Is there a difference between a misdemeanor and breaking a local ordinance? 4 Answers as of June 10, 2013

I was pulled over for possession of marijuana but on the ticket instead of being marked as 'state law' it is marked as 'local ordinance'. Is this the same as a misdemeanor or something else?

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Law Office of Michael Moody
Law Office of Michael Moody | Michael Moody
While it is the same charge, you definitely would prefer that it be a violation of a municipal ordinance. If you weren't fingerprinted and booked into jail, you can probably just pay the ticket without any record of it being sent to the Georgia Crime Information Center. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 5/13/2011
Harrison & Harrison
Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
Yes and no. Many times a city or county will have a charge that is identical to a misdemeanor under state law. Sometimes this can work to the defendant's advantage because sometimes the local court doesn't report the violation to the state.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 5/12/2011
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Less than an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor. The officer could have arrested you, but did you a favor by issuing you a copy of charges, and allowing you to report to court on your court date.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 5/11/2011
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