Criminal Defense Attorneys in Brunswick Ga
Charged with a serious crime in Brunswick or Coastal Georgia?
If you, a family member, or someone you love is charged with committing a serious crime in Georgia, the first thing you should do is contact experienced criminal defense attorneys in Brunswick Ga to protect you and fight for you.
The criminal defense lawyers at Pate, Johnson & Church have been representing individuals charged with serious state and federal crimes in Brunswick, Glynn County, and the surrounding areas for over 20 years. Throughout that time, we have tried numerous cases ending in “Not Guilty” verdicts, we have helped clients who don’t want to go to trial get favorable plea deals, and, in some cases, we have helped our clients get their criminal charges dismissed.
Our attorneys handle a variety of criminal cases in South Georgia and the rest of the state. Our practice includes representing people who have been charged with serious crimes under Georgia law, including:
Our criminal defense lawyers also represent individuals in Georgia who have been charged with federal crimes. These crimes often include:
- Federal Drug Conspiracy Charges
- Health Care Fraud Charges
- “Pill Mill” Allegations
- Money Laundering Charges
- Wire Fraud Charges
- Federal Firearm Laws
- Computer Hacking Laws
- Forfeiture and Seizure
- Child Pornography Charges
- Federal Bribery Charges
- Federal Tax Crimes
- Obstruction of Justice Charges
- False Statements Charges
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
What happens in a criminal case in Georgia?
Whether you are facing state criminal charges or federal criminal charges, several things will happen after you are arrested. Shortly after your arrest, you will go in front of a judge who will decide whether to release you from jail and remain free while your case is pending.
After you have been charged and pleaded not guilty, the prosecution will turn over all the evidence it has against you, so that you and your criminal defense attorney can review the state’s case and prepare a defense. Your attorney can also file “pretrial motions” that ask the judge to keep certain evidence out at trial or to dismiss some of the charges against you.
If the prosecution or the court decline to dismiss the charges, most criminal cases end with a guilty plea or a trial. Individuals will often enter a “plea agreement” or “plea deal” with the prosecution because the evidence is overwhelmingly against them or because a trial is too risk. In exchange for pleading guilty, defendants usually receive some form of benefit, such as a lighter sentence or a conviction for a more minor offense.
If a case goes to trial, the prosecution will be able to introduce evidence against you, including witnesses, DNA tests, and other evidence. To convict you, the prosecutor must convince a unanimous jury of 12 people that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. There are three ways a criminal trial can end: a mistrial (which usually means starting over), a guilty verdict, or an acquittal.
Which court you end up in depends on what the type of criminal charges you are facing. If you are facing state criminal charges, your case is usually pending in the superior court of the county where the alleged crime took place. That means Brunswick cases are tried in the Superior Court of Glynn County, while cases in the surrounding area usually end up in the superior courts of Ware County, McIntosh County, Brantley County, Camden County, or Wayne County.
If you are facing federal criminal charges, however, and the alleged federal crime took place in Brunswick or the surrounding areas, your case will usually be assigned to the federal courthouse in Brunswick, which is part of the Southern District of Georgia.
Why hire Pate, Johnson & Church?
We believe our success comes from our hard work, our experience, and our strategy for each case. No matter how serious the charges, we prepare every case as if it is going to trial, and this approach gives us leverage against the prosecution when we fight for a resolution that benefits the client.
In addition to our experience and reputation, our firm also limits the number of criminal cases we accept. This lets us devote as much time and effort to each case as needed so that we can help our clients obtain the best outcome possible.
Whether you or a loved one is being investigated, has already been arrested and charged, or is preparing to go to trial, our attorneys can make a positive difference in your case. If you or a loved one is facing serious criminal charges and needs representation in Brunswick, Glynn County, or any of the surrounding areas, call our firm to speak to one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Brunswick Ga. The call is confidential, and we will always be open and honest with you about your case.