Criminal Defense Guidelines
Don’t Forget Your Rights!
Your rights in a criminal defense case are guaranteed by both Federal and State Constitutions, but those rights don’t defend themselves. From the very beginning of any police encounter, always remember and use your rights. Hiring a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney early on can help protect your rights and save you money in the long run. A lawyer can assist you in trying to get your charges reduced or even dismissed. Our firm helps counsel ordinary people through the criminal justice system everyday.
Investigate the Case as Soon as Possible!
Another key component of any criminal case is the investigation. We fully investigate every case that comes through the door regardless if it’s a traffic ticket, DUI, or serious felony. We understand that your case no matter what you’re charged with is important to you.
Don’t Waive Defenses!
It is important in any criminal case to begin preparing your defense as soon as possible. Some of your rights may be waived if they are not acted upon quickly. For example, in a DUI case, you will lose your license if you don’t file a response to an officer’s 1205 form with Department of Drivers Services. What’s more troubling is that the response letter must be sent WITHIN 10 days after your arrest! In DUI cases, whether you hire us or not, we will give you a license letter for FREE as long as you pay the $150.00 filing fee required by the State Department of Driver Services.
Felonies v. Misdemeanors
Felonies are offenses that can be punished over 1 year in custody and can have over $1,000.00 in fines. A misdemeanor sentence on the other hand, can receive 12 months in custody and up to $1,000.00 fine. If you’re not sure what kind of crime you are being charged with then you need to talk to a lawyer immediately.
As a firm that defends Felonies and Misdemeanors, we believe in an proactive approach. For every case we equally pursue two parallel paths. First, we aggressively prepare your case should you decide to go to trial. Second, we help build a compelling list of mitigating circumstances. That way if you decide to take a plea, the judge and prosecutor will see you as a person not just a number on a case file. Our goal is to give the client as many options as possible. If you are in trouble and need help, don’t wait. Call us today for your free consultation.
Helpful Criminal Defense links:
DeKalb County Online Judicial System (OJS):
Gwinnett County Clerk Online:
Fulton County State Court Clerk Online:
Andres & Brownlee, LLC practices in the following areas:
DeKalb County (including: Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, and Stone Mountain),
Clayton County (including: Forest Park, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Jonesboro, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow, and Riverdale), Cobb County (including: Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs, and Smyrna), Douglas County (Douglasville), Fulton County (including: City of Atlanta, Alpharetta, Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Peachtree Corners, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Union City), Gwinnett County (including: Berkeley Lake, Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Snellville, Sugar Hill, and Suwanee), Henry County (including: McDonough, Hampton, Locust Grove, and Stockbridge), and Rockdale County (Conyers).