The Solicitor General represents the people of Habersham County and the State of Georgia as the State Court's prosecuting attorney. The State Court, and therefore the Solicitor General, handles all misdemeanor criminal and traffic offenses committed within Habersham County.
Misdemeanor crimes consist of any crime punishable by a maximum of one year in jail or less. Misdemeanors include crimes against persons. For example: domestic violence, battery, simple battery, simple assault, and stalking. Misdemeanors may also include property crimes. For example: criminal trespass, criminal damage to property (less than $500), theft by taking (less than $1500) and theft by shoplifting (less than $500).
Traffic violations bound over from Recorder’s or Municipal Courts for jury trials may also be prosecuted in State Court, including, but not limited to, driving under the influence, reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude, hit and run, and any other moving, tag, or license violations.
County ordinance violations consist of any ordinance enacted by the Board of Commissioners made punishable by less than 6 months in jail. The Solicitor’s Office prosecuted nearly 100,000 citations in 2013. This includes most traffic violations. For example: driving under the influence, speeding and other moving traffic violations, license, and tag violations. Other County ordinances include zoning, building, property maintenance, solid waste, health, and fire code violations.
Goals of the Solicitor General's Office are to deliver justice swiftly with a fair and impartial attitude, to hold defendants accountable for their actions, to advocate protection of victims and offer assistance and support through the Court process, and to improve community relations between the State Court and the public.