The Goad Law Firm understands how scary it can be when you’re facing criminal charges for the first time. Above all else, we don’t want you to lose hope. Anyone facing criminal charges for the first time should know about O.C.G.A. 42-8-60, also known as Georgia’s First Offender Act.
First, determine if you are ELIGIBLE:
Whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or a felony, your case may be eligible for a first offender plea. If you’re facing a drug charge, see our drug offenses page (specifically dealing with drug charges and O.C.G.A. 16-13-2). If you’re not facing drug charges, or if you’ve already taken a plea pursuant to O.C.G.A. 16-13-2, keep reading.
You’re eligible for a First Offender Plea if:
- You have never been convicted of a felony (in any state);
- You have never been sentenced as a First Offender;
- Your charge is not Driving under the Influence (DUI);
- Your charge is not a serious crime committed against a law enforcement officer engaged in his or her duties;
- Your charge is not a serious violent felony
- Your charge is not a serious sexual offense
- Your charge is not related to child pornography and
- Your charge is not related to electronic sexual exploitation of a minor or computer pornography
NEXT, have a qualified attorney review your case
A first offender plea should only be utilized once an attorney has reviewed all the evidence in your case and you’ve had an opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the State’s evidence. If you decide it’s in your best interest to take a guilty plea, then you should have a discussion with your lawyer about Georgia’s First Offender Act.
You’ll likely need the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney. The Goad Law Firm has helped countless men and women facing their first criminal charge. Give us a call today 912-209-9000.