Timothy O. McCalep

Georgia's 7 deadly sins and the 2, not 3, strikes law

A person who is charged with a felony has to think very clearly about what this classification means. There are serious life consequences that you have to think about as you are preparing your defense. The exact impacts of a felony conviction depend on your circumstances.

One thing that you have to realize is that Georgia does have a "three strikes" law that can come into the picture if you have prior felony convictions. In fact, Georgia's three strikes law is actually a misnomer because there are only two strikes allowed.

Georgia has seven charges that are referred to as the "seven deadly sins." These seven include aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, armed robbery, rape, kidnapping and murder. Of these, all but murder carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years on a first offense. This isn't a sentence that is eligible for parole. A first count of murder results in life in prison without parole. On a second strike for any of these, life in prison without the possibility of parole is the mandatory minimum sentence you will face.

Any felony conviction can impact your status in this country if you are here on a visa or have another immigration status. You might face being deported if you are convicted of a felony because of the moral turpitude consideration for coming into this country.

Your defense is the only option that you have for fighting against felony charges in this country. There isn't any guarantee when you fight criminal charges; however, there might be a chance of being found not guilty or being able to work out a plea deal that could reduce your charge to a misdemeanor.

Source: FindLaw, "Felonies," accessed Oct. 13, 2017

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