonies," accessed on Dec. 14, 2015

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