Georgia Felony 

THE BREAKDOWN   

Summary  

Being arrested for a Georgia felony is a most serious crime. Georgia Felonies can be broken down into four main categories: Georgia felony crimes, felony criminal process, felony consequences or penalties, and felony criminal defense strategy.   

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Georgia Felony Crimes

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Georgia Felony Criminal Defense Strategy

Georgia Felony Crimes

Felonies are considered as the most serious of crimes. Breaking down in alphabetic order, Georgia felony crimes can be divided into 5 different categories: drug crimes, sex crimes, theft crimes, violent crimes, and white collar crimes. 

Drug Crimes

  • cultivation 
  • distribution
  • manufacturing
  • possession
  • prescription drug
  • selling
  • trafficking

    Sex Crimes

    • minor sex crimes
    • rape
    • sexual assault

      Theft Crimes

      • armed robbery
      • bank robbery
      • burglary
      • car Theft
      • credit card theft 
      • embezzlement 
      • forgery
      • grand theft 

        Violent Crimes

        • arson
        • aggravated assault
        • aggravated battery 
        • aggravated stalking 
        • hate crimes
        • homicide
        • manslaughter
        • murder
        • terrorism 
        • terroristic threats

          White Collar

          • antitrust violations
          • bribery
          • conspiracy
          • counterfeiting
          • cyber crimes
          • espionage
          • extortion
          • fraud
          • insider trading
          • money laundering
          • pyramid scheme
          • racketeering

          Georgia Felony Criminal Process

           The Georgia felony criminal process can be broken down up to ten steps.

          1. Ticketed or Arrested
          If not arrested, you will be issued a citation and a future court date. If arrested for a high aggravated crime, the next step of the criminal process is to be bonded out or hire a criminal defense attorney.

          2. Bonding Out
          In many Georgia felony criminal cases when the defendant is arrested, the law requires the right for a defendant to set bond within 24 hours. Depending on the crime committed, the prosecution and judge may also request to hold the defendant until the initial appearance (arraignment). If the judge decides to hold the defendant in jail, that same judge must grant the defendant an initial hearing within 48 hours if arrested without a warrant and in 72 hours if arrested with a warrant. If the defendant was allowed to bond out of jail, the initial appearance ( or arraignment) is scheduled weeks or months away.   

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          4. Initial Appearance or Hearing (Arraignment) 
          In Georgia, an arraignment is the “initial hearing” or “initial appearance” before a judge. During the arraignment, the prosecution announces the charges against the defendant. After the charges are made, the defendant enters a plea of guilty, not guilty, or nolo (no contest). If the defendant pleads guilty, a fine and punishment will be given and the case will be closed. If the defendant pleads not guilty, both discovery motions and the motion hearing will determine if a preliminary trial will be granted.

          5. Discovery Motions
          Discovery motions involves the process of receiving knowledge of the evidence for or against a defendant.

          6. Motion Hearing
          A motion hearing is when a request is made to the judge(s) to make a decision on what evidence can and cannot be used against your Georgia felony criminal  case. Should a judge see reason for a potential trial, that same judge will ask and proceed to a pre-trial. 

          7. Pre-Trial
          This phase of the criminal process happens after the preliminary hearing and before a case goes to trial. The pre-trial phase will determine what evidence will be used against your Georgia felony case and what will be suppressed: discovery motions.  At that point, the judge has the right to dismiss the case or move on to a trial. 

          8. Plea Negotiations or Bargaining
          In an attempt to avoid a costly trial, the prosecution and defense will attempt to negotiation or plea bargain to settle the penalties charged against the defendant’s felony case.

          9. Trial by Judge or Jury
          If no plea negotiations or bargaining can be settled between the prosecution and defense, your case has the right to be heard by a trial judge or trial by jury. 

          10. Trial with Right to Appeal 
          If your case goes to trial and the verdict goes against the desired end result, the defendant lawfully has the right to appeal their case verdict. 

          Georgia Felony Consequences 

          Being charged with a felony crime in the state of Georgia comes with severe consequences. The penalties for those facing a felony charge varies from crime to crime.  Below are the general consequences of being charged with a Georgia felony. 

          Jail Time and Probation

          • Being convicted of a Georgia felony involves being jailed for 1 year or more in a state prison (if sentenced). 
          • The most severe punishment is a Georgia felony murder: in this case the defendant could be sentence to death by execution. 
          • Other serious felony crimes face 10 to 25 years of jail time. 
          • A shorter sentence of 1 to 10 years can be negotiated by an experienced Georgia criminal defense attorney.   

          Fines and Costs  

          • Felony crimes do come with court fees and differ from crime to crime
          • $1000 to $5000 in fines    

          Statutes of Limitations

          • There is no statute of limitations for murder
          • Within 15 years for felony rape
          • Within 7 years for felony against a minor under the age of 18
          • Within 4 years for every other felony
          • For additional reference, see Georgia Statutes of Limitations 
          • Tolling Provisions are in play. 
            A tolling provision essentially is the legal stoppage of the Georgia criminal statue of limitations on an individual crime. Tolling provisions are used by the prosecution when the crime involves DNA evidence, crimes against minors, and crimes against the elderly.   

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