Acworth Municipal Court

Acworth Municipal Court

The Acworth Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. Located at 4408 Acworth Industrial Drive, Acworth, GA 30101 this court primarily handles misdemeanor traffic offenses, shoplifting, and marijuana offenses. Felony offenses are not handled in municipal courts. Most cases which involve violation of state law incur a maximum punishment of $1000.00 and/or 12 months incarceration.  If you are being prosecuted pursuant to a violation of a municipal ordinance, typically the maximum punishment will be a $600.00 fine and/or 6 months incarceration. The Chief Judge of the Acworth Municipal Court is Judge Phillip Taylor. His Associate Judges are H. Luke Mayes and Charles Chesbro. All of the judges are part time, holding permanent positons as private attorneys or in some other capacity. The Solicitor or Prosecutor for the City of Acworth is Randal Bentley who is also a part time employee. Court is held one day a week on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm. Misty Day is the Clerk for the Acworth Municipal Court. The Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5:00pm. Most fines can be paid online. To find out your fine amount and whether or not your citation requires a court appearance, you can call (770) 974-0965. More serious misdemeanor offenses such as DUI, Possession of Marijuana, Hit and Run, No Insurance, Reckless Driving, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Passing a School Bus, Racing, and Suspended License require a mandatory court appearance. If you are charged with one of these offenses, you should first seek the advice of an attorney as charges such as these may result in jail time,...
Can I Face Imprisonment if Found Guilty of Marijuana Possession in Georgia?

Can I Face Imprisonment if Found Guilty of Marijuana Possession in Georgia?

The Georgia marijuana possession laws specify harsh penalties for possession of relatively small quantities of marijuana. But the law also provides a number of ways to mitigate the consequences of conviction. Seeking support from an experienced criminal defense attorney can make a difference to the results of your case. Quantity and intent of marijuana possession can greatly affect the penalties. According to the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency, even a person convicted on misdemeanor charges involving one ounce or less of marijuana can face up to $1,000 in fines and up to one year of imprisonment. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the law automatically interprets possession of ten pounds or more as trafficking, which is a felony offense. Depending on the quantity involved, an individual can face between $10,000 and $1,000,000 in fines, with mandatory prison sentences ranging from five to 15 years. On the other hand, the law provides certain flexibility under the right circumstances. For example, individuals with clean criminal records who possess a small amount of marijuana can potentially receive a conditional discharge or probation. Your Georgia defense lawyer may recommend you enroll in a substance abuse program prior to trial to help reduce penalties. Even relatively minor marijuana possession convictions can leave you with a criminal record that affects many aspects of your life, including the ability to find a job. The criminal defense attorneys at Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan, Schnatmeier & Collins, LLP take all charges seriously and conduct an aggressive defense to obtain the best possible results for your...