If you’ve been charged or arrested for a criminal case in Georgia, you need the immediate assistance of a criminal defense attorney. Without a skilled lawyer, you can easily make mistakes that can cost you your freedom, future, and reputation. When you retain the George McCranie Law Firm, you can trust that you are working with a team that is greatly equipped to assist you.
Comprehensive Criminal Defense in Georgia
When you work with a criminal defense attorney at the George McCranie Law Firm, you’ll have a skilled advocate as well as counselor at your side. We represent clients in a wide variety of criminal matters, from relatively minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. Regardless of the penalties you might face, we’ll take your case seriously.
Importantly, you should not discuss the details of your situation with law enforcement until your criminal defense attorney is present. Without help from an experienced attorney, you might make harmful statements or admissions that the prosecutor can use against you. Politely remain silent until your lawyer is present.
Georgia law categorizes most driving under the influence (DUI) charges as a misdemeanor. In this cases, you might face the following:
- Community service
- Driver’s license suspension
- DUI classes
You’ll also see your insurance premiums increase and have to deal with a permanent criminal record, which might impact your ability to get a job, housing, and other things. However, if you are a repeat offender, caused serious injuries or property damage, or had children in your care, you might face felony charges for an aggravated DUI.
We’ve handled numerous DUIs and can also assist you with cases involving commercial vehicles, underaged drivers, and drugged driving. To learn more about our approach to DUI defense as well as our stance on blood-alcohol testing and roadside sobriety tests, contact a criminal defense attorney at the George McCranie Law Firm today.
Drug charges carry a variety of penalties, depending on whether you’re charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana to large-scale drug trafficking and production. If convicted, you’ll face jail time, fines, and other life-changing penalties — and some offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences.
A criminal defense lawyer can help you build a defense that aggressively protects your rights and long-term goals. We can also help you understand your options, which might include deferred or conditional sentencing if you are a first time offender or face certain types of charges.
Across Georgia and the United States, attitudes towards marijuana are changing. However, unless you have a valid medical marijuana card, possession of marijuana is typically a state and federal crime. If convicted, you might face the following:
- A lifetime criminal record
- Drug treatment and counseling
- Fines and penalties
- Suspension from the University of Georgia system and loss of your scholarships
Because Georgia’s marijuana laws are developing, call the George McCranie Law Firm for information about the most up-to-date rules and regulations. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can also help you build a strategy that aims to minimize your jail time and protect your freedom. All calls are confidential.
Georgia can suspend your license for many reasons, including some that are not traffic offense related. They include the following:
- Driving without a license or with a suspended license
- Ignoring traffic violations or tickets
- Felony drug conviction
- Getting 15 points on your driver’s license within 24 months (or four points in 12 months if you’re a minor)
- Refusing to take a blood-alcohol or chemical test after a DUI arrest
- Skipping a court hearing or date
- Unpaid child support
Losing your driver’s license can negatively impact your ability to work, go to school, and tend to you and your family’s daily needs. However, you have the right to appeal a license suspension. To learn more about your rights, contact a criminal defense attorney at the George McCranie Law Firm.
If you are convicted of a DUI or other crimes while operating a commercial vehicle, you might face enhanced penalties and the loss of your commercial driver’s license (CDL). We understand how the loss of your CDL and a conviction can change your life forever. We work with our clients, listen to their stories, and build criminal defense strategies that aim to protect their freedom and professional goals. If you’re ready to discuss your case with a skilled criminal defense attorney, schedule a no-risk, confidential appointment with George McCranie Law Firm.
Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony, property crimes can carry social stigma, a jail sentence, probation, restitution requirements, and fines. We represent both minors and adults that face criminal charges such as:
- Destruction of property
- Identity theft
The court must consider you innocent until proven guilty and a skilled criminal defense attorney can help you build a compelling case for acquittal or a minimal sentence.
At the George McCranie Law Firm, we’ll listen to your side of the story and treat you with respect. Then, we’ll work with you to get the best possible result in your case, depending on your facts, circumstances, and the law.
Many criminal sentences involve probation. While probation might seem preferable to jail time or incarceration, some probation requirements are so burdensome that compliance is virtually impossible. If you violate the terms of your probation, you’ll face additional criminal charges and penalties.
If you have questions about the terms of your probation or are facing probation violation charges, contact a criminal defense attorney at our office immediately. As former prosecutors, we deeply understand the intricacies of probation and how to defend violation charges.
Discuss Your Case With an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
We understand how overwhelming a criminal case can feel without support from a criminal defense attorney. Before you discuss your case with law enforcement, contact the George McCranie Law Firm for assistance. We are a team of experienced lawyers that aggressively and carefully defend Georgians against criminal charges. To learn more about our unique approach to criminal defense and a free, confidential consultation, contact us today.