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 QuestionsWhat should I do if I am arrested?
The moment you are placed under arrest, constitutional rights protect you. The only thing you have to say is, “I want to speak with an attorney” or “I have nothing to say now.”
When you are in police custody, under the Miranda Rule, you must be informed of specific constitutional rights before you are interrogated. Your rights are:
- The right to remain silent
- The right to have an attorney present during questioning
- The right to have an attorney appointed if you are unable to afford one
Why It Is Important To Remain Silent Until You Retain An Attorney
Police do not have to read your Miranda rights, until they arrest you, and can question you before taking you into custody. Anything you say before an arrest can be used against you later in court and anything you say after arrest may be used against you if a court determines that it is not the product of police questioning.
Additionally, many police vehicles and interrogation rooms have recording devices. Even if you believe you are alone or think the only other person there is someone with whom you were arrested, you need to understand that you may still be recorded and those statements could be used against you. Your decision to tell the police that you do not want to answer any questions or speak to them cannot be used against you in trial.
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.