Contact an experienced Georgia criminal attorney if you are charged with a violemt crime in GA. An experienced attorney can guide you through the complex and lengthy Georgia criminal code.
Arson is the crime of maliciously, voluntarily, and willfully setting fire to buildings. Depending on the building set afore, arson can be a first, second or third degree felony. If someone is injured in the fire or the fire was set in an attempt to kill someone, or if a firefighter is injured trying to put the fire out, it is aggravated arson.
The criminal offence of planning or trying to kill another person is attempted murder.
Robbery is the taking of money or goods in the possession of another, from his or her person or immediate presence, by force or intimidation.
The penalty for unarmed robbery depends on the circumstances of the robbery and prior convictions. If convicted, you could face a prison sentence between one and twenty years.
For armed robbery, the MINIMUM sentence in Georgia is 10 years without parole. Under certain circumstances, if convicted for armed robbery, you can face the death penalty.
Assault and Battery
An assault is carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm.
Battery is an offensive and intentional contact with another person which causes injury.
The penalty for assault and battery depends on many factors including prior convictions. Battery is a felony.
Violence (either actual or threatened) which occurs within a family including physical, verbal, emotional, psychological, sexual, financial or social abuse is referred to as family violence.
Spouses or ex-spouses, parents, children, step parents, stepchildren, foster parents, foster children, people who are parents of the same child or children and people who live together or used to live together are all considered as family members under Georgia law.
In a family violence case, you cannot leave the jail without a bond. You will be required to see a judge will set the bond.
Forcible misdemeanors and Gun rights
In Georgia, any misdemeanor that involves the threat of violence or actual violence is also considered a forcible misdemeanor. Most family violence misdemeanors are also considered as forcible misdemeanors. A person convicted of forced misdemeanor looses the right to carry a firearm. No exceptions are made even if the person’s job requires him to carry firearm.
If you are convicted of felony, you cannot carry a firearm.
Arrest and Immigration
If you are in the US as an immigrant, a criminal record will affect your right to remain in the US. In some cases, you may be deported back to your country.
The penalty will depend on prior convictions in most cases. If you have a prior conviction for felony, you will be sentenced to maximum penalty on your second conviction. Prior conviction includes conviction in other states including probated sentence.
If you have a prior conviction for a serious violent felony, you will receive the maximum sentence with no parole on your second conviction.
Georgia has a three strikes law. This applies to persons convicted for a third felony in Georgia, even if the first two were in other states. If convicted, the person will be sentenced to the maximum sentence without the possibility of parole.
Murder or felony murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, or aggravated sexual battery are all considered as violent felony under Georgia law.
The minimum sentence for violent felony in Georgia is 10 years in prison with no possibility of parole for all of the serious violent felonies except murder, which has higher minimums. You will not be eligible for the First Offender Program. If you are sentenced to life in prison, you won’t be eligible for parole for the first 14 years. If you are sentenced to less than life you must serve the entire sentence. If you are sentenced to death and that sentence is later changed to a life term, you will have to spend 25 years in prison before you can be considered for parole.
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