Facing criminal charges in Georgia can be one of the most difficult things you ever have to experience. Regardless of what crime you are accused of committing, if you are convicted, you will likely have to face legal consequences, as well as long-term effects on your life. A criminal defense attorney can help come up with an effective defense strategy to combat the charges against you.
According to O.C.G.A. Sec. 19-13-1, Georgia's Family Violence Act, many different behaviors toward family members could result in charges of family violence. Generally, these behaviors include battery, assault, stalking, criminal property damage, criminal trespass, and unlawful restraint. These behaviors can occur between past and current spouses, parents of the same child, parents and children, and former or current housemates. The law does, however, permit parents to use reasonable methods to discipline their children in the form of corporal punishment, restraint or detention.
Some of the most serious drug crimes in Georgia relate to drug trafficking, or the manufacturing, sale and distribution of large amounts of controlled substances. Five people are now facing drug trafficking charges after $1 million worth of cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy were found in two separate seizures in the Georgia area. Three of the people were arrested when their vehicle was stopped by police and a large number ecstasy pills were found in the vehicle. The other two people were arrested after police found them in a semitrailer with significant amounts of cocaine and marijuana, as well as $20,000 in cash.
If convicted of a drunk driving charge, it could alter the course of your life. You may find yourself dealing with penalties that can alter your educational opportunities, career and many other areas of your life. It is in your interests to fight back and defend yourself, even if it is your first offense.
If facing criminal charges of any kind, the accused have a few options available while going through the legal process. In many Georgia cases, prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys are able to work together to come up with a plea deal that benefits all parties involved. However, there also downsides to accepting a plea deal, particularly for the person being charged.