The criminal justice system can be an intimidating place, and it’s important to work with a defense attorney you can trust to explore all of your legal options and protect your rights. At Nicholson Phillips, our lawyers have served clients facing a wide range of criminal charges across northern Georgia since 1990. We are dedicated to providing the very best service and personal attention to your case, backed by our experience and high standards of conduct, ethics and diligence. To work with a respected law firm serving Marietta and the surrounding communities, turn to us.
Representation for various criminal charges
When you’re facing misdemeanor or felony criminal charges, it’s critical to seek an experienced defense lawyer to protect your rights and give you the best chance at success. Nicholson Phillips provides comprehensive representation for the following issues:
DUI and DWI. The legal blood alcohol content limit for most motorists in Georgia is .08 percent, or .02 percent for drivers under the age of 21 and .04 percent for commercial drivers. The penalties for a first-time DUI conviction could include up to a year in jail, $1,000 in fines and a driver’s license suspension of one year.
Traffic violations. Speeding, moving violations, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident are all examples of traffic offenses. Although many of these citations involve only minor penalties, others may result in the suspension of your driver’s license and large fines.
Drug crimes. Prosecutors aggressively pursue criminal charges against those accused of drug offenses such as possession, distribution, manufacturing and trafficking. In some cases, law enforcement officers use illegal searches and seizures to make arrests, and a skilled attorney must question these tactics to seek reduced or dropped drug charges. We also advocate for diversion opportunities such as drug treatment and community service for individuals facing first-time misdemeanor drug charges.
Theft crimes. Theft is defined as a person illegally taking the personal property from another person with the intention of depriving the rightful owner of that property. Our attorneys represent clients in theft crimes involving shoplifting, burglary, robbery, fraud, embezzlement and more. For a first time shoplifting offense, you may be able to avoid incarceration with pretrial diversion programs.
Probation violations. Failing to adhere to the terms of your probation can have major consequences, including jail time or fines. Probation requirements can be confusing, and you may violate the terms without knowing it. Our attorneys can help you plead your case in a hearing or, if necessary, appeal a judge’s ruling.
Assault and battery. To be charged with battery, you must make physical contact with another person with the intent to harm. However, to be charged with assault, there has to be the threat of physical harm but actual contact is not necessary. Assault and battery are serious charges with potentially severe consequences.
Sex crimes. The most common sex crimes include sexual assault, rape, statutory rape, prostitution and indecent exposure. Our experienced attorneys have the knowledge and skills to build your defense against a sex crime accusation.
Murder. Homicide is the most serious criminal charge you can face. Whether you have been accused of first degree murder, second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter or voluntary manslaughter, we can help fight your case.
White collar crimes. The most common types of white collar crimes include fraud, embezzlement, bribery and money laundering. The consequences include large fines, incarceration, probation or community service. This is a serious offense that can negatively affect your professional reputation.
What are the differences between felonies and misdemeanors?
Generally, misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, but they may still come with serious penalties for those convicted. These crimes include traffic violations and minor criminal offenses, such as petty theft, public intoxication and trespassing. In Georgia, misdemeanors may lead to up to $1,000 in fines, a year in a county jail or mandatory participation in a state diversion program. Misdemeanors of a high or aggravated level may bring greater punishments, including probation and fines of up to $5,000.
Felonies, on the other hand, can be quite serious and result in major consequences, including incarceration and large fines. Common examples of felonies include aggravated DUI, assault, battery and robbery. The penalties range significantly from fines and short jail sentences for minor felonies to 25 years to life imprisonment for rape, homicide and other violent crimes. It’s important to note that Georgia does not maintain different classes of felonies like most other states.