Two individuals from Jonesboro have been arrested for impersonating police officers after driving into a restaurant parking lot in Alpharetta in a car with K9 and 911 emblems on the sides.
The two individuals were identified as Samantha Ferbee and Gary Gaston. Police officers spotted the vehicle and became suspicious. They allegedly told officers that they were bails bondsman but were unable to produce any paperwork.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the offense of impersonating an officer in Georgia in today's post.
Impersonating a Police Officer in Georgia
Impersonating a police officer is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-10-23 as:
A person is guilty of impersonating an officer when they falsely hold themself out as a peace officer or other public officer or employee with intent to mislead another into believing that he is actually an officer.
This statute applies to all kinds of public officers and employees. A person can be charged with impersonating an officer even if the no one was misled.
Impersonating an officer can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony with the punishment of a fine up to $1,000, a prison term between one and five years, or both. The severity of the consequences will determine the severity of the punishment.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in Georgia, contact our offices today. A Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney can help you today.
There are numerous Georgia Criminal Defensesthat can be used in all types of cases. We take the time to investigate your case thoroughly and then make a plan of action.
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