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  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of The Year 2021
  • National College for Dui Defense
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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

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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

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Alpharetta Criminal Defense Lawyer

When a person is arrested for a criminal offense, they may feel shocked, humiliated, and uncertain about what to do next. Considering the ramifications a criminal conviction could have on your life, your primary goal under such circumstances should be to investigate the legal options available to you as soon as possible.

Due to the complex structure of our criminal justice system, it may be worthwhile to retain the services of an experienced attorney. An Alpharetta criminal defense lawyer could investigate the circumstance of your case and advise you on the most effective way of building a convincing defense.

Legal Representation Can Make a Difference

Legal advocacy and representation go far beyond merely appearing in court with individuals accused of a crime. A seasoned criminal defense attorney will take the following steps in order to place the defendant in the best position possible to fight the charges:

  • Thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to an arrest and criminal charges, and discover any additional evidence
  • Weigh the evidence supporting the charges
  • Develop the defense strategy that is most likely to be effective
  • Present all available resolutions to help you choose the right path based on your situation

A dedicated lawyer could also identify any irregularities in procedures or violations of the law during the arrest, questioning, and charging phases of a criminal case. All too often, law enforcement officers push the boundaries to try and create an open-and-shut criminal case. When this occurs, evidence may be inadmissible, which could lead to a reduction in, or dismissal of, criminal charges.

Any delays in seeking legal advice can make a criminal case more difficult to defend. As a result, any individual facing criminal charges should not hesitate in obtaining the assistance of an Alpharetta criminal attorney.

Felony and Misdemeanor Charges

Many common, low-level offenses are considered misdemeanor charges. Repeat offenses and offenses that involve large amounts of illegal drugs or bodily injury to others can be sometimes be classified as either a felony or misdemeanor charge. Felony offenses are more serious offenses and are typically those considered to be crimes in all states, such as murder, rape, robbery, burglary, and arson.

Individuals typically sentenced to jail in a misdemeanor case—which by definition is 12 months or less in length—will serve the time in a county or local jail. Felony offenses, on the other hand, usually require a minimum sentence of one year and could result in life imprisonment for especially heinous crimes. A felony jail sentenced is generally served in the prison system, which is run by the Georgia Department of Corrections. The death penalty is also a potential penalty for murder charges in the state of Georgia under specific circumstances.

In addition, misdemeanor and felony convictions often require the payment of fines and may carry the potential for collateral consequences. For example, a DUI conviction is likely to result in a license suspension, required community service hours mandatory alcohol evaluation.

Similarly, a felony conviction creates a permanent criminal record that could preclude job and career opportunities in the future, as well as bar an individual from ever possessing a firearm under federal law. A qualified criminal lawyer may be able to fully explain all the potential ramifications of a criminal conviction in Alpharetta to individuals who are facing criminal charges.

Contact an Alpharetta Criminal Defense Attorney Today

Facing criminal charges can be an overwhelming experience, whether you have no prior experience with the criminal justice system or fears of harsher consequences due to previous convictions. An Alpharetta criminal lawyer may be able to assist you in handling all aspects of your criminal proceedings.

To have a proper legal defense, you are likely to need legal advice and counsel from the outset of your criminal proceedings. Do not hesitate to contact legal counsel at your earliest convenience.

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5 Star Review

I hired Justin for what was a stressful situation. I spoke with Justin and was so impressed with his ability to analyze my situation and his understanding of the urgency in resolving this matter promptly. He also gave me an honest legal assessment of my issue. Justin assured me that he fights aggressively for his clients. He was able to put a complete halt to what could have been a very bad situation had I not hired him....Read More

Tina
Happy Client
5 Star Review

Justin handled my case wonderfully. Although I hope I do not have to contact him anytime soon, he will be the first person I call if I am in need of criminal defense in the future. He made the whole process a breeze and did so at a respectable rate.

Anonymous
Extremely Capable and Skilled
5 Star Review

Attorney Spizman was hired for my DUI defense and did a great job with the case. He investigated and exhausted all my legal options and the case was brought to a positive conclusion.

Eric
Confident and Supportive
5 Star Review

My daughter, a paralegal, found Justin when our son needed a criminal defense attorney. During our initial interview, Justin answered our questions thoroughly and confidently and mapped the course we would be taking for the next few months. He made a variety of suggestions, one of which (character letters from friends and work associates) ultimately led to a "no bill" by the grand jury and our son being released. He brought in another attorney who had experience in...Read More

Pete
Superman
5 Star Review

Justin was fantastic and was able to reduce my citation and applicable fine which was the original goal! Very professional and most importantly delivered the results!

Adam
Excellent Attorney
5 Star Review

Justin Spizman knew exactly how to help me with my traffic citation. He was a extremely professional and explained everything so I would understand clearly. He worked aggressively to ensure I was helped to the best of his ability, I would highly recommend him.

Anonymous
Wonderful Attorney
5 Star Review

Attorney Spizman is an excellent Lawyer. He was prompt to court, handled my case professionally and above all, he gave me the justices I needed. Thank you so much.

Peter
Great Lawyer
5 Star Review

I was very happy with the representation. Justin did a great job having my case resolved quickly and efficiently. He explained everything that was going on and what to expect. He was professional, courteous and again did a great job settling my case. If I ever need legal assistance again, Justin would be the only person I would consider. I highly recommend you do the same.

Jeremy
Best DUI Lawyer in Georgia
5 Star Review

Justin’s was always there for me day or night and my family calm during the process. He doesn’t give you any BS just straight to the point and I liked that he was a little hard on me at times but I needed it. He saved my life and got me the best deal and I will always be grateful.

Andrew
Smooth and Painless
5 Star Review

Mr. Spizman made what could have been a very stressful situation almost painless. Spot on advice to prep for the case and handled everything in court. Very appreciative of his service. Highly recommended!

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Meet Our Experienced Team

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.

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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