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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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Fulton County Criminal Defense Lawyer

No matter what the offense in question is, it is important to take any criminal allegations made against you seriously. While misdemeanor offenses often may only lead to a fine upon conviction, more serious or repeated offenses could result in much more severe consequences, including loss of civil rights and significant time in jail.

Contesting serious criminal charges in court is a complex ordeal that no defendant should try to handle by themselves. In order to effectively pursue a positive outcome in your case, it is essential that you contact and hire a skilled Fulton County criminal defense lawyer.

What is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

Criminal offenses in Georgia are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. By the letter of the law, these categories are differentiated only by the severity of associated penalties upon conviction rather than what specific actions the offense involved. That being said, more serious offenses in the eyes of state courts typically result in more severe penalties.

Misdemeanor offenses are typically non-violent criminal actions such as shoplifting, marijuana possession, and traffic offenses, the last of which Georgia state law does not differentiate from other forms of misdemeanors. As per Official Code of Georgia §17-10-4, misdemeanors may be considered “high and aggravated” and punished more severely under specific circumstances, usually when the defendant in question has been convicted multiple times for the same offense.

Unlike some other states, Georgia does not separate felony offenses into subcategories. Generally, violent felonies like armed robbery are punished more harshly than non-violent felonies, but there are exceptions in certain situations. A criminal defense attorney could help a person accused in Fulton County understand the nature of the charges against them and structure their defense strategy accordingly.

Potential Penalties Upon Conviction

Upon conviction, most misdemeanor offenses in Fulton County may be punished by no more than a fine of $1,000 and/or 12 months in jail. If a misdemeanor is classified as “high and aggravated,” the maximum allowable fine is $5,000, and the maximum amount of earned time credit a convicted party can receive for good behavior is four days per month of their sentence.

Since Georgia does not classify felonies by subcategory, individual statutes determine the penalties associated with specific offenses. The minimum prison sentence for a felony conviction may range from one to 25 years in prison, and certain offenses are punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Certain offenses can be charged and prosecuted as either felonies or misdemeanors depending on the circumstances. As per O.C.G.A. §17-10-5, a judge may treat any felony punishable by ten or fewer years in prison as a misdemeanor at their discretion. If possible in a particular case, a criminal defense lawyer in Fulton County could work to pursue this potential outcome on a defendant’s behalf.

Retain a Fulton County Criminal Defense Attorney as Soon as Possible

The criminal justice system in Georgia is very unfriendly to defendants unfamiliar with legal procedures and processes. Without qualified legal representation, it may be almost impossible for you to obtain anything less than the harshest possible outcome in your case, let alone avoid a conviction.

Do not leave your freedom and future prospects to chance. Get in touch with a Fulton County criminal lawyer today to discuss your legal options and start working on your defense.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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