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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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Dunwoody Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you’ve been arrested, whether for a misdemeanor or felony, it’s essential that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. Getting convicted of a crime can mean fines and jail time and other penalties, along with the burden of a criminal record, which can keep you from getting or holding the job you want or even getting housing or credit on favorable terms. A Dunwoody criminal defense lawyer can help you avoid the worst consequences of an arrest and possibly avoid any negative impact at all.

At Hawkins Spizman, our Dunwoody criminal defense attorneys are highly skilled and experienced in defending people charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in Dunwoody, Georgia, and surrounding areas in DeKalb County. Our job is to protect your record, your career, and your reputation, and we fight hard to achieve the best outcome in every case. Call our office right away after an arrest or for help with any criminal matter in Dunwoody, including:

  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Bond Hearings
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug
  • Embezzlement
  • Expungement
  • Extortion
  • Failure to Appear
  • Fraud
  • Gun Crimes
  • Manslaughter
  • Private Warrant Applications
  • Probation Revocation
  • Property Damage
  • Prostitution
  • Sex Crimes
  • Solicitation
  • Student Defense
  • Theft
  • Traffic Ticket Defense

How Does Hawkins Spizman Defend the Accused Against Georgia Felonies and Misdemeanors?

The Georgia Code outlines several different ways persons accused of committing a crime can defend themselves against prosecution. These are “affirmative defenses,” meaning it is the job of the defendants’ attorneys to prove the defense, but if they are successful, then the defendant will not be found guilty or culpable for the alleged offense.

Responsibility Defenses

Some defenses claim that the defendant should not be held responsible for his or her actions based on certain factors. In Georgia, these defenses to prosecution include:

  • The defendant was less than 13 years old
  • The defendant did not have the mental capacity to distinguish right from wrong
  • The defendant was operating under a delusional compulsion
  • The defendant was involuntarily intoxicated due to factors such as excusable ignorance, coercion, or fraud
  • The defendant was induced by a mistake of fact that would have justified the act had the defendant not been mistaken
  • The defendant is charged with a sex crime but was under 18 and trafficked or was over 18 but was tricked or coerced and trafficked

Justification Defenses

Other defenses are based on the premise that the defendant’s actions were justified or excusable. Some of these defenses include the following:

Self-defense – Crimes of violence such as assault or even homicide, may be excused or justified when the defendant was acting in self-defense or defense of others.

Defense of property – People can be excused for using force, threats or violence to defend their home or habitation or other real or personal property. In defense of the home, one must have a reasonable belief that force is necessary to prevent or stop an intrusion or attack. One may be justified in using deadly force to repel a violent entry with a reasonable belief the person might commit an assault or violent act, or to prevent a forcible felony. There is no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense. Georgians are authorized by law to “stand their ground.”

Entrapment – A person who commits a criminal act might be excused if they were induced or solicited to commit the act by a law enforcement officer but would not have committed the act were it not for the officer’s conduct. The idea and intention must have originated with law enforcement, who then used undue persuasion, incitement or deceitful means.

Coercion – A person is not guilty of a crime if they were forced to do it by another person, meaning they reasonably believed that committing the act was the only way to prevent their imminent death or great bodily injury. This defense would not apply to a charge of murder.

Other Defenses

In addition to the above, a savvy criminal defense lawyer will look at the facts and evidence and present all viable defenses. Common defenses include:

Alibi – You could not have been at the scene of the crime because you were somewhere else at the time.

Misidentification – An eyewitness is mistaken about an identification.

Drug possession – You were in the presence of drugs, but they did not belong to you, you didn’t know they were there, or you didn’t know the substance was illegal.

Consent – You are charged with a sex crime (sexual assault, rape) following a consensual sex act.

Intent – You are charged with theft of property that you never intended to steal. Most crimes have an intent element that the prosecutor must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. Raising a lack of intent is a common defense to many different criminal prosecutions.

Make Your First Call After an Arrest in Dunwoody Be to Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers

Your life isn’t over just because you’ve been arrested. Your criminal defense lawyer might be able to get the charges dropped, dismissed or reduced, negotiate a favorable outcome that avoids jail or a harsh criminal record, or defend you in court for an acquittal or verdict of not guilty. Your first move should be to call an experienced Dunwoody criminal defense attorney before you do anything else. In Dunwoody, Georgia, call Hawkins Spizman at 770-685-6400 for a free case review. We’ll let you know where you stand and how we can help. Experience matters. Call Hawkins Spizman today.

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Top-notch Lawyer
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

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.