PATTERSON MOORE BUTLER
ATTORNEYS & MEDIATION
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Criminal Defense

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We practice all types of criminal law. No matter how serious the offense, you are presumed innocent of any charge until proven guilty by a court of law. That is where we come in.

As former prosecutors with the district attorney’s office, our clients find us uniquely qualified to navigate the criminal courts of Forsyth County.

We are privy to and prepared for the strategies faced in the criminal courts. We are proud to be among the very best criminal lawyers in Cumming, Georgia.

DUI & DWI Defense

Our DUI defense team, led by partner E. Logan Butler, is uniquely qualified to defend against DUI charges, having undergone the same training for standardized field sobriety testing that the police use in DUI and DWI investigations.

In addition to a field sobriety test, you may be asked to participate in a preliminary breath test which is entirely voluntary however it may not be presented to you as such.

Call us at your earliest convenience to get the facts and for the best possible DUI defense.

Drug Charges

Drug Possession & Sale of Drugs

In Georgia, drug possession is a felony, except for possession of less than one ounce of Marijuana, and the penalties and fines associated with drug charges can be severe.

Furthermore, if you are convicted of drug possession, the State of Georgia will suspend your driver’s license for a minimum of 6-months.

Domestic Violence Defense

In Georgia, domestic violence is considered “family violence” and therefore subject to the Georgia Family Violence Act.

If convicted, consequences may include your right to keep and bear arms, your right to vote and more. Family Violence Protective Orders can also prevent you from visiting your children or returning home.

We will work to reduce and when possible, dismiss family violence charges to restore your rights and guard your permanent record.

Felony vs. Misdemeanor

Criminal charges are classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are lesser crimes which generally carry a prison sentence of up to 12-months and a $1,000 fine. Some misdemeanors are considered “high and aggravated” and carry increased fines, up to $5,000.

Felonies are more serious crimes which can result in life in prison.

Being convicted of either a felony or a misdemeanor can result in the suspension of your driver’s license.

Probation Violations

Being on probation means that you have been convicted of a criminal offense and now must follow and comply with specific conditions. Failure to comply with these conditions allows the State to arrest you with violation of your probation.

In a probation violation case, it is easier for the State to prove you are in violation of probation with a preponderance of the evidence instead of the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard which would have applied in your original criminal case.

Traffic Tickets

If you’ve received a citation for a traffic ticket, speeding ticket or a rolling stop, we can negotiate with the solicitors in Forsyth and Dawson County to have the charges reduced or dropped.

Speeding Tickets

Speeding tickets lead to points on your drivers’ license, increased insurance premiums and the possibility of losing your license.