Georgia State Crime Defense Attorneys
Most criminal cases that are processed in the state of Georgia are state crimes. While state crimes are distinct from federal crimes, they can be equally as serious in some cases, regardless of who’s prosecuting them. A state criminal conviction can result in heavy fines and several years in prison, as well as other consequences.
At the law office of DuBose Miller, our state criminal defense lawyers can provide you with the legal defense services you need and deserve. If you are facing charges for a state crime, the first thing that you should do is hire an experienced attorney for representation. When you call our law firm, we can start working on your case immediately. Reach us today to get started.
What’s the Difference Between a State and a Federal Crime?
The first thing that is important to understand is the difference between a state crime and a federal crime. In a nutshell, a state crime is a crime that is committed in violation of state law; a federal crime is a crime that is committed in violation of a federal law.
A state crime is prosecuted by state officials—state police officers may be involved in supplying evidence for the case, and the crime will be prosecuted by the state prosecutor. In a federal criminal case, on the other hand, the crime will be investigated by federal agencies, such as the FBI, and charges will be brought forth and prosecuted by federal prosecutors.
Types of State Criminal Cases We Handle
At the law office of DuBose Miller, our lawyers work on a variety of state criminal cases. We can help you if you or a loved one are facing any of the following types of charges:
- Property crimes. Property crimes can range from a misdemeanor to felony cases and can include crimes like petty theft, robbery, arson, trespassing, larceny, motor vehicle theft, vandalism, and more. We have years of experience working on property crime cases and we are confident in our ability to represent you.
- Felony cases. Felony cases are criminal cases that involve more serious offenses than misdemeanor crimes; as such, the penalties for a felony crime are more severe, and the need for an attorney for criminal defense representation is even more pronounced. Our law firm is known for employing effective defense tactics in felony cases, and our criminal defense attorney was once a prosecutor. Our law firm has the insight and experience your case deserves.
- Misdemeanor charges. While it is true that a misdemeanor crime is not as serious as a felony crime and that the penalties for a misdemeanor are less severe, a person who is facing misdemeanor charges should still hire an attorney for criminal defense services. A misdemeanor charge will still go on your criminal record and could impact your ability to pursue certain opportunities in the future. If you have a criminal record already, your misdemeanor charge could be elevated, and the consequences more severe. It is always in your best interests to work with a lawyer.
- RICO crimes. RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. If you are facing racketeering charges under Georgia’s RICO statute, hiring an attorney for your defense should be your number one priority. A RICO conviction could result in a prison sentence of up to two decades in some cases.
- Sex crimes. Sex crimes are especially serious. Not only do these types of crimes result in serious penalties when a defendant is convicted, but they are often highly stigmatized, too. Types of sex crimes cases that our law firm works on include sexual assault, rape, pornography cases, prostitution cases, child sexual assault cases, public indecency, sexual battery, failure to register as a sex offender, and more.
- Violent crimes. Violent crimes can carry severe consequences, particularly when the alleged victim of the violent crimes suffers injury as a result of the alleged crime. Our lawyers can help you to understand your legal options and rights when facing charges for a violent crime, as well as your defense options. Common defenses include self-defense and lack of criminal intent.
- White-collar crimes. White-collar crimes typically refer to crimes committed by businesspersons but can refer to any type of non-violent crime that is executed for financial gain. Fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, antitrust violations, bribery, mail fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering are all common white-collar crimes. Just because these crimes are not violent crimes does not mean that they are not aggressively prosecuted and taken very seriously in our state.
How Can a Strong Criminal Defense Attorney Help Me?
As mentioned above, the penalties for a state crime can vary from a short jail term, to a small or large fine, to a long prison sentence, to other penalties, such as the revocation of a driver’s license or a professional license. The exact penalties that are issued by the court following a conviction will depend on the details of the crime, whether the crime is a misdemeanor or a felony offense, the criminal background of the defendant, and other factors.
When you work with our experienced criminal defense team, we can help you by:
- Explaining the charges that you’re facing and the potential penalties for a conviction;
- Reviewing the prosecution’s evidence against you;
- Developing your case strategy, including advising you whether to plead guilty or not guilty;
- Negotiating a plea deal with the prosecution;
- Identifying and exposing any and all holes in the prosecution’s case;
- Ensuring that your Constitutional rights are protected throughout the process;
- Advocating for you and your best interests every step of the way.
Call Our State Crimes Defense Attorneys Today
At the law office of DuBose Miller, we know what you’re facing and how terrifying criminal charges can be. When you call our firm, we can start working on your case immediately. To learn more about our legal services and what to do when you are facing charges, please call us directly today or send us a message online.