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Facing criminal charges is stressful to say the least, particularly if you have been wrongfully accused. Depending on the nature of the charges, you could be facing penalties ranging from steep fines and the suspension or loss of your driver’s license to a lengthy prison sentence. It is vital that you have a highly skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side who will examine the details of your case and recommend the most effective defense strategy. The criminal defense lawyers at Kicklighter Law will work tirelessly to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, establish reasonable doubt, and ensure that your legal rights are protected.

What Types of Crimes Does Kicklighter Law Handle?

Our dedicated team of criminal defense lawyers have a proven track record of successful outcomes for clients who have been charged with a range of crimes, including the following:

  • DUI crimes: Motorists who are charged with drunk driving will likely face harsh penalties including steep fines, license suspension, probation, and possible jail time. While this is a serious charge, a criminal defense lawyer will determine whether there are any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, determine whether the police officer made any mistakes during the arrest, and present evidence in your defense.

    Georgia is particularly strict when it comes to drunk driving. First-time offenders may face harsh penalties, including fines of $300 to $1,000, a minimum of 20 hours of community service and up to 12 months in jail. The penalties become more severe with a repeated offense. 
  • Drug crimes: Georgia has some of the strictest drug possession and distribution laws in the country. The following are examples of different types of drug crimes:
    • Drug use: If you use illegal drugs like heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamines, it is considered a crime. It is also illegal to take prescription medication without a prescription.
    • Drug possession: There are two types of possession: “actual possession,” which means that the individual has the drug on his or her person, and “constructive possession,” which is when an individual is close enough to the drug to be considered in possession of it.
    • Manufacturing: Depending on the drug, this may involve growing it, cooking it, or packaging a drug for resale.
    • Possession with the intent to distribute: This is a serious charge that involves the sale, smuggling and delivery of an illegal drug. If a police officer finds scales, packaging, or other material that are used to sell drugs, you could be charged with intent to sell.
    • Drug trafficking: This involves the transportation of a large amount of illegal drugs. Drug trafficking is one of the most serious drug crimes. If convicted, the penalties are severe, ranging from three years to life in prison, depending on the type and quantity of the drug being trafficked.
  • Disorderly conduct: Also known as disturbing the peace, this is any type of behavior that causes other people in the vicinity to feel annoyed, inconvenienced, or alarmed. Penalties for disorderly conduct range from fines up to $1,000, probation and prison sentence of up to one year. The following are examples of disorderly conduct:
    • Fighting
    • Public misconduct
    • Protests
    • Disturbing an assembly
    • Police encounters
    • Disorderly conduct during an arrest for a DUI
  • Aggravated assault: This is a serious crime that occurs when an individual commits an assault with the intent to murder, rape, or rob. While this type of crime may result in serious injuries or fatalities, the victim does not need to suffer a physical injury for the crime to be considered aggravated assault.

What Are the Penalties for Different Crimes?

Law enforcement officials in Georgia take all crimes very seriously. Depending on the nature and severity of the crime, they will impose the appropriate penalty. For example, violent crimes like murder, rape, and aggravated assault will carry more severe penalties than non-violent crimes like burglary, cybercrimes, forgery, and racketeering. The following are examples of possible penalties for a range of crimes:

  • Fines ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
  • Community service
  • License suspension
  • Probation
  • Jail sentence ranging from 24 hours to life in prison.

How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help Me?

There are a range of defense strategies that may be used, depending on the nature of the crime and the circumstances of the case. The following are examples of effective defense strategies for different types of crimes:

  • If you are facing a DUI charge, a criminal defense attorney can help establish reasonable doubt, or identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, including the failure to follow procedure, failure to meet the burden of proof, and lack of probable cause, among others.
  • If you have been charged with a drug crime, a skilled criminal defense lawyer may be able to show that the drugs belonged to someone else, that you were the victim of police entrapment, or the drugs were found after an illegal search was conducted.
  • If you are facing disorderly conduct charges, there are a number of defense strategies we may recommend, based on the circumstances of the case, including self-defense, freedom of speech, involuntary actions, and reasonable doubt.
  • Examples of effective defense strategies for aggravated assault charges include self-defense, defense of others, challenging the evidence, defense of property and establishing an alibi.

Springfield Criminal Defense Lawyers at Kicklighter Law Represent Individuals Who Are Facing Criminal Charges

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, do not hesitate to contact our experienced Springfield criminal defense lawyers at Kicklighter Law. We will review the charges that have been brought against you and recommend the most effective defense strategy based on the nature of the crime, the evidence available, and other factors that may impact the outcome of your case. Our dedicated legal team will work tirelessly to protect your rights and pursue the best possible outcome. To schedule a confidential consultation, call us today at 912-754-6003 or contact us online. From our offices located in Springfield, Georgia, we proudly serve all clients of Springfield, Effingham County, Savannah, and surrounding areas.