Criminal Defense

Being arrested is a very traumatic event, which can change your life forever. During this difficult time you will need an attorney protecting your constitutional rights. For over ten years my firm has represented countless individuals charged with crimes throughout the various courts in the State of Georgia.

I have represented clients charged with serious crimes like murder, as well as traffic offenses by minors. Each case is unique, and each case is different from the next one. However, when you are charged with a criminal violation against the laws of the State of Georgia, one thing remains consistent, you need someone to stand up and fight for your legal rights. The State of Georgia employs powerful prosecutors to make sure that you are punished accordingly. They will not tell you the ramifications of what a criminal conviction means to you. You risk losing your rights, your freedom, and your good name. I understand that criminal charges can have an impact on every aspect of your life and I am committed to working diligently on your behalf. Regardless of what you have been arrested for I can protect your rights both in and out of the courtroom, giving you the best chance at avoiding serious penalties.

Drug Offenses

Possession of illegal drugs is one of the most common criminal charges prosecuted in the State and Superior Courts of Georgia. Common penalties for a drug conviction include months or years in jail or prison, large fines, suspension or revocation of your driver's license, possible probation, community service, and a mark on your permanent record.

Other, more serious drug crimes may include possession with the intent to distribute, drug sales or distribution, conspiracy to distribute, drug cultivation, importation, or manufacturing, and drug trafficking. The charges and resulting penalties you may be facing will depend on the type of drugs involved, the quantity involved, and your intention or actual activities related to them, whether minors were part of the activity, and your previous convictions, if any.

If you are found guilty of a drug crime, the judge will take into consideration a few factors before determining your sentence. Crimes involving serious drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, etc. carry much higher penalties than those drug offenses involving marijuana.

Because the stakes are high, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side, fighting on your behalf. For over ten years, I have represented clients charge with all kinds of drug offenses. I will use my knowledge and experience of state drug laws as well as my knowledge of search and seizure issues to provide you with a zealous defense.

DUI

If you’re not aware, there has been a strong push by local and state governments to punish DUI offenders. Under Georgia law, it is illegal to drive if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reaches .08% or more. If you are under the age of 21, you cannot drive with a BAC of .02% or higher. If a police officer discovers that you are driving with a BAC level above the legal limit, he or she will immediately arrest you on DUI charges.

In Georgia, there is an implied consent law, which means if you are driving on the roads in this state, then you consent to chemical testing; if you refuse to take this test, then you will lose your license administratively. Georgia Law also places a time limit in certain circumstances as to when you can contest this administrative license suspension. If you are found guilty of DUI, you could be sentenced to a multitude of adverse penalties.

Penalties for driving under the influence include:
  • $300-$1,000 in fines, plus surcharges
  • 12 months of probation
  • 40 hours of community service
  • One year driver's license suspension
  • Mandatory driver's risk reduction course

SEX OFFENSES

There can be no greater stigma placed upon a person charged with a sex offense. If you are facing charges for a sex crime, then you may be experiencing fear, anxiety, embarrassment, and humiliation. However, an accusation does not mean you are guilty. False accusations, cases of mistaken identity, and cases in which others had access to your computer or any area you live or work in, either in the same home or office, or remote access to your computer hard drive can lead to criminal charges that you must defend against.

There are a range of punishments for sex crimes. Punishment can be a maximum of 1 year in jail for a misdemeanor to life in prison for serious felonies. There are fines, restrictions about where you can live or work, and permanent damage to your criminal record, and a listing with your photo and address on the sex offender registry. Your reputation will be completely destroyed.

Some of these offenses include:
  • Rape
  • Statutory rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual battery
  • Child molestation
  • Enticing a child
  • Computer pornography
  • Sexual exploitation of children

When you’re charged with a sex crime, the best defense is to go on the offensive. You need to hire an attorney at the early stages after your arrest. You will need an experienced attorney to combat these very serious allegations. Because of my knowledge of the intricacies of sex crimes defense, I have been appointed indigent clients by the Cobb County judges when indigent individuals find themselves charged with these very serious offenses.

As previously stated a conviction on a sex offense usually leads to an individual having to register as a sex offender. Georgia Law places very strenuous restrictions on where individuals can work and or live. My Law Firm specializes in removing individuals from the sex offender registry. To many times I have seen individuals sent to prison for violating the sex offender registry laws, when in actuality if they would have hired an attorney to investigate, they wouldn’t have to register at all, or would be eligible to petition the court to come off the registry. If you find yourself in this situation, let me help you petition the court to have your name removed from the registry.

Theft Crimes

Simply put, theft is the unlawful taking of someone else’s property without their consent. Due to the economy, theft continues to be one of the most commonly committed crimes in Georgia. Any person facing theft charges in Atlanta will be aggressively prosecuted, and if convicted, penalties for theft crimes include time in jail or prison, stiff fines, restitution to the victim, probation, community service.

I have successfully defended clients charged with the following offenses:
  • Vehicle theft
  • Carjacking
  • Identity theft
  • Credit card theft
  • Most white collar crimes
  • Shoplifting
  • Burglary
  • Robbery

Violent Crimes

Facing an allegation that you have committed a violent offense is a very serious situation. Because a violent crime is one in which force, or the threat of force is used against another individual, those convicted of such crimes are treated harshly under the Laws of the State of Georgia. If you have been charged with such an offense you may be looking at the possibility of losing your freedom as some of the sentencing guidelines for certain offenses call for mandatory minimums prison sentences. You will need an advocate to zealously represent your legal interests. You will need someone to investigate the evidence against you. You will need an advocate to call into question improper police procedures and to investigate your possible defenses.

I have over ten years’ experience in defending individuals accused of the following violent crimes:
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Armed Robbery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault and Batter
  • Motor Vehicle Hijacking
  • Kidnapping
  • Gang Offenses