Macon, GA Felony Crime Attorney
Effective Representation for Serious Charges
The legal team at Cooper, Draughon & Cooper has more than 75 years of combined experience representing clients charged with felonies. Mr. Draughon served for more than 25 years as a Special Assistant Attorney General, providing our legal team with experience and insight into both prosecution and defense to better serve our clients.
What Crimes Are Classified as Felonies?
A variety of crimes are classified as a felony under Georgia law. In general, felonies are more serious crimes that can severe harm to persons or property. A felony conviction has serious consequences that will affect you for years, if not the rest of your life. It is essential to hire a skilled Macon felony defense attorney to defend you with tenacity and determination.
Some of the crimes which are charged as felonies include:
Penalties for Felony Convictions
Felonies carry penalties that are harsher than misdemeanor convictions, such as prison terms of more than one year and large fines. Some crimes, such as murder, may carry a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty. In Georgia, defendants with prior convictions anywhere in the United States face additional penalties. The three strikes law states that defendants with three prior felony convictions must serve the maximum sentence without the possibility of parole.
Legal Process in Felony Cases
After an arrest, an arraignment is held within 72 hours. During the arraignment hearing, the charges are read in court and the defendant will enter a plea, either guilty, not guilty, or no contest, which means you neither dispute the charges nor admit guilt. After the arraignment, the attorney and defendant will prepare for trial. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to begin preparing your defense.
Please contact Cooper, Draughon & Cooper at (478) 202-7050 to arrange a free consultation with a Macon felony defense lawyer.