Are you or your child facing criminal charges like DUI, possession of marijuana or other controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance like marijuana, obstruction of law enforcement, underage possession of alcohol, trespass, possession or use of a fake identification document, battery, possession of drug paraphernalia, or other crime?
Or, do you have a son or daughter who attends Georgia Southern University and got a ticket or got arrested?
Criminal charges are scary. What’s worse is that fear of the unknown can be just as overwhelming as the charges themselves. When is my court date? What will happen in court? Will I have to say anything in court? Am I going to jail? Is there anything I can do to stay out of jail? How much is this going to cost me? Why did I do that? Who can I trust? Am I going to lose my job? Will this be on my record? How can I keep it off my record? And on and on…
Hey, what about that girl that got arrested a few years ago. Didn’t she get probation and a fine? Is that what you’ll get? The charges are about the same, aren’t they? Yeah, but she got three charges and you got only two. That makes a difference, doesn’t it? Why don’t I know these things? Where can I get answers? Hey! The internet! The internet knows everything, right?
WRONG! Beware of the internet!
The internet can be a good place to find information IF you know where to look. But, it can be a bad source of information if the source isn’t reliable or the information is outdated or incorrect. The information may not even apply to your case. You may find information that somebody made up and posted on the internet as a prank. How are you supposed to know?
Once you decide that you need a lawyer, you should know the difference between a private defense attorney and a public defender.
I am a private criminal defense attorney.
I am NOT a public defender.
A public defender is a lawyer who represents people in criminal (not civil) cases who cannot afford to hire a private lawyer. Public defenders are paid by the State, and the county or counties comprising the judicial circuit may supplement the salary. OCGA 17-12-25 People who cannot afford to hire a lawyer are deemed to be “indigent.” If you are indigent, you may qualify for free representation by a public defender. To know whether you qualify, you will need to fill out an application, and the public defender’s office will determine if you qualify. However, public defenders have limited time and resources to work on your case and result in poorer success, according to research done by the Justice Policy Institute. Overloaded Public Defense Systems Result in More Prison Time, Less Justice.
I enjoy my profession so much that I teach criminal law and criminal procedure to students at Georgia Southern University!
Every person is presumed to be innocent until the government proves every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Criminal charges do not have to mean the end of a school or work career.
I’d love the chance to help you and your family. Call me at (912) 764-7388 or toll free at (877) 627-7452.
Related links & FAQs:
Fear of the Unknown: What is the Outcome Going to Be?
Is There a Difference Between Bail and Bond?
What is Probation?
When is My Next Court Date?
What to Expect When Your Adult Child is Facing Criminal Charges
How Does the Criminal Justice System Work?
What is Arraignment?
Record Restriction: The New Expungement
Why Does the Criminal Justice System Move So Slow?
Criminal Law Definitions
Frequently Asked Questions About DUI
My Adult Child Is In Jail! What Do I Do?
Understanding Georgia’s First Time Offenders Act
So you were pulled over for DUI, now what?