The Atlanta Criminal Defense Team is a pure criminal defense firm and we strive to be the best criminal defense firm in Atlanta, GA. Our goal is to get each client the best possible resolution in their case. We thoroughly review the evidence and conduct independent investigations before we advise our clients on how best to proceed with their cases. We research the law, argue pre-trial motions, and prepare for trials together because we truly are a defense team. We are not intimidated by prosecutors and cannot be threatened with jury trials. We will never allow for our clients to be bullied into an unfair resolution. We pride ourselves on our commitment to relentlessly defend people that are being criminally prosecuted by the State of Georgia.
The Atlanta Criminal Defense Team specializes solely in criminal defense. We have extensive experience defending people who are facing criminal charges. Both of us started our legal careers as public defenders, and quickly learned the meaning of client-centered representation and zealous advocacy. As public defenders, we handled thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases and had numerous jury trials.
Our extensive knowledge and experience, along with our unwavering passion for criminal defense and justice, are the reasons the Atlanta Criminal Defense Team was established. Our goal is to seek justice for our clients and to ensure that their rights are not being violated by police or prosecutors. We handle all criminal matters, including violent felonies, sex crimes, drug charges, domestic violence cases, traffic violations, probation revocations, parole revocations, and civil forfeiture proceedings.
Although we focus on serious felony offenses, no case is too small for the Atlanta Criminal Defense Team. We tirelessly fight for every client until we achieve the best possible resolution in each case. Because of our extraordinary achievements, we have received multiple awards for being some of the best criminal defense attorneys in Georgia.
The Benefits of Hiring the Atlanta Criminal Defense Team
When you hire the Atlanta Criminal Defense Team, you automatically receive the benefit of two highly-skilled, top rated criminal defense attorneys working on your case. Most people, who are charged with a crime, hire one attorney. However, our clients are represented by a criminal defense team. That means double the knowledge, double the experience, and double the advocacy.
Once you hire the Atlanta Criminal Defense Team, a lead attorney is assigned to your case. That attorney will provide you with case updates and is the person you contact with questions or concerns. The lead attorney is also responsible for communicating with the court and the prosecutor about your case. When it comes to reviewing the State’s evidence, drafting motions, attending hearings, preparing for trial, and having the trial, we are both involved.
We have been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers, the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys for our outstanding client representation and astonishing case results. All of our clients are represented by two of the best criminal defense lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia and that is what makes the Atlanta Criminal Defense Team unique and sets us apart from all the other criminal defense attorneys.
FAQs When Looking to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney
Should I hire an attorney before I am arrested or charged with a crime?
If you know that you are being investigated for a crime, you should hire a defense attorney as quickly as possible. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will advise you on what to do during the very crucial, pre-arrest phase. Your defense attorney can interact with law enforcement on your behalf; arrange for your surrender into custody, if an arrest warrant is issued; and arrange for bond to be set, prior to your surrender. A good criminal defense lawyer will protect your rights and make sure that you are not doing anything detrimental to your defense.
When should I hire a criminal defense attorney?
This question has been addressed countless times and the answer never changes: you should hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as you realize that you are being investigated for a crime or you just got arrested. The sooner a lawyer gets involved in defending your case, the better off you will be. A criminal defense lawyer will ensure that your rights are not being violated by law enforcement officers or by prosecutors. Your lawyer will also make sure that you are not doing anything that could jeopardize your defense. The longer you wait to hire a defense attorney, the higher the potential for detrimental mistakes. You should never hesitate to hire a criminal defense attorney when your freedom is at stake.
Do I need to hire a lawyer for a misdemeanor charge?
Although, in Georgia, misdemeanors are considered to be less serious offenses than felonies, there are still many collateral consequences that come with misdemeanor convictions. Consequences include losing your driving privileges, forfeiting eligibility for government loans and other government assistance, losing your right to possess firearms, and many more. A good defense lawyer will inform you about all the collateral consequences you are facing and will strive to obtain a resolution that avoids those consequences altogether.
What does a criminal defense lawyer do?
The main goal of any good criminal defense lawyer is to get you the best possible resolution in your case. Your lawyer should always honestly communicate with you about the status of your case. Your lawyer should review all the State’s evidence with you, request any missing evidence, and conduct an independent investigation. Your defense attorney is responsible for identifying legal issues in your case and filing motions to argue those issues in court. A great criminal defense lawyer will do everything necessary to place himself in the best position to advise you how to proceed. Ultimately, the way you resolve your case is your decision, but your criminal defense attorney should be your guide during every step of the process.
What should I look for in a criminal defense lawyer?
One of the most important factors to consider, before hiring a criminal defense attorney, is your comfort level with that particular attorney. If you do not feel comfortable with your lawyer or feel you cannot fully trust that person, then you definitely need to find a different attorney. Unfortunately, there are many defense lawyers, who look good on paper, but do not have the knowledge and experience required to represent you. A truly competent criminal defense attorney will always communicate with you about the status of your case. You should never feel like you have no idea what is going on with your case. A good criminal defense lawyer will always go over the State’s evidence with you and will never push you to take a plea deal. There is a difference between advising you to do what is in your best interest and forcing you to plead guilty, without explanation. A great criminal defense attorney is always prepared to fight for you and will never compromise your representation in order to remain friendly with the prosecutor or the judge.
Do I need to hire a lawyer for a traffic ticket?
Although you have the option of paying for most traffic tickets online, doing that is equivalent to pleading guilty. Most people do not realize that every time they pay for a traffic citation, they are accumulating points on their Georgia driver’s license, which eventually can lead to a suspension. A defense lawyer can advise you how best to resolve your traffic ticket; can go to court on your behalf; can obtain an offer that results in no points on your license; and, with written permission, can resolve the case in court without requiring your presence. So, there are definite benefits in hiring a criminal defense attorney to handle your traffic tickets.
Can a lawyer appear in court on my behalf?
It depends on the proceeding, but there are times when your criminal defense lawyer can appear in court on your behalf. For example, a lawyer can resolve your traffic ticket without your presence in court. Your defense attorney typically makes announcements at calendar calls without your presence. You even have the option of waiving your presence at certain motions hearings. And, although the law permits you to waive your presence at your own trial, such a decision is rarely advisable and should be thoroughly discussed with your criminal defense attorney.