Law Office of Paul W. Hamilton

What Has Been Your Experience In Handling Criminal Cases?

For almost 13 years, we’ve handled every type of case imaginable in every court in the state of Georgia. We’ve handled thousands of serious traffic offenses, DUI offenses, armed robbery cases, financial theft charges, midlevel drug conspiracies and federal court cases.

What Is Your Win/Loss Record?

When it comes to reductions in DUI cases from the DUI to a lesser charge or dismissal, we are able to reduce or dismiss approximately 85% of those DUI cases. As far as trials go, approximately 75% of my clients have been acquitted, and the other 25% have been convicted. What’s important when determining whether or not to go to trial is whether or not you believe that the jury will convict based on the facts and evidence. In all of the cases that I’ve taken to trial, I’ve been able to accurately predict what I thought the jury would do.

Do You Know The Judge, The Prosecutors And The DA?

In the courts that I accept cases in, I have relationships with the judges and prosecutors. I don’t like practicing in courts where I don’t know the individuals. All prosecutors and judges have their idiosyncrasies, and I think it’s important for attorneys to have relationships with those individuals so that they know how they will react to certain things. It is a benefit that can’t be understated when you are going through a criminal case.

What Is The Worst Case Scenario?

The worst case scenario is that you are sentenced to the maximum amount of jail time and the greatest fine possible on a particular case. Many times, out of a desire to resolve the case and move it forward, the prosecutor and defense lawyer will reach a compromise and negotiated the settlement that is much better than the worst case scenario. In some cases, that negotiation may be a dismissal of the case. When negotiations break down, we don’t hesitate to take the case to trial. Every case is different. But oftentimes, the worst case scenario is not the end result in a criminal case.

Can You Guarantee A Not Guilty Verdict?

No, I cannot guarantee a not guilty verdict. Any attorney that tries to make that guarantee is not being truthful. It would be improper and unethical for any attorney to make any guarantee of that nature. What an attorney should do is promise you that they’ll do the very best that they can in order to get you the best possible outcome, which they’ll do by using the law and the facts of the case. Sometimes the very best possible outcome is a reduction in the case to a lesser charge. Other times the best outcome is a complete dismissal and exoneration. But for an attorney to say, “I can guarantee you an absolute acquittal” is very foolish and irresponsible.

Why Should I Hire You Instead Of Another Attorney?

That’s a good question and one that only a potential client is able to answer. There may be another lawyer that you click with more, or that you feel more comfortable with, and that’s perfectly fine. But if you feel comfortable with me, I can assure you that my training and experience has prepared me well to represent people that are charged with criminal offenses. I tell all of my potential clients that if they hire me, I will give it everything that I have to get them the very best and possible result. I know how to manage and investigate criminal cases; I’ve been doing it for nearly 13 years with good success.

How Long Until My Case Goes To Trial?

A case will typically go to trial within six to 12 months after it is indicted by a grand jury.

Will This Affect My Professional License?

If you are convicted of a criminal offense, it could have an adverse impact on your professional license. Each professional licensing board makes a determination as to whether or not they will suspend or void a particular license, and they do that on a case-by-case basis.

How Do I Get A Bond?

A bond is generally posted to allow your release pending the resolution or trial of your case. Typically you ask the court to give you a bond. In order to get a bond, you must show the court that you are not a flight risk and that you will not commit a felony while out on bond. In addition, you must demonstrate that you have strong ties to the community. Then you’ll be allowed to either post a cash bond, a property bond or use a bail bondsman.

What Are Bond Conditions?

Bond conditions are conditions that the court imposes on an individual while they are free on bail. Some conditions that are usually enforced include refraining from contacting the victim in the case, being home by a certain time each night, refraining from consuming alcoholic beverages or being in a place where alcoholic beverages are served and not violating the laws of any city or state. These are just some of the typical conditions that are placed on individuals that are on bond.

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Paul W. Hamilton, Esq.

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