According to Georgia Law, a child is left in a state of abandonment when the father or mother leaves the child without sufficient food, clothing or shelter. With child abandonment charges, one can face misdemeanor or felony penalties as well as other consequences. If you are charged with child abandonment, you need legal representation that will provide you with sound legal counsel and work diligently to provide the best outcome to your case.
Misdemeanor Abandonment: A mother or father abandoning a child who remains in the state can be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail. This must be the first or second time that the mother or father is charged with a criminal violation under Georgia law.
Felony Abandonment: A mother or father abandoning a child before or after the mother or father leaves the state can be charged with a felony, punishable by a minimum of a year in jail. The felony can often times be pled down to a misdemeanor. However, if the abandoning mother or father has been charged with two prior criminal violations under Georgia law and the child abandonment charge is the third such violation, the parent will be charged with a felony which cannot then be reduced to a misdemeanor.
Contact an Experienced Attorney in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
If you are in a situation that involves Child Abandonment, please contact Lynn Law Firm in Gwinnett County, Georgia, at 770-212-9090 for a consultation regarding your Gwinnett, Barrow, Forsyth, Hall, and Jackson County case.