Interfering With Others and Authority Crimes in Georgia
Crimes that fall under the category of interfering with others and authorities include littering, bail jumping, public drunkenness, and arson. A wide variety of crimes are contained under this category and their penalties range just as well. Whatever the crime, the Office of Lawson and Berry are here to help. With over 20 years experience exclusively in criminal defense, they will ensure you receive the best defense possible. Contact one of our highly knowledgeable Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers today.
What Are Interfering With Others and Authorities Crimes in Georgia?
Affray: Occurs when two or more persons fight in some public place and disturb the public tranquility.
Bail Jumping: Occurs when a person intentionally fails to comply with their conditions of bail.
Criminal Trespass: Occurs when a person intentionally damages or interferes with the property of another without consent from that person.
Criminal Damage to Property in the 1st Degree: Occurs when a person knowingly and without authority interferes with property to endanger human life.
Criminal Damage to Property in the 2nd Degree: Occurs when property is intentionally damaged and the damage exceeds $500.00
Disorderly Conduct: Many actions can be considered disorderly conduct but generally a crime has occurred when the peace of the community is disturbed or the actions cause a risk of harm.
Interference with Government Property: Occurs when a person destroys, damages, or defaces government property or obstructs a passage into or from government property.
Littering: Occurs when a person discards trust, junk, material, or dead animals.
Loitering or Prowling: Occurs when a person is hanging around a place at an unusual hour and there is concern for the safety of persons in the vicinity.
Manufacturing or Possessing with Intent to Distribute an Explosive Device: Occurs when a person possesses, manufactures, transports, distributes, or possesses with intent to distribute a destructive device.
Pedestrian Under the Influence: Occurs when a person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and has rendered him unable to walk.
Public Drunk: Occurs when a person is in an intoxicated condition in a public place.
Tampering with Evidence: Occurs when a person intentionally destroys, alters, conceals physical evidence or plants false evidence.
Terroristic Acts: Occurs when a person commits dangerous acts with the intent to terrorize.
Terroristic Threats: Occurs when a person threatens to commit any crime of violence, release a hazardous substance, or burn property.
1st Degree Arson: Occurs when a person knowingly damages a house or car of another by fire or explosion
2nd Degree Arson: Occurs when in the commission of a felony, the person knowingly damages property by fire or explosion
3rd Degree Arson: Occurs when a person uses fire or explosive to damage property that has a value of $25.00.
Penalty for a Conviction for Interfering with Others or Authorities in Georgia
A conviction for a crime that falls under this category varies greatly depending on the offense. However, the majority of the crimes are considered felony convictions and include prison and fines. The prison time ranges from one year to twenty years and the fine could be $1,000.00 or $250,000.00. Some of the crimes are considered misdemeanor offenses and the maximum penalty will be $1,000 in fines and up to one year in jail.
Felony convictions carry consequences beyond prison and fines. Having a felony conviction on your record can make it difficult to find employment, obtain credit, buy a house, and will result in a loss of voting rights
Because of the wide range of penalties, it is crucial that you retain a Criminal Defense Attorney in Georgia to help you through the process.
It was accidental: Evidence proving that the damage was committed without the knowledge of harming or intending to damage would be greatly beneficial to your case.
Lack of evidence: The State must have sufficient evidence tying the suspect to the damaging of property. If there is not enough evidence proving that the suspect did it beyond a reasonable doubt, then they cannot be guilty.
How Can a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer Help
One of the major benefits to having a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney is that they can try to work out a better deal with the prosecutor than you would get on your own. Whether it is trying to get the charges lowered or argue your innocence, your Lawyer can help get you a more favorable outcome. Every case is different therefore there is no defense that works for every crime. Your Criminal Defense Lawyer in Georgia will examine your case to determine what your best arguments are and seek to create gaps in the prosecutor's case.
After practicing for 20 plus years throughout Georgia, the Office of Lawson and Berry know how to work out deals with the prosecutor. Don't try to handle it on your own. Your Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney will investigate all the details surrounding your case and evaluate your options. They will be available all the time to you – even nights and weekends – because your case is important. Lawson and Berry and their team of Lawyers will work with you to fight your charge and avoid a conviction. Call today to schedule a free case evaluation.
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