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E. Jay Abt
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Georgia Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience

E. Jay Abt is a trial-oriented criminal defense attorney who understands that his clients are facing one of the most challenging moments of their life. Mr. Abt defends those who are facing serious charges with skilled... Read More »
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Paul Stephen Kish
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Success and Experience Fighting for the Criminally Accused! Vigorous Defense!

I am an aggressive and skilled criminal defense attorney. I am an advocate that understands both the law and the need to aggressively defend you! Visit my website for verdicts and settlements. Call for a consultation! Read More »
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Jason R Carnell
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Metro Atlanta's Criminal Defense Leader! Call NOW for Superior Representation!

Jason Carnell's higher education began at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. While there, Jason majored in History and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Jason also minored in Aerospace Studies upon joining UCF's Air... Read More »
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Christine Koehler
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Georgia Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience

Christine Koehler is the lawyer that other lawyers hire when they need legal assistance. Christine has been practicing law for 22 years. At the beginning of her career she focused solely on criminal, DUI and traffic... Read More »
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Nicola Cummings
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Georgia Criminal Law Attorney

Attorney Nicola Cummings is an aggressive criminal defense lawyer in Henry County Georgia. She devotes herself to the practice areas of Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Personal Injury Law. She attended Mercer... Read More »
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Jason Swindle
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Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(770) 296-6956 8473 Earl D. Lee Blvd.
Suite 400
Douglasville, GA 30134
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Mercer Univ-W.George L.S
I am an attorney who has completely dedicated my practice to the area of criminal defense. I handle cases ranging from traffic tickets to capital murder. My geographic practice area includes metro Atlanta, west Georgia, and counties south of Atlanta. I have been endorsed by over 100 lawyers and countless former clients. My law partner, Dane Garland, also exclusively handles criminal cases in the west Georgia and metro area.

I am the only lawyer named as a SuperLawyer in the area of criminal defense in the west Georgia area. I am also AV rated...
Mr. Nathan Eric Jackson Esq.
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Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(770) 949-7300 8701 Hospital Drive
Suite B
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Georgia State University
I was born in Stockbridge, Georgia, April 4, 1972: admitted to the bar 2004, State of Georgia. Education: University of West Georgia (B.S.Ed. 1990); Georgia State University College of Law (J.D. 2004); Atlanta Law School Full Scholarship Recipient; Received Honors in Litigation; Moot Court Qualifier; Phi Alpha Delta (Marshal); State Bar of Georgia; Secretary, Douglas County Bar Association; Former Instructor, National Rifle Association. PRACTICE AREAS: Family Law; Juvenile Law; Criminal Law; Adoption; Wills; Civil Litigation.
Christy Elaine Draper
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Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(770) 942-1792 8641 Dorris Road
Suite 150C
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Juvenile
Mercer Univ-W.George L.S
Dustin W Hightower
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Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer
(770) 942-2720 8424 Adair Street
Douglasville, GA 30134
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Divorce
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
DUSTIN W. HIGHTOWER grew up in Carroll County, Georgia where he graduated from Central High School (“CHS”) in 2000. While attending CHS, Dusty lettered in football, wrestling, and baseball. During Dusty’s senior year he served as captain of CHS’s football team along with his cousin Brian Maxwell (now a mechanical engineer at Southwire), and fellow classmate Josh Hubbard. Dusty also received the honor of representing his class as Homecoming King and Mr. CHS his senior year. Upon graduating from CHS, Dusty attended the University of West Georgia (“UWG”) where he graduated cum laude. During...
Corrie Collins-Daniels
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Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Attorney
(770) 508-8454 6782 Broad Street, Suite D
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal
Attorney Corrie Daniels received her law degree from the University Of Alabama School Of Law, where she received the George Peach Taylor Award for Excellence in Trail Advocacy for her work as an advocate on the National Trial Advocacy Team. This award became a symbol of what was to come, as Corrie Daniels has gone on to successfully resolve thousands of criminal cases, first as an Assistant Public Defender and now as a private firm. She has successfully defended clients against the death penalty multiple times in high-stakes cases, but she brings her trademark tenacity and skill to even the...
Marques Jamil Carter
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Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(404) 593-7456 2394 Middleberry Cloister
Douglasville, GA 30135
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Entertainment & Sports and Foreclosure Defense
Emory University
Olufunke Kosoko
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Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(404) 808-4376 P.O. Box 387
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal, Business, Entertainment & Sports and Traffic Tickets
Emory University
Michael Lawrence Hubbard
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Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(770) 577-1500 8473 Earl D Lee Blvd
Suite 300
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal and DUI
Mercer Univ-W.George L.S
Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(770) 949-1096 8700 Hospital Dr
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal
University of Georgia
Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(770) 949-7300 8701 Hospital Dr
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
University of Georgia
Thomas C. Rowsey
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25+ Years Exp. Protect Your Reputation, Your Job and Your Future. Call Tom Now!

Criminal Defense lawyer Tom Rowsey can help you with criminal matters related to DUI, drug crimes, marijuana, MIP, shoplifting, vehicular homicide and white collars crimes. Call Tom now to protect your rights and future! Read More »
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Stacy Snyder Garguilo
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Georgia Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience

Thomas M. Cooley L.S.(MI)Georgia
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Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(770) 949-1102 5682 Palazzo Way
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal
Cumberland L.S./Samford
Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(770) 949-1096 8700 Hospital Dr
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal
Mercer Univ-W.George L.S
Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(770) 920-7292 8700 Hospital Dr
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal
Washington & Lee Univ
Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(770) 949-1096 8700 Hospital Dr
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal
Boston College of Law
Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(770) 949-1096 8700 Hospital Dr
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal
University of Kentucky
Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(770) 942-7793 8572 Bowden Street
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal
Douglas County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(770) 577-1500 5682 Palazzo Way
Douglasville, GA 30134
Criminal
Joshua David Earwood
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Bartow County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(770) 386-7551 210 W Main St
Cartersville, GA 30120
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
University of Georgia
My firm has a well-earned reputation for aggressive and high quality legal representation of our clients. A general practice solo practitioner, I focus in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, and family law. My personal injury practice is limited to the representation of injured victims, not insurance companies. I offer vigorous representation of persons charged with criminal offenses in all courts, including the Georgia appellate courts. In the field of family law, my firm offers counsel and courtroom advocacy for our clients in matters of divorce, child custody, adoption and other family issues. My office is located in Cartersville, Georgia...
Thomas Neal Brunt
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Bartow County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(770) 387-4500 11 S Public Square
Cartersville, GA 30120
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
Firm member T. Neal Brunt has been serving clients since 1988. Before creating his current firm, Mr. Brunt served as a law clerk to Superior Court Judges in the Cherokee Judicial Circuit. He established Brunt & Hood, LLC with Jason P. Hood and Jeffrey M. Hood in 2005.
MInerva Blanchette
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Bartow County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(404) 997-8470 107 Postelle Street
Cartersville, GA 30120
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Immigration
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Blanchette has been a member of the Georgia Bar Association since 1999 and has nearly two decades of jury trial experience. She has practiced throughout the State of Georgia and has extensive experience in the areas of Criminal Law & Immigration Law. Her practice also includes Estate Law and Family Law. Attorney Blanchette is most recognized for her work as a former Prosecutor for the State of Georgia for over 7 years where she has served as a Lead Trial Assistant District Attorney in 3 Judicial Circuits

As a prosecutor, she handled both Felonies and Misdemeanor...
David S West
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Georgia Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience

With more than 20 years experience as one of metro Atlanta's premier criminal defense lawyers, David S. West has been recognized throughout Georgia and the southeast for his success defending difficult and high-profile... Read More »
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Thomas C. Nagel
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Georgia Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience

Georgia State University College of Law and The University of Georgia School of LawGeorgia Supreme Court, Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals and United States District Court – Northern District
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Kyle E. Koester
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(770) 744-5250 420 Creekstone Ridge
Woodstock, GA 30188
Free ConsultationCriminal, Domestic Violence, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Kyle Koester is an highly reviewed and experienced Cherokee County GA attorney. He has successfully handled difficult personal injury and criminal defense cases. Kyle's clients appreciate his personal approach to helping with their individual needs. Kyle's firm works closely with top experts and other attorneys from across the country to get his clients get the best results. Whether you have been hurt in an accident or are facing criminal charges, Kyle Koester has the necessary knowledge and skill to achieve the best resolution possible in your case.

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Mr. Eric A. Ballinger
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(770) 479-2020 151 West Main Street
Suite 302
Canton, GA 30114
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School and Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
Prior to attending law school, I served in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer. I served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, Instructor, Battalion Staff Officer and an Infantry Rifle Company Commander. I began practicing law in Canton, Georgia in 1993. After obtaining a Master of Laws concentrating in litigation, I logged several thousand hours in the courtroom developing a practice in domestic relations, criminal law and commercial litigation. In 2007 I was certified as a mediator, using my years of courtroom experience coupled with alternative dispute resolution training to help people resolve...
Diana Whipkey Young
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Cobb County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(770) 795-9596 800 Kennesaw Ave NW
Marietta, GA 30060
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
The University of Georgia School of Law and The University of Georgia School of Law
Diana Whipkey Young is a lifelong resident of Marietta, where she has been passionately practicing law since 1983 and has earned the respect of judges and fellow attorneys. Ms. Young developed a solid foundation in the courtroom when she began her career as a prosecutor in the Cobb County Solicitor’s Office. During this time, she gained valuable insight into the courtroom process. Accordingly, Ms. Young’s ability to offer a prosecutor’s perspective compliments her legal knowledge and enhances her understanding of criminal law and how to effectively advocate on her client’s behalf. Diana Whipkey Young’s decades...
P. Justin Thrailkill
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Cobb County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(770) 461-2025 125 Townpark Drive
#300
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Family and Juvenile
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Justin devotes his practice primarily to the areas of divorce, custody, and parental advocacy in DFCS matters. As an advocate for the rights of parents, Justin has realized his lifelong passion for helping others in their time of need. Through seven years of practice, Justin has represented a variety of clients in various matters throughout our legal system. He finds great satisfaction in seeing his client’s cases through to a successful resolution, regardless of the challenges that may exist with any particular case. Among his peers, Justin is well known to be a compassionate advocate for...
Jay G. Wall
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(678) 362-3176 1190 Buckhead Crossing
Suite D
Woodstock, GA 30189
Criminal
Michigan State University
Jay G. Wall has been a criminal trial practice attorney for almost a decade. He spent the majority of that time as an Assistant District Attorney for Cherokee County. While serving in the Cherokee County District Attorney's Office, Jay taught courtroom demeanor, criminal procedure and use of force to cadets and active law enforcement officers. His extensive experience as a prosecutor gives Jay a unique advantage when handling criminal cases.
Jeffrey Mark Heller
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(770) 345-1130 151 W. Main Street
#304
Canton, GA 30114
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy and Social Security Disability
Memphis State University
Forrest Clinton Barbour
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Cobb County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(770) 461-2025 125 Townpark Drive, Suite 300
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Georgia State University College of Law
I am a 2008 graduate of Georgia State University’s College of Law. Prior to entering law school, I attended and graduated from Georgia Southern University, where I played offensive line for the Georgia Southern Eagles football team. I enjoy spending time with my wife (who is a Staff Attorney for Judge Fletcher Sams in Fayette County) and two children and watching the Georgia Southern Eagles and Atlanta Braves. I have taught Sunday School and served on Church Council at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City, Georgia. I am also currently the president of the Starr’s...
Caryn S. Fennell
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(770) 479-0248 2230 Towne Lake Parkway
Building 600, Suite 140
Woodstock, GA 30189
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
I have over twenty-three years of professional and executive experience, including service in the United States Army. I also have and twenty-four years of education, including studies in my Associates Degree, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Industrial/Organizational Ph.D. Program and in my Juris Doctor Program. I own and manage the law offices of Caryn S. Fennell & Associates which I opened on November 9, 2010, the same day I swore into the Bar Association and the Georgia Courts. Since opening my firm, I have closed over 850 family and criminal law cases. I specialize in complex custody matters, and...
Benjamin Bradley Reed
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(678) 880-1080 291 Jarvis Street
Canton, GA 30114
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Georgia State University College of Law
Attorney Brad Reed opened his law office in 2003 after serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Savannah, Georgia, for more than five years. As a prosecutor, he tried all types of cases, including DUI, Domestic Violence, Drug Charges, Identity Theft, Robbery, and even Murder. Since he has been in private practice, Mr. Reed has represented people charged with all variety of criminal offenses. His clients include people from all walks of life, including teachers, lawyers, doctors, truck drivers, executives, and engineers. If you or a friend or family member has been charged with a crime,...
Robb Ortman
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(404) 512-2925 291 Jarvis St.
Canton, GA 30114
Free ConsultationCriminal
Nova Southeastern University
Former Federal civil rights lawyer and former chair of the Georgia Bar's Individual Rights Section. Helped train U.S. Military Intelligence prior to opening criminal defense firm and KSU grad, 1994. Local court are my specialty and clients are my family. 17 years experience at work for you and I only take a very limited number of cases.
Jason Swindle
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Criminal Defense, Which Includes DUI, is all I Do.

I have totally dedicated my practice to criminal defense because of my passion for excellence in helping others. I am honored to be named as the only Super Lawyer in criminal defense in many west Georgia counties. Read More »
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Page Anthony Pate
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Georgia Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience

Page Pate is an accomplished trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience in criminal defense and civil litigation. He is one of the most respected trial lawyers in the Southeast. He has won cases in the United States... Read More »
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Ross Grisham
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(678) 880-9360 211 East Main Street, Suite 100
Canton, GA 30114
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and White Collar Crime
University of Wyoming College of Law
Partner, Grisham & Poole, P.C. Serving Cherokke County, Pickens County, North Georgia and Metro Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney Former Assistant District Attorney Former Assistant Solicitor General
Archie Luther Speights
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(770) 479-1500 181 East Main Street
Canton, GA 30114
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
University of Mississippi
Areas of Practice Criminal & Bankruptcy Law Bar Admissions Georgia U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia Georgia Court of Appeals Supreme Court of Georgia Education University of Mississippi School of Law, University, Mississippi - 2000 Law Journal: Journal of National Security Law, Editor in Chief Honors and Awards Voted by his peers as among the Legal Elite in Georgia in Bankruptcy Law. (Georgia Trend Magazine) Professional Associations and Memberships Georgia Bar Association Cherokee County Bar Association NACBA
Robert Speer
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(770) 517-0017 100 Churchill Court
Suite 102
Woodstock, GA 30188
Criminal, Appeals, DUI and Divorce
Georgia State University College of Law
Robert Speer, The Magic Lawyer®, was born in Atlanta GA, and has been a resident of Georgia all of his life. He has been a trial lawyer for almost 22 years. He handles cases in the areas of DUI/DWI, Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, Divorce, and Injury cases. His office is in Woodstock GA, but he also handles cases in Canton GA, Atlanta GA, Marietta GA, Cumming GA, Lawrenceviille GA, Decatur GA, Sandy Springs GA, Roswell GA, Alpharetta GA, and all over Georgia. Call (770) 517-0017 today for fantastic legal representation!
Mr. Samuel L. Morgan
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Cobb County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(770) 709-2045 125 Townpark Dr. Suite 300
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Free ConsultationCriminal, Arbitration & Mediation, DUI and Divorce
State University of New York - Buffalo and Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
Scott Thomas Poole
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(678) 880-9360 211 East Main Street
Canton, GA 30114
Free ConsultationCriminal
Georgia State University College of Law
I began prosecuting felony cases as an Assistant District Attorney in Cherokee County, Georgia, right out of law school. After 10 years in Cherokee County I took over as the Senior Assistant District Attorney in Pickens County, where I prosecuted for 5 years. In 2013, I transitioned into private practice and now represent people who have been charged with committing a crime. After prosecuting for 15 years, I know first-hand that not everyone who has been arrested is guilty, and I work tirelessly to protect my client's rights in court.
Amanda Gaddis Speights
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(770) 479-1500 360 W. Main St
Canton, GA 30114
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Divorce
Amanda Gaddis Speights represents clients in divorce or family law matters, criminal matters, appeals, and other civil litigation. In family law matters, Amanda has guided and counseled clients in settling uncontested divorces, fought for clients' rights in contested divorces and child custody or child support proceedings, and ensured that clients resolved their family disputes with the best resolution possible for their family given the situation. In addition to her work on family law cases, Amanda has represented clients arrested for various crimes, including DUI, felony and misdemeanor drug offenses, theft crimes, assault or battery charges. Amanda is very...
Martin A. Lively
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(770) 345-8200 270 East Main Street, Suite C
Canton, GA 30114
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Juvenile
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Dallas Marlin Ryle III
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Cobb County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(404) 432-3186 733 n. st. marys ln
marietta, GA 30064
Criminal
Georgia State University
Laura Austin
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Cherokee County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(770) 427-0141 328 Creekstone Ridge
Woodstock, GA 30188
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Family
Woodrow Wilson Col.of Law
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE, PERSONAL INJURY, FAMILY LAW, CRIMINAL DEFENSE LITIGATION; Laura Austin is an AV Preeminent rated litigator withover 37 years of experience. She is a Registered Nurse, certified in correctional healthcare and has combined her 38 years of medicine and law in the representation of those who are injured by the negligence and carelessness of others. Her best verdict was $12,000,000.00.
Allen Rust Knox
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Cobb County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(678) 881-0815 125 TownPark Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
Emory University
Howard J. Weintraub
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Georgia Criminal Law Attorney with 44 years experience

Emory UniversityGeorgia and Dist. of Columbia
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Janice Fabiana Alfred
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Georgia Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience

Ms. Alfred obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College located in Clinton, NY in 1998. After taking two years off to work at a large law firm in New York City, she enrolled at the New York Law School in... Read More »
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Douglas County Criminal Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Clayton County Pro Bono Project
(404) 524-5811
Atlanta, GA


DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
(404) 373-0865
Decatur, GA

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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.