The Law Office of Robert J. Pinnero handles a vast number of criminal charges in the Albany area and surrounding counties. Attorney Robert J. Pinnero has the resources, experience and dedication to succeed on the behalf of the criminally accused. Both misdemeanor and felony crimes are serious matters, and you can find the tough, aggressive protection you need when you contact the firm. To learn more about your specific charges, please read through the information provided below.
Although assault and battery are legally defined as two separate offenses, they are often lumped together in one criminal charge. The penalties for these crimes will depend on whether or not a weapon was used and other circumstances surrounding the criminal act and the arrest.
Knowingly entering onto another person’s property without authorization or consent is legally defined as criminal trespass. If you have entered onto another person’s property and intentionally destroyed, demolished or defaced any part of the property, you will also be charged with criminal trespass.
From child abuse to spousal abuse, harassment, stalking and neglect, there are countless ways that one can be charged with domestic violence under Georgia law. This is one of the easiest crimes to accuse someone of, and many false accusations are made out of jealousy, bitterness or revenge.
Being accused of a drug offense in Albany or surrounding counties is no laughing matter. In fact, you may be facing felony charges and a hardened prosecution in court. Crimes involving serious drugs such as crystal meth, heroin, and cocaine will receive much stiffer penalties than offenses involving marijuana.
Arrested on charges of possession? There are several different defense strategies that have proven effective in fighting possession charges, depending on the type of drug and the quantity that was found in your possession.
Driving under the influence is a serious criminal charge in Albany and surrounding counties, and the minimum penalties for a first-time DUI charge include at least one full day in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, 12 months of probation, 40 hours of community services, one year driver’s license suspension and other possible penalties.
If you have disobeyed the verbal, visual or audio instructions or signs given by a police officer, you will be charged with fleeing police. If you cause an accident that resulted in serious property damage, injury or death while fleeing from police, you will face a harsher sentence.
Hit & Run
If you are involved in an accident or collision, you are legally required to stop and speak to the other people in the accident regardless of whether you think it was minor or not. According to the law, you are required to leave the other driver with your contact information and also file a report with the police. Failure to do so will result in criminal charges.
Anyone under the age of 17 who is accused of a crime in Georgia will go through the juvenile court system. Unlike the adult criminal system, the juvenile system focuses more on rehabilitation and treatment than penalties like jail or prison.
Anything that interferes with the administration and due process of law is considered an obstruction of justice. This is a serious offense that is tried as a felony in the majority of cases, and a conviction can result in jail time, stiff fines, community service, probation and other penalties.
Georgia judges will sometimes choose to impose probation on a criminal offender rather than penalties such as jail or prison. Probation involves a set of guidelines that must be followed at all times, and when these guidelines are broken there will be penalties under the law.
Also known as public intoxication, the crime of public drunkenness involves appearing drunk or under the influence in a public place. You will be arrested for this crime in Albany and surrounding counties if you appear in public with a BAC of .08% or higher and if you create a public disturbance, if you become a threat or if you cause danger to those around you.
This crime involves exposing oneself in public or performing lewd acts in a public place. Also referred to as indecent exposure in other states, a conviction for public indecency may result in imprisonment in county jail for up to 12 months.
From serious offenses like burglary and auto theft to misdemeanor crimes like shoplifting, there are numerous theft crimes that one can be accused of in Albany and surrounding counties. The penalties for theft crimes range depending on the value of the items stolen and other factors as well.
Have you been charged with a traffic violation in or around Albany? These offenses range from minor speeding tickets to more serious crimes like vehicular homicide. For everyday offenses, penalties will probably include fines, traffic school and points on a driver’s record.
Criminal acts that incorporate the use of weapons or violence are classified under Georgia law as violent crimes. Violent crimes are one of the most serious criminal offenses that one can be accused of, and these cases are aggressively prosecuted in state and federal courtrooms.
An individual can be charged with a weapons offense in Georgia for buying, selling or distributing a firearm or weapon illegally. There are also weapons charges related to grenades, brass knuckles and other automatic rifles that are illegal. These types of crimes are felonies in Georgia.
White Collar Crime
Commonly committed by people in positions of power, white collar crimes are non-violent acts that achieve illegal financial gain. These crimes include fraud, extortion, embezzlement, money laundering, computer crimes, tax crimes, identity theft, conspiracy and other offenses.
Why hire Mr. Pinnero as your criminal defense attorney?
From the moment a person is accused of committing a crime and even before he or she is arrested or formally charged, an Albany criminal defense lawyer can intervene to ensure that law enforcement does not violate the person’s rights in any way. By hiring a criminal lawyer, this ensures that a person does not fall victim to an unreasonable search and seizure or an arrest when there is insufficient evidence to warrant this.
In essence, a criminal defense lawyer serves the purpose of keeping the legal system balanced. Without criminal defense, a defendant would be taken advantage of by law enforcement personnel and the prosecution. To learn how you can protect your rights, call the Law Office of Robert J. Pinnero today at (229) 436-9661.