More and more municipalities are beginning to charge their citizens with city ordinance violations instead of state law violations when they are arrested for breaking the law in Georgia. Especially in municipalities like Atlanta and Sandy Springs. These violations are similar to their state law counterparts, charges like Disorderly Conduct, Theft by Shoplifting, and Possession of less than an ounce of Marijuana, but they have a different impact on your criminal history.
Police Officers will tell you they are cutting you a break when they only charge you with a city ordinance violation. They will often say, “don’t worry, it won’t show up on your criminal history.” That statement is only partly true. Every time you get fingerprinted after an arrest, whether it’s a city ordinance or a state law violation, a cycle will be created on your Georgia Criminal History. That cycle may only say city ordinance non-fingerprintable offense, but it will by a cycle on your history. Also the clerk’s office in the municipality where you were arrested or cited will have a record of your charge in their office. Many private background check companies go to all of the municipal courts in your area and search your name and date of birth for cases.
Having an attorney to represent your city ordinance violation in cities like Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Atlanta, Alpharetta, and Roswell will give you the best opportunity to make sure your case is dismissed and your record is restricted. Call us today for a free consultation, 404-581-0999.