In Georgia, felony convictions can result in heavy fines, probation, and sometimes years-long incarceration. The consequences of a felony conviction do not end after release, as having a criminal record can make it difficult to obtain employment, housing, and educational and military opportunities. If you or a loved one are being investigated for or have been charged with a felony offense, it is imperative to retain the services of an attorney who has experience in felony defense who can help ensure that your interests are protected.
Any crime that is punishable by more than one year in prison is considered to be a felony in Georgia, including:
A person who has been charged with any of these serious felonies should seek the advice of a criminal defense law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, as a conviction for some offenses carries severe penalties.
Because the punishments for violating felony laws are so serious, Georgia law requires that cases be brought within specific time limits. For instance, most felonies must be charged within four years of the date that the crime allegedly occurred. One exception is for a charge of rape, which must be commenced within 15 years. Additionally, any crime against a minor under the age of 18 must be charged within seven years.
Another significant exception exists when DNA evidence is being used to establish an accused’s identity. In those instances, prosecution can be commenced at any time, as long as the crime falls under specific categories, including armed robbery, kidnapping, and certain sex crimes. If a crime falls outside these categories and does not result in the commencement of a prosecution within the established time frame, a person cannot be charged with committing that crime.
Being charged with a felony offense can have life-changing consequences, so if you have been accused of committing a felony crime, it is important to obtain the advice of an experienced attorney who may be able to get your charges reduced or even dismissed. Please contact a dedicated member of the legal team at Thomas, Webb, and Willis, LLC by calling (404) 250-1113 and scheduling a free consultation.