Under Georgia Law, a person commits the offense of loitering or prowling when he or she is in a place at a time or manner that is not usual for law-abiding individuals under circumstances that raise reasonable and immediate concern for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity. In most situations, an officer must give the individual the opportunity to explain the surrounding circumstances and dispel any alarm that may have been caused by his or her presence. If an officer fails to do so and arrests an individual for loitering or prowling, their conviction may be barred. The offense of loitering or prowling is a misdemeanor under Georgia law. If you would like to set up a consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys regarding a loitering or prowling charge or any other criminal concern, please call our office at (770) 461-2025.