Frequently Asked Questions

What is a misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor crime is punishable up to a $1,000 fine and 12 months in jail. Misdemeanors are often viewed as the gateway into criminal activity because they are often the first crimes committed – and, therefore, offer the best opportunity for deterrence and rehabilitation.

Where can I find information about a case?

The Odyssey System is an excellent resource where you can find information about civil and criminal cases. Visit: www.ody.dekalbcountyga.gov 

Who handles county ordinance violations?

All county ordinance violations are reported to Code Enforcement and then a prosecutor from the Quality of Life Unit works with everyone to find a resolution.

How can I protect my neighborhood from crime?

Neighborhood watch groups are one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. They forge bonds among residents, help reduce and deter crime, and also improve relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The DeKalb County Police Department has excellent resources to assist you in the establishment of your watch program. Each DKPD precinct has a Public Education Specialist who can guide you through the process. More information can be found on our website at: http://www.dekalbsolicitorgeneral.org/communityoutreach/neighborhood-watch/