If you missed your court date for a criminal matter in Georgia should consult with an attorney as soon as possible to rectify the situation. Aside from the fact that missing court may have a negative effect on the outcome of your case, there may already be a warrant for your arrest. This could be true even if your appearance was only for a traffic ticket!
While both misdemeanors and felonies are crimes, a misdemeanor only carries a maximum possible jail time of 12 months. Misdemeanors include simple assault, petty theft, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, or driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. Common felonies include murder, rape, arson, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and the sale of illegal drugs. Repeated DUIs may also be regarded as a felony which, in turn, will result in a much harsher punishment. A felony carries a possible jail sentence of more than 12 months. Fines for felonies are also considerably higher than those for misdemeanors.