Have You Been Charged with Aiding or Permitting Another to Escape from Lawful Custody or Confinement in Georgia?
To keep penal institutions running smoothly, there are laws dictating what inmates can and can't do. When inmates engage in conduct that is likely to cause a disturbance or act in a violent manner, this behavior is prosecuted in different ways. However, people that aid in the escape of an inmate from a place of lawful confinement can also be guilty of a crime. Lawson and Berry and their team of Georgia Aiding Escape Lawyers have decades of experience and know how to defend your case successfully. Contact our offices today for a free case evaluation.
O.C.G.A. § 16-10-53 a person will be guilty of aiding escape if they knowingly aid another in escaping from lawful custody or from any place of lawful confinement.
In history, the statute used to include language that outlawed providing instruments that helped facilitate the escape. This language has since been removed from the statute.
The Penalty for Aiding Escape of Another from Lawful Custody or Confinement in Georgia
A person convicted of aiding escape will be guilty of a felony punished by a prison term between one and five years. After the prison term, the accused will still face penalties associated with the felony conviction. Having a felony on your criminal record can make it difficult to obtain housing, credit, or employment.
However, a peace officer or employee of any place of lawful confinement who recklessly permits any person in his custody to escape is guilty of a misdemeanor. Misdemeanor convictions in Georgia come with a maximum of one year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, or both.
Georgia Defenses to Aiding Escape from Lawful Custody or Confinement
There are always Georgia Criminal Defenses we can use to defend your case. Evidence that you were coerced in acting such a way would be helpful to your case. A lack of knowledge that you helped another escape would also be advantageous to your case. No matter your situation, our Georgia Aiding Escape Lawyers can help.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our aiding escape lawyers in Georgia, contact our offices today. Formulating a defense on your own can be overwhelming and seemingly impossible. Our Attorneys are highly knowledgeable and will assist you in formulating the best possible defense for your case. We will walk you through every step of the process, and we are dedicated to being accessible to you- days, nights, weekends, and holidays while working hard on your behalf. Your Attorney will make sure you understand all of your options and advise you on the best approach to take for your case based on their many years of experience. Your future is at stake so don't sit around waiting for your case to resolve itself.