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Defending yourself from charges of violent crimes in Georgia

You suddenly find yourself in handcuffs, accused of hurting one or more people in some way. You know that violent crimes often come with serious penalties here in Georgia. The next move you make could affect the course of the rest of your life.

You may be facing charges for crimes ranging from assault to homicide to hate crimes. Regardless of the criminal charge, you could end in prison, paying fines and/or restitution to those who supposedly hurt. You need someone on your side who understands the criminal laws here in Georgia, regularly works with the prosecutors involved and understands how the courts tend to rule.

A thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and your contact with police needs to be undertaken quickly in order to preserve any evidence that might establish your innocence or mitigate the charges. For instance, if you were defending yourself, that could make a significant difference. If you were impaired in some way, you might not have been able to form the requisite intent to commit the crime, which could also affect the outcome of your case. Police might have violated procedures, mishandled evidence or made some other mistake that could affect your case.

These are just some of the factors that a criminal defense attorney will explore in connection with the violent crimes of which you are accused. Far too much is at stake not to use the services of a knowledgeable and assertive attorney. Even if the circumstances would not necessarily lead to a dismissal or acquittal of the charges, a reduction of the charges could be advantageous. Your attorney would advise you regarding all of the options available to you — whether that means negotiating a plea bargain or going to trial.