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String of Vehicle Break-ins in Walton County

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jun 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Authorities in Walton County are currently looking for the second man believed to be connected to over 20 different auto break-ins in the county.

According to reports, police stopped a driver on US 78 and while searching his car, they found several guns and other items that had been reported as a stolen in a string of vehicle break-ins.

After the arrest of the driver, authorities discovered a video from one of the victim's surveillance systems. This led to the discovery that two or more suspects were involved.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the offense of breaking into cars otherwise known as entering auto.

Entering Auto in Georgia

Entering Auto in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law as O.C.G.A. §16-8-18 as:

If any person shall enter any automobile or other motor vehicle with the intent to commit a theft or a felony, he shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years, or, in the discretion of the trial judge, as for a misdemeanor.

The penalty for entering auto is a prison sentence for no less than one year and no more than five years and is deemed a felony. However, it is within the judge's discretion to treat the crime as a misdemeanor instead.

If you are found guilty of a misdemeanor instead of a felony, you may only have to pay a fine. But if you judge issues a felony conviction, the consequences may be years in prison. You could receive a prison sentence, a fine, or both if guilty of a felony.

Also, you may be ordered by the court to pay restitution. Restitution is when someone convicted of a crime must financially compensate a victim or the victim's family. The amount of compensation varies with each case and is set by the court. Your penalty for a conviction of entering auto could be a prison sentence, restitution, and a fine if they found it reasonable for your case.

Practice Note

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime in Georgia, contact our offices today. A Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney can help you with your case.

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Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson has devoted his entire career to DUI Defense. He exclusively handles DUI Cases. As a former DUI Prosecutor he knows both sides of your case. Put his experience to work for you. You only have 30 days to protect your right to drive. Call now for immediate attention. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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