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Why Is That A Criminal Offense? Lesser known crimes in Georgia

I didn’t know that is a crime in Georgia! While that statement may be true, it does not make you any less guilty of some lesser known crimes. As the old saying goes… Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Even if you don’t know a certain act is a criminal offense, you may still be required to pay a fine, perform community service, or serve time in jail.

There are some illegal acts that people don’t necessarily think of as a criminal offense – yes, they know it’s wrong, but they don’t automatically consider it a crime, often because in another state or jurisdiction it may not be a crime! Unfortunately, lesser known criminal offenses can have just as severe a penalty as a more serious crime – and they can also leave a permanent criminal mark on your background that can affect your future ability to get a job, housing and other opportunities. Almost all jobs, landlords, and money lending institutions require a background check or a disclosure of convictions.

5 Lesser Known Crimes In Georgia (That Many People Don’t Know Are Criminal Offenses)

Here are five lesser known crimes in Georgia – that could result in a criminal conviction on your record.

  1. Feticide
    A person commits the offense of feticide if he or she willfully and without legal justification causes the death of an unborn child by any injury to the mother of such child, which would be murder if it resulted in the death of such mother, or if he or she, when in the commission of a felony, causes the death of an unborn child.

  2. Lying To a Police Officer
    Under Georgia law anyone who gives a false name, address, or date of birth to a law enforcement officer to hide their identity guilty of a misdemeanor.
  3. Unlawful Assembly
    A person who knowingly participates in either of the following acts or occurrences is guilty of a misdemeanor:

    (1) The assembly of two or more persons for the purpose of committing an unlawful act and the failure to withdraw from the assembly on being lawfully commanded to do so by a peace officer and before any member of the assembly has inflicted injury to the person or property of another; or

    (2) The assembly of two or more persons, without authority of law, for the purpose of doing violence to the person or property of one supposed by the accused to have been guilty of a violation of the law, or for the purpose of exercising correctional or regulative powers over any person by violence; provided, however, that it shall be an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this paragraph that the accused withdrew from the assembly on being lawfully commanded to do so by a peace officer or before any member of the assembly had inflicted injury to the person or property of another.

  4. The Slowpoke Law (Impeding the Flow of Traffic)
    Georgia drivers can’t drive the speed limit in the left lane if a car is trying to pass. A driver a driver convicted of the slowpoke law faces misdemeanor penalties including a fine of up to $1,000, up to 12 months in jail, three points on your license, and increased insurance premiums.

  5. Bigamy
    A person commits the offense of bigamy when he, being married and knowing that his lawful spouse is living, marries another person or carries on a bigamous cohabitation with another person.

While some of these laws may seem silly, it’s not a laughing matter if you or a family member are arrested for doing something that you didn’t realize is illegal. Whether you are in Georgia as a resident or a visitor, you must abide by Georgia’s laws and are liable for lesser known crimes in Georgia – even if you don’t know what they are.

A criminal conviction on your record has long lasting consequences. If you do get into trouble and are charged with a crime or arrested, a criminal defense attorney can help you understand the charges and negotiate the best possible outcome for your case. Call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Farmer, Farmer and Brown today at (770) 422-4241 or schedule a consultation.

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