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The Magistrate Court of DeKalb County, Georgia

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Decatur, GA 30030-3356
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What is a Felony?

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Crimes fall into two main categories: misdemeanors and felonies. A felony is an offense for which you can go to jail for more than 12 months and/or be fined. A felony is more serious than a misdemeanor and may be punishable by death or imprisonment. Examples of felony crimes include:
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Armed Robbery
  • Child Molestation
  • Forgery - 1st through 3rd degree
  • Murder
  • Property Damage exceeding $500 in value
  • Rape
  • Theft of Property valued at more than $1,500
  • Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act (drug charges other than possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana)

Felony Warrant Applications

If you believe that you are the victim of a felony, you should immediately call the police department in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred. All felony investigations in DeKalb County are handled by certified law enforcement officers who are trained to investigate, procure evidence and prosecute felony offenders. In addition to the DeKalb County Police Department, which has jurisdiction over crimes occurring in unincorporated parts of the county, there are numerous municipalities and agencies with their own police departments which investigate crimes that happen within their jurisdictions.

In some instances law enforcement officers may find it necessary to request a felony application hearing, after an investigation.


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