What Are the Sentencing Guidelines in Georgia?Written on September 9, 2014
If you are facing criminal charges, having an attorney in your corner is crucial. No matter what the severity of the charge is, an attorney from The Silverbach Group will ensure your rights are protected as you maneuver the legal system. If you are convicted, or accept a plea agreement, your need for an attorney isn’t over. The sentencing portion of your case, which may take several months, is crucial to protecting your freedom.
If you are convicted in Georgia, the judge presiding over your case will impose a sentence. This may include jail time, probation, a suspended sentence or releasing you with credit for time already served. There are sentencing guidelines that must be followed, but a judge still has a great deal of discretion when imposing a sentence. An attorney can work with the prosecutor and the court to make a favorable recommendation on your behalf.
A conviction for driving under the influence is a perfect example of the latitude the court has. In addition to fines and court costs, you may be sentenced to one day in jail or up to one year. There are a number of factors the judge will look at. This may include your employment, criminal history and any recommendations from the prosecutor. If you are convicted of driving under the influence, or any other offense, facing the judge alone is rolling the dice when it comes to your freedom.
The most advantageous outcome to any conviction or plea is a suspended sentence or probation. Both will help you avoid jail time altogether. A suspended sentence means you receive time behind bars, but don’t have to actually serve the sentence as long as you stay out of trouble. If you are placed on probation, a judge will order you to meet several requirements which may include meeting with a probation officer, taking random drug tests and making monthly payments.
Probation and suspended sentences aren’t usually handed out on a whim. The court takes many details into consideration. If you are convicted, don’t go into court with your figures crossed and hope for leniency from the judge. Your attorney will take care of all the legal background work in order to give you the best possible chance to avoid going to jail.
If you are in need of legal assistance of any kind, The Silverbach Group needs to be your first call. You can reach of us for consultation at (770) 635-0334.