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Forsyth County & North Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney

DUI and Criminal Defense

Zeliff | Watson provides clients with an aggressive and responsive legal team who is ready to take the necessary steps in protecting your rights. Whether you are being charged with DUI, multiple DUI, DUI with injury, leaving the scene, traffic offenses or BUI, our firm is available to present a compelling defense on your behalf. We also vigorously represent clients in criminal defense cases such as theft crimes, shoplifting, misdemeanor, violent crimes, murder, as well as manslaughter, assault, battery, involuntary manslaughter, drug crimes, sex crimes, domestic violence, and white collar crimes.

If you have a case pending in Cumming, Gainesville, Alpharetta or other North Atlanta courts, look no further than the experienced legal team at our firm. We know how important it is to act quickly and get results. After all, your future and freedom are at stake, and we take it as seriously as you do. Attorney Zeliff has been named "Super Lawyer" in 2007 and 2009, and has been voted a "Rising Star" by the Georgia Criminal Defense Bar. He has over 15 years of experience in criminal law. Attorney Watson is a member of the Georgia Criminal Defense Bar, and is currently serving as the Vice President of the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Bar. Attorney Watson is well-versed in all the latest effective DUI defense strategies, and attends annual DUI-specific training on all aspects of DUI defense.

At our firm, we strongly believe in the art of advocacy and this motto has seen us all the way to finish on multiple occasions. We are proud to say that in 2012 alone, we won six jury trials and three bench trials. Attorney Watson won the last six in a row, including 5 DUIs, and a citation for passing a school bus. Attorney Zeliff won a DUI and a burglary trial. Of our six DUI trial wins, the prosecutor admitted breath tests that were over the legal limit in three of the cases (half of them). Facts on all the 2012 cases were difficult because they including breath tests above the legal limit and clients who failed the field sobriety tests. has client reviews on most of these cases.

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Whenever anyone is charged with a criminal offense, it is vital to obtain legal representation as soon as possible. Developing your defense takes careful investigation of evidence brought against you in order to identify your most viable defense opportunities, either in presenting your case in court or in negotiations with the prosecutor. In a DUI case, you have only 10 days to request an appeal of your driver's license suspension, so legal preparations must be made if you hope to avoid losing your driving privileges. This hearing allows us to review evidence law enforcement may have, including breath & blood tests, BAC results, less safe charges, and whether a sobriety checkpoint was conducted correctly and within the restrictions of state law.

For all other criminal offenses, evaluating the facts of the case allows us to determine best legal strategy to defend you. You may be best served by a plea bargain depending on the circumstances, or we may be able to obtain a dismissal if the evidence against you is weak or obtained illegally. When needed, we can aggressively prepare your case for trial and seek an acquittal of all charges. Avoiding a conviction is essential to your future, as not only will you possibly serve jail or prison time, you will have harsh fines to pay, possible mandatory community service or counseling and will face a criminal record that can seriously impact your life. Taking decisive action to fight the charges is vital , and can be trusted to pursue every possible advantage for you, and we act immediately on your behalf.

Contact a Cumming or Forsyth County criminal attorney from our firm when facing criminal charges.

We are proud to serve the residents of Alpharetta, Alpharetta DUI, Cumming, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Doraville DUI, Dunwoody, Forsyth County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Johns Creek, Johns Creek DUI, Marietta, Milton, Roswell, Roswell DUI, Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs DUI and Suwanee DUI

Peter defended me in a DUI case. In a town notorious for DUI arrests, Peter put to use his knowledge and understanding of the law to defend me against a wrongful arrest. He defended me against three charges brought by the state, all of which were thrown out of court. This success was due to his dogged determination in pursuing the facts of the case and examination of the evidence. He is truly well ... - Anonymous
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