The State of Georgia has the power to arrest, charge, try, and convict defendants who violate the state laws of Georgia. State courts have broad jurisdiction, so most crimes involving individual citizens- DWIs, robberies, assaults, sexual assaults, homicides-are usually tried in state courts. However, this does not mean that a state criminal conviction is not serious. Its vitally important that anyone charged with a state crime retain an experienced criminal defense attorney.. Traffic violation laws have been introduced as a preventive measure, to keep the roads safe for the general public, while keeping dangerous driving under control and reforming bad drivers. Traffic violations can turn into serious charges if they result in harm to any property or persons. If injuries are sustained from any traffic violations, charges result in misdemeanors or felonies. Traffic misdemeanors are violations of a less serious nature, where as traffic felonies often involve endangerment of life and property. Examples of traffic violations are: Traffic Misdemeanors: Driving with an expired license DUI Not stopping at an accident Driving without insurance Traffic Felonies: Vehicular homicide DWI Fleeing an officer Traffic violations that occur without accident or injury are referred to as infractions. Infractions can be in the form of a summons to court or else an alternative such as traffic school, along with a fine. If asked to appear in court, a driver must appear at the appointed date or else a warrant may be issued for their arrest. Most states in the U.S. have a point system for traffic violations and convictions. Depending on whether the violation is an infraction, misdemeanor or felony, points are given and stay on the drivers record for a few years. In addition to the point system, the state of Georgia has a system called The Driver Responsibility Program, in which a surcharge is assessed on certain traffic violations. Contact AKA Rogers Law Firm today. In the United States local, state, and federal governments establish penal codes to punish crimes. A crime is any act or omission (of an act) in violation of a public law forbidding or commanding it. Crimes are classified by the degree of seriousness, and the state, through a prosecutor, initiates the lawsuit to seek punishment for criminal offenses. Persons convicted of a crime may be incarcerated, fined, or both. Crimes are either felonies or misdemeanors. A misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to one year in jail, while a felony, a more serious offense, carries a maximum sentence of more than one year, and depending on the charge, can carry a life sentence or even the death penalty. Felonies are generally classified by degree of seriousness. In Texas the law designates three degrees, first, second, third, plus two other categories, one is a state jail felony, which is the least serious type of felony, and the most serious type of felony punishable by execution, is called capital felony and is intended only for premeditated murder, Crimes commonly designated as felonies include, but are not limited to;: Aggravated Assault Burglary Sexual Assault Murder Arson Grand Theft Kidnapping Human Trafficking Arson Treason DUI Racketeering Federal Gun & Drug Offenses Fraud Embezzlement Computer Crime When you are facing felony allegations, your life and your liberty are at stake. Trusted legal advice and the expertise of a skilled criminal defense attorney will make a significant difference in whether the charges against you are dismissed or the allegation leads to conviction, acquittal, or favorable settlement. Call The AKA Law Firm Today.