Georgia code 16-1-5 provides that every
person is presumed innocent until proved
guilty. No person shall be convicted of a crime unless each element of
such crime is proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
A "Guilty" plea to
traffic charges is not much different than a Guilty plea to other criminal
charges except as it relates to the consequences. There are several crimes of a
more serious nature where one could plead guilty and NOT receive as serious a
consequence as one might receive in some traffic offenses. There are many civil
punishments such as suspensions of driving privileges in many traffic offenses
that would never occur, in most serious crimes, even a
plead guilty or who are convicted under this article are required to
serve their sentences in such manner as is provided for by law in misdemeanor
cases. In case a fine is imposed and paid, the officers of court, where on fee
basis, shall first be paid their costs arising in such case.