I WILL FIGHT FOR YOU

Marietta Criminal Defense Lawyer

At Cobb Criminal Defense you are provided with an unrelenting, aggressive defense.  I will fight for your rights and your future. Being accused of a crime changes everything.  An arrest affects your family, your livelihood, and your quality of life. I will fight to preserve your name and record.  I am an experienced and compassionate defender who is here for you and your loved ones. Cobb Criminal Defense has proudly fought on behalf of many citizens in Marietta, Georgia, and throughout northern Atlanta experiencing similar circumstances as you are dealing with now.

Powerful Defense Against Criminal Charges

Being arrested or accused of a crime is one of the most serious situations a person can face. A criminal conviction can land you in jail, cost you money, and damage your relationships and reputation for years to come. With so much at stake, you need effective legal representation on your side.

At Cobb Criminal Defense, I believe that every person, regardless of what they’ve been accused of–deserves the best possible defense. I will fight tirelessly to achieve favorable outcomes for my clients.

Don’t ever assume your case is hopeless. You are innocent until proven guilty. Rely on my knowledge, skills, and experience to help you avoid or mitigate harsh penalties and get your life back on track.

Take Action Now

I understand that you and your family are under tremendous stress and in need of immediate help. Call 770-627-3221 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with me or send me a confidential email via my online form.  Cobb Criminal Defense is fluent in Spanish, French and Português. 

Conveniently located in Marietta, GA I represent individuals in cities throughout northern Atlanta including Cartersville, Emerson, Adairsville, White, Kingston, Taylorsville, Woodstock, Canton, Holly Springs, Ball Ground, Hiram, Braswell, as well as Cobb County, Bartow County, Cherokee County and Paulding County.

Why Hire Me?

Hiring a qualified criminal defense attorney puts you in the best position to have the charges against you reduced, dismissed, or acquitted.  Here are a few reasons why so many people in Marietta and the surrounding counties turn to Cobb Criminal Defense for help in moments of crisis:

Open and honest communication: Cobb Criminal Defense is prepared to help you navigate every stage of the criminal process. You are encouraged to ask questions and share your concerns and fears. I realize that the criminal justice system can be confusing and overwhelming and I am here to provide expert counsel and support.

Knowledge of local courts: Cobb Criminal Defense has a firm grasp of the procedures and rules governing the criminal courts throughout Georgia and is familiar with the area’s judges, prosecutors, police, and probation officers.

Aggressive litigator: I am an experienced Trial Lawyer who isn’t afraid to go to battle for you in state courts. Cobb Criminal Defense knows how to gather and present important evidence, prepare documents, track down witnesses, and out-maneuver prosecutors.

Investigative and resource capabilities: My law firm is small but mighty. I have the tools, resources, and man-power to handle the most complex legal matters.

Personalized attention: I take the time to get to know my clients and build trust and rapport. You can count on me to give your case the attention and due diligence it deserves.

Customized defense strategy: No two criminal cases are alike. Every case requires a different approach and strategy to tackle charges. My office examines every angle and detail of your case to determine the best way forward — whether that be through negotiation tactics, plea bargaining or going to trial.

Criminal Defense Practice Areas

Cobb Criminal Defense is well-equipped to defend against a wide range of misdemeanor and felony charges, including:

  • DUI/DWI
  • Traffic Violations
  • Drug Crimes
  • Computer Sex Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Probation Violations
  • Theft and Property Crimes
  • White-Collar Crimes

Misdemeanors vs. Felonies in Georgia

Georgia’s laws designate crimes as either misdemeanors or felonies and assign sentences based on the nature and severity of the crime.

Misdemeanors carry up to a year in county or local jail and may include probation, fines, restitution payments, community service, and other conditions. Common misdemeanors include traffic offense cases such as DUI, simple possession of marijuana, speeding, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving and all other motor vehicle crimes that are not felonies. These cases are heard in the Marietta Municipal Court or state court where a judge, not jury resolves the case.

The City of Marietta Municipal Court location is 240 Lemon St NE, Marietta, GA 30060. If your arrest occurred outside of Marietta city limits and you were arrested by a Cobb County police offer or Georgia State patrol,  your case will be heard in Cobb County State Court located on the Marietta Square about 500 yards from Marietta Municipal Court.

Felonies are more serious charges which carry a sentence of one year to life in state prison. Common felonies include DUI fourth offense, vehicular homicide, murder, rape, drug trafficking, computer sex crimes, and felony assault. Felonies are heard in the Superior Court located on 70 Haynes Street in Marietta.

Steps in the Criminal Process in Georgia

The arrest process begins with law enforcement knowing, or having reason to believe, you have committed a crime. Depending on the type of alleged crime, the police will either issue a citation (which may or may not require a court appearance) or place you under arrest.

If it’s the latter, the police officer will direct you to put your hands behind your back, handcuff you, read the Miranda warning, and search you for weapons and/or contraband. You will then be transported to a local jail for booking.

Tips When Dealing with the Authorities

  • Be cooperative. Do not fight back or be belligerent — any type of resistance may get you into further trouble. 
  • Exercise your right to remain silent. Don’t tell the police anything except your name, age, and address.
  • Don’t try to explain or provide excuses about what happened.
  • Politely state that you do not want to answer any questions until you have a lawyer present.

Booking

Upon arrival at the jail, the arresting officer will take you to the booking area. Depending on the number of people waiting to be booked, you may be placed in a holding cell to wait your turn. The booking officer will enter your personal information into a computer system, take your fingerprints and mugshot photo. During this process, you should be notified if you are eligible for bail.

You will be allowed one phone call to a person of your choosing. This is often a family member or friend who in turn calls a bail bond company or lawyer on your behalf. Next, you will be put in a jail cell and remain there until you post bail or a judge orders you to be released.

Initial Appearance

The purpose of an initial appearance is to make sure you are aware of the charges against you and to determine whether bail should be set. If you were arrested without a warrant, you will be brought before a magistrate judge within 48 hours of your arrest.

Getting out of Jail

There are generally four different ways to get out of jail following an arrest:

  1. You or someone on your behalf can post cash for the full amount of bond
  2. You seek the assistance of a bond bailsmen
  3. A judge releases you on your own recognizance
  4. You offer real estate as collateral

At an initial appearance, I will attempt to get you released on recognizance. If this fails, I will advocate for the lowest bail amount.

Preliminary Hearing

If bail is not set or you are unable to make bail, a preliminary hearing will be scheduled days later. The purpose of this hearing is for the magistrate judge to hear from both the prosecution and defense, evaluate the evidence and decide if there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed.

If probable cause is established and the case involves a misdemeanor, it will be forwarded to the appropriate court and a trial date is set. If the charge is a felony, the case will be forwarded to the district attorney for presentation to the grand jury.

Arraignment

An arraignment is a formal hearing in which the judge reads the charges against you and asks you to plead guilty or not guilty to the charge. In the majority of cases, clients plead not guilty and the case moves towards a trial.

Plea Bargaining

In the early stages of the trial process, I will take the time to gather evidence to build a strong defense and negotiate with the prosecutor to see if the case can be settled without going to trial. These negotiations are referred to as plea bargaining which is an attempt to strike a deal that reduces your charges or lightens your sentence.

Trial 

When a favorable plea deal isn’t possible, it becomes necessary to fight the charges in court. I have extensive courtroom experience and will be involved in selecting the jury, raising objections to improper evidence and testimony, cross-examining prosecution’s witnesses, and presenting your defense in the most convincing manner possible.