Alpharetta Criminal Lawyer
If you have been questioned, detained, or arrested in connection with a possible crime, you need to speak with an experienced Alpharetta criminal lawyer right away. You don’t have much time to hire a lawyer and build a successful defense. The legal team at Hawkins Spizman has decades of experience helping Alpharetta clients with all their criminal defense needs. We understand how valuable your freedoms and rights are. We will start building your defense immediately to limit the potential impact of any possible charges against you.
Responding to Criminal Charges in Georgia
You have several different options for responding when you’ve been charged with a crime in Georgia. In some cases, your attorney might be able to secure a dismissal by having illegally obtained evidence suppressed or finding another rights violation that warrants having the case dismissed.
At your arraignment (or initial plea hearing), you have the option of entering a plea of guilty, no contest (nolo contendere), or not guilty. Your attorney will advise you what options are best in your case. There are some cases where pleading guilty might be in your best interest, but only after your attorney has thoroughly investigated the charges. That is why at Hawkins Spizman, we almost always file an initial plea of not guilty. If a trial is not advisable, we will negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutor’s office that will work toward minimizing the penalties and impact on your life.
The Burden of Proof in an Alpharetta Criminal Case
To obtain a conviction, the prosecutor has to establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt. This burden applies in both misdemeanor and felony cases. An experienced defense attorney will look for the right defenses to help you achieve an acquittal. Some defenses are procedural, such as a motion to suppress illegally obtained evidence. Other defenses are specific to certain types of crimes.
Hire Fierce Legal Advocates for Your Future
You want to hire the best legal advocate on your behalf. That means finding someone with experience handling similar cases and savvy enough to present the strongest defenses on your behalf. The skilled legal team at Hawkins Spizman includes several former prosecutors, so you can rest assured you are being represented by someone who knows how prosecutors think.
Our top priority is to fight for your freedom, and that means protecting your record. We have a reputation for being strong litigators, and we aren’t afraid of a contentious courtroom battle. We will do whatever is necessary to protect our clients. If we can find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, we will use those weaknesses to negotiate a more favorable deal on your behalf, if possible. When a plea agreement is beneficial, we will negotiate the best terms possible. However, we will not compromise your rights simply to close your case. If going to trial is what is in your best interest, rest assured that is the path we will go, and we will fight to win.
Types of Alpharetta Criminal Cases We Commonly Handle
We routinely handle both misdemeanors and felonies for clients in Alpharetta. Some of the cases we see include charges for (in alphabetical order):
- Bond Hearings
- Domestic Violence
- Driving with a Suspended License
- Drug Charges
- Failure to Appear
- Gun Charges
- Possession of Marijuana
- Sex Crimes
- Traffic Tickets
Contact an Alpharetta Criminal Lawyer Today
If you need assistance with a misdemeanor or felony charge in Georgia, let our skilled Alpharetta criminal defense lawyers help. Contact Hawkins Spizman today to schedule an initial consultation. Let us put our decades of experience to work for you by building the best defense possible in your criminal case.