Interference with Electronic Monitoring Devices

Have You Been Charged with Interfering with an Electronic Monitoring Device in Georgia?

Electronic monitoring devices are devices that keep track of a person's activities. Typically a court orders a person to wear an electronic monitoring device on their ankle or wrist.  Interfering with the device is illegal and is heavily punished. If you have been charged with interfering with your own monitoring device or someone else's, you need a Georgia Interfering Attorney. Call now to schedule a free case evaluation.

O.C.G.A. §16-7-29

It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly and without authority remove, destroy, or circumvent the operation of an electronic monitoring device which is being used for the purpose of monitoring a person who is:

  • Complying with a home arrest program as set forth in Code Section 42-1-8;
  • Wearing an electronic monitoring device as a condition of bond or pretrial release;
  • Wearing an electronic monitoring device as a condition of probation;
  • Wearing an electronic monitoring device as a condition of parole; or
  • Wearing an electronic monitoring device as required in Code Section 42-1-14.

Soliciting Another to Remove an Electronic Monitoring Device in Georgia

It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly and without authority request or solicit any other person to remove, destroy, or circumvent the operation of an electronic monitoring device which is being used for the purposes described in subsection (b) of this Code section.

The Penalty for Interfering with an Electronic Monitoring Device in Georgia

The penalty for interfering with an electronic monitoring device or soliciting another to circumvent a device will be a prison term between one and five years. It will be treated as a felony conviction. In addition to imprisonment, being convicted of a felony has far-reaching consequences. Having a felony on your record can make it difficult to obtain housing, employment, or credit.

Because of the severity of the punishment, it is critical that you hire a Georgia Interfering with an Electronic Monitoring Device Lawyer. Numerous criminal defenses in Georgia can apply to your case.

Georgia Defenses if Charged with Tampering with an Electronic Monitoring Device

It was accidental: If the electronic monitoring device was accidentally removed or tampered with, then that would negate an essential element of the crime. However, sufficient evidence must be presented demonstrating that it was an accident.

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