Magistrate Courts handle a variety of criminal cases stemming from alleged violations of the laws of the State of Georgia as well as alleged violations of County Ordinances. Cases are brought to us from various law enforcement agencies, including Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol and other State Departments with citation powers, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Zebulon and Molena Municipalities, and other State and County Officers (eg. State Dept. of Agriculture, Animal Control Officer(s), Building & Zoning Officer(s), etc.) with citation and search and seizure powers. We regularly hold hearings on arrest warrant applications, search warrant applications, as well as First Appearance Hearings, Bond Hearings, and Preliminary Hearings in felony and misdemeanor cases in which a warrant has issued. Magistrates may dismiss warrants for lack of probable cause or, where probable cause is confirmed, the Magistrate will bind warrants over to Superior Court for possible prosecution. Magistrate Court may handle and dispose of certain misdemeanor charges including, but not limited to, Deposit Account Fraud cases, as well as County Ordinance violations.
COUNTY ORDINANCE VIOLATIONS
Arraignments are held the third Wednesday of each Month beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Trials are held on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 10:30 a.m.
PRE-TRIAL DIVERSION SCHEDULE OF FINES & FEES
ONLY AVAILABLE FOR FIRST CITATIONS – Court Appearance may be Required Thereafter
Note: If a citation proceeds to Court, the minimum Court Costs is $70.00 which will be assessed at arraignment or trial. Fines may differ from those posted if, in the Judge’s discretion, the circumstances warrant a higher or lower fine. Mandatory State Fees (MSF) are included in the amount below; Court Costs are not included.
Section 130.01 – Disorderly Conduct $359.00
Per this County Ordinance, Disorderly Conduct may include any of the following:
- Acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another person; or
- Acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another person’s property; or
- Use of “fighting words”; or
- Public Intoxication
- Indecent Language
- Inappropriate Congregation
- Illegal/fraudulent schemes
- Deliberate obstruction of the flow of vehicular and/or pedestrian traffic
- Property Damage
Section 130.02 – Disorderly House $359.00
Section 130.03 – Drinking in Public $359.00
Section 130.04 – Possession of Open Container Of Alcohol or Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana in Public $359.00
Section 130.05 – Possession of Alcohol or Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana by Person under Age of 21: *Defendant MUST appear at arraignment on a violation of 130.05.
Section 130.06 – Loitering and Prowling $359.00
Section 130.07 – Abandonment of Motor Vehicles $359.00
Section 130.08 – Simple Assault $359.00
Section 130.09 – Simple Battery $359.00 plus Restitution
Section 130.10 – Criminal Trespass $359.00 plus Restitution
Section 130.11 – Misdemeanor Shoplifting, Theft and Theft of Services $497.00 plus Restitution
Section 130.12 – False Reports of Crimes & False Alarms $359.00
Section 130.13 – Obstruction of Law Enforcement $359.00
Section 130.14 – Permitting or Contributing to the Delinquency of Minors $997.00 and 12 Months Probation – Reporting for 6 months
Section 130.15 – Curfew for Minors $359.00
Section 91 – Animal Control – (click to go to page)
If you have any questions regarding ANY County Ordinances, please visit the Pike County Government’s website. The Ordinances may be found at: Pike County Ordinances Please note: Contact the Commissioner’s Office to ensure the most recent Ordinances are posted. Their number is (770) 567-3506.