Northern Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers
While they say that America is the land of second chances, people with a conviction on their record may beg to differ. Most employers, banks, and landlords run background checks on all applicants; a criminal record often eliminates you from consideration. If you are facing criminal charges, it’s vital that you get a defense plan in place as quickly as possible. Ideally, we work to get the charges dropped. At a minimum, we work to get the charges reduced.
Fighting Traffic Tickets And DUI Charges
You should never simply pay a traffic ticket without considering the consequences. When you pay, you are pleading guilty and accepting the penalties associated with your offense. Pleading guilty to a DUI or moving violation may result in:
- Adding points on your driver’s license
- Long-term increase in your car insurance rates
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- Jail time and/or suspension of your license for a DUI
- Job loss for commercial truck drivers with a CDL
At Hotard & Hise, we will review the details of your violation and work to keep violations off your record and prevent points from being assessed. Remember that points on your driving record accumulate over time, so even penalties for minor violations add up and may cause your insurance rates to go up for several years.
Domestic Violence And Assault Charges
Our law firm donates countless hours to the victim advocacy groups: Circle of Hope and FAITH (Fight Abuse in the Home). We understand the sensitive nature of domestic violence and assault charges. Whether you are a victim or have been charged with a crime, we have the knowledge and experience to protect your rights and help you get the resources you need.
Assault, sexual assault, and domestic violence convictions can result in prison time and substantial fines depending on the severity of the charges. It’s important to understand the penalties for the varying degrees of different charges and how it impacts the case and protection orders. We use our knowledge and experience dealing with assault and domestic violence to protect your rights and help ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Representing Clients Charged With Drug Offenses
The state of Georgia has some of our country’s most severe penalties for drug offenses. Even possessing a small amount of an illegal drug carries a stiff penalty, especially if the accused has been charged in the past. Guilty verdicts can result in fines, job loss and lengthy prison terms.
When we represent clients charged with drug offenses, we do everything we can to try to get the charges dropped. If that is not possible, we investigate all the options for reducing the charges and penalties. This includes looking into alternatives to jail and prison time such as electronic monitoring, treatment, and day reporting centers.