The term felony can be applied to a wide range of crimes in Georgia. The state defines it as any crime that can merit a sentence of a year or more in prison. Felonies are typically going to carry hefty sentencing, which can range from a year in prison to a life sentence or even the death penalty in a few very select circumstances.
Felonies v. Misdemeanors
Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors. In general a misdemeanor will have a fine of $1000 or less and less than a year in prison if confinement is even an option.
Examples of Felonies
As stated above, a wide range of crimes are felonies. This can include:
- Possession of serious drugs like cocaine or heroin or a large amount of marijuana.
- Most types of serious theft.
- Armed robbery.
- Sexual assault and rape.
- Aggravated assault.
- Homicide and manslaughter.
As you can see, these crimes are widely varied, but all are serious.
What Are the Consequences of a Felony?
The crime itself and the circumstances surrounding it will determine the punishment for a conviction. This can include time in prison, a financial penalty in the form of a fine, mandatory community service, or death in extreme circumstances.
How Do Felonies Affect Life After Prison?
Beyond this, a felony conviction can affect a person’s civic rights and privileges. That includes a person’s right to vote or carry a firearm, and a person’s privilege to drive. Furthermore, some employers will not employ felons and others will not hire them in the first place.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Any criminal charge must be taken seriously, but felonies must be handled with the utmost attention and care. The Turner Firm understands the importance of every case to our clients, and works tirelessly to get a good result. As experienced attorneys, our team knows that attacking a charge to get it reduced or dismissed altogether can be an effective method of helping our clients.
If you have been charged with a felony, you cannot afford to wait to find the right attorneys. Contact the Turner Firm today for a free consultation.