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Augusta Criminal Defense Lawyer

Areas of Practice

A criminal conviction—felony or misdemeanor—can have a serious impact on your life. If you’re facing criminal charges in Augusta, it’s important to consult an attorney who has experience with the Georgia criminal justice system. I’ve devoted my career to fighting for people who have been accused of crimes. Below are some of the most common types of criminal cases I handle.

Criminal Defense Attorney in Augusta, GA

practice area dui criminal defense

DUI Defense

Many people believe you can’t fight a Georgia DUI charge. That’s not always true. Depending on your case, you may be able to challenge the traffic stop, question the validity of the breath test, or raise other defenses. If you didn’t take the chemical test, it may be difficult for the prosecution to prove you were intoxicated. Even a first-offense DUI can have serious consequences. Before you consider pleading guilty to DUI or negotiating on your own, talk to an Augusta criminal defense attorney.

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Juvenile Criminal Defense

Juvenile charges are different from adult criminal charges. Still, they can have severe consequences, including being sentenced to a youth detention center. In some cases, a juvenile may even be transferred to adult court and face adult penalties. It’s important that parents of juveniles accused of offenses understand how the system works and what’s at risk for their families. Juveniles have most of the same Constitutional rights as adults, and you can fight the allegations.

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Theft & Robbery Defense

Theft and theft-related charges range from misdemeanor shoplifting to armed robbery. While the consequences are very different depending on the seriousness of the crime, all theft crimes can carry jail or prison time. More serious crimes, such as armed robbery, carry lengthy minimum prison sentences. And, as a “crime of dishonesty,” a theft conviction can impact your employment options. Talk to an Augusta criminal defense lawyer about the possible defenses in your Georgia theft or robbery case before you make any decisions.

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Sexual Assault Defense

Georgia sex crimes often carry consequences beyond jail time and fines. In addition to possible long prison sentences, people convicted of many sex crimes in Georgia are required to register as sex offenders. Not only is the registry public, but registered sex offenders face limitations on where they can live and work. And, failing to register is a fresh crime. If you’ve been charged with a sex crime, don’t give up. In my years as a criminal defense attorney, I have successfully defended many Georgians accused of sex crimes.

practice area child molestation defense

Child Molestation Defense

Child molestation is among the most serious allegations a person can face. In addition to a possible prison sentence of up to 20 years for a first offense, all sex crimes against children are registry offenses. False allegations of child molestation are far too common. But the burden of proof in a child molestation case is on the prosecution. As an Augusta criminal defense lawyer who has experience with molestation cases and understands the complexities of this type of case, I can help you fight the charges.

practice area murder defense

Murder Defense

When you’ve been charged with murder, the rest of your life may be on the line. You’ll want to work with an attorney who is experienced in criminal defense at that level, and who is willing and able to try your case before a Georgia jury. In my career as a criminal defense attorney, I have tried three murder cases to Georgia juries, and none of those clients were convicted and sentenced to murder. It may also be possible to negotiate for a plea to a lesser charge with far less serious consequences.

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Drug Charge Defense

There are no minor drug charges in Georgia. Even possession of a small amount of illegal drugs (except marijuana) is a felony. And, possession of prescription drugs not prescribed to you can have similar consequences. But, drug cases are often flawed. If the search that turned up the drugs was illegal, your attorney may be able to get the evidence suppressed. I’ve successfully suppressed evidence in drug cases, and had drug cases dismissed because the prosecution couldn’t prove their case.

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Felony & Misdemeanor Criminal Defense

In Georgia, a misdemeanor crime is one with a maximum jail sentence of no more than 12 months. Felony charges carry longer possible sentences, but may sometimes be resolved without any jail time. I’ve been practicing criminal defense law in Georgia for years, and the crimes listed on this page are just a sampling of the criminal cases I have handled. If you’re facing a felony or misdemeanor charge in the Augusta area, I can help you fight any type of criminal charge.

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Traffic Ticket Defense

Many people are on the fence after getting a traffic ticket, unsure whether it’s worth fighting. The answer to that question will depend on a variety of factors, including your driving record, what the ticket is for, and what you do for a living. When you pay a traffic ticket, you admit to the violation, which means you accept the points on your driver’s license. Learn about the possible defenses to your traffic citation before you make a decision.

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Bond Hearings

No one wants to sit in jail waiting for their criminal case to be resolved. But not every Augusta criminal defendant can bond out. Georgia criminal courts consider a wide range of factors in deciding whether someone charged with a crime can post bond, and in what amount. Arguing for bail on your own can be difficult so it’s in your best interest to connect with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after you’re arrested.

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Probation Violation

Fighting an alleged probation violation can be challenging. In a Georgia criminal case, the prosecution has a high burden: to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the crime. In a probation violation hearing, the prosecution only has to show that it’s more likely than not that you committed the violation. And, the consequences can be quite serious. That makes it all the more important that you work with an experienced probation violation lawyer from the start.

Case Results

When the stakes are high, the results matter most.

Not Guilty

Attempted Rape

Client charged with attempted rape, aggravated assault, home invasion, burglary in the first degree, aggravated assault, kidnapping, possession of a firearm. Not guilty all counts.

Reduced to Voluntary Manslaughter

Murder

Client charged with murder and possession of a firearm. Case reduced to Voluntary Manslaughter.

Not Guilty

Possession With Intent

Client charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Jury verdict of simple possession of marijuana.

Not Guilty

Simple Battery

Client charged with simple battery. Not guilty all counts at trial.

Case Dismissed

Trafficking

Trafficking methamphetamine. Dismissed. Probation on remaining counts.

Not Guilty

Aggravated Assault

Client charged with aggravated assault, burglary in the first degree, and forgery in the fourth degree. Facing 41 years in prison. Not guilty verdict on all felonies. Only convicted of one count of misdemeanor battery.

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"I hired Todd to handle a criminal case with a high probability of significant jail time. He was key in navigating the complexities of my case and always offered sound advice which ultimately resulted in the best possible outcome for my circumstances."

Todd Mitchell is a Winning Trial Expert

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