Felonies and Misdemeanors

Miles W. Rich represents those accused of crimes, both felonies and misdemeanors. These include but are not limited to shoplifting, other theft offenses such as burglary, robbery, and embezzlement; crimes against people such as assault, battery, aggravated assault, and sex offenses; traffic offenses including DUI and boating under the influence; crimes against property such as criminal damage to property and criminal trespassing; white collar crimes including odometer fraud; and all drug offenses.

Many people charged with crimes may be guilty of something, but not necessarily the crime they are charged with. Many prosecutors resort to what is referred to as "over charging," or charging defendants with many offenses, hoping one or two will stick. Most criminal cases do not result in a trial. Rather, the cases are resolved through negotiation with the prosecutor, called the Solicitor in the State and Municipal courts that handle misdemeanors, and the District Attorney in Superior Courts that handle felonies. Many people charged with felonies end up pleading guilty to misdemeanors. The maximum punishment for a misdemeanor is a fine of $1,000 and up to one year in jail.

Even if the client is guilty as charged, punishment can be mitigated. In Georgia, most first time offenders can enter the First Offender Program. Successfully completing this program leaves the client without a criminal conviction when their sentence is completed. This is very helpful when looking for work, etc.

Criminal attorneys protect the rights of their clients and all citizens. We are a country of laws, not of men. Many people have a less than high opinion of criminal defense attorneys, that is, until they need one.

Miles W. Rich cannot promise results in a criminal case, but he does assure his clients that their rights will be protected, and that all reasonable defenses will be explored. Few first time offenders serve time behind bars. Most sentences are served on Probation. If a client has committed an offense that requires imprisonment, Mr. Rich works to keep the incarceration period to a minimum. Some people may think this sounds like Monty Hall's, "Let's Make a Deal," and perhaps it does, but the key to representation of criminal defendants is the art of negotiation.

Probation

Probation is a serious process. Probation allows the criminal defendant to serve their sentence at home, keep their job, live their life, etc. However, a person on probation will find themselves behind bars if they commit any further offenses while on probation, or violate the terms of their probation. For example, if a term of probation prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages, then the defendant may not consume any alcohol. No exemptions! If for some reason, you have been placed on probation, and the probation officer is attempting to revoke your probation, Criminal Defense Attorney Miles W. Rich will represent you at your Probation Revocation Hearing.