Misdemeanor Lawyer Serving Georgia
A misdemeanor is a lesser criminal act for which a person may be sentenced to not more than twelve months in jail or probation and a fine up to $1000.00, or up to $5000.00 in the case of some high and aggravated misdemeanors, plus applicable surcharges. Often misdemeanor punishment includes drug or alcohol counseling, anger management classes, community service or mandatory DUI School. While the list of misdemeanors is extensive, common types are:
- Domestic Violence
- Driving Under the Influence
- Simple Battery
- Simple Assault
- Disorderly Conduct
- Some Drug Offenses
- Some Theft Offenses
- Criminal Trespassing
- Some Prostitution Offenses
- Writing Bad Checks
- Traffic Violations
While not as serious as felonies, misdemeanors may damage your reputation, result in job loss and disrupt your personal life and the lives of other family members. And, some misdemeanors may be increased to felony charges, if the offense is repeated or if it results in extreme harm. Paul Ghanouni recognizes how these charges can impact your life and will work minimize this impact.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, the sooner you obtain legal help the greater your chances of preserving evidence before it is lost, interviewing witnesses before they disappear and increasing your chances of a favorable outcome.
For professional, high caliber criminal defense in Cherokee and surrounding counties of Pickens, Bartow, Forsyth and Cobb, call the Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm, located in Woodstock at 770-720-6336.
Frequently Asked QuestionsIsn’t a warrant required for the police to search me?
In general terms, a warrant is required for police to initiate a search. If a police officer comes to your home, a warrant will be required to take you into custody. However, if the officer has reason to think you might run, destroy evidence or harm someone else, he can arrest you at home without a warrant.
If an arrest takes place somewhere other than your home, the following circumstance dictate that a warrant is not necessary for search:
- Consent – While you are not required to consent to any police searches, a warrant is not required if you consent to a search of your body, your vehicle, or your home. You always have the right to say no to search and make the police get a warrant or use their discretion to search, which can be challenged in court
- Searches incident to arrest – When making an arrest, a law enforcement officer is permitted to search your body and/or clothing for weapons or other contraband.
- Vehicle searches – If you are in a vehicle and are stopped for questioning, the police still need probable cause to conduct a complete vehicle search that includes locked trunks, glove or other compartments.
- Exigent circumstances – Searches may be conducted if there are “exigent circumstances,” for example, if the officer believes evidence may be destroyed unless he takes immediate action.
- Plain view – When police see an object that is in plain view, a search warrant is not needed.
How we help You
We help to minimize the impact that the accusations against you have on your life by creating a customized plan that best serves you.
We do not offer one size fits criminal defense.
We help protect the futures of Georgia teens and young adults accused of crimes.