Pressure to arrest and convict offenders is enormous. Laws have become increasingly tough. This pressure has clouded a fundamental issue in our democratic society:
The presumption of innocence and proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Without an experienced and committed lawyer by your side, your legal rights can easily be overlooked as law enforcement and courts demonstrate to elected officials an increase in convictions. Without a solid defense strategy, you could become just a statistic. The Don Turner Legal Team is accomplished and experienced in DUI and criminal defense.
Don’t gamble with your rights – Call a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney
We are committed to the vigorous defense of people accused of serious crimes and are proud of our record serving clients. We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that your constitutional rights are protected. We represent clients accused of misdemeanors and felonies, including:
- Parole and Probation Violations
- Sex Crimes
- Traffic Tickets and Citations
- Vehicular Homicide
- Juvenile Offenders
Your expert legal team reviews every detail of your arrest and prepares your defense:
- Analyze police reports and evidence looking for weaknesses in the state’s case
- Interview state and client witnesses, including the arresting officer
- Review entire criminal history to determine impact on current case
- Thoroughly research on all legal issues involved in case
- Conduct expert review of your arrest video
- Gather a team of specialists and expert witnesses
Your legal team will meet with you at key points in preparing your defense to discuss your case and review our customized strategy designed to provide you with the best possible outcome.
Defendant’s Rights in Georgia
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Right to a Criminal Defense Attorney
You have the right to a criminal defense attorney throughout your criminal proceedings. If you cannot afford an attorney, in many cases, the court will provide an attorney for you if you qualify.
Right to a Jury Trial
In felony and serious misdemeanor cases, you have a right to a speedy, public jury trial. In other misdemeanor cases, you have a right to a trial with a judge. In any trial, you are presumed innocent and cannot be convicted until the jurors (or judge) are convinced of your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Right to Confront Witnesses
You have a right to confront and cross-examine all witnesses testifying against you in court. If witnesses do not appear in court, the state might dismiss your case. You also have the right to use the subpoena powers of the court to compel witnesses to appear on your behalf.
Right Against Self-Incrimination
You have the right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself. You also have the right to testify on your own behalf. If you choose not to testify, neither the court nor jury can hold this against you.
Right to Produce Evidence
You have the right to present evidence and to have the court issue a subpoena to bring into court all favorable witnesses and evidence at no cost to you.
What Can I Expect in a Georgia Criminal Case?
Going before a judge and jury is a nerve-wracking and new experience for the majority of our clients and many do not know what will happen to them following their arrests. The Don Turner Legal Team understands and has accordingly made a short and sweet guide to criminal trials, which proceed much differently than civil lawsuits.
First, a criminal case can take on a couple of different forms, as there are two major classifications of crime: misdemeanors and felonies. They are both outlined within the basic structure listed within the What to Expect When You’re Litigating (A Criminal Case.)