Criminal Defense Attorney in Athens, Georgia
Our firm takes a very aggressive and proactive approach to all criminal cases. We immediately review all new cases and determine what motions need to be filed. Our firm is very experienced in taking cases to trial and if the state takes an unfavorable position in your case we will not hesitate to take it to trial to protect your rights.
Why You Need an Attorney
It is never a good idea to go alone against the criminal justice system. With an experienced attorney on your side, you will be able to put yourself in a better position to pursue a more favorable outcome and seek to avoid facing the most serious penalties associated with your criminal charges.
At Jeffrey A. Jackson, Attorney at Law, we serve the legal needs of individuals who have been charged with a wide range of crimes in the Athens, Winder, and Lawrenceville, Georgia areas. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Under the provisions of Georgia's RICO statute, a person or group violates the act by using a pattern and practice of racketeering activities to acquire an interest in, maintain or protect an interest in, or control the practices of any business or property. This means that a person or group uses illegal activities to sustain or advance ongoing criminal enterprises or organizations. RICO originally was created to provide prosecutors with a tool to go after organized crime, as in mafia-type activities. However, the scope of its reach has now grown so that anyone who commits two or more proscribed crimes within a ten year period in furtherance of an ongoing enterprise can find themselves charged with a RICO violation.
To successfully defend these charges an Attorney must have extensive knowledge and skills, especially since there are many predicate crimes that fall within the reach and breadth of Georgia's RICO act. If you are charged with a Rico violation please call Jeffrey A. Jackson, Attorney at Law as they have the skills and experience needed to handle a Rico case.
High and Aggravated Offenses
If somebody is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in Georgia, it means that they are accused of injuring another person without justification, and the injury either caused great bodily harm or was accomplished by means that could cause death or great bodily harm. Defendants in these cases are at risk of getting a felony on their record. If convicted of this felony charge, the defendant could be required to serve time in prison.
If you’ve been charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, you’ll need a lawyer as soon as possible. Contact a criminal defense attorney who can help you make the right decisions on your case. Choose someone with experience defending assault and battery charges.
Trafficking is the most serious drug charge of all drug-related crimes in the State of Georgia. It involves the manufacture, transport, or sale of an illegal substance such as cocaine, marijuana, heroin, or methamphetamine. In Georgia, drug trafficking is considered a felony. If convicted of drug trafficking in Georgia, you could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million, depending on the type of drug, the quantity, and its potency. Additional penalties could be imposed if the crime was committed near a school.
Possession with the Intent to Distribute
When you are facing drug possession with the intent to distribute charges, several factors will come into play in building your defense. Possession can mean actual possession, where drugs are found on your body, or constructive possession, where drugs may be found in an area that you have control over, such as a locker or an automobile.
Drug possession with intent to distribute is very different from simple drug possession. It usually involves larger quantities of illegal drugs than would be used for just personal use. It also usually requires some other evidence, such as a large sum of cash, baggies, or a client list.
Your defense will likely focus on the quality of the police investigation and the validity of the charges. In their eagerness to make a drug arrest, police can wrongly charge suspects or mishandle evidence or violate your constitutional rights. Please contact Jeffrey A. Jackson, Attorney at Law if you have been charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute
Possession of Drugs
In Georgia, drug possession is a serious charge – a felony in all cases but small amounts of marijuana. Depending on the type and quantity of the drug found in your possession, you could face anywhere from a year to 10 years in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, and permanent damage to your record and reputation.
Illegal Search and Seizure
If you have been arrested following a search of your vehicle, home, or other personal property, you should immediately question whether this was a legal search. Unlawful vehicle search, home search, and pat-downs happen regularly. The attorneys at Jeffrey A. Jackson are experienced and skilled in handling these types of cases. After a review of your case, we will determine what motions need to be filed to suppress evidence obtained as the result of an illegal search and seizure.
The Danger of a Conviction
If you are convicted of a crime, your entire life can be permanently affected. From significant fines and lengthy prison sentences to a negative impact on your job opportunities and reputation, you have a lot at stake.
Don't take on this challenge on your own. In order to fight your charges most effectively, you need to work with a dedicated criminal defense attorney. At Jeffrey A. Jackson, Attorney at Law, we will work to understand the details surrounding your situation, explain to you the legal options that may be available, and advocate aggressively on your behalf as you seek the most positive result available.
Criminal Defense Attorney serving Athens, Georgia
Put a highly-trained criminal defense attorney in your corner to help you fight for your rights. The legal representation you need may be only one phone call away. Jeffrey A. Jackson, Attorney at Law represents clients in Athens, Winder, and Lawrenceville, Georgia. Call today to schedule a free consultation.