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The Law offices of James A. Rogers, LLC

Criminal Defense Attorneys


You Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Welcome.  Thank you for choosing our office for your legal needs.  Have you or someone you care about been arrested or charged with a crime?  This can be a difficult time, but we can help.  With over ten years of experience helping people just like you, our attorneys will be there for you every step of the way.  No matter what you or your loved one has been accused of, we can help you reach the best possible outcome.  

Please take a moment to explore this site to learn more about our attorneys and the experience they bring to the table and find out the different types of services we can provide.  We know we can exceed your expectations.  When you are ready, fill out the confidential form below to receive a free consultation by phone or email.  Once you choose to hire us, we'll already have some information to get started.  Don't worry, however, if you decide this isn't the firm for you. Anything you tell us during this consultation will be kept strictly confidential.  



Serving Athens, GA, and surrounding communities


Email -

Phone - (706) 765-7980

Fax - (706) 510-3773

Mail - 1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy.

            Suite 108, Box 404

            Athens, GA 30606

Areas of Practice

Municipal court

Have you been charged with a DUI and don't know what to do now?  Have you received a speeding ticket that you don't think was fair, or that you think the government is charging you too much money to pay?  Did you get cited after a traffic accident and are unsure how the criminal process will affect your license or insurance?  We can help with this and any other matters in municipal court, whether locally in Athens or any surrounding community.  

If any of these sound like your situation, contact us or request a free consultation below.  Everyone has occasional scrapes with law enforcement, and the majority of us will wind up in municipal court at some point in our lives.  Don't handle it alone. Talk to us for help.  But don't delay. With traffic and municipal court (especially DUIs), there are strict deadlines that go into effect as soon as you are charged.  The faster you contact us, the faster we can help.  

State Court

If you have been charged in State Court, you have been charged with a misdemeanor and will ultimately be facing a jury trial. Charges in state court include domestic violence, marijuana possession, shoplifting, and many others. Misdemeanor charges may carry up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both. The county that charges you has a staff of full-time police officers, investigators, and prosecuting attorneys that it will use to convince you to plead guilty or convict you at a jury trial. Don't face them alone.  

You are entitled to have an attorney in your corner investigating your side of the case, talking to your witnesses, and telling you about potential defenses you may have against the charges you are facing.  Our attorneys have handled State Court cases throughout the state and are in a position to negotiate the best outcome in your case.  If we can't negotiate an outcome you're happy with, we can demand a jury be impaneled and seek an outright acquittal.  Regardless of what route you choose to take, we can help get you the best resolution possible.  



Juvenile Court

In Georgia, children as young as eight and up to age seventeen who are charged with crimes or other delinquent acts will have their cases handled in juvenile court. Children in juvenile court can and should have an attorney in their corner to fight for them. While punishments in juvenile court are generally less severe than in other courts, juvenile judges have the authority to remove a child from their home and place them in a group home for a time. A juvenile judge may even send a child to a youth detention center for thirty days or up to five years, depending on the allegations.  

Juvenile courts have many more options for rehabilitation of children than other courts, and generally seek to use these other options before sending a child away.  If a child you love has been charged in juvenile court, contact us to discuss some of these other options and let us tell you how we can help.  Cases progress quickly in juvenile court - days and weeks instead of months or years - so contact us soon.  

Superior Court

Many Georgia counties have a State Court that handles misdemeanor charges and a Superior Court that handles felonies. Being convicted of a felony means you are faced with a minimum of one year and a maximum of many more, either on probation or in prison. The stakes are higher in Superior Court than in any of the lower courts. Charges in Superior Court include higher-value thefts, burglary, child abuse, sex crimes, child molestation, and murder.  

The State of Georgia pays a whole host pf people to investigate and prosecute these more serious criminal allegations. You have us. We've been there before, fought, and won. Call us today, and let's discuss how we can help you. 

Many times with more serious charges, receiving an assigned bail bond that you feel is reasonable - or receiving one at all - can be an issue. Call us today and we will get to work immediately getting your loved one out of jail.  


Lawyers are people whom we hire to protect us from lawyers.
— Elbert Hubbard, 1911


Free Consultation

Use the form below to contact us regarding your legal issues. Please be as detailed as possible. Include the pending charges and any other information you believe is immediately important to your case. We will get back to you as soon as possible. You may also email or call us to make an appointment.

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