If you were arrested for a crime, your charge or conviction can adversely impact your future. When facing misdemeanor or felony charges, it is vital to reach out to a skilled Douglas criminal defense lawyer who can develop your best strategies and defenses.
Representing You Aggressively
At George McCranie Law Firm, our knowledgeable Douglas criminal defense lawyers aggressively defend against various crimes, ranging from minor misdemeanors to severe felonies, such as:
- Driving under the influence (DUI), including if you hold a commercial driver’s license.
- Drug crimes, including marijuana offenses
- Federal crimes
- Military crimes
- Probation violations
- Suspended licenses
- Theft and burglary
Our Douglas criminal defense lawyer can also handle your expungement claims.
Driving Under the Influence Defenses
In Georgia, you could face DUI charges if:
- A police officer determines that you were operating your vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or
- Your blood-alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher.
Consequences of a DUI conviction are severe, and may include any combination of the following:
- Jail time
- Public service
- Driver’s license suspension
- Installation of an ignition interlock system
- Lifetime suspension of your CDL if you are convicted of a DUI while operating a commercial vehicle
High BAC levels may increase your potential sentence. DUI convictions can also impact your professional license, employment opportunities, and personal and professional relationships.
It is imperative you understand your legal rights. If the police officer suspects you for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may be requested to perform field sobriety tests or take a chemical test, such as the Breathalyzer or blood test, so the officer can determine your level of impairment. Although your license may be suspended for a year for refusal of a chemical test, you are not required to perform other field sobriety tests.
The penalties are severe if you are convicted for drug possession, manufacturing or trafficking. You also face both state and federal drug charges. Although as a first time offender, Georgia’s accountability (or drug) courts may offer you alternatives to incarceration, such as drug abuse counseling, felony drug convictions are not as forgiving. You may face years of prison time, immense fines, and other penalties.
Marijuana laws are varied and fluid. Under Georgia criminal law, it is a misdemeanor to possess small amounts of marijuana; but most marijuana crimes are felonies. An exception is, under limited circumstances, the use of medical marijuana.
Federal and Military Crimes
We handle federal and military crimes as well as state crimes. Federal court and military court have their own strict rules, procedures, and deadlines. Our Douglas criminal defense lawyer is experienced in federal and military laws and court rules, and can educate you on your rights and your potential defenses.
Probation violations have serious consequences, including jail time and other penalties. If your probation terms are complex or impossible to satisfy, our Douglas criminal defense lawyer can appeal your suspension and aggressively fight for your probation reinstatement.
Theft and Burglary
Both theft and burglary have different requirements and penalties. Theft is when you take something that belongs to another with the intent to deprive that person of their property. Burglary is when you break and enter an occupied, unoccupied, or vacant building, vehicle, structure, railroad car, watercraft or aircraft, with the intent to commit a felony or theft therein. Some thefts are misdemeanors while burglaries are usually felonies. We at George McCranie Law Firm can explain the nuances of Georgia’s property-related crimes.
Each criminal case is unique, with its own facts and circumstances. We provide personalized attention, tailoring defense strategies specific to your situations and needs. Not only do we prepare every case for trial, we also aggressively negotiate with prosecutors for a reduction of charges or sentence, or avoidance of prison time. Our team, most importantly, will advise you of your options and rights, therefore ensuring you understand your choices, and helping you decide your best course of action.
Contact a Douglas Criminal Defense Lawyer
It is crucial to immediately speak with a criminal defense lawyer to ensure that you protect your rights. Speak to our seasoned Douglas criminal defense lawyer with George McCranie Law Firm, one of Georgia’s premier criminal defense practices, for a free, confidential case evaluation.