Common Arrest Charges: Small Issues That Can Lead to Big Trouble and Land You In Jail!Written on May 18, 2015
There isn’t any shortage of things to get arrested for in Georgia. The criminal code is filled with a variety of misdemeanors and felonies that can result in a trip to jail. There are some offenses that are common knowledge. If you are pulled over for drinking and driving, you will find yourself in handcuffs. The same is true for battery. If you are upset with your neighbor and cause a fist-fight, chances are you will be locked up.
A trip to jail in the back of a police car doesn’t always result from the obvious commission of a crime. There are things an individual can do, or in some cases not do, which can lead to a visit in the slammer.
Here are some common things that will get you locked up if you don’t take care of them right away, or if you ignore them and make the problem bigger.
Failure to Appear: This is a common occurrence that often catches those arrested for it completely off guard. If you have ever received a traffic citation, chances are the officer has gone through a spiel before handing you the ticket. He or she probably said there are instructions for paying the fine on the back of the citation, as well as staying informed of your court date. If you take the ticket, throw it in the dash of your car, and forget about it, you are playing with fire. Don’t forget about the ticket! If you don’t pay the fine and forget about the court date, a bench warrant for Failure To Appear Will be issued for your arrest. That’s an automatic trip to jail.
Civil Arrest Orders: These orders, which are issued by a judge, don’t involve criminal offenses but have the same result. A typical example could be overdue child support or alimony payments. The court takes these matters very seriously. Not paying something that a court orders you to pay results in a serious charge. If a law enforcement officer has an arrest order for you, you aren’t going to be able to talk your away out of an arrest.
Probation Violation: Probation is something the courts use to sentence an individual without actually sending them to jail. For example, if someone pleads guilty to shoplifting, the judge may sentence them to a year of probation. During that time, the individual may have to meet with a probation officer, pay fines, do community service, or take drug tests. If any of the conditions of probation aren’t met, an arrest warrant may be issued. If that happens, the probationer will be arrested and could sit in jail for several weeks until a probation revocation hearing is scheduled.
If you have been arrested, or fear there is a warrant out for you, the first thing you should do is talk to an attorney from The Silverbach Group. We are experienced law firm and we are here to help. You can reach us at 770-635-0334.