Criminal Defense Overview

It isn’t unusual to have a brush with the law at some point in your life. An error in judgment, economic distress, losing your temper, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, having a drink too many and heading for home in your car—there are many reasons you might at some point be accused of a crime, whether rightly or wrongly. A criminal conviction, in addition to possible jail time and fines, can have devastating consequences on your life, your employment and housing options, and your reputation in the community. It can destroy your finances, break up your family, and restrict your civil rights. Clearly a conviction is something to be avoided at any reasonable and legal cost―and it often can be, with the help of the right criminal defense lawyer.

If you have been charged with a crime, it is natural to feel fearful and hopeless. You worry about your future, about losing your job, and especially about losing your freedom. But just because you have been charged does not mean you will be convicted. In the United States, you have important rights, guaranteed by the Constitution, as a person accused,. The standard of proof to convict a suspect of a crime is a high one—“beyond a reasonable doubt.” Furthermore, you enjoy a presumption of innocence until the day that standard of proof is met and you are convicted by a jury. But that often doesn’t have to happen.

When you call the Marietta, Georgia attorneys at Clay | Starrett Injury Lawyers, LLC, you can be confident that you will receive the skilled, knowledgeable, and impassioned representation that will give you an opportunity to beat the charges, have them reduced them, or win an acquittal at trial. Jack is an award-winning trial lawyer who has earning the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo and has helped many clients by having their criminal charges reduced or dropped entirely, as well as winning cases tried before juries and judges. His associate Wesley Starrett is a former police officer and prosecutor who has a detailed understanding of Georgia’s criminal justice system from the inside out, and the positive relationships that can make all the difference when negotiating the best resolution of your case with the prosecution.

Cases We Handle at Clay | Starrett Injury Lawyers, LLC

Our attorneys handle a wide range of criminal cases, including but not limited to:

  • DUI
  • Traffic Violations
  • Drug DUI (DUID)
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Theft

Although these are the types of cases we see most often, we are equipped to handle any kind of criminal charges against you. In some cases, if you call us as soon as you are questioned or arrested, we can even prevent charges from being file at all.

If You’ve Been Arrested . . .

If you’ve been arrested or are about to be, don’t panic. Call Jack Clay and Wesley Starrett and let us know what’s happening. Do not answer any questions posed by the police. Do not believe them if they say or imply that asking for a lawyer is indicative of guilt. It is not—it’s your right. Stay calm until your attorney arrives, and exercise your right to remain silent.

There are defenses to nearly any type of charge, and we know which defenses work. We will look at police procedure during and after the arrest process to determine if your rights were respected, and if they were not, we will move to suppress any evidence wrongfully obtained and move for a dismissal. Otherwise, we will consider the circumstances of the case and examine the prosecutor’s evidence and decide on the best available defense strategy.

Do Not Accept a Public Defender!

While we have the utmost respect for the public defender’s office and the dedicated attorneys who defend those who can’t afford to hire private counsel, you should never accept a public defender, simply because they are so over-worked and over-extended that they cannot give your case the close attention you deserve. We make it easy to get quality legal representation with a skilled and effective private attorney who can give your case the focused attention that is most likely to result in an outcome that will allow you to return to your life relatively unscathed. Of course every case is different, and we are not legally allowed to promise you a specific result. But what we can promise is that we will give you the benefit of our passion for your rights and your future, and our skill and experience in helping others who have been accused.

Get the Help You Need

Don’t wait. Call us immediately if the police show up at your door, if you are stopped on the street, or if you have been pulled over on a traffic stop. The earlier your attorney goes to work for you, the better we are able to provide you with an effective defense strategy that will preserve your freedom, your finances, and your future. We offer a variety of payment options, so don’t be concerned about the cost of quality legal representation. Don’t hesitate to call us, and don’t accept a court-appointed lawyer. You have too much at stake. Don’t take a chance on your future; call us now.