Have You Been Charged with Selling Real or Personal Property to a Political Subdivision in Georgia?
Crimes involving abuse of a governmental office are wide-ranging, and the penalties are severe. There are numerous ways a person can violate their office, and it is essential to understand Georgia law. The Law Offices of Lawson and Berry have extensive experience with Crimes Against Public Administration and how to defend against them. If you have been charged with a crime relating to public administration, you need our assistance. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
What Does Selling Real or Personal Property to a Political Subdivision Mean?
Georgia code O.C.G.A. §16-10-6(b) states
Any employee, appointed officer, or elected officer of a political subdivision, hereafter referred to as “employing political subdivision,” or agency thereof or any employee or appointed officer of an employing local authority who for himself or herself or in behalf of any business entity sells any real or personal property to:
(1) The employing political subdivision or employing local authority;
(2) An agency of the employing political subdivision;
(3) A political subdivision for which local taxes for education are levied by the employing political subdivision; or
(4) A political subdivision which levies local taxes for education for the employing political subdivision
will be guilty of selling real or personal property to a political subdivision.
Defenses Under Georgia Law
There are several defenses your Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney could use to help fight your charges. Some include:
- If the sale was less than $800 per annual quarter
- If the sale was made according to sealed competitive bids, or
- If a disclosure had been made to the judge of the probate court in the county of the real property.
If any of those are true in your case, then you are not guilty of violating the statute. Even if none of these apply to your case, do not assume you have no option and just plead guilty! Contact one of our highly experienced Attorneys to help develop a defense strategy specific to your case.
Penalty for Selling Real or Personal Property to a Political Subdivision in Georgia
If convicted of violating O.C.G.A. §16-10-6, the accused will face between one and five years in prison.
Crimes against public administration come with severe consequences. Do not take a chance on representing yourself when your future is on the line. Contact Georgia's premier criminal defense firm and let us assist with your case. Contact us now for a free case evaluation.