Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Attorney in Atlanta

Have you been charged with a criminal offense in Atlanta or the surrounding area? If so, you need an attorney who knows how to protect your rights and fight your case. And time is of the essence.


If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you only have 10 days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative hearing to avoid an automatic one-year suspension of your driver’s license. If you received a DDS 1205 “temporary driving permit” or are unsure of your current status, it is extremely important that you consult an attorney immediately.

Bail Bond Hearing

Following an arrest, you have a right to a bail bond hearing within 72 hours of your arrest, to determine what if anything you need to pay to be released from jail while your charges are pending. Failure to obtain an attorney at this crucial time could lead to days or even weeks of unnecessary incarceration, along with a much higher bond premium.

Probable Cause/Preliminary Hearing

If you are denied bond or cannot pay the bond that was set, you may petition the court for a probable cause/preliminary hearing. This kind of hearing is usually bare bones, with the State carrying the burden of proving that you “probably” committed the crime. It is very important that you have competent counsel defending you at this hearing.


This is a critical hearing where you find out what you are formally charged with. It’s important to know what your options are leading up to the hearing. For instance, in certain cases you can waive the arraignment hearing, but you must still file the necessary motions prior to the date of arraignment.

Domestic Violence Crimes

In Georgia, “family violence” means the occurrence of one of several legally-defined acts between past or present spouses, persons who are parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other persons living or formerly living in the same household. Being accused of family violence can have far-reaching consequences, particularly on child custody determinations, and you should consult with a competent attorney immediately to make sure your rights are protected.

Drug Crimes

Drug laws in Georgia can be confusing and complicated, even to attorneys. If you are charged with a drug crime—e.g., possession, manufacture, distribution, trafficking, intent to sell—then it is extremely important to consult with an attorney immediately who knows how to navigate the maze of drug statutes and case law and knows how to fight and win drug cases.

Whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, it is of the utmost importance that you obtain competent, hands-on representation that can protect your rights and minimize—or avoid altogether—the consequences of your arrest. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, drug crime, domestic violence, weapons crime, theft, forgery, fraud, parole or probation violation, resisting arrest, assault, white collar crime, or any misdemeanor, please give us a call or submit an inquiry online.

The Georgia criminal code can seem a frustrating tangle of confusing language and sudden deadlines. If you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime, don’t go it alone. You need an attorney on your side who knows how to fight and win your case. You need The Angell Law Firm.