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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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Sandy Springs Criminal Defense Lawyer

It can be hard to know what to expect when facing criminal charges of any kind. Whether you have been convicted of an offense previously or if you have never been charged with a crime before, the legal process can be confusing and difficult to navigate without professional guidance and support.

Fortunately, a skilled Sandy Springs criminal defense lawyer can provide the advice and expertise you need no matter your situation. By retaining an experienced Sandy Springs criminal lawyer, you will give yourself a better chance of protecting your legal rights and obtaining a positive outcome in your case.

Classification of Criminal Offenses in Sandy Springs

The State of Georgia classifies criminal acts as either felonies or misdemeanors depending on their severity. The latter category is the less severe of the two, as misdemeanors are punishable by no more than one year in a county jail, as well as a maximum fine of $1,000, as per Official Code of Georgia §17-10-3. This statute also establishes that a judge may sentence a convicted defendant to up to 12 months of probation rather than jail time, or allow a defendant sentenced to less than six months of imprisonment to serve that time on weekends.

Any crime punishable by more than one year of imprisonment is classified as a felony in Georgia. Specific punishments beyond this minimum standard vary depending on the offense, but in general non-violent crimes such as theft are punished less severely than violent crimes, like armed robbery. A qualified Sandy Springs criminal defense attorney could offer further clarification about what to expect from any particular charge.

In certain cases, there may be exceptions to these standard regulations for criminal punishment. For example, O.C.G.A. §17-10-4 allows for misdemeanors of a “high and aggravated nature” to be punished by a maximum fine of $5,000. In the same vein, O.C.G.A. §17-10-5 establishes that crimes which may be classified as misdemeanors or felonies in different circumstances—known colloquially as “wobblers”—may result in a lesser sentence at the judge’s discretion if the maximum felony punishment is less than ten years of imprisonment.

How Legal Counsel Could Help

The prosecutorial process extends far beyond just a single day in court. To that end, a Sandy Springs criminal lawyer could assist a defendant through every stage of criminal litigation, from the arraignment and negotiation of bail to pre-trial procedures and the trial itself.

Even before a case starts in earnest, there may be reason to retain professional legal help. For instance, certain white-collar crimes are often proceeded by lengthy investigations, during which a great deal of evidence may be obtained by the prosecution. Skilled legal counsel could help a defendant examine all the evidence gathered against him and ensure that nothing gathered in violation of the law is allowed to be entered into the court record. More importantly, a skilled criminal lawyer may be able to pursue preventing warrants from being issued if the evidence can be challenged.

During trial, there may be multiple witnesses, expert testimony, and conflicting evidence to contend with, all of which require the prosecution to attempt to combine into a comprehensive depiction of an alleged crime. With a knowledgeable attorney by their side, a defendant could have a much easier time constructing a thorough defense strategy of their own.

Call a Sandy Springs Criminal Defense Attorney to Learn More

Criminal cases are almost never as straightforward as television shows and pop culture might lead you to believe. What is straightforward, though, is how crucial it is for your future that you have dedicated legal representation working on your behalf.

If you have been charged with a crime or suspect you will be charged soon, there may be no time to waste. Call today to set up a consultation with a Sandy Springs criminal lawyer.

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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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