Bill May Allow Greater Sentencing Flexibility for Those Convicted Under GA’s Seven Deadly Sins Law
Georgia carries out the harshest punishments in the nation for seven crimes: murder, rape, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, kidnapping, or armed robbery. The 18-year-old “Seven Deadly Sins” law mandated mandatory sentences that range from ten years to life. One hundred percent of the sentence must be served.
Lawmakers are being asked to take a second look at the law to allow the courts some flexibility in sentencing, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an article that uses the story of Sarah Page Dukes as the catalyst that finally spoke to enough people over growing concerns that the law is too draconian.
Dukes became addicted to heroin in high school, even though she’d been a promising Sutton Middle School star student. As she became more addicted, she began stealing to support her habit, eventually turning to armed robbery. She eventually robbed her former employer’s store, but even he could see that Sarah needed rehabilitation and petitioned the court, pointing out that incarceration would not benefit her or anyone else and would “only insure that Ms. Dukes revert to drug addiction upon her release.”
Ms. Dukes’ plea deal fell through and she was sentenced under Georgia’s Seven Deadly Sins Law: ten years in prison with no possibility of parole. Now drug-free, Sarah has used the time well, having discovered a talent for teaching other inmates, helping them to earn their GEDs.
Accused of One of the “Seven Deadly Sins” in Georgia? Talk to an Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney
No matter what your stand is on the get-tough law, Georgia taxpayers pay hundreds of millions of dollars to keep convicted felons in prison. When prison budgets (1.1 Billion) strain the State coffers to keep non-violent offenders incarcerated, no-one wins.
If you’ve been accused of one of the 7 deadly sins in Georgia, you need representation from an Atlanta criminal defense attorney with ample experience defending clients accused of a felony crime.
The District Attorney has discretion whether or not to press charges, but his or her job is to seek the maximum punishment for your crime. You need an attorney who knows how to present a convincing argument to the jury while at the same time creating enough question that the DA’s case is based on conjecture and supposition.
Atlanta crime lawyer Lisa Wells works hard to get your charges dropped or reduced to a lesser charge. We’ll hire independent investigators, when necessary, who will re-examine the evidence, including witness statements, and question arrest procedure and the validity of searches, always seeking a “not guilty” verdict.
Don’t give statements or meet with the DA before speaking with defense attorney Lisa Wells. She also assists attorneys from other parts of the state, knowing that a skilled defense team that shares resources is usually able to obtain optimal results. Call today for a free, confidential initial consultation and evaluation of your charges.