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Tuesday’s Legal Tidbit–Teen Charged Under the Designated Felony Act

Question: My teenager was arrested for aggravated battery and his lawyer keeps telling me that the State is charging him under the Designated Felony Act. What does that mean?

Answer: The Designated Felony Act (DFA) under Georgia State Code, Section O.C.G.A. 15-11-63, is the children between the ages of 13-17 may be charged with if they have committed a second offense for such charges of arson, kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, arson in the second degree, robbery, armed robbery not involving a firearm, attempted murder or attempted kidnapping.

DFA refers to the type of custody the child will be restricted to in the event that they admit to the charges or if they are convicted of the offense. A child facing a DFA will be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 12 months in restrictive custody and faces a maximum of 60 months.

The term “restrictive custody” means that the child is monitored under intense supervision. The child will not be allowed to have any outside visitors for the first 6 months of that restrictive custody absent any emergency or medical needs.

Therefore, a child being pursued under the DFA statute is facing serious time in custody and should engage an attorney to defend them.

Please call The Boddie Law Group, LLC at 404-287-2393 if your child needs legal representation for an offense under the Designated Felony Act or if you just have more questions about the DFA.

 

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Tuesday’s Legal Tidbit–Cousin Arrested Again for Armed Robbery

 

 

Question: My cousin was arrested last night in Clayton County for armed robbery. He just completed a ten year prison sentence for a 2001 armed robbery conviction. What could possibly happen if he is convicted this time?

Answer: In the State of Georgia, armed robbery is considered one of “The Seven Deadly Sins.”  These felony crimes are deemed to be especially reprehensible and typically carry a minimum of ten (10) years in prison.

In Georgia, “The Seven Deadly Sins” are:

(1) Murder

(2) Rape

(3) Kidnapping

(4) Armed Robbery

(5) Aggravated Sodomy

(6) Aggravated Sexual Battery

(7) Aggravated Child Molestation

The first conviction for one of “The 7 Deadly Sins” will bring a lengthy prison sentence with the low likelihood of early release on parole.  This is because of the violent nature of one of these crimes that involve at least one victim. A second conviction for one of “The 7 Deadly Sins” means “Two Strikes” in Georgia.

The second conviction mandates a sentence of LIFE in prison without the possibility of parole. This means those convicted spend the rest of their natural life in prison, not just the Georgia Parole Board’s definition of life or thirty (30) years in prison before an individual is eligible for parole.

 

Please contact The Boddie Law Group, LLC at 404-287-2393, if you or someone you know have been arrested and accused of a serious crime in Georgia.

 

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