Common Questions

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

Common Questions & Answers

1. What does the Solicitor-General’s Office do?

The Office of the Solicitor-General prosecutes all misdemeanor-grade criminal offenses and traffic-related offenses in State Court, as well as deposit fraud (bad check) cases and violation of county ordinance cases in Ware County Magistrate 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. Call the Solicitor-General's Office at the number listed on your subpoena if you have questions. Unless you are otherwise notified, a subpoena requires that you be present in court to testify as a witness.

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4. Can I speak to the Solicitor-General before my court appearance?

If you are a victim in a misdemeanor case, then you may call our office and set up an appointment to meet with the Solicitor-General. If you are a defendant, the Office of the Solicitor-General cannot communicate with you. The Public Defender, Teresa Bowen (912-449-3595) is court-appointed to represent the defendants in State Court If you are a defendant and have hired an attorney, you may communicate with the Office of the Solicitor-General 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 Solicitor-General represent?

The Solicitor-General represents the people of the State of Georgia.

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

You may not drop charges that have been charged by law enforcement agencies. In addition, charges that have already been processed through Magistrate Court cannot be dropped. The Solicitor-General will consider your case and discuss your concerns, but while your feelings will be considered, the Office of the Solicitor-General may decide to presecute any case in the best interests of the State of Georgia.

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