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160 Clairemont Avenue, Suite 645, Decatur, Georgia 30030
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Decatur Criminal Defense Attorney

Providing exceptional legal representation in Decatur and throughout Georgia

James D. Michael, a former partner of Carnesale, Delan, Flinn & Michael, LLC, has recently teamed up with long time friend and colleague Marko L. Burgar to form Burgar & Michael, L.L.C.  Together, they comprise one of the most respected law practices in Decatur.  The firm, with a new office in the Decatur- Buckhead area,  represents individuals charged with serious legal matters in both state and federal courts in Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb counties..

As a career trial attorney, Jim specializes in criminal defense, juvenile law and complex traffic offenses including drunk driving in metro Decatur. He was recently awarded 2017 Top Rated Lawyer status by Martindale Hubbell.

Help from a criminal defense attorney in Decatur

With more than 20 years of courtroom experience defending clients charged with minor offenses (such as traffic violations) to major felonies (such as complex murder cases), Jim obtains outstanding results for his clients.  Jim handles complex criminal matters, including the following:

  • Murder
  • Armed robbery
  • Aggravated assault and battery
  • Sex offenses
  • Drug possession, sale, and trafficking

Legal help with misdemeanor and felony charges

A former DeKalb County Public Defender, Jim has a successful track record and extensive experience representing clients charged with both misdemeanors and felony crimes. As experienced Decatur and criminal defense attorneys know, conviction on misdemeanor or felony charges carries consequences that can include:

  • Imprisonment, fines, criminal record
  • Damage to personal relationships
  • Inability to gain employment
  • Difficulty obtaining housing

In Georgia, conviction on a misdemeanor charge can result in a fine up to $1,000 and imprisonment of not more than 12 months.  Types of misdemeanors include:

  • Petty theft
  • Trespassing
  • First offense, driving while intoxicated (DWI)

Knowledgeable criminal law firms in Decatur also understand that felonies are more serious crimes than misdemeanors and require strong legal advocacy to protect your rights and future. A felony can result in fines exceeding $1,000 and a prison sentence over 12 months.  Types of felonies include:

  • Murder
  • Weapons charges
  • Rape

Traffic offenses and juvenile law

Practiced with the juvenile court system, Jim compassionately represents children charged with criminal offenses and helps families get needed counsel and support.

As an attorney handling moving and non-moving violations, Jim has years of criminal defense success in Decatur representing clients in administrative and criminal proceedings that rise from violations including drunk driving, speeding, or traffic tickets.

Jim also handles post-conviction matters, including direct appeals to the Georgia Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals of Georgia, probation violation hearings and parole reviews.

Committed to successful defense of clients facing criminal charges in Decatur, Jim Michael is a skilled attorney handling a wide variety of criminal, traffic, and juvenile matters.  We offer a free consultation when you, or a loved one, need help.

Help with criminal charges in Decatur

Providing exceptional representation to clients facing criminal charges in Decatur, Jim Michael is a dedicated attorney who can help you and your family.  Contact Jim online or call 404-857-4059.

Jim represents clients throughout Georgia and the Southeast, including these counties:

  • DeKalb
  • Gwinnett
  • Fulton
  • Clayton
  • Cobb
  • Douglas
  • Henry
  • Hall
  • Newton
  • Rockdale
  • Walton