Common Questions

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  1. What does the District Attorney’s Office do?
  2. What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
  3. What is a subpoena?
  4. Can I speak to an Assistant District Attorney before my court appearance?
  5. I think a crime has been committed. How do I press charges?
  6. Who does the District Attorney represent?
  7. I want to drop charges. How do I proceed?

Common Questions & Answers

1. What does the District Attorney’s Office do?

The Office of the District Attorney in the Waycross Judicial Circuit prosecutes all felony criminal activity occurring in the six county Waycross Judicial Circuit: Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Coffee, Pierce, and Ware Counties. In addition, the office also prosecutes misdemeanors in Brantley County, as they do not have a separate state court.

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2. What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by a period of up to twelve months. A felony is a more serious crime that is punishable by period of imprisonment longer than a year.

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3. What is a subpoena?

A subpoena is an order directing you to be present at the time and place stated in the subpoena. You may receive your subpoena by mail or in person. Your subpoena may indicate that you may be placed “on call” and your presence may not be immediately required. Call the District Attorney’s Office at the number listed on your subpoena to be placed “on call”. You must leave both day and nighttime phone numbers where you can be reached during trial week. If you are placed “on call,” you do not have to come to the courthouse unless someone from the D.A.’s Office or a law enforcement agency calls you.

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4. Can I speak to an Assistant District Attorney before my court appearance?

Yes, but you will need to contact the office to schedule an appointment. If you are a defendant, the Office of the District Attorney cannot communicate with you. If you are a defendant and have an attorney, you may communicate with the Office of the District Attorney through your attorney.

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5. I think a crime has been committed. How do I press charges?

You must first contact a law enforcement agency such as your local police department or sheriff’s office to report the crime. An investigator should be able to direct you on how to proceed.

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6. Who does the District Attorney represent?

The District Attorney represents the people of the State of Georgia.

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7. I want to drop charges. How do I proceed?

You may contact the Assistant District Attorney handling your case to discuss your concerns. While your feelings will be considered, the Office of the District Attorney may decide to prosecute any case in the best interests of the State of Georgia.

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