Criminal Defense

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and we look forward to helping you put criminal charges behind you.




Criminal Defense Attorney in Cumming, GA

Serving North Georgia and the Greater Atlanta Area

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia holding the Degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of Public Administration, and Juris Doctor. He taught undergraduate courses in American Government at the University of Georgia. He also clerked at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia and also at the District Attorney’s Office in Athens, Georgia. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that Attorney Chris McCormick proudly served as Senatorial Intern for United States Senator Johnny Isakson.

Mr. McCormick’s life experiences has given Chris sincere empathy for those in trouble, he has seen a lot, having lived in Mexico and Costa Rica. Attorney McCormick is licensed to practice in the United States Northern and Middle District Courts of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, Court of Appeals of Georgia, State Board of Worker’s Compensation, Superior Courts of Georgia, State Courts of Georgia, Magistrate Courts of Georgia, Juvenile Courts of Georgia, and Probate Courts of Georgia. Attorney McCormick is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Forsyth County Bar Association, Sandy Springs Bar Association and North Fulton Bar Association.

Common Criminal Charges We Defend Include:

  • Aiding & Abetting / Accessory
  • Assault / Battery
  • Burglary
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Manufacturing and Cultivation
  • Drug Trafficking / Distribution
  • DUI / DWI / BWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Theft / Larceny

Other Criminal Charges We Defend:

  • Arson
  • Aggravated Assault / Battery
  • Attempt
  • Bribery
  • Child Abandonment
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Pornography
  • Computer Crime
  • Conspiracy
  • Credit / Debit Card Fraud
  • Criminal Contempt of Court
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Manufacturing and Cultivation
  • Drug Trafficking / Distribution
  • DUI / DWI
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Harassment
  • Hate Crimes
  • Homicide
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Identity Theft
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter: Involuntary
  • Manslaughter: Voluntary
  • Medical Marijuana
  • MIP: A Minor in Possession
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder: First-degree
  • Murder: Second-degree
  • Open Container Law
  • Perjury
  • Probation Violation
  • Prostitution
  • Public Intoxication
  • Pyramid Schemes
  • Racketeering / RICO
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Securities Fraud
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Solicitation
  • Stalking
  • Statutory Rape
  • Tax Evasion / Fraud
  • Telemarketing Fraud
  • Vandalism
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Wire Fraud

Other Criminal Charges We Defend:

  • Arson
  • Aggravated Assault / Battery
  • Attempt
  • Bribery
  • Child Abandonment
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Pornography
  • Computer Crime
  • Conspiracy
  • Credit / Debit Card Fraud
  • Criminal Contempt of Court
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Manufacturing and Cultivation
  • Drug Trafficking / Distribution
  • DUI / DWI
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Harassment
  • Hate Crimes
  • Homicide
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Identity Theft
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter: Involuntary
  • Manslaughter: Voluntary
  • Medical Marijuana
  • MIP: A Minor in Possession
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder: First-degree
  • Murder: Second-degree
  • Open Container Law
  • Perjury
  • Probation Violation
  • Prostitution
  • Public Intoxication
  • Pyramid Schemes
  • Racketeering / RICO
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Securities Fraud
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Solicitation
  • Stalking
  • Statutory Rape
  • Tax Evasion / Fraud
  • Telemarketing Fraud
  • Vandalism
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Wire Fraud

Common Criminal Law Terms

  • Bail Bond Hearings: A person charged with a crime in Georgia has the right to a bail bond hearing to determine the amount of bail required for the defendant to be released.  In some cases, bail is not be allowed, and defendants may be released without bail, on his or her own recognizance.
  • Bench Warrant: A bench warrant may be issued when a person fails to appear in court, fails to pay a fine or otherwise violates a court order. A bench warrant allows for an immediate arrest.
  • Domestic Violence: Violence between members of the same household is referred to as domestic violence and are taken seriously by law enforcement in Cumming, Georgia, resulting in imprisonment, loss of child custody and other harsh penalties.
  • Drug Crimes: America’s long war on DRUGS means that good people like you or a family member could be arrested for using, having or selling government controlled substances.  This includes narcotics, prescription drugs, even marijuana.  With extensive experience in handling these particular cases, Cumming attorney Chris McCormick helps clients accused of drug possession, possession with intent, marijuana offenses and much more.
  • DUI: Attorney Chris McCormick handles DMV hearings to save clients from license suspension, helping you avoid any and all DUI Penalties and keep your license.
  • Federal Crimes: Facing an investigation by the FBI, ICE, DEA or other federal agencies and criminal charges in federal court is a major case and must be handled carefully.  The McCormick Firm McCormick has the experience necessary to protect your rights.
  • Felonies: Felony charges are serious and may be punishable by imprisonment in state prison for at least one year and a fine of at least $1,000. Certain felonies are punishable by life imprisonment.
  • Forgery: State or federal offense, forgery involves altering, creating or using false documents, most often committed for financial gain.  Forgery may involve documents such as ID cards, driver’s licenses, credit cards, security clearance cards, legal documents, personal checks and more.
  • Fraud: Deceiving another person or persons intentionally, with the intent of unlawfully obtaining property, goods or services may constitute fraud.  There are a number of different types of fraud, and a defendant may face federal charges in some cases.
  • Hit & Run: Drivers involved in an auto accident are required to remain at the scene to exchange driver and insurance information with the other parties involved, and render aid if needed.  Leaving the scene is a hit and run.
  • Juvenile Crimes: The juvenile court system has its own set of personnel, rules and procedures which the McCormick Firm fully understands and can properly handle your child’s case.  Minors are subject to a different legal system than adults.
  • Misdemeanors: Less serious than felony offenses, yet a defendant may still face up to one year in county jail and fines if convicted for a misdemeanor.   Community service, driver’s license suspension and probation are potential consequences of a misdemeanor conviction in Cumming, Georgia.
  • Parole Violations: A parole defendant must abide by specific conditions required by the court.  Failing a drug test, associating with known criminals, or doing anything the court has said not to do, may put the defendant back in jail or prison.
  • Probation Violations: A defendant’s jail sentence can be suspended and he or she can be granted probation. However, to remain on probation in lieu of jail time, the defendant must follow certain rules and guidelines.  Failing to do so could result in probation being revoked and the defendant being sent back to jail.
  • Resisting Arrest: Interfering with an officer’s attempt to make an arrest which may include physically resisting or simply running away or providing an officer with false information to avoid being arrested.
  • Sex Crimes: Sex crimes have serious consequences particularly a charge involving a child.  An accusation alone could ruin a reputation, a career, even destroy family and personal relationships, even the  loss of your child custody if convicted.
  • Shoplifting: Depending on the value of the property involved, a defendant may face felony charges for shoplifting an item valued over $300, if convicted, you may face up to 10 years in prison and fines, and the burden of being labeled a convicted felon.  Shoplifting anything valued under $300 is a misdemeanor, a conviction could result in 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • Stalking Crimes: Stalking charges are most often domestic violence cases. A man who follows his ex-wife around and glares at her with a menacing look is committing the crime of stalking. However, stalking can also include harassing someone through repeated phone calls or text messages.  Georgia law defines stalking as following, watching, or contacting another person without their consent in order to harass or intimidate that person.
  • Theft Crimes: Theft is the taking another’s property without consent with the intent to deprive the victim of the property permanently and may be committed by force or in a hidden or deceptive manner.  The penalties and other consequences of a theft crime conviction will vary, depending on the defendant’s record, the value of property involved and other factors.
  • Traffic Offenses: Traffic offenses including Infractions like speeding or running a red light, punishable by a fine, and Offenses such as DUI or driving without a license, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, driving without insurance, and reckless driving are all Traffic Misdemeanors in Georgia. Examples of felony traffic offenses include repeat DUI/DWI convictions, certain "hit and run" offenses, and vehicular homicide.
  • Violent Crimes: Violent crimes such as assault, manslaughter and murder are among the most serious crimes a person can be accused of committing.  Violent crimes typically involve time in state prison. A felony conviction can seriously hinder one’s employment and educational opportunities.
  • Weapon Offenses: Weapon offenses include the unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of an illegal weapon, unlawful sale or distribution of a weapon, or the use of a weapon in the commission of another crime.
  • White Collar Crimes: White collar crimes include a broad range of offenses that are typically non-violent theft crimes committed in a business, political or financial setting. Tax fraud, embezzlement and bribery are all examples of “white collar” offenses.

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FAQ

  • What Happens if I Plead Guilty to a DUI in a Georgia Court?

    Mandatory jail time. Despite your cooperation, the judge ruling over your case has no other choice but to sentence you to jail time. Your license will also be suspended for one year, and you will have a Criminal Record (DUI), making it difficult to get a good job. Higher automobile insurance rates will follow you for years. Then add to all of this, major anxiety and emotional stress that often leads to family and work related issues.

  • What if the Arresting Officer Did Not Read Me My Miranda Rights?

    Under Georgia law, a police officer does not have to give a Miranda warning during an officer’s initial DUI investigation. A police officer only has to issue you your Miranda rights after you have been arrested and before the officer interrogates you. You should keep quiet, knowing that the officer is in charge and is listen carefully and watching you. The more you say the more likely you are to incriminate yourself before, during or after you have been arrested.

    However, if you have been placed into custody, interrogated, and not issued a Miranda warning any incriminating statements you make will not be admissible in the court of law. It is always a good idea to contact an Cumming Georgia DUI lawyer if you have any questions regarding Miranda rights or any other facet of DUI law.

  • What About the 10 Day Rule?

    The 10 day rule comes into play if you refused to take a urine, blood or breath test. If this is the case in your situation, you are looking at a one year suspension of your driver’s license. You can avoid this by requesting a hearing to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, which must be handwritten. If you do not make this request within 10 business days of your arrest, then your Georgia driver’s license will be suspended automatically.

  • What Happens if I Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?

    Refusing a Breathalyzer test will likely result in having your license suspended or even face jail time. The prosecutors may still base a potential DUI/DWI charge on other evidence collected at the scene, including officer observations, or the results of a field sobriety test. Also, your refusal may be used against you in any possible trial.

    Driving on our nation’s road is considered a privilege, not a right. Therefore, states can suspend or revoke your driver's license, levy fines, or even put you in jail for not submitting to a BAC test when suspected of a DUI.

    Turns out that under "Implied Consent Laws," drivers have implicitly consented to a BAC test in exchange for a driver's license. Bottom line, if you refuse a Breathalyzer, you will surrender your driving privileges, for 12 months. Those with past DUI convictions can face even longer suspensions or even jail time. Of course, some may conclude that the penalty for refusing a BAC test is less severe than a third or fourth DUI conviction, so it really depends.

    "No-Refusal" Enforcement: The state can force suspects drunk drivers to submit to testing under the authority of a warrant. Refusing a warrant-ordered BAC test can result in serious contempt charges, and the police can just draw a blood test by force.