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Experience Matters

A law firm with a record you can rely on

We have a track record of winning cases and getting great results.


Recent Results For Our Clients

  • Not Guilty
    Defendant was stopped for speeding 72 in a 55 MPH zone. The officer testified that he smelled alcohol when he spoke to Defendant. Field sobriety evaluations, including the horizontal gaze nystagmus (eye test), 9-step Walk.
  • Felony Murder Dismissed
    Defendant was accused of shooting his roommate four times. After a thorough investigation and preliminary hearing, a prosecutor and the grand jury decided not to indict for any charges. All charges were dismissed.
  • Not Guilty
    Defendant was stopped in Fulton County after he was observed crossing the centerline, nearly causing a head-on collision with a truck. Field sobriety evaluations, including the horizontal gaze nystagmus (eye test), 9-step Walk & Turn, and One-Leg Stand tests
  • Not Guilty
    The Georgia State Patrol arrested R.K., who had been recently accepted to law school, after she struck a utility pole in the Virginia-Highlands neighborhood in Atlanta. She performed well, but not perfectly, on roadside sobriety tests
  • Not Guilty
    The Sandy Springs police stopped defendant after a Be On the Look Out was dispatched for his SUV. It was reported that he had struck several cars when leaving a shopping center parking lot in Dunwoody
  • $240,000 Settlement
    Client was driving down the road in a box truck when a large engine dislodged from the truck in front of him. It struck his vehicle, causing it to roll over. He suffered a back injury, and this case was resolved prior to trial with a $240,000 settlement.
  • $100,000
    Our client was driving his motorcycle at a high rate of speed in the lane adjacent to the shoulder. A corvette cut into his lane of travel, and our motorcyclist was unable to brake, running into the rear quarter panel of the vehicle. The motorcyclist was ejected, and suffered serious injuries. Officers responded
  • $60,000
    A client was driving motorcycle on I-285 approaching 400, when a vehicle cut them off. He was forced to lay down his bike on the highway, and suffered road rash and bruising. Our team got his case settled out of court before the trial date.
  • $40,000
    One of our clients was driving North of Atlanta when she was rear-ended at a low speed. Although no substantial injuries occurred, the accident affected her ability to care for her infant child. We were able to settle her case prior to it going to trial.
  • $30,000
    In 2017, our client was involved in a low impact fender bender, where she suffered soft tissue injuries. While the adjuster and insurance company claimed the impact could not have caused the injuries associated with the claim, we were able to demonstrate the negligent acts of the other driver caused neck, back, and
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Atlanta Criminal Defense Lawyers

Experienced trial lawyers who protect you and get results

If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence, a sex crime, drug crime, or any other Georgia felony or misdemeanor, you need a lawyer who knows his way around the courthouse and is intimately familiar with local courtroom procedures. Likewise, if you’ve been injured in an accident, the only way you’ll get top dollar for your claim is if the insurance company knows your lawyer is prepared to go to trial and win a substantial jury verdict.

At Hawkins Spizman, we are trial lawyers serving injury victims and the criminally accused throughout the state of Georgia. We settle and resolve cases every day outside of court, often without having to file a lawsuit or go to trial. But we never back down from a fight, and we never sell you short. If it’s in your best interests to avoid a trial and resolve your matter some other way, rest assured our team has the skills and determination to get you an outstanding result. On the other hand, if a trial is necessary to get the best outcome, you’ve found the Atlanta criminal defense lawyers with the experience and resources to get the job done.

You don’t always need a trial lawyer, but when you do, you’ll be glad you have Hawkins Spizman working for you.

DUI Defense

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a misdemeanor offense in most instances. Yet the penalties and consequences of a drunk driving conviction go far beyond just having to pay a fine, as is the case with most misdemeanor crimes. You can lose your driver’s license, you can lose your job, and you can lose your professional license as well. A DUI can turn your life upside down from four months to five years, depending on your driving record.

It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many ways the police can get it wrong when they pull you over, arrest you, or test you for intoxication. With Hawkins Spizman as your trial team, you’ll have access to a nationally Board Certified DUI expert who can evaluate the facts, identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and help you keep your driver’s license, stay out of jail, and avoid the worst consequences that often follow a DUI arrest for someone without superior legal representation.

Criminal Defense

Hawkins Spizman handles the full range of Atlanta misdemeanor and felony offenses, from traffic tickets and property damage to sexual assault and manslaughter. As a person accused of a crime, you have constitutional rights to ensure you are treated fairly, including the right to remain silent and have an attorney represent you. When you exercise these rights that are guaranteed to you, you put yourself in the best position for a positive outcome. There is no reason to put yourself at the mercy of the prosecutor and judge when you could have an experienced criminal law attorney on your side who is knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated to getting you the best result.

Our Atlanta criminal lawyers have amassed a long string of cases where we achieved outstanding results for our clients, whether that outcome was getting charges dismissed, securing a not guilty verdict at trial, or negotiating favorable terms that allowed our clients to move forward with a productive and successful life and put the charges behind them. It all begins with a call to Hawkins Spizman, where we offer a free case review to let you know your options and how we can best help resolve the problem you are facing.

Personal Injury Representation

When you’ve been injured because of another’s negligence or misconduct, Georgia law allows you to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering from the negligent party. Unfortunately, the burden falls on you to prove the other party’s negligence and liability to you, and the insurance companies on the hook to pay a settlement or judgment sometimes fight tooth and nail to avoid paying what they should. They deny their insured was negligent and say your injuries were caused by some other accident, or they’ll even dispute that you are hurt as bad as they say you are. They are also likely to accuse you of being the negligent one or at least partially at fault. This trick reduces the amount they have to pay and can even get them out of paying altogether. You need a lawyer on your side who knows all the insurance company tricks and has the skills and experience to hold them accountable.

At Hawkins Spizman, we have represented victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents on Georgia roads from low-speed fender benders to high-speed crashes causing serious injuries. We put every case on a litigation footing to secure the best settlement or go to trial when needed. Call our office for a free case evaluation after an Atlanta motor vehicle accident, slip and fall premises liability accident, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, or other personal injury. We take cases on a contingency fee basis and advance all costs. We only charge a fee after we are successful in recovering compensation for you, so it costs you nothing upfront to afford high-quality legal representation for your Atlanta personal injury claim.

Experience Matters. Call Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers for Dedicated Legal Help With Your Atlanta DUI, Criminal Defense, or Personal Injury Claim

If you’ve been arrested for DUI or another criminal offense in Georgia, or if you’re hurt because of another’s negligence or wrongful conduct, call Hawkins Spizman at 770-685-6400 for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no charge and give you an evaluation of where we think you stand and how we can help you. Call us anytime you need us, day or night, any day of the week. A live person will answer your call, and we’ll get in touch so your case is not delayed and your rights remain protected. We have several full-time staff members fluent in Spanish and are ready to serve you if Spanish is your preferred language. Waiting to talk to a Atlanta criminal defense attorney can be disastrous to your case, so call Hawkins Spizman now for immediate assistance.

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Meet Our Experienced Team

Michael Hawkins

Michael Hawkins

Michael Hawkins brings a wealth of trial experience to protecting the rights of those who have been injured. Perhaps more importantly, he brings the mindset of a relentless advocate who has fought against the State for many years, to now representing the rights of those who have been injured and are up against insurance companies and corporations that should be held accountable to compensate them as victims. Hawkins is a trial lawyer with over 27 years of experience. Hawkins cut his teeth as an advocate for victims as prosecutor, where early in his career he served as an Assistant Solicitor in DeKalb County, and an Assistant District Attorney in Rockdale County. After several years of representing the State of Georgia in criminal cases, he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse by a defense lawyer whom he had tried several cases against. The offer was to leave prosecution, and to undertake to protect the rights of those accused of DUI and related cases. For over 20 years, Michael Hawkins has focused on seeking justice for his clients, both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. With that experience, he craft a solid defense on your behalf.

Justin Spizman

Justin Spizman

Super Lawyers elected Spizman a Rising Star Every year since 2014. Since 2014 and every year thereafter, The National Trial Lawyers Association selected Spizman as a Top 40 Under 40 and as part of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America. Georgia Trend Magazine continues to recognize Spizman as part of their annual Legal Elite publication, from 2013 to the present. He has achieved a perfect rating on Avvo, a preeminent professional rating and review website, with over 170 five star reviews by his peers and former clients. Spizman regularly speaks nationally on trial strategies, defending DUI and criminal cases, and cross-examining police witnesses. Spizman works diligently with his clients to sculpt a meaningful and detail-oriented defense to their cases to ensure they obtain the best possible outcome. There is no case too big or too small. Spizman is admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia, all State and Superior Courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Georgia Supreme Court. He is a member of The State Bar of Georgia, The State Bar of Georgia Criminal Division, The Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, The National College for DUI Defense and Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers.

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