Misdemeanors are lesser serious violations of Georgia’s Criminal Codes, and include minor traffic offenses, up to major misdemeanors, such as Driving Under the Influence. Misdemeanors are classified into standard, versus high and aggravated offenses, and penalties for such offenses vary based on the type and the criminal history of the accused. If you are convicted of a single standard misdemeanor, you may face up to one year in jail or up to a $1,000 fine, but you will also face court costs, probation, evaluations and assessment fees, drug and alcohol testing fees and other financial penalties.
Misdemeanor or Felony convictions could be used against you in civil cases if you are sued for damages based on the outcome of the criminal act. Even though Misdemeanors are less serious than Felonies, they can have permanent financial, employment, and emotional consequences of a serious nature. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature, however, you may face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.