Fayetteville, Georgia Criminal Lawyers

E. Jay Abt
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Free Consultation! Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney! Call now!

I am an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will vigorously fight for your rights and help you navigate the criminal justice system at every stage of your case. Call now or visit my website for information. 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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Richard A. Grossman
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Protect Your Rights, Protect Your Reputation, Protect Your Job

Experienced Atlanta Federal and State Criminal Defense Attorney Richard A. Grossman's practice is devoted exclusively to federal and state criminal defense. Since graduating from Emory Law School in 1992, he has defended... Read More »
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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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David S. Ballard
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Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(770) 461-4222 113 Glynn Street S.
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Cannabis Law and DUI
University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
A Double Dawg from the University of Georgia, high honors in Political Science in 2007, and honors at UGA Law School in 2011. David's practice includes bankruptcy, personal injury, civil litigation and criminal defense. AV-Preeminent (highest lawyer ratings in legal ability and ethical conduct. "Superb" attorney ratings by AVVO, plus was named a 2018 Rising Star by Super Lawyers. David is currently President of the Fayette County Bar Association and is an adjunct professor at Georgia Military College in Fayetteville.
P. Justin Thrailkill
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Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(770) 461-2025 465 N. Jeff Davis Dr.
Fayetteville, GA 30214
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...
Jimmy Lee Whitlock
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Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(770) 461-4882 345 E Lanier Ave
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Estate Planning
John Marshall L.S. (Atlanta)
I've practiced Law for 40 years, Located since 1980, at 345 E.Lanier Ave, Fayetteville, GA. Most of my practice is dedicated to representing DUI cases, Criminal cases Non-contested, or Uncontested Divorce, Wills and Probate Matters. I was a Municipal Judge in two cities, Fayetteville and Riverdale, GA., for a total of about 12 years. Many of my clients, and friends, call me The Godfather...because if I take your case I"ll treat you as part of the Family.
Forrest Clinton Barbour
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Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(770) 461-2025 465 N Jeff Davis Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
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...
Melissa Potter Sanford
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Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(770) 719-3353 101 Devant Street
Suite 801
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Criminal, Divorce and Family
Villanova University School of Law
Jonathan Thomas Overman
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Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Lawyer
(770) 626-5200 259 Glynn St. South
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Criminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Vernon Smith
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Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
101 Devant Street
Suite 101
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(770) 716-4250 1 Center Dr
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Florida State University
Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(770) 461-2025 465 N. Jeff Davis Dr.
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
Nova Univ (Ft. Lauderdale)
Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(770) 716-7206 101 Devant St
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
John Marshall L.S. (Atlanta)
Gunner Pak
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Georgia Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience

Bowing up for justice since 2006! Gunner Pak and his trademark bow-tie are well-known in the Atlanta legal community. He is completely at home in the courtroom - whether handling a traffic ticket or a drug trafficking... 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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Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(770) 716-4340 145 Johnson Ave
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Criminal
New York Law School
Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(770) 461-2025 465 N. Jeff Davis Dr.
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Criminal, Appeals, Business and DUI
University of Georgia
Fayetteville, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(770) 716-4340 145 Johnson Ave
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Criminal
John Marshall L.S. (Atlanta)
Skyler Alexander Taylor
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Peachtree City, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
P.O. Box 2713
Peachtree City, GA 30269-0713
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Georgia State University College of Law
Skyler A. Taylor is the founder of his own law firm, Skyler A. Taylor, P.C. From his offices in Peachtree City, Georgia, Mr. Taylor provides his legal services to clients in the Atlanta-metro area and the counties of Fayette, Spalding and Coweta. Mr. Taylor divides his practice between criminal defense and the representation of plaintiffs in personal injury cases, and he has acted as lead attorney in a number of civil and criminal cases. His legal skills and knowledge have earned him the distinction of Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Mr. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science with...
Cindy Spindler Manning
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Peachtree City, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(678) 833-3777 153 Senoia Rd.
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Probate
Boston University
Cindy Manning is founder and owner of Manning Legal Group, LLC, a group of experienced attorneys and staff serving legal needs of individuals and businesses facing the challenges of criminal charges, civil litigation, family law disputes and employment/HR counseling needs. Cindy represents individuals charged with federal or state crimes including traffic offenses. Cindy is a former prosecutor and uses this experience to help her clients navigate the criminal justice system. The criminal defense team at Manning Legal Group, LLC gives clients personalized and detail driven attention on their cases and are available to help clients 24 hours per day...
Rudjard Melvin Hayes
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Tyrone, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(770) 692-5020 1015 Tyrone Road
Suite 620
Tyrone, GA 30290
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Georgia State University
Rudjard M. Hayes is a Partner at Sanchez Hayes & Associates, LLC, where he heads up the firm’s criminal section, civil litigation section and co-chairs the domestic section. Mr. Hayes previously worked as a Senior Assistant District Attorney (“ADA”) in the Griffin Judicial Circuit. He also formerly served as a Senior ADA in the Coweta Judicial Circuit. In 2007, Mr. Hayes became a partner at Sanchez Hayes & Associates, LLC located in Tyrone, Georgia. Mr. Hayes devotes a substantial portion of his practice to criminal defense where he represents those accused of committing one or more criminal offense in city,...
Johnny Ramirez Castaneda
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Jonesboro, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(770) 719-8166 116 South Main Street
Suite 7
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
John Marshall L.S. (Atlanta)
Johnny Ramirez Castaneda has been practicing law in the areas of criminal law, family law, and personal injury law since 1999. Mr. Castaneda is a graduate of John Marshall Law School in Atlanta Georgia. Mr. Castaneda has a B.S.B.A. degree from Colorado State University (Pueblo, CO) and an MBA from Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH). His practice has successfully secured favorable resolutions in the areas of criminal law, family law, and personal injury.

Mr. Castaneda has handled thousands of cases. He has taken cases from the beginning to resolution. His legal skills and vast experience has resulted in the dismissal...
Leon Hicks
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Jonesboro, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(770) 471-5001 118 North Ave
Suite C
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Atlanta Law School
Johnny Felan Castaneda Sr.
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Jonesboro, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(404) 626-5528 116 S. Main Street Suite 2
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, Immigration, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Woodrow Wilson College of Law
Attorney Johnny Felan Castaneda Sr. has been a member of the Georgia Bar in good standing since 1990, helping those in need of legal assistance and supporting victims of wrong doing. Our firm offers a Wide range of experience handling a multitude of cases successfully. Please call us for a free office consultation. Languages: Spanish and English. Email us at officejfc@aol.com or visit our website: http://castanedalawfirms.com/
John Felan Spoon Castaneda
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Jonesboro, GA Criminal Law Attorney
(770) 408-8654 116 South Main Street Suite 6
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, DUI, Immigration and Personal Injury
Georgia State University College of Law
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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Brandon Alexander Thomas
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Georgia Criminal Law Lawyer

Mr. Thomas is an experienced criminal defense attorney that handles serious cases involving drugs, assault & battery, firearms, fraud, white collar crime, violence, and sex crimes. Mr. Thomas received his law degree... Read More »
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Patricia Ann Buttaro
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Peachtree City, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(770) 631-9733 P.O. Box 2916
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Criminal, Appeals, Business and DUI
Florida State University College of Law
Lloyd William Walker
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Peachtree City, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(770) 631-8187 119 Shadowood Ln
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Criminal, Appeals, Juvenile and Trademarks
University of South Carolina School of Law
Jody L. Sellers
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Griffin, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(770) 415-9848 100 South Hill Street, Suite 502
Griffin, GA 30223
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Family and Juvenile
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
At the Sellers Law Firm, LLC, I practice primarily in family law and criminal defense, ranging from divorce, legitimation, adoption, deprivation, and custody cases to DUIs, misdemeanors, traffic citations, and major felonies. My firm is located in Griffin, Georgia, but I travel across the state to represent our clients. I also handle matters related to personal injury, workers compensation, medical malpractice, products liability, and wills/probate. If you are in need of an attorney now or you just want to ask a few questions, give me a call at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients...
Nicola Cummings
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McDonough, GA Criminal Law Attorney
(678) 369-1804 1735 Pennsylvania Street
P.O. Box 424
McDonough, GA 30253
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
West Virginia University College of Law and Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
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 University Law School and Virginia University School of Law where she earned a Masters of Law in Forensic Justice.

Attorney Cummings has an extensive career in criminal law. She began her career in criminal justice at Gwinnett County Police Department as a Crime Scene Investigator where she investigated all types of all types of crimes scenes from burglaries to homicide for almost 10 years. She...
Mr. Stephen Knights Jr.
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Forest Park, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(678) 373-4433 519 Forest Parkway
Suite 220
Forest Park, GA 30297
Criminal and DUI
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
In 2006, Attorney Stephen Knights became an Assistant Solicitor General with the Clayton County Solicitor General's Office. There he prosecuted all misdemeanor offenses ranging from traffic offenses (suspended license, speeding, tag violation, no insurance) to DUIs (per-se and less-safe) and Battery-Family Violence cases. He also received the Professional Image Award while at that office. In 2007, he became an Assistant District Attorney with the Griffin Judicial Circuit for three years. There he specialized in prosecuting drug offenses and had cases in Spalding, Pike, Upson, and Fayette Counties. He had numerous jury trials, ranging from ounces to kilograms of drugs including;...
Mr. Jeff D. Anderson
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McDonough, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(770) 957-6871 134 Atlanta Street
McDonough, GA 30253
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
I am a solo practitioner in Henry County, Georgia. I focus primarily on Criminal Defense Law, handling well over a thousand cases in State and Superior Courts throughout Georgia, including approximately 75 jury trials.
Chinwe N. Foster
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McDonough, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(404) 525-3082 390 Racetrack Road
McDonough, GA 30252
Criminal, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Howard University School of Law
The Foster Law Firm is one of the premier law firms in the metro Atlanta area. We specialize in the areas of Family Law and Criminal Defense.

We have earned a reputation for providing high quality and effective legal representation in the metro Atlanta area. We earned this by providing our clients with the highest standards of diligence, knowledge, professionalism, and by relentlessly protecting our client’s rights.

We stand out from other law firms and attorneys in Atlanta, because we care about our clients as people. Our extensive courtroom experience gives our clients an advantage when walking into a courtroom. Our client’s...
Allen Bodiford
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Stockbridge, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(678) 565-8970 100 Corporate Center Dr
Suite A
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Woodrow Wilson Col.of Law
Allen Bodiford has practiced as a trial attorney for over 25 years, and has tried a wide variety of civil and criminal cases. Since 1987, Allen has had the pleasure and honor of representing clients in hundreds of bench trials and more than 25 jury trials, in cases of divorce and domestic relations, wrongful death, automobile accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, products liability, and medical malpractice, along with felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. Allen brings his years of litigation experience to bear in evaluating, preparing, and trying cases, as well as, settling cases when appropriate. Allen has obtained favorable...
Suesan Ann Miller
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McDonough, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(770) 515-0951 79 Lawrenceville St
McDonough, GA 30253
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Western New England (MA)
Nathaniel M. Smith
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McDonough, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(678) 849-4748 70 Macon Street
McDonough, GA 30253
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, Business and Divorce
Washington & Lee University
Nathaniel M. Smith is a born again Christian and a member of Salem Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia. Nathaniel is admitted to practice before the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Superior, State, Juvenile, Probate and Magistrate courts of Georgia. Nathaniel became a member of the Georgia Bar Association in 2009. He became a member of the Henry County Bar Association in 2010. He became a member of CLS (Christian Legal Society, www.clsnet.org) and Christianlawyers.com in 2009. Nathaniel graduated in 2009 from Washington and Lee University School of Law. While pursuing his law degree, he...
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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M. Qader A. Baig
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Plead Your Case, Not Your Guilt. Call Now To Protect Your Rights.

Attorney M. Qader A. Baig has more than 20 years of experience in the courtroom and is an asset to any case. He is intimately familiar with the local legal systems and has worked as both a prosecutor and a defense... Read More »
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William J. Maddox
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Griffin, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(770) 229-4578 113 East Solomon Street
Griffin, GA 30223
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
My firm, Maddox & Harding, LLC, has serviced the Griffin Judicial Circuit and surrounding counties for over 10 years. We specialize in family law, criminal defense and personal injury cases. I take pride in handling your family matters as if they were my own, and defending you in criminal matters and against insurance companies as if my own interest were on the line! Call (770) 229-4578 for a free consultation to find out how we can help you!
Dwayne Charles Singleton
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Griffin, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(770) 227-5300 1115 Zebulon Rd
Griffin, GA 30224
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Mercer Univ-W.George L.S
.D., Mercer University, Walter F. Georgia School of Law, 2002 B.A, Psychology, State University of West Georgia, 1998 Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Medical Malpractice, Social Security Disability, Family Law (Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Adoptions), Criminal Defense (DUI, Traffic Tickets, Felonies, Misdemeanors) On August 30, 1974, Dwayne Singleton was born in a small town east of Atlanta. Shortly thereafter, his father bought a small farm in Oxford, Georgia where Dwayne spent the rest of his childhood. It was on this small farm where he learned the values of hard work and the benefits of doing things right the...
Michelle Clark
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Stockbridge, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
135 Eagles Walk
Suite 100
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Criminal, Divorce and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Michelle R. Clark, the firm owner, is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on criminal and domestic litigation. She has successfully litigated civil and criminal matters. She is a skilled and seasoned litigator. Member of Henry County Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers, Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and American Bar Association Appointed as State of Georgia , Special Assistant Attorney General representing Henry County DFACS in 2004; Selected as the first Davis-Wright Tremaine Scholar (1990-1993); Member of Puget Sound Inn of Courts, Moot Court Board, National Moot Court Quarterfinalist for Frederick Douglas Moot Court Team; Western Regional Best Petitioner's...
Holly Wilkinson Veal
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McDonough, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(678) 369-1804 73 Hampton Street
P O Box 3174
McDonough, GA 30253
Criminal, Animal, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Pittsburgh
Brian Dennis Lewis
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Newnan, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(770) 251-7100 2795 Highway 34 East
Newnan, GA 30265
Criminal, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Emory University School of Law
Jacquelyn Luther
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Atlanta, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(404) 629-1682 950 Dannon View SW
Suite 4104
Atlanta, GA 30331
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Family
Georgia State University
Mr. Clay Davis
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McDonough, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years experience
The Law South Bldg.
30 Woodruff Street
McDonough, GA 30253
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
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William R. Moody Jr
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McDonough, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(678) 814-4367 70 Atlanta Street
McDonough, GA 30253
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Family
Woodrow Wilson Col.of Law
Jonesboro, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(770) 473-1989 116 S Main St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
Tulane University-LA
Jonesboro, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(770) 471-4433 102 S Main St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, Divorce and Family
Georgia State University
William Head
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Georgia Criminal Law Lawyer with 43 years experience

UGA,1973, with honors. UGA School of Law, 1976. Personal injury and criminal defense litigation practice, best attorney ratings.Top lawyer ratings with Martindale-Best Lawyers-Super Lawyers. Trial lawyer for 42 years.... Read More »
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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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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.