If you have been charged with a Felony in Atlanta, then you will need an Atlanta Criminal Defense Lawyer to represent you. That is even more important if this is a First Felony Offense.
For individuals charged with a first lifetime felony offense, the Felony First Offender Act can be extremely beneficial. Like the Conditional Discharge statutes above, they allow the court to sentence an individual to either a term of probation or a term of incarceration after a finding of guilt by a jury or a guilty plea, but without a formal adjudication of guilt by the court. If the person does not comply with any required terms of the sentence, the court may enter a formal adjudication. If, however, all terms and conditions are satisfied, the individual is completed. Exonerated of all charges, and his or her civil liberties will remain intact.
Technically, “first offender” under O.C.G.A § 42-8-60 can be used in misdemeanor cases as well. However, it can only be used once in a lifetime. As a result, we generally advise people to not use it in a misdemeanor.
If you have been charged with a Atlanta Felony, contact the Howard Law Group ASAP. As a Former Prosecutor, we understand the system and can help you with a First Offender plea if you qualify.