The differences between misdemeanor theft and felony theft.
There are other circumstances under which a theft can be considered a felony.
-Any kind of theft involving a breach of a fiduciary relationship.
-The theft of any government property or bank property by an employee.
-Theft of a motor vehicle or part of a motor vehicle that is valued over $100.
-Theft of a destructive device, explosive or a firearm.
-Any theft committed while telemarketing, utilizing a computer or engaging in home repair or improvement.
Whether you are charged with felony or misdemeanor theft, there is one thing that remains constant: You are in desperate need of an experienced criminal defense attorney to take on your case. Attempting to fight your charges on your own will only make matters worse.
What to do If You’ve Been Arrested For Shoplifting?
Because shoplifting is a common first criminal offense, many defendants are eligible for Georgia’s pre-trial intervention diversion programs. These programs allow certain first time offenders to avoid criminal prosecution altogether, so long as they meet certain requirements and avoid reoffending.
In addition to serious fines and jail time, a criminal conviction can impact your ability to find work for many years to come, as your criminal history and mug shot will be readily available in background checks.
If you want to minimize the consequences of a shoplifting charge, particularly if you are not a US citizen, then it is important to find an attorney with experience handling exactly these kinds of cases. We can advise you about all of your options, helping you make informed legal decisions in the long process to come. If there is any way to have the charges dropped, reduced, or to secure a favorable plea deal, it is important to have legal representation to help you understand this process and avoid the many pitfalls.
The legal process may move slowly after you’ve been arrested, but that doesn’t mean you can wait to start protecting yourself. If you or a family member has been arrested for a shoplifting offense, call us at 678-324-8511 or click here to discuss the particulars of your case by scheduling an initial consultation. You deserve to go through this ordeal with a committed attorney on your team.
The Difference between Assault and Battery
Assault and battery occurs when an individual uses force or the threat of force which results in the bodily injury or harm of another individual. This does not necessarily have to be intentional nor does it have to be direct. Examples of this would be threatening someone with force, causing them to step into a street and be struck by a vehicle, or commanding a dog to attack them. The difference between assault and battery occurs when the individual is actually touched by the person committing the crime. If this occurs, then the charges are considered battery.
If you or a family member has been arrested for an assault or battery offense, call us at 678-324-8511 or click here to discuss the particulars of your case by scheduling an initial consultation. You deserve to go through this ordeal with a committed defense attorney on your team.
Shoplifting is a common first offense, which means many people charged with this crime have no idea what will happen next. In Georgia, shoplifting can be charged as a felony, and even a first conviction can have lifelong consequences in addition to jail time and fines. Many people arrested for shoplifting in Georgia have a dizzying number of questions.
If you’ve been charged with shoplifting in Georgia, do not make the mistake of taking these charges lightly, even if it’s your first offense. And especially if you are undocumented or have yet to naturalize. Georgia police and courts take these charges very seriously, and they can be charged as misdemeanors and felonies depending on the circumstances of the arrest. If you need help fighting shoplifting charges or have a shoplifting charge on your record, don’t wait to call us.
Even a misdemeanor like shoplifting or petty theft can be upgraded to aggravated felony under immigration law. Shoplifting is considered aggravated felony if the actual sentence from the court is one year or longer of jail time, even if you don’t serve jail time due to a suspended sentence.
The legal process may move slowly after you’ve been arrested, but that doesn’t mean you can wait to start protecting yourself. If you or a family member has been arrested for a shoplifting offense, call us at 678-324-8511 or click here to discuss the particulars of your case. You deserve to go through this ordeal with a committed attorney on your team.
If you’re considering ending your marriage, you will need to start thinking about the documents to gather to aid your attorney and lower your legal fees. In some cases, couples have been separated for some time before they decide to legally divorce, so their financial circumstances are not the same as they were when the parties were living together. In other cases, after the separation, one spouse gets a new job, or the other starts a new relationship and the parties are unable to agree about their finances. There are many, many circumstances which could affect both parties’ full awareness and understanding of each other’s financial situation.
To ensure all parties involved have a full and complete picture of the family finances, both spouses disclose their financial documents to the other during the a part of the divorce called Discovery.
So, what kinds of information is included in the Discovery process?
1. When possible, you should provide your attorney with the same information for your spouse.
2. Name, address, and income of your employer(s) over the past 7 years.
3. How much you are paid and how often you are paid.
4. If you are retired or are approaching retirement , the name and address of your last employer and the date of your retirement.
5. Last year’s annual gross income.
6. Your current monthly gross income (the financial affidavit form requires you to provide a breakdown of all income and deductions to your net monthly income can be determined).
7. Average monthly expenses (e,g, rent/mortgage, electricity, water/sewer, cable, car payments, car insurance, health insurance, homeowner’s insurance, etc.)
8. Monthly expenses for the children that shared by the parties (e.g. school tuition, monthly allowances, extra curricular activities, day care, etc.).
9. Monthly expenses for children outside of the marriage (e.g. child support, insurance policies, etc.).
10. Other monthly payments (eg. credit cards, student loans, etc).
Assets and liabilities [eg. the marital house (an asset) and the mortgage on your house (a liability)].
11. Contingent assets and liabilities (e.g. an anticipated inheritance, ).
This is not a comprehensive list, and you ultimately will need to gather all the records to back up this information, such as your actual bills, pay stubs, retirements statements, credit cards statements, etc., but this is a good place to start. Your attorney will provide you with a checklist for all the items you will need to fit your particular needs.
Call today at 678-324-8511 to us to schedule an appointment to discuss the particulars of your case. We can help make this challenging process much easier to navigate.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
When minor children who are not United States citizens, or lawful permanent residents, have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment, they may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Eligibility for SIJS requires a court finding that the applicant meets fundamental criteria and that being reunified with one or both parents and returning to his or her native country are not viable options. In many cases, petitioning for SIJS is the most effective and efficient first step toward obtaining legal permanent residency — a green card — which will enable a young person to stay in the United States and ultimately work, attend college, or pursue other dreams and goals.
If you know a child who is not a U.S. citizen who has suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment, call us at 678-324-8511 or click here to discuss the particulars of their case by scheduling an initial consultation. A child who has suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment, does not deserve to be further traumatized by being deported and separated rom their home.