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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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Johns Creek Criminal Defense Lawyer

Facing criminal charges or the possibility of prosecution can be overwhelming, and it is best not to do it on your own. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, a Johns Creek criminal defense lawyer could provide crucial legal representation that can make a difference in the outcome.

A skilled attorney could safeguard your constitutional rights, including the right to protection against self-incrimination and the right to the presumption of innocence. A lawyer at Hawkins Spizman can assist you in learn more about the criminal process and what to expect before, during, and after court.

Crimes and Offenses in Johns Creek

Criminal offenses prohibited in Johns Creek are outlined in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated under Title 16. Offenses are organized into several distinct categories, each of which is covered in a separate chapter within the title. Examples of some of the categories and types of offenses described in Title 16 include:

  • Offenses involving criminal conspiracy or attempt
  • Crimes against persons (e.g., assault, battery, stalking, kidnapping)
  • Sexual offenses — (e.g., rape, statutory rape, child molestation, prostitution)
  • Offenses involving property (e.g., burglary, home invasion, arson)
  • Offenses involving theft (e.g., shoplifting, robbery, extortion)
  • Offenses involving controlled substances (e.g., drug manufacturing or trafficking, possession with intent to distribute, and simple possession)
  • Offenses involving forgery or fraud (e.g., identity fraud, bad checks)

In addition to the offenses listed above, several other categories and types of offenses are also listed in Title 16. A Johns Creek criminal lawyer could answer questions about laws on various offenses and develop a legal strategy for defending a person against any type of criminal charges.

Consequences for a Misdemeanor Offense

The general penalties for misdemeanor offenses in Johns Creek include a fine of $1,000 or less, confinement for 12 months or less, or both. Alternatively, in some cases, the court can defer criminal proceedings and impose a period of probation if it is a first offense.

Misdemeanor offenses that are considered to be of a high and aggravated nature can still be sentenced to imprisonment for up to 12 months, but the amount of the fine that can be imposed increases from $1,000 to $5,000. An example of such an offense is simple battery against a person over 65 years of age, or a repeat DUI offense. A lawyer who provides criminal defense in Johns Creek could explain the penalties for a misdemeanor offense, and determine whether the charge is considered high and aggravated.

Penalties for Felony Offenses

The penalties for felony offenses in Johns Creek vary based on the specific offense. For instance, trafficking methamphetamine is a felony offense, but the penalties vary based on the amount trafficked. The mandatory minimum prison sentence can range from ten years for trafficking between 28 and 200 grams to 25 years for trafficking more than 400 grams.

Certain types of felonies committed by serious violent offenders are associated with higher mandatory minimum sentences than if committed by defendants not categorized as serious violent offenders. For example, offenses committed by a serious violent offender that involve rape, kidnapping a child, aggravated child molestation, or aggravated sexual battery are punishable by a mandatory minimum prison term of 25 years and probation for life. A criminal defense attorney in Johns Creek could explain the punishments associated with different felonies.

Contact a Johns Creek Criminal Defense Attorney

You do not have to fight criminal charges on your own. A Johns Creek criminal lawyer could help by preparing a legal defense to the charges and fighting to attain the best possible resolution to your case.

Another reason working with an attorney is critical is to have someone advocating for you and protecting your legal rights. Contact an attorney about your case today.

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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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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.