Georgia

Criminal Law: Basics of Criminal Law

Know Your Rights

  • Your Basic Constitutional Rights in the Criminal Justice System

    This document is an excerpt from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). This document describes your basic rights under the U.S. Constitution in the criminal justice system. Read More

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    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
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  • Criminal Trial Process

    This document is an excerpt from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). This document describes the basic trial process, including jury selection, opening statements, presentation of the case, closing statements, jury deliberatin and verdict. Read More

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    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
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  • The Difference between Torts and Crimes

    This document explains the difference between torts and crimes and the different proceedings for each kind of case, excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

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    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
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    Spanish / Español
  • Criminal Process Before the Trial

    The document describes the basic criminal process before trial, including booking, inital appearance, preliminary hearing, indictment, arraignment, pleading, defenses and plea bargaining. This document is an excerpt from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
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    Spanish / Español
  • DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Laws

    This document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). The document describes DUI laws and penalties. Read More

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    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
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    Spanish / Español
  • Basics of Criminal Law

    This document provides basic information about criminal law in Georgia and answers the following questions: What is a Crime? What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor? Who are considered parties to a crime? How do you prove a crime has been committed in a court of law? The document is an excerpt from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

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    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
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    Spanish / Español
  • Crimes and Penalties in Georgia

    The table lists the different crimes in Georgia, explains what they mean, and indicates the possible sentence range for each crime. This document is an excerpt from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
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    Spanish / Español
  • Rights During Police Searches

    This document is an excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). This document describes: (1) Your rights against illegal searches and seizures, (2) The requirements for a search warrant, (3) The exceptions to the search warrant requirement, (4) Rules that apply when the police can do searches even though they don't have a suspicion that a crime has occurred, and (5) Rules on wiretapping (electronic eavesdropping). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
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    Spanish / Español