Recidivist Statute in Georgia
Georgia laws are harsh on repeat offenders no matter what the crime. They want to make sure people do not commit the crime again. Georgia enacted the Recidivist Statute to address these persons. Recidivist means a convicted criminal who reoffends or relapses into a previous behavior or condition.
If someone has one prior felony conviction and they are convicted of a felony a second time, the judge has to sentence the offender to the maximum term of imprisonment as set out in the statute. However, the judge does have the discretion to probate or suspend the maximum sentence.
Three Strikes Rule
There is a second part to O.C.G.A. §17-10-7 that is also known as the “Three Strikes Rule.”
Any person who has been convicted of three felonies and commits a felony within this state shall, upon conviction for such fourth offense or for subsequent offenses, serve the maximum time provided in the sentence. The judge will not be able to reduce the sentence and the offender will not be eligible for parole under the maximum sentence has been served. Additionally, early release is not an option.
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