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You are sitting at home on the couch scratching your head wondering how you got yourself in this mess. Spending the last few hours staring at yellow tickets that were issued to you has not helped; instead you have become more and more frustrated. Replaying the events that led up to your arrest has given you nightmares every night.

Staying on the couch for another day may cause you to miss a filing deadline or even your court date. It is human to makes mistakes and everyone makes mistakes. Ignoring those yellow tickets until the day before your court date will only hurt you. Be proactive! Consulting with an experienced attorney may save you a lot of time, money and most importantly jail time.

Even a citation as minor as a traffic violation deserves representation. Many times individuals are cited or arrested based on a technicality. It is not worth it to go to court and be hauled off to jail for a mere technicality.

Crimes are separated into misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by paying a fine and may require completion of jail time in the county jail. Misdemeanors are heard and tried in lower state courts such as police, city or municipal courts. The following crimes are typically considered misdemeanors: a range of traffic violations, trespassing, public nuisance offenses, disturbing the peace, drunk driving (as long as others were not injured), public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, theft, prostitution, failure to appear in court, vandalism, resisting arrest and/or obstructing or resisting a police officer, and assault and battery.

A felony, on the other hand, is a crime that is punishable not only paying fines but it also holds a minimum of one year jail time in the state or federal prison and may be punishable by death. With the help of an experienced attorney, jail time may be reduced or the charges can be dropped all together.

The severity of the fine and punishment in a criminal case depends on many circumstances that are unique to every case; therefore, it is not wise to compare your case to someone with the same charge. The facts of your case may be more or less severe. There are many misconceptions that have been interjected into popular culture about criminal law, so instead of trusting what a layperson has told you or something you might have seen on television, it is always better to trust the advice of an experienced attorney. Do not take a gamble on something as important as your future. Visit us at www.Legalcreation.com or call for help. 

Kevin Pratt is Attorney in Law in Georgia and focuses his practice in business law, corporations and limited liability companies, real estate transactions, tax deferred like-kind property exchanges, secured lending, and real estate litigation. Kevin Pratt has assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs in the creation of business entities such as Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, or Partnerships to facilitate their particular needs regarding, taxation, financing and limited personal liability. For more information please visit www.LegalCreation.com

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