When you or a loved one has been arrested and is facing criminal charges, it is essential to take steps to secure effective legal counsel. Without a Monroe County criminal defense lawyer, facing criminal charges is much more likely to lead to a conviction and severe penalties. Even if you did not commit the crime and are confident that there is no evidence against you, this does not always mean that the charges will be dismissed. You need an experienced attorney by your side.
A criminal conviction can result in jail time, prison time, fines, and probation. It also results in a criminal record, which can impact you for your entire life. The criminal justice system is often overwhelming and can feel set against you. A defense attorney ensures that there is someone in your corner. Your attorney can advocate for you and try to find the ideal outcome, with the fewest penalties, to your criminal charges.
Every criminal defense case is unique, and each requires an in-depth understanding of the state and federal laws that apply. At Miller North & Brill, we have more than 30 years of experience in criminal law in both state and federal courts. Our attorneys are dedicated to each client and work hard to determine the most effective legal defense for their unique situation.
We are proud to serve our communities around Monroe County, and our attorneys do not look away from complex and serious charges like manslaughter, repeat DUIs, aggravated battery, sexual assault, or murder. Our firm knows that the consequences of these charges are life-altering for our clients and their loved ones, and we strive to provide them with the support and legal care they need. We believe that everyone deserves strong legal representation.
Our team of criminal defense lawyers aims to create an effective defense for the charges you face, advocating for the dismissal of the charges or lowered penalties. If you are convicted, our team is experienced in criminal conviction appeals, and your case could be appealed to a higher court.
A conviction for either a misdemeanor or a felony results in a criminal record. Unlike other criminal consequences, a criminal record can affect you for the rest of your life, even once you have completed your sentence. The negative consequences of a criminal record may include:
Some serious convictions impact other parts of your life, including your right to vote, your right to own or use firearms, and your immigration status. Although select misdemeanor convictions could be restricted in Georgia, no felony convictions can be.
There are several benefits to working with a criminal defense attorney who has experience in cases like yours. The attorney likely knows the common defenses for your charges and the evidence the prosecution needs for a strong case. They may be able to achieve a beneficial conclusion to your case more efficiently.
At Miller North & Brill, our attorneys have experience with defending against some of the following criminal charges in Monroe County:
The most effective way to mitigate the penalties you face, reach the most positive solution, or even have the charges against you dropped is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
In Georgia, the average hourly cost of a criminal defense attorney is $200. This cost can vary based on many factors, including:
Be sure to discuss fees with a potential attorney prior to working with them.
The defense that will work for a criminal charge depends entirely on the unique circumstances and charges you face. Some defenses may include:
Some defenses can result in dropped charges. Your defense attorney has the essential experience and resources to determine the ideal defense for your situation.
Georgia law gives the state prosecutor four years to indict a felony. Indictments are typically only for capital felonies, which include felonies with the death penalty. If the case is not brought before a grand jury in those four years, the case expires. The grand jury will determine if there is enough evidence to file charges against the defendant. An indictment is not a conviction. If the grand jury decides that formal charges can be brought, the prosecution no longer has to meet the statute of limitations.
A necessity defense is an affirmative defense in Georgia against criminal charges. It claims that the defendant had good cause to commit the crime. This is different from self-defense, as the necessary defense is typically for less serious and non-violent charges. For example, the crime of trespassing or driving without a license could use the necessity defense. An individual must have good cause, reason, or fear of danger to commit these crimes for the necessary defense to work.
The sooner you begin working with a qualified criminal defense lawyer in Monroe County, the sooner they can begin investigating your case and arrest to determine the defenses available. At Miller North & Brill, we strive to bring you the justice you deserve. Contact us today to determine how we can help with your criminal defense.
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