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At the Law Office of Julie C. Moore, we know that a bad decision doesn't make you a bad person. Don't let your mistakes define your future - hire a criminal defense attorney in Villa Rica to protect your rights.

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CRIMINAL DEFENSE IN VILLA RICA

Criminal Cases We Handle

You could be facing serious penalties if you're convicted of a crime in Georgia. You could lose your driver's license, spend time in jail, and pay hefty fines. Worst of all, your criminal record could haunt you for the rest of your life. So you need a reliable drug crimes attorney by your side.

Call the Law Office of Julie C. Moore today. Attorney Moore has nearly a decade of legal experience, and she's worked with clients as a public defender and criminal defense attorney. She'll work hard to defend your rights when you're charged with a crime.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a trusted criminal defense attorney in Villa Rica, Georgia. 770-456-4333

DRUG CRIMES

Attorney Julie C. Moore handles all types of drug cases. From the simple possession of marijuana to trafficking charges. Drug offenses may include:

    -   Possession
    -   Possession with Intent to Distribute
    -   Distribution
    -   Trafficking

 We will review and assess your case and create a specialized plan for your criminal defense.

THEFT CRIMES

Many people use the terms theft and robbery interchangeably. But there's a difference. A robbery involves the use of force, and it's a much more serious crime. Theft, however, covers a wide range of criminal charges, such as:

    -   Larceny
    -   Burglary
    -   Shoplifting

An experienced theft and robbery attorney can help you understand these charges. Call The Law Office of Julie C. Moore in Villa Rica, GA today to schedule an appointment. When you need a robbery attorney to provide support, you can rely on attorney Moore for sound legal advice.

DUI DEFENSE

If you've been charged with driving under the influence, you should understand the consequences you could face if convicted. The penalties for a first-time DUI offense in Georgia are as follows:

   -   Up to one year in jail
   -   Up to $1,000 in fines
   -   Up to one year of license suspension

The penalties are harsher if you have more than one conviction on your record. Speak with a DUI attorney in Villa Rica, GA about your options. Attorney Moore will review the details of your case and build a strong DUI defense. Make an appointment with Attorney Moore today.

FELONY CHARGES

When you've been charged with a felony, you may be scared, confused, or unsure where to turn next. The Law Office of Julie C. Moore is skilled in Georgia felony defense and can help you navigate the legal system.

We will assess all factors in your case to help you decide the best course of action. When you hire us, you will receive one-on-one attention from an experienced Georgia defense attorney who truly cares about your future.

If you need help with your criminal case in Georgia, contact Attorney Moore to schedule a consultation. Give us a call today at 770-456-4333!

MISDEMEANOR CHARGES

Common misdemeanor cases we see include:

   -   Traffic Violations
   -   Disorderly Conduct
   -   Open Container
   -   Possession of a Fake ID
   -   Simple Possession of Marijuana
   -   And More

Many people make the mistake of thinking that misdemeanors do not matter because they are not felonies. However, a conviction of any offense can severely affect your future employment opportunities, housing opportunities, college aid, and more. Misdemeanor criminal cases in municipal or city courts tend to progress quickly, so it is crucial to contact us immediately to begin creating a compelling defense for your case.
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What Should I Do (or Not Do) if I Get Arrested? 

It’s natural to feel worried and confused when you have been charged with a crime. The important thing is to stay calm and consult with a lawyer to protect your rights. Here are some things you should NOT do when you've been arrested:

Don't talk to anyone (especially the police) before your attorney arrives.

Don't run from the police and risk multiplying your charges.

Don't resist arrest - this could hurt your case in the long run.

Don't allow any searches - the police must have a search warrant.

Don't implicate anyone else - Lying to the police could negatively affect your case.

By making the right choices after your arrest, you will be more likely to have a positive outcome in your case. Here's a list of what to do if you get arrested:

Exercise your fifth amendment right and stay silent

Immediately request a lawyer

Make your phone call for help to family, friends, or an attorney

If you're in legal trouble, we are here to help you. Give our Villa Rica Criminal Defense Lawyer a call today at 770-456-4333.

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What Happens After Someone is Arrested? 

If you have been arrested, we recommend telling the cops that you want to speak with an attorney and do not wish to be questioned. It is essential to tell officers to speak with your lawyer, and then remain silent.

Every arrest is different, but the process usually follows these steps:
The Arrest
First Appearance
Pre Hearing
Indictment
Arraignment
Trial
An individual may be arrested with or without a warrant. Arresting someone can be a frightening experience. However, it is critical to remember that you do have rights throughout the process.
In most misdemeanor cases such as DUI, a bond will be set immediately, and once you are booked in, you will be able to bond out with property or a bondsman by paying a percentage of the total bond (usually 10-15%).

In felony cases, you must appear in front of a magistrate judge where the charges will be read, your rights will be pronounced (including the right to an attorney) and the court will consider a bond. If the court denies your bond, you must file a Motion for Bond in either Magistrate Court or in Superior Court where the judge will hear evidence from the State and the Defense during a formal hearing.
If you are still in jail and you or your attorney requests a preliminary hearing, you will appear in front of a Magistrate Court for the court to hear evidence from the prosecution as to why you were arrested and charged. You do have a right to cross-examine the officer and you do have the right to testify on your own behalf during this hearing. At the conclusion of the evidence, the court will determine if there is "probable cause" to continue to hold you on the warrant and if so, will bind the case over for a Grand Jury presentation for indictment. 

NOTE: I never advise my clients to testify on their own behalf during this proceeding. This proceeding is typically a fact-finding mission on behalf of the defense, and the rules of evidence do not apply. 99% of the time, the court will find cause to hold you on the warrant, and it is used to get a jump start on the investigation into your case.
Next is an indictment by Grand Jury or an Accusation filed by the prosecutor.

An indictment is a formal charge or accusation of committing a crime. In Georgia, grand jury indictments are reserved for more serious offenses and offenses that are required to go in front of a Grand Jury due to the defendant remaining in custody. Grand Jury proceedings are "secret," and except for a few exceptions, the defendant nor the defense attorney are allowed to be part of the proceedings. The grand jury decides whether there is substantial proof to file a criminal case against the defendant and if so, they will return a "True Bill" of Indictment. If they do not find enough evidence they will return a "No Bill" of Indictment.

In some cases, the prosecutor must simply file an Accusation without a Grand Jury presentation. Both an Accusation and True Bill of Indictment formally charge the crimes for which you must answer to and defend against and both will place your case of the court's docket for a future trial.
"Arraignment" refers to the formal start of a criminal court hearing. This is also referred to as an initial appearance or initial hearing. In Georgia, the expression "arraignment" refers to a hearing during which the prosecutor reads the allegations brought against the defendant in the accusation or indictment.

The defense attorney enters a plea of guilty or not guilty on behalf of the defendant. The court may enter a scheduling order at an arraignment giving the defendant a deadline to file motions and a date for calendar call and/or trial. It usually occurs in felony cases months after arrest. If no scheduling orders are entered, the default rule is that all motions must be filed within ten days of arraignment.

In most cases and counties that we practice in, the court will grant additional time to file motions once the state prosecutor supplies you or your attorney with the evidence that the prosecutor intends to use against you. A motion must be filed to receive this information.

It is vital to hire a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer as soon after your arrest as possible but certainly prior to arraignment.
Jury Trial: Under the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution, citizens have a right to ask for a jury trial. A jury trial occurs when a jury of one's peers decides on the guilt or innocence of the accused. The state or prosecutor has the burden at any trial to prove the guilt of an accused beyond a reasonable doubt which is the highest legal standard of proof in the land.

A jury is typically comprised of 12 jurors and an alternate in felony cases and 6 jurors and an alternate in misdemeanor cases. The selection of a jury is call Voir Dire and requires the skill and attention of a trained trial attorney by the asking of questions to potential jurors to try and weed out the jurors who might be likely to convict you due to their own personal experiences and beliefs.

Bench Trial: A bench trial occurs when a judge hears and determines a case and the judge's decision alone is final. This may only occur in a criminal case where the defendant waives his right to a Jury Trial and the state does not object. Bench trials are typically utilized by defense attorneys in cases that rely heavier on the law than the facts of the case. This is an issue that you must see a Georgia Criminal Attorney about.

Appeals after a convictions: A request for a new trial may be submitted by the defendant within thirty days following conviction and sentencing. Failure to file this motion in a timely manner could waive any right to appeal.
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Do I have to speak to the police after being arrested?

No. In fact, the US constitution and State and Federal laws do not force an arrested person to speak to police, apart from presenting the essential information about someone's identity.

From a legal standpoint, you should never talk to the police without first consulting your lawyer. Choosing to do this is your constitutionally protected right and ensures that you do not offer any information that may harm your case down the road. I often have clients that feel that requesting an attorney will make them look guilty. However, talking to law enforcement without an attorney present can only hurt your case.

So, should I chat with the police if they come knocking at my door? Simply answering "No, thanks. I'd prefer not to" usually is the best response. Then you should consult a lawyer. Further, if police ask to search without a warrant, simply decline. That is your constitutional right.

If I get offered a plea bargain, should I take it?

Whenever accepting a plea bargain, it is crucial to understand your rights, particularly the right to a jury and also the right to a trial. While accepting the deal may have numerous advantages, admitting guilt implies waiving your legal rights. Therefore, consult with a skilled criminal defense attorney about negotiating a plea deal or contesting the criminal charges when deciding your case.

If I plan on pleading guilty, do I still need a lawyer?

Everyone has a constitutional right to counsel after being criminally charged, even if you submit a plea of guilty. An attorney can use your lack of a criminal past or your reputation as a responsible person, among many other things, to influence the outcome of your sentencing. Remember to retain qualified representation to defend you in court, whether you are found guilty or not.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is Drug Possession a Felony in Georgia?

Yes. Georgia law charges Drug possession (apart from marijuana) as a felony in Georgia.

Possession of Schedule I or narcotic Schedule II drugs is punishable with  2-15 years in prison; however, if you are charged for drug possession and not your first drug offense, it can be punishable up to 30 years in prison.

Possession of non-narcotic Schedule II drugs can be punishable with 2-15 years in prison. Following convictions may result in 5-30 years in prison.

Possession of Schedule III, IV, or V drugs may lead o 1-5 years in prison; however, multiple convictions are punishable with 1-10 years in prison.

What Happens When You Get Arrested for Marijuana Possession?

Getting caught an ounce or less of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor in Georgia, punishable by one year in prison and a fine of $1,000. However, if you get arrested for possession of more than one ounce, that is considered a felony and is punishable with up to 10 years in prison with one year being mandatory, and you could face fines of up to $5,000.

What Should I Look for in a Villa Rica Criminal Defense Lawer?

Hiring a knowledgeable criminal lawyer in Villa Rica can make all the difference in your case.

Find out if the criminal lawyer you are interested in hiring has ever handled a case similar to yours. If the criminal attorney has already tried a case like yours, chances are they better understand the process and know the local laws concerning your situation. Attorney Julie Moore has successfully handled thousands of Georgia felony cases. When it comes to criminal defense, Attorney Moore is the one you want to handle your case.

Ensure the attorney you hire is not too busy to take on another case and give it the attention it deserves. Often, clients tell us that they have previously hired big name, slick-talking city lawyers, only to become "just another number." A local, privately-owned practice is usually the best option for people who need a team that is laser-focused on their case and communicates with them.

Should I represent myself in my criminal case?

NO! Acting without an attorney and attempting to resolve an issue on your own is a terrible idea. There really is no alternative for the guidance of a knowledgeable lawyer. An attorney can assist clients in navigating complex legal processes, collecting and presenting evidence, and delivering persuasive legal arguments. The consequences are just too high to proceed without the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney.

How do I get my bail money back?

Should you choose the cash bond option, you have to pay the whole bail amount. The perk is that if you DO NOT skip a court appearance, you will receive your money back regardless of what happens.

What are Some Motions that may need to be Filed Prior to Trial?

Demand for a Timely Trial: The Constitution's Sixth Amendment and Georgia law provides a defendant's right to a speedy trial. Submitting a request for a speedy trial can be an effective method, and it should only be used after carefully weighing all of the pertinent circumstances.

Discovery Motions: Discovery is a legal term that refers to the process through which litigants seek evidence from each other. For example, criminal trials may require the following kinds of evidence: medical history, police call logs, witness statements, and pictures of the crime scene.

Motions in Limine: A motion in limine would be one where one party seeks to restrict the other parties from providing actual evidence due to unfairness or because it isn't relevant in the case against you.

Motions to Suppress: Suppression motions ask the judge to exclude particular evidence from the case due to a constitutional violation such as a warrantless search of a residence or an interrogation of the defendant without reading Miranda rights. If you or your attorney prevail on these motions, the state is often denied the ability to present the evidence found during those searches or interrogations against you at trial.

What Happens If Someone Missed Their Georgia Court Appearance

Missing a court appearance could have significant consequences. It would be best if you immediately talked with one of your attorneys. They can manage both the failure to appeal charge and the underlying offenses. In short: DO NOT MISS COURT!
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