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“If you want someone who is going to get stuff done, I highly recommend Cohen and Hirsch. Not only did I beat my case, I even got my record cleaned.”
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“Hired Matt Hirsch at a distance to take on a traffic case with a missed mandatory court appearance (or two). Even as the case dragged on longer than anticipated (not the fault in any way of the lawyer), and indeed went a couple rounds, Mr. Hirsch remained engaged, positive, and proactive. I firmly believe he and his firm resolved my case with the best outcome for me. Would recommend Cohen & Hirsch for cases of my type without reservation, and his working for me at a fairly great distance, without my ever appearing back in state, deserves particular note”
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“Matt was great. The day I called him he jumped right in and a week later charges were dropped! He’s my guy here on out. Not to mention he saved me 3k from the first firm I called.”
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“Matt was a great treasure! Always kept calm and let me be the same. Looking at his fb feed, I was convinced he’s the right person for me. Helped get through a difficult situation. His fees were also comparable to the others given the amount of personal attention he paid to the case. Never had the trouble of dealing with the paralegals(as we all know what happens). He was always available on text. Great experience!!”
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“I write to recommend Matt A. Hirsch, Esq. for those in need of legal representation and guidance. He is highly competent and experienced, conscientious, organized and responsive. Attorney Hirsch is someone you want in your corner if you need help.”
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Felonies vs. misdemeanors

On Behalf of | Sep 18, 2014 | Criminal Defense |

When it comes to facing criminal charges in Georgia, these charges are typically classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor typically results in less serious consequences, while felonies are usually associated with more severe crimes. An easy trick for discerning a misdemeanor charge from a felony is to take note of the amount of jail time that an individual might face.

Jail time for misdemeanors is defined in terms of months, while felony jail time is set out in years. Although there are exceptions, misdemeanors are generally only punishable by a jail sentence of one to 12 months. Additionally, a judge also retains the discretion to sentence someone accused of a misdemeanor to probation instead.

On the other hand, a felony can be punishable by a year or more. Criminal charges that would otherwise be considered a misdemeanor, such as possession of marijuana, can become felonies based on the amount of drug that the individual is accused of having. Examples of a felony include:

  • Armed robbery
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Possession of more than 1 oz. of marijuana
  • Third DUI offense
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Writing a Bad Check over $500

While felonies generally result in more severe consequences than a misdemeanor, it is imperative that those accused of committing a crime in Georgia should still have their rights and presumed innocence maintained. The defendant does not bare the burden of proof but, rather, the prosecution does. Before any conviction can possibly be made, the prosecution must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that every aspect of the charge — either felony or misdemeanor — is valid and true.

Source:, “Basics of Criminal Law”, , Sept. 14, 2014

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