With twenty years of experience, criminal defense attorney Andre Sailers has been defending individuals throughout the region who have been charged with a criminal offense. He has handled hundreds of Georgia criminal cases, and applies his knowledge and experience of the law when building and presenting strong and compelling cases in court. He offers his clients comprehensive criminal defense representation for felony and misdemeanor crimes such as:
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- Bail Bond Hearings
A person who is arrested and charged with a crime has the right to a bail bond hearing to determine the amount of bail that will need to be paid for the defendant to be released. In some cases, bail will not be allowed or a defendant may be released without bail, on his or her own recognizance.
- Bench Warrant
A bench warrant may be issued when a person fails to appear in court, fails to pay a fine or otherwise violates a court order. This type of warrant allows for the immediate arrest of the individual.
- Domestic Violence
When violence occurs between members of the same household, it may be referred to as domestic violence. Cases of this kind are taken very seriously by law enforcement in Georgia, and a defendant may be in danger of imprisonment, loss of child custody and other harsh penalties if found guilty.
- Drug Crimes
Charges may be filed against a person for any of a number of allegations involving controlled substances, whether illegal narcotics or prescription drugs. With extensive experience in handling these particular cases, Georgia attorney Andre Sailers helps clients accused of drug possession, possession with intent, marijuana offenses and much more.
As one of the most frequently charged crimes in Atlanta, DUI defense is an important part of the firm's practice. In addition to representing clients in court, Attorney Sailers handles DMV hearings to save clients from license suspension. The goal is to help you avoid any and all DUI Penalties.
Crimes are classified as misdemeanors or felonies in accordance with the potential penalties that may be imposed upon a conviction. Felonies are the more serious of the two and may be punishable by imprisonment in state prison for at least one year and a fine of at least $1,000. Certain felonies are punishable by life imprisonment.
Potentially a state or federal offense, forgery involves altering, creating or using false documents. Usually committed for financial gain, forgery may involve such documents as ID cards, security clearance cards, credit cards, legal documents, driver's licenses, personal checks and more.
Intentionally deceiving another person or persons with the intent of unlawfully obtaining property, goods or services may constitute the criminal offense of fraud. There are a number of different types of fraud, and a defendant may face federal charges in some cases.
- Hit & Run
By law, drivers who are involved in auto accidents – even ones they did not personally cause – are required to remain at the scene to exchange driver and insurance information with the other parties involved. They should also render aid if possible. The failure to do so may result in charges for hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident.
- Internet Crimes
Countless financial and business transactions occur over the internet every single day, and this has increased the incidents of internet crimes and state and federal law enforcement agencies' efforts to put an end to these practices.
- Juvenile Crimes
Minors are subject to a different legal system than adults. The juvenile court system has its own set of personnel, rules and procedures that should be fully understood in order for your attorney to properly handle your child's case.
Although misdemeanors are less serious than felony offenses, a defendant may still face up to one year in county jail and fines if convicted. Community service, driver's license suspension and probation are other potential consequences of a misdemeanor conviction in Atlanta, GA.
- Probation Violations
At times, a defendant's jail sentence will be suspended and he or she will be granted probation. To remain on probation in lieu of jail time, the defendant must follow certain rules and guidelines or risk having probation revoked and being sent to jail.
- Resisting Arrest
A defendant may face charges for resisting arrest if accused of interfering with an officer's attempt to make an arrest. This may include physically resisting as well as running away or providing an officer with false information to avoid arrest.
- Sex Crimes
Accusations of a sex crime may have serious consequences beyond charges and a conviction. A person accused of a sex offense, particularly one involving a child, may face a ruined reputation and career, destroyed personal relationships and more. Loss of custody may be another issue of concern
Shoplifting, or retail theft, is one of the lesser theft crimes that a person may be accused of committing. Depending on the value of property involved, however, a defendant may face felony charges for shoplifting as well as harsh penalties.
- Stalking Crimes
Following, watching or contacting another person with the intent of harassing or intimidating that person may constitute stalking under Georgia Code. In the face of stalking charges, it is important to work with an attorney who will fight to protect you from a conviction.
- Theft Crimes
Theft is best defined as taking another's property without consent. It may be committed by force or in a hidden or deceptive manner. The penalties and other consequences of a theft crime conviction will vary, depending on the defendant's record, the value of property involved and various other factors. Read more about theft crimes…
- Traffic Offenses
Including infractions such as speeding or running a red light, punishable by fine alone, as well as offenses such as DUI or driving without a license, traffic offenses are best handled by a skilled lawyer who can protect your driving privileges and your freedom in the event that you face misdemeanor or felony charges.
- Violent Crimes
Violent crimes such as assault, manslaughter and murder are some of the most serious crimes that a person may be accused of committing, typically involving imprisonment in state prison. A felony conviction for a violent crime may also seriously hinder one's employment and educational opportunities.
- Weapon Offenses
Weapon offenses may include unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of an illegal weapon, unlawful sale or distribution of a weapon, or the use of a weapon in the commission of another crime.
- White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes include a broad range of offenses that are typically non-violent theft crimes committed in a business, political or financial setting. Tax fraud, embezzlement and bribery are all examples of "white collar" offenses.
If convicted, you will be subjected to a number of legal penalties and receive a mark on your permanent record. These penalties could include time in jail or prison, heavy fines, probation, driver’s license suspension, mandatory counseling, and the loss of certain rights, such as the right to vote, possess weapons, or hold certain professions. It's important that you have someone on your side who can aggressively protect your rights. Contact Sailers & Associates today to learn how we can assist you with your case immediately.