The Atlanta Defense Team strives to be the best criminal defense firm in Atlanta. Our goal is to get each client the best 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 are not intimidated by prosecutors and cannot be threatened with jury trials, so our clients will never be bullied into an unfair resolution.
The Atlanta Defense Team is a pure criminal defense firm. We have extensive experience defending people who are facing criminal charges. We started our legal careers as public defenders, and quickly learned the meaning of client-centered representation and zealous advocacy. As public defenders, we handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanors 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 Defense Team was established. Our goal is to seek justice for our clients and to ensure that their rights are not being violated. We handle all criminal matters, including felonies, misdemeanors, traffic violations, probation revocations, parole revocations, and civil forfeiture proceedings.
While we focus on serious felony offenses, no case is too small for The Atlanta Defense Team. We tirelessly fight for every client until we achieve the best possible resolution in each case. Because of our achievements, we have received multiple awards for being some of the best criminal defense attorneys in Georgia.
The Benefits of a Defense Team
When you hire The Atlanta Defense Team, you automatically receive the benefit of two highly-skilled, top rated criminal defense attorneys on your side. 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 us, a lead attorney is assigned to your case. That attorney will provide you with case updates and communicate with the court and the prosecutor. The lead attorney is the person you contact with questions or concerns. When it comes to reviewing the State’s evidence, drafting motions, attending hearings, preparing for trial, and attending 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 case results. All of our clients are represented by two of the best attorneys in Atlanta, and that is what sets The Atlanta Defense Team apart from all the other criminal defense lawyers in Atlanta.
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Should I hire a criminal defense 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. An 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 attorney will protect your rights and make sure that you are not doing anything that could later be 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 have been arrested. The earlier 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 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 an attorney, the higher the potential for detrimental mistakes. You should never wait to hire a criminal defense attorney when your freedom is at stake.
Do I need to hire a lawyer for a misdemeanor?
Although misdemeanors are considered to be less serious offenses, there are still many collateral consequences that accompany misdemeanor convictions. Some 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 lawyer will know of all the collateral consequences and strive to obtain a resolution that allows the client to avoid those consequences altogether.
What does a criminal defense lawyer do?
A good criminal defense lawyer always strives to get his client the best possible resolution in their case. The lawyer starts by communicating honestly with a client about the status of their case. Then, the lawyer should review all the evidence the State has against the client, request any missing evidence, and conduct an independent investigation. The lawyer is responsible for identifying legal issues in the case and filing motions to address those issues in court. A great criminal defense lawyer will do everything necessary to place himself in the best position to advise a client how to proceed. Ultimately, the way a client resolves the case is their decision, but your criminal defense lawyer should be your guide during every step of this 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 criminal defense lawyer or feel you cannot fully trust that person, then you definitely need to find a different one. Unfortunately, there are many lawyers, who look good on paper, but do not have the knowledge and experience to represent people who are facing criminal charges. A truly competent criminal defense attorney will always communicate with you about the status of your case. You should never feel like you do not know what is going on with your case. Additionally, 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 a client to do what is in their best interest and forcing a client to plead guilty, without explanation. A great criminal defense lawyer is always prepared and will never compromise their representation in order to remain friendly with prosecutors or judges.
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 driver’s license, which eventually could lead to a suspension and higher car insurance premiums. A lawyer can advise you how best to resolve your traffic ticket, go to court on your behalf, obtain an offer that results in no points on your license, and, with written permission, resolve the case in court without requiring your presence.
Can a lawyer appear in court on your 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 traffic citations on a client’s behalf. A lawyer typically makes announcements at calendar calls without the client’s presence. A client can even waive their presence, in writing, for certain motions hearings. And, although the law permits the accused to waive their presence at their own trial, such a decision is rarely advisable and should be thoroughly discussed with your criminal defense attorney.
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