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Misdemeanor Defined

A misdemeanor is any criminal charge in Georgia that carries one year or less of incarceration. The maximum fine for a misdemeanor is $1,000.00 plus courtcosts. Misdemeanors vary from minor traffic violations to prostitution and domestic violence. Any arrest generates a criminal record no matter how minor the offense. Many misdemeanors become a felony if a person has prior convictions for the same offense or if a certain dollar value is stolen or damaged.

For example, shoplifting becomes a felony if a person commits the offense four times, or if the value of the goods taken is $500.00 or greater. Some misdemeanors become high and aggravated. These misdemeanors can have higher fines than $1,000.00. Certain misdemeanors carry with them mandatory penalties such as license suspensions and jail time. All traffic violations are misdemeanors. Below is a list of common misdemeanors and any mandatory punishments they carry.

Drugs and Alcohol

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
-The mandatory punishments are covered in the DUI section of our website
Possession of Marijuana less than one ounce
-A mandatory six-month suspicion of your driver’s license
Possession of Alcohol by a Minor
-If the alcohol was purchased with a fake ID or is found in your car, then a six-month suspension of your drivers license
Distributing Alcohol to Any Person Under the Age of 21
-No minimums under Georgia law but can result in the loss of a business license
Public Intoxication
-No mandatory minimums
Open Container
-No mandatory minimums

Crimes of Violence

Assault -
No minimums but usually results in a period of probation, anger management classes, and jail time if a history of violence exists

Battery - No minimums but usually results in a period of probation, anger management classes, and jail time if a history of violence exists

Cruelty to Children in the 3rd Degree - No minimums but usually results in a period of probation, anger management classes, and jail time if a history of violence exists

Disorderly Conduct - No minimums

Frey - No minimums

Domestic Violence Battery - Loss of the right to possess a firearm, domestic violence classes are common, a second conviction can be charged as a felony and the sentence can be five years.

Sex Crimes

Prostitution
-High and aggravated misdemeanor(fine of up to $5,000.00)only four days of good time per month served in jail(felony if prostitute is 18 or younger)

Sexual Battery
-High and aggravated misdemeanor(fine up to $5,000.00)felony if committed on a minor(2ndoffense is a felony)

Solicitation for Prostitution
-No mandatory minimums

Public Indecency
-No mandatory minimums (3rd offense becomes a felony)

Vehicular Misdemeanors

Vehicular Manslaughter
 -no mandatory minimums

Fleeing and Attempting to Elude
-Minimum 10 days in jail and a $500.00 fine

Any Moving Violation
-No mandatory minimums

Reckless Driving
-No mandatory minimums

Aggressive Driving
-Aggravated Misdemeanor minimum $1,000.00 fine

No Insurance
-$200.00 fine and 60 day suspension of your license, 2nd offense 90-day license suspension and government monitored insurance required

Suspended License
-$500.00 fine and two days in jail, 2nd and 3rd within 5 years aggravated misdemeanor and $1000.00 fine to a $5000.00 fine and minimum 10 days in jail, 4th offense is a felony requiring 1-5 years in prison



Crimes Against Property

Criminal Trespass
-No mandatory minimums

Shoplifting
-No mandatory minimums (felony if the property value exceeds $500.00) (a fourth conviction is a felony)

Criminal Damage to Property
-No mandatory minimums (felony if $500.00 or more in property value)

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