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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Georgia

Lawyer Legion Top Picks for 2024

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Georgia. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys, DUI defense attorneys, and other lawyers in Georgia, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certification.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Georgia. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Marcia Gail Shein
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Decatur, GA
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William C. Head
Board Certified Specialist in DUI Defense Law
Atlanta, GA
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Ralph M Hinman III
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Dalton, GA
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Kimberly Keheley Frye
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Marietta, GA
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Larry Wilcutt Fouche
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Macon, GA
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Stacey Michelle Goad
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Savannah, GA
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David Shepherd West
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Marietta, GA
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Suesan Ann Miller
Criminal Defense Lawyer
McDonough, GA
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Sean Derek Gage
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Decatur, GA
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James Rodney Hamilton
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Cumming, GA
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David E. Clark
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Lawrenceville, GA
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Delisa Audray Williams
Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Lawyer
Atlanta, GA
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Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) - The Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) was founded in 1974. The GACDL advocates for the rights of the accused, adequate funding for the defense of the indigent, and a fair criminal justice system. GACDL is the third largest statewide criminal defense association in the United States and an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Membership is only open to criminal defense attorneys in Georgia.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law Board Certification by the NBTA - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law Board Certification by the NCDD - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

Georgia Government and Court Resources

Georgia Courts

Georgia Courts - The Georgia Courts are entrusted with the critical role of interpreting and applying the law, ensuring justice, and resolving legal disputes within the state. Their duties encompass adjudicating civil and criminal cases, protecting individual rights, upholding due process, and overseeing family law matters like divorce and child custody. The Georgia judicial system also plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the state's constitution and ensuring the fair and impartial administration of justice.

Georgia General Assembly

Georgia General Assembly - The Georgia General Assembly operates under a bicameral system, consisting of the Georgia State Senate and the Georgia House of Representatives. The Senate has 56 members serving staggered two-year terms, while the House comprises 180 members with two-year terms. As the state's legislative body, the General Assembly is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws governing Georgia. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing a wide range of policy issues, including education, healthcare, and criminal justice.

Georgia Public Defender's Office

Georgia Public Defender's Office - The Georgia Public Defender's Office has a history rooted in the 2003 Indigent Defense Act, which aimed to improve legal representation for those unable to afford it. This Act led to the establishment of the Georgia Public Defender Council (GPDC), responsible for overseeing the provision of defense services in criminal cases. The GPDC ensures that the constitutional right to counsel is upheld for indigent individuals, setting standards for representation quality and accessibility.

Office of the Attorney General of Georgia

Office of the Attorney General of Georgia - The Office of the Attorney General of Georgia is led by the Attorney General, who is elected by the people. Serving as the chief legal officer of the state, the Attorney General is responsible for providing legal advice to state agencies and officials. This office represents Georgia in legal matters, both civil and criminal, and plays a crucial role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state. The Attorney General also issues legal opinions, oversees the enforcement of laws, and addresses various legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Supreme Court of Georgia

Supreme Court of Georgia - The Supreme Court of Georgia is the highest judicial authority in the state, entrusted with interpreting and administering the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court's duties encompass hearing a wide range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Georgia. Additionally, the Supreme Court of Georgia oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and disciplining lawyers to uphold ethical conduct within the legal profession statewide.

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