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Criminal Cases

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State of Georgia vs. M H-------

Magistrate Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case # 16-3315-17)

Charge: False Imprisonment / (Felony)

Result: Case dismissed before indictment after we successfully presented witnesses and documents showing it would be highly unlikely my client would be convicted at trial.


State of Georgia vs. T H-------

Magistrate Court of Elbert County
(Case # 16-21086MW)

Charge: Possession of Schedule IV Drug, etc.

Result: Case dismissed by District Attorney's office after a contested preliminary hearing. Defendant successfully presented at defense at this early stage and the Elbert County DA realized a conviction would be difficult and dismissed all charges.


State of Georgia vs. T D-------

Magistrate Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case # 16-0000176)

Charge: Family Violence Battery

Result: Case dismissed after a pre-warrant hearing. We successfully defended the case and presented solid defense at the warrant hearing and the application was dismissed.


State of Georgia vs. H-------

Superior Court of Elbert County
(Case # 14-ER-270)

Charge: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute

Result: Case dismissed on day of trial after we refused all settlement offers and demanded jury trial. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Malcolm (Northern District) granted the State's Motion to Dismiss after the defense announced "Ready for trial."


State of Georgia vs. H-------

Superior Court of Elbert County
(Case # 2014-SU-ER-236)

Charge: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Methamphetamine

Result: Case dismissed after winning motion to suppress hearing: Investigators with Elbert Count executed a search warrant at client's home and brought charges. Defendant contested the charges arguing that the search warrant was not justified and that officers made an illegal entry into his home. After a contested hearing in which it could be reasonable inferred the lead detective lied under oath, Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Malcolm (Northern District) granted the Defendant's motion specifically finding the entry into the home was illegal and the case was dismissed.


State of Georgia vs. J-------

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case # SU-14-CR-0290)

Charge: Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession with Intent, etc.

Result: Jury Trail: Not Guilty on all 5 counts. Co-Defendant plead "guilty" prior to trial.


State of Georgia vs. M-------

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case # SU-11-CR-0620)

Charge: Aggravated Assault x 3

Result: Defendant was charged with shooting a gun at others. He pled "not guilty" and requested a jury trial. 5 days before trial the State offered a 20 year sentence with the first 5 in prison (20 do 5.) The Defendant rejected the offer and proceeded to trial. On the morning of his scheduled trial, all charges were dismissed.


State of Georgia vs. B-----

Magistrate Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case # MC-01-CR-13-854)

Charge: Aggravated Assault, Battery

Result: Charges dismissed after a contested preliminary hearing. My client, a lady, pulled a gun on someone while in her residence and forced him to leave. We showed she was defending her home and property and was well within her rights to do so.

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State of Georgia vs. A---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(CR-CR-11-4491)

Charge: Rape

Result: All charges dismissed prior to indictment due to successful and intensive investigation done by defense. Additional witnesses found who cast serious doubt on allegation of rape.


State of Georgia vs. S---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No. 2010-CR-0423)

Charge: Felony Obstruction, Assault on a Police Officer, False Name. Defendant offered to plead "guilty" to Misdemeanor Obstruction. State refused. Case proceeded to a jury trial on all counts.

Result: Defendant found "not guilty" on all 3 counts, found "guilty" of Misdemeanor Obstruction and given a "time served sentence.


State of Georgia vs. B---

Superior Court of Oconee County
(Case No. 2011-CR-0083-SW)

Charges: Serious Injury by Motor Vehicle, DUI. Defendant charged after striking an Oconee County deputy sheriff. Defendant admitted the DUI (misdemeanor) but denied Serious Injury (felony).

Result: Defendant found "not guilty" of Serious Injury by Motor Vehicle after bench trial.


State of Georgia vs. R---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No. SU-10-CR-0998-SW)

Charges: Conspiracy to Distribute Hydrocodone, Possession with Intent to Distribute

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts.


State of Georgia vs. P---

Superior Court of Oglethorpe County
(Case No..05-OR-123-T)

Charges: Child molestation, etc.

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts

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State of Georgia vs. B---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No. SU-04-CR-1881-S)

Charges: Rape, False Imprisonment

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. R---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No. SU-05-CR-1291-S)

Charges: Aggravated Assault, Georgia Anti-Gang Prosecution

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all 12 felony counts

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State of Georgia vs. W---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No.SU-04-CR-0166-J)

Charges: Felony Terroristic Threats

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. H---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No.SU-93-CR-1075)

Charges: Aggravated Child Molestation, etc.

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. T---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No.SU-04-CR-1052-S)

Charges: Felony Obstruction, etc.

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. U---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No.SU-04-CR-1723)

Charges: Felony Theft

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. C---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County

Charges: Felony Theft

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs M---

Superior Court of Madison County

Charge: Murder

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts (co-counsel with Jim Hudson)


State of Georgia vs. P---

Superior Court of Jackson County
(Case No. M-98-CR-0000275)

Charge: Sexual Assault, Child Cruelty, etc

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. J---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No.SU-99-0658)

Charge: Possession with Intent to Distribute

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. G---

Superior Court of Oconee County
(Case No. 2007-CR-0101)

Charges: Child Molestation, sodomy

Result: All charges Dismissed prior to trial due investigation by Defense and presentation of findings to grand jury.

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State of Georgia vs. M----

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No.SU-05-CR-0911)

Charge: Sexual Assault Against a Person in Custody, Sexual Battery, etc.

Result: All charges dropped after being indicted by a grand jury after thorough investigation by Defense and other false claims uncovered.


State of Georgia vs. A---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No. SU-95-CR-1129)

Charges: Rape

Result: Conviction reversed on appeal (awaiting trial)


State of Georgia vs. B---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No. SU-04-CR-0101)

Charge: Rape

Result: Mistrial (hung jury; plea to lesser offense after trial and immediately released from prison)


State of Georgia vs. H---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County

Charge: Rape

Result: Rape charge abandoned after investigation by Defense and presentation of evidence at bond hearing.


State of Georgia vs. B---

Superior Court of Jackson County
(Case No. M-98-CR-0000275)

Charge: Child Molestation

Result: Case reversed on successful Habeus Corpus Petition. (New plea bargain struck during jury selection at new trial resulting in a 70 year sentence reduction.)


Straks vs. 2 ACC Deputy Sheriffs

Citizen Starks sought criminal warrants against 2 deputies from the Athens-Clarke County Sheriff’s Department alleging that they (the 2 deputy sheriffs) had used extreme, excessive, and criminal force during an encounter with him. I successfully defended the 2 deputies at a warrant hearing held in front of Judge Lawton Stephens on October 16, 2006.

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State of Georgia vs. D---

Superior Court of Banks County
(Case No.01-CR-0075)

Charge: Violation of Georga Controlled Substance Act

Result: Case Dismissed after winning Motion to Suppress (4th Amendment issues)


State of Georgia vs. W---

Superior Court of Madison County

Charge: Manufacturing Marijuana, Violation of Georga Controlled Substance Act

Result: Case Dismissed after winning Motion to Suppress (co-counsel with Jim Hudson) (4th Amendment issues)


State of Georgia vs. C---

Superior Court of Jackson County
(pre-indictment)

Charge: Felony Obstruction, Possession of Marijuana

Result: All charges dismissed prior to indictment due to successful defense based on illegal search and seizure grounds (4th Amendment issues)


State of Georgia vs. W--- - L---

Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No. SU-04-CR-0262-S)

Charge: Criminal Damage to Property (felony)

Result: Case dismissed one prior to trial due to defense efforts.


State of Georgia vs. L---

Superior Court of Jackson County
(pre-indictment: Warrant Nos. CR-87-09366ST, etc.)

Charge: Aggravated Assault, etc

Result: Charges dismissed prior to indictment due to defense efforts.


State of Georgia vs. W---

GrandJury of Athens-Clarke County

Charge: Felony Cruelty to Children

Result: Grand Jury “No Bills” due to defense efforts and presentation of evidence.

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State of Georgia vs. L---

State Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No.ST-06-CR-0218)

Charge: Battery, etc

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. P---

State Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No. ST-06-CR-2773)

Charge: DUI, etc.

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. B---

State Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No. ST-06-CR-2059)

Charge: DUI, etc.

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. K---

State Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No. ST-08-CR-3518)

Charge: DUI, etc.

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. H---

State Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No.ST-09-CR-1600)

Charge: DUI, etc.

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. H---

State Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No. ST-08-CR-2760)

Charge: Battery, etc.

Result: Jury Trial: “Not Guilty” on all counts


State of Georgia vs. N---

Magistrate Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No.MC-01-CR-MS-08-405)

Charge: Vehicular Homicide

Result: No warrant issued after defense of case at Probable Cause Hearing.

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State of Georgia vs. B---

Superior Court of Oglethorpe County
(Case No. 05-OR-181-J)

Charge: Battery, etc

Result: Case dismissed before trial due to defense efforts.


State of Georgia vs. L---

State Court of Athens-Clarke County
(Case No. ST-09-CR-0377)

Charge: Battery, etc

Result: Case All charges dismissed prior to trial due to defense investigation.