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Under state and federal law, criminal charges are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. A felony is a more serious charge that generally results in prison sentences of a year or longer, depending on the alleged offense. Due to the serious nature of felony charges, it is important to seek experienced legal representation. The McDonough felony law attorneys at Miller & Key represent clients in state and federal courts in Georgia.
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In most situations, felony crimes are prosecuted by the state. However, some crimes are prosecuted by the federal government, such as crimes against federal properties or federal employees. Whether the crime falls under the jurisdiction of the state or federal government, a felony conviction is extremely serious and may result in severe penalties if you are convicted.
What Crimes are Felonies in Georgia?
Examples of felonies in Georgia include:
- Burglary - A type of theft crime characterized by unlawful entry onto another person's property with the intent to commit a theft or other felony offense therein. Second-degree burglary conviction may result in up to 5 years of imprisonment, while first-degree charges may be punishable by up to 20 years in prison depending on the circumstances of the crime.
- Robbery - Individuals convicted of robbery may face up to a maximum of 20 years in prison. Robbery involves the taking of someone else's property by force or intimidation.
- Arson - Arson is an extremely serious crime that can be prosecuted in the first, second, or third degree. Depending on the extent of the damage and whether anyone was injured or killed, convicted individuals may spend up to 20 years in prison and/or be ordered to pay up to $50,000 in fines.
- Aggravated Assault - A person may be accused of assault if he or she attempts to violently injure another person, or engages in behavior that ultimately leads to injury. Aggravating factors include things like using a deadly weapon, intent to cause further harm, assaulting an elderly victim, firing from a moving vehicle, and others.
- Kidnapping - The forceful abduction of another person and the holding of that person against their will can result in anywhere between 10 years and life in prison. In the most serious cases where the victim suffers bodily harm or dies, the death penalty may be imposed.
- Rape - Forcibly engaging in sexual conduct without consent is a serious sex crime that may result in 25 years to life in prison. The death penalty may be imposed.
- Murder - Individuals accused of murder need to mount a strong defense with an experienced attorney. If it is proven that the accused person took a victim's life with intention to kill, the convicted individual may be sentenced to life in prison (with or without parole) or the death penalty. Murder in the second degree is punishable by a prison term of 10 to 30 years.
Our felony law attorneys in McDonough work to build your best defense. We consider the facts of your case, the evidence, how evidence was collected, and a variety of other factors to determine the most effective defense strategy. Our criminal defense lawyers provide a complete explanation of your legal options and thoroughly prepare your case to provide the aggressive and competent defense you deserve.
The punishment you may be facing varies, but may include a long prison sentence, hefty fine, or both. Even after you are released, your conviction will continue to follow you and may limit your ability to pursue certain educational and career goals.