Charged with a Felony?
Crimes punishable by a sentence of one year or more in prison are felonies under Georgia’s laws.In contrast, misdemeanor sentences are usually served in county or local jails and are less than one year in length.
Unlike many states, Georgia does not designate crimes by class (such as “Class A felony” or “Class 1 felony”). Instead, Georgia’s laws designate crimes as misdemeanors or felonies and assign sentences on a crime-by-crime basis.
The most serious felonies are punishable by the death penalty (for murder only) or life imprisonment. Other serious crimes (including kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, and other sex crimes) are punishable by a minimum of 10 or 25 years in prison. Less serious crimes (such as theft crimes) are punishable by shorter prison terms.