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Misdemeanor crimes consist of any crime punishable by a maximum of one year in jail or less. The Solicitor's Office prosecuted approximately 10,000 misdemeanor crimes in 2013. 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 $1500), 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.

In addition, the Solicitor's Office operates a State certified Crime Victim Assistance Program (VAP). Our VAP goals are to provide the highest quality services to crime victims, ensuring that they are informed of their rights under the Crime Victim's Bill of Rights, assisting victims with obtaining Temporary Protective Orders, advising victims of resources available for other assistance, and assisting with victim compensation for injuries and expenses caused as the result of a crime. Our VAP program also operates several community education programs, including:

  • A Teen Victim Impact Panel (TVIP) to educate teen drivers of the potentially fatal consequences of dangerous driving. Two websites dedicated to helping teen drivers to become responsible and safer drivers are http://itwonthappentome.org and http://www.tvip.org
  • Hands Are Not For Hitting, http://www.gcrea.org/handsarenotforhitting/, an interactive puppet show presented in partnership with the Gwinnett Retired Educators Association to teach young children non-violent conflict resolution skills.
  • A comprehensive Resource Guide for crime victims including safety planning and lethality assessments. To view brochure, please click HERE.

 

Solicitor's Contacts

Brian Whiteside
Solicitor-General
Phone: (770) 822-8300

 

Daphne Parker
Chief Assistant Solicitor
Phone: (770) 822-8368

 

Matt Miller
Supervising Attorney
Phone: (770) 822-8319

 

Mari Lee Torrence
Supervising Attorney & Director of Community Outreach
Phone: (770) 822-8977

 

Rachel Pirkle
Office Manager
Phone: (770) 822-8355

 

Denise Hulteen
Office Manager
Phone: (770) 822-8328

 

Jennifer Carroll
IT Associate
Phone: (770) 822-8593

 

Melinda Huggins
Legal Manager
Phone: (770) 822-8313

 

Lori Edelkind
Legal Supervisor
Phone: (770) 822-8590

 

Joseph Morales
Appeals
Phone: (770) 822-8597

 

Sarah Gammon
Director of Victim Services
Phone: (770) 822-8296

 

Unaccused Cases - Investigation Unit

Travis Gatson
Chief Investigator
Phone: (770) 822-8596

 

James McKinney
Assistant Chief Investigator
Phone: (770) 822-8364

 

Lead Investigator
Phone: (770) 822-8310

 

Brendon Schmitt
Investigator
Phone: (770) 822-8750

 

David Sisung
Investigator
Phone: (770) 822-6538

 

John Hull
Investigator
Phone: (770) 822-8002

 

Casey Chiofalo
Investigator
Phone: (770) 822-8060

 

Vance Williams
Investigator
Phone: (770) 822-8308

 

Farheen Ahmed
Legal Assistant
Phone: (770) 822-8595

 

Unaccused Cases - Intake Unit

Brad McMahon
Intake Attorney
Phone: (770) 619-6138

 

Kiana Evans
Intake Supervisor
Phone: (770) 619-6130

 

Chandler Gresham
Legal Assistant
Phone: (770) 619-6129

 

Autumn Hulteen
Legal Assistant
Phone: (770) 619-6135

 

Christian McLeod
Legal Assistant
Phone: (770) 619-6134

 

Jail Unit - Defendants in Custody

Thais Fortin
Assistant Solicitor
Phone: (770) 619-6733

 

Stephanie Lanier
Legal Supervisor
Phone: (770) 619-6730

 

Chartrese Bailey
Legal Assistant
Phone: (770) 619-6731

 

Connie L. Johnson
Victim-Witness Coordinator
Phone: (770) 619-6732