A legal practitioner in metropolitan Atlanta, E. Michael Vereen III has been a member of the Georgia bar for 24 years. E. Michael Vereen III represents clients in a wide range of legal areas, including DUI, personal injury, bankruptcy, and criminal cases.
In the area of criminal law, an individual may face felony or misdemeanor charges. These two important classifications are assessed differently, and their definitions can vary greatly from state to state. However, in general, misdemeanors are considered less severe than felonies, and as such are classified as minor wrongdoings. In Georgia, misdemeanors may result in fines and/or prison terms of anywhere between one and 12 months. Some examples of misdemeanors with punishable terms of up to 12 months include indecent exposure, petty theft, possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, trespassing, traffic violations, or threatening assault.
In Georgia, felonies are punished more severely, with a prison term generally exceeding 12 months. Felonies are divided into a number of classes that indicate the level of seriousness and the applicable punishments within the confines of the law. Crimes defined as felonies include rape; murder; possession and/or sale of illicit substances, such as cocaine or heroin; kidnapping; child molestation; arson; grand theft; or aggravated assault.