Misdemeanor crimes consist of any crime punishable by a maximum of one year in jail or less. The Solicitor’s Office prosecuted more than 10,000 misdemeanor cases in 2011.
Misdemeanors include crimes against persons, for example; domestic violence, battery, simple battery, simple assault, and stalking. Misdemeanors may also include property crimes, for example; criminal trespass, criminal damage to property (less than $1500), theft by taking (less than $1500) and theft by shoplifting (less than $500). Traffic violations bound over from Recorder’s or Municipal Courts for jury trials may also be prosecuted in State Court, including, but not limited to; driving under the influence, reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude, hit and run, and any other moving, tag, or license violations.
In addition, the Solicitor’s Office operates a State certified Crime Victim Assistance Program (VAP). Our VAP goals are to provide the highest quality services to crime victims, ensuring that they are informed of their rights under the Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights, assisting victims with obtaining Temporary Protective Orders, advising victims of resources available for other assistance, and assisting with victim compensation for injuries and expenses caused as the result of a crime. Our VAP program also operates several community education programs, including:
- A Teen Victim Impact Panel (TVIP) to educate teen drivers of the potentially fatal consequences of dangerous driving. Two websites dedicated to helping teen drivers to become responsible and safer drivers are http://itwonthappentome.org and http://www.tvip.org.
- Hands Are Not For Hitting, an interactive puppet show presented in partnership with the Gwinnett Retired Educators Association to teach young children non-violent conflict resolution skills. You can learn more about this program at http://www.gcrea.org/handsarenotforhitting/.
- A comprehensive Resource Guide for crime victims including safety planning and lethality assessments.