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Athens Felony Defense Attorney

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Felony charges can lead to serious jail time, fines, and other criminal penalties. If you have been charged with a felony, we will fight with you and for you and build the best defense possible.

What is a felony in Georgia?

In Georgia, all crimes punishable by more than one year in jail are considered felonies.  Georgia does not have different classes of felonies but instead, the sentencing range is set by statute for each specific offense.

The most serious felonies in Georgia are murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery and aggravated sodomy (also known as "the seven deadly sins."). Convictions for these offenses can result in decades in prison up to a life sentence.  Less serious (although still incredibly serious) felonies include theft, identity theft and fraud, drug possession and distribution and generally result in shorter sentences.

Felony Cases We Handle

At Ryan J. Swingle, Attorney at Law, LLC, we handle a variety of misdemeanor charges, including but not limited to:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Aggravated Child Molestation
  • Aggravated Stalking
  • Drug Possession, Manufacturing, Possession with the Intent to Distribute, Distribution and Sales
  • Murder
  • Embezzlement
  • Rape

No matter the offense, we stand ready to fight for you and with you. We are 100 percent committed to your case and will do what is necessary to give you the best possible defense.

Jail Time and Legal Ramifications for Felonies in GA

As compared to misdemeanors, felonies are more serious offenses that carry harsher criminal penalties and fines. In Georgia, misdemeanors carry up to 12 months of jail time. By contrast, all felonies carry a prison sentence of 12 months or more. The length of a prison sentence varies depending on the nature of the crime committed. Below are just a few examples of penalties for felony offenses in Georgia:

  • Aggravated battery: One to 20 years in prison
  • Rape: Death, life imprisonment without parole, life imprisonment, or at least 25 years of imprisonment followed by probation for life
  • Robbery: One to 20 years in prison, with a minimum sentence of five years for robbery of a person 65 years of age or older
  • Possession of a Schedule III, IV and V substance: One to 10 years in prison

There are other penalties associated with felonies in Georgia. For example, individuals charged and convicted of a felony may be subject to asset forfeiture, the loss of driving privileges, sex offender registration, and payment of restitution to the victim of a crime.

Do you need a lawyer for a felony offense?

If you are facing felony charges in Georgia, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Aside from criminal sentencing, the collateral consequences of a felony conviction can have a long lasting impact on your quality of life. A criminal record can limit your ability to find housing, seek education, own firearms, vote, and obtain credit or personal loans. A criminal defense attorney can help you protect your future and freedom.

We understand that facing serious criminal charges can be scary, and finding the right criminal defense attorney can be intimidating. The first step to building a strong defense against criminal charges is a free consultation. We are here to listen to your story, review the facts of your case, and begin working on your defense. Contact our office to set up a time to talk with Athens felony defense attorney Ryan Swingle today. We look forward to serving you.

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