Litigating The Cases That Matter The Most

Defending the Accused and Fighting Mass Incarceration

Criminal Defense

Under Georgia law, every person is presumed innocent and no person shall be convicted of a crime unless each element of such crime is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Even though that is how the criminal justice system is supposed to work, we have seen far too many people convicted because of inadequate legal representation.

A Lifetime of Experience Defending the Wrongly Accused

If you are facing criminal charges, it is vital that you obtain strong legal counsel. The police and district attorney’s office are not looking out for your best interests. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to ensure that your rights are being protected.

The Claiborne Firm’s criminal defense practice is led by David J. Utter, a longtime advocate for civil rights in the Deep South whose work has been featured by Reuters and The New York Times.

Utter has been involved in several high-profile criminal defense cases. Most notably, he organized the successful defense team for five of the Jena 6.

The Jena Six  were six African-American teenagers in Jena, Louisiana.

The Jena Six were unjustly charged with attempted murder in a racially charged case. Thanks to an aggressive defense strategy that resulted in the local biased judge getting removed from the case, the young men received misdemeanors and a clean slate for their futures.

The Associated Press wrote that this outcome was “a far less severe end to their cases than seemed possible when the six students were initially charged with attempted murder” in 2006.

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Types of Cases We Handle

DUI, Alcohol
DUI, Drugs
Reckless Driving
Moving Citations
Serious Injury by Vehicle
Vehicular Homicide
Expired Tag/Insurance
Suspended License

Disorderly Conduct
Public Drunk/Intoxication
Sleeping in Public Spaces
Public Indecency
Cruelty to Animals

Theft by Shoplifting/Taking/Receiving
Breaking & Entering
Entering Auto

Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
Possession of a Firearm during a Crime
Concealing a Firearm
Discharging a Firearm
Pointing Weapon at Another

Possession of Marijuana
Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoid-Synthetic Marijuana
Possession of Controlled Substances
Possession with Intent to Distribute
Possession of Drug Related Objects
Illegal Use of Cell Phone

Obstruction of Police
Assault & Battery
Domestic Violence
False Imprisonment
Aggravated Assault
Cruelty to Children

White Collar Crimes
Armed Robbery
Home Invasion

Child Molestation
Sexual Assault & Battery
Aggravated Sodomy

What Makes the Claiborne Firm Different?

  • Individualized Attention
  • Doggedness
  • Creativity
  • Media Savvy
  • Willingness to Take on Tough Fights

How We Can Help You

We oppose mass incarceration. We believe that the criminal justice system is badly broken. And we will fight tooth and nail to defend your rights under the law.

As your criminal defense lawyer, the Claiborne Firm will argue in court to reduce your bail to a fair amount.

Utilizing the full-time investigative services of a former police officer, we will interview witnesses and gather evidence regarding the allegations against you.


If there is a factual error in your police report, we will move quickly on your behalf. In some cases, when the evidence is simply not there, we have been able to persuade the district attorney to drop the matter and not bring charges.

Public defenders are overworked and underpaid. Because of their massive caseload, they lack the time to dig into any individual case. As a result, far too many people are talked into entering guilty pleas that are not warranted.

These decisions, often made with inadequate information, can haunt a person for the rest of his or her life.

You need a smart and aggressive criminal defense attorney who will spend the time to learn all the facts about your case. We know the turmoil that you and your family are now experiencing. We want you to get to the place where you can put this difficult experience behind you.


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