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Patrick McDonough

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“I hired Pat McDonough and his team and they were able to get new trial and I was immediately released from prison. He saved my life.”
- James N.

Patrick J. McDonough leads the criminal defense division for Andersen, Tate & Carr, and is among the most sought after criminal defense attorneys in the state of Georgia. He has received national attention from the news media, and has been featured in leading publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, AJC and Forbes. His criminal practice includes both state and federal white-collar and general criminal defense. Yet, his primary focus is helping the average citizen who has gotten caught up in the system from a kid shoplifting to a DUI.

Criminal

Before earning his reputation as a criminal defense attorney, Pat was the youngest serving District Attorney in the state of Georgia, where he boasted over a 99% conviction rate in the multi-county Cordele Judicial Circuit.

Pat built exclusive relationships while serving alongside each of Georgia District Attorneys’ and US Attorneys’ Offices, giving him exceptional credibility as a defense attorney. With a better understanding of a prosecutor’s mentality, Pat excels at objectively evaluating each case and creating a customized strategic defense.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle dubbed Mr. McDonough a “legal legend in suburbia” after he successfully exonerated Atlanta Falcons player Jonathan Babineaux from felony animal cruelty charges. Impressively, this verdict came during the heated climate of Michael Vick’s guilty plea to similar charges.

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Judges Honor Patrick McDonough as an Esteemed Attorney

The Gwinnett Daily Post recently featured in the newspaper Patrick McDonough after Martindale-Hubbell recognized him with its AV Judicial Edition Preeminent Rating™. The AV® Judicial certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment and reflects the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary.

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Domestic

While a majority of his cases are focused on criminal defense, Pat also excels while working within the firm’s domestic division. Using an unparalleled amount preparation combined with his extensive trial experience, he commits himself to providing clients with the best possible legal representation, resulting in the most favorable outcome possible.

Community

Outside the courtroom, Pat uses his energy to advocate for the homeless population alongside the United Way of Greater Atlanta. After establishing the Gwinnett Reentry Intervention Program (GRIP), his efforts have helped to provide housing and case management services to homeless men and women recently released from jail.  Through his dedication to the GRIP Program, Pat became the first recipient of the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s inaugural Corporate Community Champion Award.  In addition, he chairs the United Way’s 4.6 million dollar Gwinnett capital campaign.

Past Employment Positions

  • District Attorney-Cordele Judicial Circuit
  • Assistant District Attorney-Cordele Judicial Circuit
  • Special Assistant Attorney General
  • Faculty Member, Georgia Trial Skills Clinic, CLE, UGA, Athens

Honors

  • Named Georgia Super Lawyer by his Peers in Atlanta Magazine
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martinedale-Hubbell
  • AVVO Rated 10/10
  • Recipient of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Corporate Community Champion Award
  • 2018 AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards

Education

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • J.D. – 1994

Indiana University

  • B.A. – 1991
  • Major: Speech Communications
  • Minor: Business

Admissions

  • Georgia

News

Speaking Engagements and Appearances

  • The Founding of Gwinnett Re-Entry Program-Chamber of Commerce, Gwinnett Rotaries, Greater Atlanta United Way C3 Conference
  • Speaker Gwinnett Criminal Defense Section on How to Defend Sex Cases

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Civic Activities

Community & Professional

  • 2017 Chair of Gwinnett United Way
  • President of 1818 Club, 2016 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Innocence Project Board
  • Old War Horses
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Gwinnett County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Chairman’s Club
  • 1818 Club Board
  • Chair United Way Capital Campaign
  • Founder-Gwinnett Re-entry Program
  • National College for DUI Defense, Member

Client Testimonials

Testimonials

"If you ever need a Criminal Defense Lawyer, please call Patrick's office. You will be in excellent hands. He helped me through a very difficult legal issue. Every email (A LOT) was responded to by him or his staff. I felt that I was in the hands my horrible legal issue needed. You will not regret the choice! 

Thank you so much, Pat!  You are the best!  I will let anyone I know that needs an AWESOME lawyer about you!


Thank you."
- Heather

"Mr. McDonough was nothing short of amazing in his efforts to resolve a serious traffic violation. He is an all around great guy to do business with and I am beyond satisfied with the end result in my case. He was consistent in his communication with me and worked diligently to get the best possible outcome for my case. Definitely the best attorney I have ever worked with. I highly, highly recommend him to all my family and friends."
-Noor

"My dad hired [Pat], and he was fantastic. He figured out a plea deal which reduced my sentencing of 10 counts of misdemeanor to simply 2 counts. I have probation for a year and community service but it could have been worse. I thank him for his patience and strategy!"

"Pat is an expert when it comes to criminal law. Pat is very knowledgeable and informative, which gave me confidence going into court. Pat did a great job breaking it down so I could clearly understand my options, and his experience was the key - He had the respect of the Judge and the court that is for sure. I came out of court knowing I could not have done any better."
-B.M.

"Earlier this year, I was arrested for growing a single marijuana plant in my home. I also had a very small amount of low-grade THC extract in my home, which didn't help matters at all. As a result, I was thrown into the slammer for six days, lost my job, the respect of my wonderful neighbors, and was pretty much forced to put my career of 25 years on hold. Although, the grow was for personal use only, there were three pending felonies attached to the occurrence. I informed Mr. McDonough that if it were at all possible to get all three of the felonies AND the arrest record dropped, I'd do anything to make this happen. He worked some serious magic and was able to get me accepted into Drug Court where all charges and public arrest records will be dropped under successful completion of the program. As a result, I am now almost seven months sober, back on track, and strongly looking forward to getting back to my much-missed career very shortly. Patrick McDonough is the 'David Copperfield' of attorneys and I now truly consider him a friend. Excellent work by an excellent man."

"I was referred to Mr. McDonough by a friend. Mr. McDonough was very understanding of my case and was willing to help and guide me. Even though we were located hours apart he had no hesitation to visit with me and to speak with me whenever I had new information pertaining to my case. I would recommend Mr. McDonough to anyone, with his experience and knowledge."
-J.

"Patrick McDonough was the best lawyer we could have representing us. Life was a mess and Mr. McDonough went to work. We were so lost but our lawyer communicated and gave honest feedback, and my case is finally resolved. Thank you Pat. I feel like he is an attorney that has seen it all and knows what to do. I will recommend Mr. McDonough to anyone dealing with a criminal case who wants justice and peace of mind."
-Mr. Evans

"Mr. McDonough was contacted by my family following a false accusation made. From the first contact on the phone to the very last email, Mr. McDonough was patient, thorough, and gave us great peace of mind. He listened without judgment, gave sound consultation and realistic timelines and expectations from the very first meeting and continued to do so throughout the working relationship. His communication skills with us were excellent and he went above and beyond for my family. I can't recommend him highly enough."

"I was facing misdemeanor Animal Cruelty charges for my pet that I took to have treatment for her leg injury. I am unsure of how she received the leg injury; it just appeared out of nowhere. Thanks to Mr. Patrick McDonough, I got my dog back and will have a clean record again!"
-Debra T.

"I engaged Pat McDonough as my attorney when my original attorney failed to follow my instructions to try and obtain a plea agreement to avoid my pending trial. Within a week, Pat had contacted the Assistant District Attorney to begin working out a plea agreement. Within four months, he was successful in having an approved plea agreement with probation that avoided a trial, met my needs, and helped me preserved my business."
-Mike R.

"Pat McDonough has helped both myself and my teenage daughter with two legal cases that required his expertise and legal savvy. My daughter was out past curfew and was involved in a car accident where she was not the driver. In addition, she refused to take a breathalyzer test and was arrested. Pat was able to not only represent her, but he also had her case expunged and her reputation saved in the public eye. There is no public record of this incident and I am happy to report that my daughter is a successful college student and doing well. In my case, I was arrested for a DUI that was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pat suggested that I do a lot of prep work before my hearing, presented my case early to the prosecutor for a plea, and represented me at my plea hearing. He was able to have one charge completely dropped and my other charge reduced to reckless driving. The most important thing Pat did for me was to keep my personal and professional reputation intact and reduce any harm this arrest would have had regarding my work. My reputation is priceless, and this is the reason that if I ever find myself or any of my family members in legal trouble, Pat will be my first and only call for expert legal representation and advice."
-K. Marie

"I have been in this country for over 10 years without getting my legal status confirmed. I have two children that are in 10th and 8th grade. I have been married for 18 years. I was arrested for felony theft by shoplifting and hired an attorney. She told me we could go to trial but there was no way to win or I could enter a plea of guilty. This would have resulted in me being deported. Days before the trial I decided to hire Pat McDonough. Within a month he was able to enter a no contest plea to be reduced to a misdemeanor under the first offender act and the charge will be dismissed within 11 months. My immigration attorney has told me this will allow me to stay in the country. He saved me and my family's life."

“Pat, I thank you for helping me to move on to a better quality of life without the worry of significant legal consequences that may have prohibited this personal growth.

Your involvement has been a game changer in moving forward, and I will never forget what you did. Thanks for caring; you are a true expert in your profession!”

- D.M.

“Facing a politically motivated GBI investigation, 18 count indictment, and trial was one of the most stressful and difficult times in my life. I want to thank Pat & Trinity for their work ethic, attention to detail, legal argument and faith in me. Hearing the words not guilty gave me back my faith in the system.”

- Senator Don Balfour

“I am very grateful for being introduced to Pat. He was able secure an exceptional deal for my son in court, allowing him to move on with his life with peace of mind. Pat is a great lawyer, and I can see why others think so highly of him."

- E.B.

“Pat McDonough has helped our family many times over the years. He has been able to get multiple serious felonies reduced and ensured my children’s record is clean. He always comes through when it counts! We have many stories about Pat coming to the rescue in our house, and around here, he’s a hero! Thanks again from all of us!”

- France D.

“A huge thank you to Pat for helping to get my case dismissed. Pat’s knowledge and expertise are unparalleled when it comes to Georgia DUI law; nobody can do what he does! Thank you again.”

- F.S.

“I have two wonderful teenage boys who at different times got into different levels of trouble with the law. I was utterly amazed at the things Pat McDonough was able to get worked out for my kids. They now both are enjoying successful college careers without the stigma of a criminal record.”

- Karen S.

“Originally, I hired the wrong attorney, went to trial, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole.

If I had lived to be released I would have been on the sex offender registry list for life. I hired Pat McDonough and he was able to get me a new trial, I was released from prison, and worked out short amount of probation under the First Offender Act with no requirement for the sex offender registry.

In short, he saved my life.”

- J.L.N.

"We will be forever grateful for all that Pat and Trinity have done for our boys. We are enthusiastic with the outcome and wish the ATC team very best in all that life offers."

- Catherine O.*

"Pat helped to establish the Gwinnett Reentry Program (GRIPP), in Gwinnett County, which the homeless from Gwinnett County with housing, finding jobs, securing a GED, and job training. It was through his actions, and voice that the community began to pay attention to an ever-growing problem not only in Gwinnett County, but the state of Georgia."

- United Way of Greater Atlanta

"I didn’t realize how stressed I would be waiting for the outcome of our hearing. Finally, I was able to rest peacefully. I feel free. Thank you for your kindness, supportive encouragement and consistency throughout this entire experience. I will never forget it!"

- Teresa S.

"Even with cases handled outside of the courtroom, Patrick McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark build their cases as if each was going to trial. With their dedication, perseverance and expertise, I would confidently recommend the ATC legal team to anyone facing criminal charges."

- Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department

“I was very excited to hear that the Motion for New Trial was granted in the matter. I thought you were extremely well prepared. You created a record that would have been optimal for appeal and the witnesses you brought to the hearing were all well qualified and persuasive.

Your adversary was very accomplished and skillful and he fought vigorously. You were tested and you prevailed and I am very appreciative. Thank you for taking care of my friends.”

- Brian A.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Trinity for the past 2 years in the area of Domestic Relations. I have found her to be very professional and well respected by her clients, which primarily consist of high profile, high-asset clients who obviously put their faith in her abilities as I do. She is a joy to know and work with"

- Tom H., Private Investigator

“Thank you so much for all that you did for me with my citation. I honestly cannot thank you enough. After seeing what could’ve happened, I don't plan on getting a ticket ever again!”

- Ashley H.

“My family wants to thank Pat & Trinity so much for all you have done to insure an outcome that resulted in my husband receiving a minimum sentence yesterday. Everyone we have met at ATC over the past two years has been friendly and courteous.”

- Alexandra B.

“Thank you so much! I heard my daughter laugh for the first time in ages!”

- Judy B.

“Thank you for all the time and help you put into my case’s success! Your work speaks for itself and you are now my go-to attorney, should I ever need one in the future!”

- Philip R.

“Thank you very much for all your hard work on my behalf. May God bless you and your firm for taking my case pro bono. I could have never had done this without your help.

Also, I wanted to thank you for your kindness to me, your supportive encouragement, and your consistency throughout this whole experience. I will never forget it.”

- A.

"xxxx and I just want to thank you both so much for all you have done to insure an outcome that resulted in xxxx receiving a minimum sentence yesterday. We pray God bless you, that you would receive His favor this day and all days, that you live in health and prosperity. Everyone we have met at ATC over the past two years has been friendly and courteous."

- G.D.

"I would really like to thank you for taking my case & working on my case. I couldn’t have asked for better attorneys! I would not have wanted different attorneys. Thank you. My gratitude is more than I can say. I appreciate the energy and the time that you put into this. I wouldn’t change anything. I feel you are pretty much my family. You’re not just my attorneys & I won’t forget about you when this is over. No, I won’t. Why?! Because you helped me. You worked for me. You did more than you had to do. The first time I met you in those 45 minutes (give or take) you told me more than the attorney I had, previously, for 3 years. So, thank you."

- M.

“I was facing prison for something I did not do. However, the political climate was stacked up against me and a trial was risky. Pat & Trinity were able to get me a no contest plea & fine and it was over.”

- M.

”I worked with Pat & Trinity on a personal family matter. Although my type of case is never easy and highly sensitive, they assured me from the very beginning that we would get through this and meet the end result that I needed. The team was very responsive, thorough and professional. I have since recommended Trinity and her firm to numerous friends and colleagues. I have great trust in her abilities.”

- K.

“I went through a very traumatic domestic situation- resulting in a highly complicated case involving my children. After meeting with Pat & Trinity, I was immediately put at ease. They knew how to speak with my children and made them feel comfortable, which was important to me. Pat & Trinity are extremely experienced and represented me skillfully in the courtroom. Due to the unique circumstances of my case I have had the need to hire Pat & Trinity on two separate occasions, having great success both times and have been extremely satisfied both times. Due their dedication to their clients and their needs, it’s nice to know they are just a phone call away.”

- J.

“Pat & Trinity represented my son recently, and they were nothing short of well-prepared knowledgeable, while at the same time receptive and compassionate to our. We were provided excellent representation, as Pat and Trinity negotiated the best possible plea and probation deal given our circumstances. We felt that they truly cared about us as clients and worked hard to arrive at the best outcome. I would recommend them without reservation.”

- K.

“After my daughter found herself in some legal trouble alongside her friends, we hired the legal counsel of Pat & Trinity to represent the entire group. They were extremely prepared and professional - but the most critical and beneficial aspect was how they explained everything to the girls in simple language that they could easily understand. They are extremely nice people and I highly recommend!”

- B.

“Our son was being charged with violation which could have ultimately landed him in jail for a very long time. After utilizing the legal help of Pat & Trinity, our son was releases very quickly, the case was dismissed, and his record was expunged. We would not have been able to do this without their tenacity and experience. “

- C.

“After being pulled over for speeding, I was arrested for 2 misdemeanors and found myself facing three charges in court. Unoptimistic about my fate, I hired Pat & Trinity as a last hope. The team was very polite, informative, and respectful- always no more than an email/phone call away. Their consultation was very reassuring; after going to court, I was able to enter the Pre-Trial Diversion program even after completing it in my previous case. I already completed most of the requirements needed for probation, and due to Pat & Trinity’s insight and recommendations all that was required was 12 months of probation and a few seminars. I highly recommend using their unparalleled expertise!”

- S.

“Pat & Trinity did an amazing job of very quickly getting in touch with the right people in the prosecutor's office to work out the best possible regarding my citation. Thanks to their help, I was able to avoid getting any points on my driving record, or having to report it to my insurance company.”

- S.E.

“After finding myself in a very intimidating situation, I reached out to Pat & Trinity for legal help. Due to their relentless attention to detail, every document and record used to support my case was dismissed- an outcome I initially did not think was possible! I am so thankful I chose them to oversee my case. “

- C.

“I was facing two felony charges as well as three separate charges when I decided to hire Pat & Trinity to represent me in court. During my trial, I was arrested for a separate charge. Despite the complicated situation, Pat & Trinity were able to get every charge dropped, with the exception of one felony, which was lowered to a misdemeanor. After serving 12 months probation, all of my charges will be officially dropped! I am so fortunate to have found a great team who made this process go so smoothly. “

- C.

“Earlier this year I was charged with a DUI. The situation was stressful as anyone could imagine. A serious charge on my record, jail time, and license suspension was at stake. With Mr. McDonough and his teams experience and expertise throughout the process, I was able to avoid it all. My charge was reduced; I kept my license, did not receive points on my license, and did not serve additional jail time. With his hard work and knowledge, he was able to negotiate with the prosecutor with the odds stacked against me. I would highly recommend him if you are in need of legal assistance.”

- A.

The odds were stacked against my son after refusing a breathalyzer test, which normally results in an automatic one-year license suspension. He also failed all other tests administered to him at the time of his arrest. Despite this, Pat & Trinity were able to dissect the tests and use their expertise to lower the charges to reckless driving with no points, no license suspension, and no probation. He only had to do community service, take a class and pay fines. Needless to say, we were very pleased with the outcome and would use their services again without hesitation.

- G.

“Pat & Trinity are excellent attorneys who does what it takes to get the job done. Their combined diligence and hard work provided the best outcome for my situation. I especially appreciate their candor throughout the process. Updates and options were more frequently than expected. I can honestly say my relationship with Pat & Trinity has impacted my family in a very positive manner, both financially and in other ways.”

- M.

“Pat & Trinity are experts in criminal law with outstanding relationships within the criminal justice community in Gwinnett County and the Atlanta area in general.

They have helped my family and friends on many occasions and I have referred people to him numerous times. Pat’s experience as a District Attorney and Prosecutor before becoming a Criminal Defense Attorney is instrumental in helping his clients.”

- C.D.

“My husband and I had the opportunity to meet Pat & Trinity several years ago when our youngest son made a bad decision that could have had life long ramifications. Pat & Trinity worked with the case and all who were involved to resolve the matter. They are an amazing team to work and although though I don't wish to have to use the team ever again, I would recommend Pat & Trinity to anyone who may find themselves in a difficult situation. They are the best at what they do, and I will always be grateful for their amazing knowledge and capabilities”

- B.F.

Success Stories

Successes

Prowling, Loitering & Alcohol Charges Dismissed After Our Attorneys Uncover The Truth

Our client’s car was spotted at 2am in the driveway of a house that was vacant and for sale. Neighbors believed it was an attempted robbery and called the police. Our client was arrested and charged with prowling and loitering, possession of a false ID, and minor in possession of alcohol.

However, our 20-year old client was in the car with the son of the owner of the house, and the guys were meeting girls at the property. The police were called before the girls arrived. After our client and his friend consented to a search, two warm beer cans were discovered, and each man had a fake ID.

After much negotiating by our criminal defense team, the case was dismissed after Attorney Pat McDonough provided proof of community service, and the client paid a $300 fee and underwent a drug and alcohol evaluation. The arrest was expunged from his record.

Jail time for traffic violation avoided – our Attorneys get the case closed

Our client made a left turn at an intersection on a green light and collided with a motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle sustained serious injuries and had nearly $500,000 in medical bills. Our client was charged with causing serious injury by vehicle and failure to yield. Serious injury by vehicle is a felony and carries a penalty of 1-15 years in jail. However, the officer cited another code section, which allowed the case to be sent to the Solicitor’s office as a misdemeanor. Criminal Defense Attorney Pat McDonough was able to have the failure to yield charge dismissed, and had our client enter a no contest plea to a violation of code 40-6-77 (the lesser charge). Once the $250 dollar fine is paid, and proof of a defensive driving class is provided, the case will be closed with no jail time, no probation, and no points on our client’s license.

Client in jail on a Domestic Call – We had the case dismissed in 24 hours

Police were called to our client’s home on a domestic violence complaint. When they arrived, our client’s wife was interviewed and said he tried to kick down the door. There was visible damage to the door of the home that the couple was renting. The police called the owner of the home and, based on his remarks, arrested our client for criminal trespassing.

Our client hired an attorney before coming to Andersen, Tate & Carr, and that lawyer worked out a pre-trial diversion for him if he took anger management classes, paid a $600 fee, and performed community service. However, our client failed to take any of the programs, or pay the fee. He was sent a court notice to appear, but did not appear in court, which led to his arrest on a bench warrant. After spending 7 days in jail, his family hired Criminal Defense Attorney Pat McDonough.

Within 24 hours, McDonough had tracked down the original homeowner and asked if he had wanted the client arrested. The homeowner said no, and he thought the officer had gotten the report wrong based on a language barrier. He only wanted the client to leave the house, not be arrested. McDonough secured this affidavit and was able to convince the prosecutor that our client was never lawfully charged. The case was dismissed and our client was released.

Cruelty to Animals Charges Dropped After Our Attorneys Step In

Our client was charged with cruelty to animals in the city of East Point, outside of Atlanta. She left her boyfriend’s dog in the car while she went to pick up her takeout food order. Her food was not ready when she arrived, so she returned to her car, and went back and forth between the vehicle and the restaurant to check on the order a few times. A patrol car drove by while she was in the restaurant the first time, and when the officer drove past the area again about 30 minutes later, she was back inside the restaurant again. It was 88 degrees outside and the officer estimated that it was well over a 100 degrees in the car. He wrote in his report that the dog was distressed.

After showing the officer vet records from both before and after the incident showing the dog was healthy and well cared for, Criminal Defense Attorney Pat McDonough was able to get the case treated as a violation of a local ordinance with a fine. The case was terminated upon payment of the fine, and our client will not have a police record.

Charges Dismissed After a Family Argument Escalates into Battery Charges

Our client was staying with his parents after a spending time in drug rehab. He and his father got into an argument about his lack of employment that escalated, and our client hit his dad in the eye, causing a serious black eye. At the hospital, the dad recounted what took place and hospital personnel reported it to the police. Our client was arrested for family violence battery.

Our criminal defense attorneys were able to get the dad to sign an affidavit saying he did not want his son prosecuted. The solicitor agreed to dismiss the case as long as our client took an anger management course, and passed an alcohol and drug evaluation. Once this was completed, and a $300 fee paid, the case was dismissed and the arrest was expunged.

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Domestic Violence Dismissed

Our client was arrested for assault and battery after his wife secretly recorded the two of them during an argument. She provoked him and he ended up pushing her, causing her to fall and injure her leg. The police had been called to the house for domestic violence disputes 3 times over the last few years, but this was the first time he was arrested. Based on a recent Supreme Court case, our Criminal Defense team was able to argue that the video was illegally obtained. In fact, the alleged victim was subject to being charged due to the recording. Moreover, we provided the state with the recent divorce filing, showing her motive to set him up. In addition, we provided proof of employment and confirmed that our client had no prior convictions. After the arrest, his bond didn’t allow him to return to his house, but with this information, we were able to get the bond modified to allow him back into the house. We were also able to get his case dismissed and the arrest expunged/restricted upon payment of a nominal fine, completion of a class, and 40 hours of community service.

DUI crash Reduced

Our client crashed into a Georgia State Patrol car and a DOT truck at a high rate of speed on I-75 south. The officer involved noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver, and saw a marijuana pipe in plain view. Our client took a breathalyzer test on the side of the road, which showed a BAC of .140. He also admitted to drinking before the crash. He was taken to the hospital where blood was drawn, revealing an even higher BAC level, as well as marijuana in his system. He was charged with several counts of DUI – for alcohol, drugs, inhalants, and a count for the combination of alcohol and drugs. He also received a Georgia move over violation, and one for following too closely.

Criminal Defense Attorney Pat McDonough was able to keep both the medical records and the blood alcohol level from the roadside test out of evidence. McDonough pointed out that the arresting officer did not perform any field sobriety tests. He was able to have the client enter a plea to reckless driving and following too closely, and have all the remaining charges dismissed. Once our client performs community service, takes classes and pays his fines, the case is to be terminated.

Hit and Run Reduced to Non Reportable Offense

Our client was involved in an auto accident while he was attempting to move left across traffic to reach an exit on Hwy 316. Our client was hit by another car while making the turn. For an unexplainable reason, the client fled the scene. A witness got his tag number and called the police. When the police arrived, our client confessed to fleeing. He was cited with making an improper turn and a hit and run. He was facing 24 months on probation, possible jail time, and a 6-month license suspension. Criminal Defense Attorney Pat McDonough was able to convince the State to dismiss both charges, allowing our client to enter a no contest plea for failure to report an accident. After paying a nominal fine and providing proof of a defensive driving class, the case was closed with no probation, jail, or any point penalty on his license.

Reckless Driving

Our client was charged in DeKalb County with racing, speeding over 100 mph, reckless driving, aggressive driving, and driving too fast for conditions. He got into a dispute with another car, and the two began a chase. When the chase went past a police officer, our client was pulled over and arrested. As a result, he was facing jail time and having his license suspended for more than a year. Making our case more difficult was the fact that he had already been enrolled in a pre-trial diversion program a few years before.

After much negotiation, Attorney Pat McDonough was able to prove that our client had completed a defensive driving class, and completed over a 100 hours of community service. He convinced the prosecutor to drop all charges, except for the charge of driving too fast for conditions. After our client paid a $1000 fine, the case was closed. He avoided jail time, probation, and a license suspension. And, no points were assessed on his license.

Sexual Battery

Our client was charged with aggravated sexual battery, potentially facing a jail sentence of 25 years to life without parole, as well as having to register as a sex offender for life. He was being held in the Cobb County jail without bond.

After meeting with the Assistant District Attorney, the Andersen, Tate and Carr Criminal Defense team was able to get our client released on a consent bond, avoiding the need for, and the risk of, holding a bond hearing. Once our client was out of jail, we spent the next year building our defense. This included having the client take (and pass) a polygraph and a psychosexual evaluation, but most importantly discrediting the alleged victim by showing it was impossible for the alleged incident to happen when she claimed.

Our client was alleged to have assaulted his teenage stepdaughter when she was living with him and her mother. Our client and the alleged victim’s mother had since gotten divorced, and the allegations surfaced years after the alleged incident. The date range for the alleged incident covered a range of about a year and a half, but was narrowed by a statement that the incident happened prior to a cheerleading event. Criminal Defense Attorneys Pat McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark compiled a list of every possible cheerleading event that occurred between the dates given and compared it to our client’s work schedule, proving a solid alibi. In addition, they were able to show multiple discrepancies in the alleged victim’s allegations.

McDonough and Hundredmark filed a motion and planned to call the alleged victim to the stand in order to cross-examine her regarding the dates of the allegation. However, this prompted the Assistant District Attorney to offer a plea deal for a lesser charge that included straight probation under the first offender act, no fine, and no community service. The lesser charge also meant that our client would not be listed on the sex offender registry. First offender status means that he will not be adjudicated guilty and, when the probation is successfully completed, the case will be dismissed and his arrest expunged/restricted. Most importantly, the court accepted a no contest plea so that our client could maintain his innocence if he agreed to the probation.

Traffic Violation

After a traffic violation, our client went to court to enter a plea without legal representation. She was unaware of the collateral consequences that would follow, including her classification as a “super speeder.” This caused major issues with her insurance. Once criminal defense attorney Pat McDonough stepped into the case, he was able to file a motion to vacate the client’s plea, which the judge approved. McDonough was the able to reduce the charges to a non-reportable offense, rescinding the “super speeder” designation, and ensuring there would be no insurance increase.

Traffic Violation

Our client was stopped for a broken tail light, and his nervous reaction while interacting with the officer prompted the officer to request a search of the client’s vehicle. When the client refused, a drug dog was called in, and marijuana was found in the car.
The attorneys of Anderson, Tate, & Carr argued that the officer did not have reasonable suspicion of a crime that justified detaining our client beyond the tail light citation. Our client did not have a drug problem, and the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the marijuana charge. The arrest record was expunged and our client was able to avoid going to court for the charge, and was able to simply pay his citation online.

Hit and Run

Our client was leaving a bar and accidentally bumped a car while pulling out of the parking lot. He did not think he had caused any damage and left the premises. The driver of the other car gave chase and called the police. About a mile from the bar, the police pulled over our client, who admitted to drinking and taking his prescribed medication.

The officer on scene administered a field sobriety test, and our client failed two of the three tests. He had difficulty keeping his balance, was unsteady on his feet, had difficultly following directions, and refused a breath test at the scene. He was charged with a Hit and Run, as well as a DUI.

The damage to the other car was technically over the $500 threshold that requires drivers to wait for the police, but the arresting officer did not note any damage to our client’s car during the stop. We argued that, because of the lack of visible damage to our client’s car, as required by the statute, the officer did not have a reasonable articulable suspicion to make the traffic stop.

In addition, our defense team was able to point out two errors made by the officer while conducting the field sobriety test. Most importantly, we were able to engage three medical doctors to discuss our client’s preexisting panic disorder which led to his inability to perform the field sobriety tests or speak clearly under the stress of the police encounter. These tactics led to the prosecutor dismissing the Hit and Run and DUI charges, allowing the client to enter a plea to reckless driving.

Child Molestation Case

We represented a client years ago in a difficult, multi-count child molestation case. After a prolonged court battle, he was sentenced to five years probation under the First Offenders Act. Four years later, the client had a job opportunity and was concerned the probation would hinder his ability to be hired. We filed a motion to terminate probation early, and exonerate him of the alleged crime. After our defense team’s detailed motion and argument, the Court granted our client early termination, exoneration, and his record was sealed.

Client Entered Plea Without Representation and Faced Significant Consequences

After a traffic violation, our client went to court to enter a plea without legal representation. She was unaware of the collateral consequences that would follow, including her classification as a "super speeder." This caused major issues with her insurance. Once criminal defense attorney Pat McDonough stepped into the case, he was able to file a motion to vacate the client’s plea, which the judge approved. McDonough was the able to reduce the charges to a non-reportable offense, rescinding the "super speeder" designation, and ensuring there would be no insurance increase.

A Traffic Stop Led To Serious Charges Until Client Retained Anderson, Tate, & Carr

Our client was stopped for a broken tail light, and his nervous reaction while interacting with the officer prompted the officer to request a search of the client’s vehicle. When the client refused, a drug dog was called in, and marijuana was found in the car.

The attorneys of Anderson, Tate, & Carr argued that the officer did not have reasonable suspicion of a crime that justified detaining our client beyond the tail light citation. Our client did not have a drug problem, and the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the marijuana charge. The arrest record was expunged and our client was able to avoid going to court for the charge, and was able to simply pay his citation online.

No Jail Time, No Points, No Record

Our client was charged with his 2nd DUI and was facing mandatory jail time and a license suspension. A citizen called 911 with the tag number and a description of the vehicle, saying the car was weaving all over the road. 14 minutes later, our client was found passed out in his car, which was running but in park. When questioned, he made partial admissions of recently coming from a local bar.

After Criminal Defense Attorney Pat McDonough interviewed the witness, he was able to prove that she did not follow the car to the parked position. Moreover, she could not make a positive identification of the driver, only the car. After submitting this in an affidavit, McDonough and his team were able to get the state to agree to reduce the charge to a violation that would not be reported to the DMV. The client did not receive any moving violation or any points on his license. More importantly, he avoided jail time and only had to do community service, pay a fine and take an evaluation. No jail time, no points, no record.

Client Receives Dismissal of all Eight Counts

Our client was facing eight counts, including simple assault, disorderly conduct, simple battery, criminal trespass to property and public intoxication. After conducting a through investigation, our criminal defense team was able to obtain a dismissal of all eight counts. Our client plead guilty to violating a local ordinance, which does not appear on his criminal history. He paid restitution and performed community service.

Client's Charges Reduced After Hiring Anderson, Tate & Carr

Our client was charged with 3 counts of hit and run and 3 counts of following too close. One of the hit and runs was against a moving school bus. After the incident, the client was found passed out on the floor of his house, but he was positively identified as the driver. He had 3 prior DUI convictions.

Our client hired another firm to represent him, and his first attorney reached an agreement to have him plead guilty to all counts and be declared a felony habitual violator and serve 90 days in jail.

Then our client found the attorneys at Andersen, Tate & Carr. Even after the deal had been struck, our criminal defense team was able to come in and show the prosecutor additional information on the client’s rehabilitative efforts. The state agreed to let him plead guilty to just 2 counts of hit and run, and one count of following too close. He avoided being a habitual violator, and the jail time was converted to house arrest, allowing him to continue working.

Charges Reduced in Elderly Client's Case

Our 63-year old client was charged with one count of child molestation and one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes. He was facing 30 years in prison and a lifetime on the sex offender registry.

The most difficult element of this case was a video interview where our client admitted to some aspects of the case. Our attorneys were worries that a jury would convict him based on that video, regardless of whether they could successfully discredit the alleged teenaged victim.

However, our criminal defense team ordered a psychological sexual evaluation and through extensive negotiations, criminal defense attorney Pat McDonough was able to convince the Assistant District Attorney to agree to straight probation and reduce the charge to sexual battery. Our client was allowed to maintain his innocence with an Alford plea, and under the first offender statute, the case will be dismissed and his arrest record expunged in 3 years.

Proper Medical Diagnosis Helps Sister Drop Charges Against Brother

Our 32-year-old client agreed to watch his sister’s two young children while she and her mother flew out of town to attend their father’s funeral. Upon her arrival home, the sister discovered her house in disarray. An argument between our client and his sister ensued and quickly escalated. Our client allegedly grabbed his sister by the throat and threatened her. It was also alleged that he later picked up a golf club and threatened her life. He was arrested for simple battery under the Domestic Violence Act.

After meeting with the client, we discovered that he has been suffering from PTSD after being the victim of a vicious attack several years earlier. Additionally, there were other mental health issues that weren’t being properly addressed. We worked to get him evaluated, placed on proper medication, and started with a consistent therapy routine.

This plan of action resulted in his sister’s request that the case be dismissed. The State then agreed to dismiss the case and expunge his record.

Arrest Expunged and Sentence Reduced for Proactive Measures

After running a red light on his motorcycle, our client sped away from the police officer who was attempting to pull him over. He was alleged to have reached speeds of more than 150 mph, as well as nearly colliding with a pedestrian, before losing control and hitting another vehicle. The officer who arrived on the scene reported having to tackle our client as he attempted to flee. And our client admitted to drinking five beers and smoking marijuana prior to getting on his motorcycle.

In total, our client faced 15 charges from the events of that night. All of the charges were misdemeanors, except for Fleeing and Attempting to Elude. In addition to the mandatory one-year prison sentence he faced for fleeing, the combination of the 15 charges would automatically result in a 2 ½ year license suspension.

We recommended that our client take a drug and alcohol evaluation, enroll and complete the recommended classes, and maintain solid employment for more than one year before the case came to trial. Though it was the policy of the ADA to stand firm on the mandatory prison sentence, attorney Pat McDonough worked with the judge and the ADA to change the fleeing charge to an obstruction charge, which allowed our client to avoid the most serious aspect of the sentencing. Additionally, we successfully fought to get 12 of the 15 counts dismissed.

Although the State asked for a sentence of five years in prison with one to serve, we leveraged a blind plea that resulted in the Judge sentencing our client to 3 years of probation under the First Offender Act. The money he spent on his alcohol and drug classes was credited towards the $500 fine that accompanied his sentence, and the Judge found that his community service had already been completed. Upon successful completion of his probation, the case was dismissed and the arrest was expunged/restricted.

All Charges Dismissed in Aggravated Assault Case

Our client was a retired police officer with over 20 years on the force. While working part time as a security guard at a local bank, he noticed a suspicious person trying to pass a check at the counter. The teller signaled that the patron was trying to pass a bad check, and our client approached and told the man that he would need to wait until the police arrived. The suspect made a run for it and our client stabbed him as he ran past, causing serious injuries.

The security guard was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a knife during a felony and engaging in private security without a license. He was facing 31 years in prison. After an extensive independent investigation, we learned that the suspect was a career criminal. Our criminal defense team lined up self-defense experts and filed an immunity motion claiming that our client had acted in self-defense. On the day of the motion, the DA dismissed all charges and our client was free to go home.

Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving for Client's Second DUI Arrest

In 2010, Patrick McDonough represented a client who was arrested for DUI and was eight times over the legal limit for a person under the age of 21. Mr. McDonough was successful in convincing the judge to reduce the charges to minor in possession of alcohol and failure to maintain lane. The reduced charges resulted from the questionability of whether or not the arresting officer could not prove that the client had been behind the wheel three hours prior to the breath test.

In 2017, the client was arrested again in Gwinnett County after he was involved in a car accident. The officer smelled an odor of alcohol and asked our client to submit to field sobriety tests. Subsequently, the officer indicated that our client failed the two filed sobriety tests. Our client then agreed to take the breath test at the police station and blew more than two times the over legal limit. The client then hired Patrick McDonough.

Through our reconstruction of the accident, Mr. McDonough proved the other driver was at fault and our client was not driving less safe. Furthermore, our expert showed that the arresting officer did not administer the field sobriety tests according to the national standards. More importantly, Mr. McDonough was able to point out the difference between the two breath samples were only two thousandths of a point off from being considered invalid and subject to being suppressed.

Although we could not suppress the breath test, Mr. McDonough was successful in questioning its accuracy. Based on the totality of our defense, the state agreed (even though this was the client’s second DUI arrest) to allow him to enter a no contest plea, which reduces the charge to reckless driving. Once our client pays the fine, provides proof of the completion of community service and takes two classes, the case will be terminated.

Third DUI Charge Minimized To Reckless Driving With No Jail Time

A recent client was pulled over after speeding 55 in a 35 MPH zone. After admitting to consuming two alcoholic beverages 30 minutes prior to being pulled over, the involved officers administered three field sobriety tests, two of which he failed. At the station, he blew 1.5 times the legal limit.

Our legal team was able to prove that the failed tests were not administered properly, rendering the officers’ arguments in court invalid. The initial speeding charges were also proven to be questionable after the involved officer was not able to present enough evidence in the case.

License-Threatening Speeding Charges Dropped After No Point Violation Ruling

A young client under the age of 21 was recently charged with speeding, which would have resulted in a revoked license as well as loss of employment.

Using swift and carefully articulated judgment, our attorneys were able to negotiate the charges down to a no-point violation, erasing all history of the charges on the client’s driving record.

License Suspension and Probation Charges After Multiple Traffic Infractions Dropped

An 18-year-old client was faced with probation, two separate license suspensions, more than 19 points added to her license, and over $1, 500 in fines after three separate traffic incidents in two different jurisdictions:

• Speeding over 26 MPH
• Speeding 21 and over
• Running stop sign/ failure to maintain lanes

With the help of our expert legal team, the client’s charges were minimized to just three points of speeding with no points and a $300 fine, as well as the failure to maintain lanes charge minimized to just three points and a $150 fine.

All license suspension charges were dismissed.

DUI Charges Dropped To No Contest/Reckless Driving

Authorities stopped our client, who was under 21-years-old, after failing to stop at a stop sign.

Upon inspection, involved officers smelled alcohol on the client’s breath as well as evidence of alcohol in the vehicle.

Our client failed a sobriety test, blowing 2.5 times the legal limit. He also admitted to drinking prior to being stopped.

After enlisting the help of our legal team, our client had the charges reduced to a no contest plea of reckless driving- with a case termination approved after completing scheduled community service, paying fines, and successful completion of DUI classes. Therefore, no license suspension, no points, and the case will terminate in less than one month.

No points or loss of license for DUI

Our client was charged with failing to maintain lanes, five counts of DUI-drugs, and was involved in single car accident.

After providing prescriptions and hiring key expert who was able to prove the medication in her system was either below the therapeutic range or on the low end, the state agreed to a no contest (no points, no loss of license) reckless charge that terminated after proof of community service and 2 classes.

Criminal record amended allowing client to obtain TSA pass and gun permit

Our client, a business owner and community volunteer, was denied when applying for a TSA Fast Pass at the airport.

Weeks later, he visited his local Probate Court to renew his gun permit and was denied there as well.

Both denials were due to the fact that our client had a 20-year-old criminal case and an improper criminal history record.
After extensive research and discovery, our attorneys were able to procure an old docket book with enough information to convince the State to correct our client’s criminal history. Our client’s record was cleared, which then allowed him to receive his TSA Fast Pass and was given his gun permit.

Charges dropped and case dismissed for animal cruelty

Our client, an elderly male living in a rural area, was charged with animal cruelty for the shooting of his neighbor’s cat.

Our client was not of sound mind or health at the time of the incident, and his daughters (his primary caregivers) contacted the attorneys at Andersen, Tate & Carr to secure legal representation on his behalf.

Through our independent investigation, our attorneys were able to show that the owner of the cat had prior complaints filed against her with animal control; she had multiple cats that were unvaccinated, carried fleas, and posed a risk to the health and safety of other pets in the neighborhood.

Pat was able to show that our client, an avid bird lover and responsible dog owner, shot the cat out of concern for the health of his own pet, as well as the safety of the birds that visited feeders on his property. His neighbor dropped all charges and the case was dismissed.

Bond granted in child molestation case

Our client was charged with two counts of child molestation and one count of sexual battery. He hired an attorney to handle his case, and he was denied bond.

Our client then employed the services of Andersen, Tate & Carr to represent him in court.

Our attorneys were able to show that incomplete and inaccurate facts were presented at the initial bond hearing, and our client was then granted bond.

The Judge remarked that our client’s case was the first time she has granted bond in a case of this nature. In addition to showing the Judge that our client met standard criteria for bond including no flight risk, no risk of intimidating witnesses, and no risk of committing another crime, we believe we impressed upon the Judge that our client was actually innocent.

Charges Dismissed Following Probation

Our client, a young male, consumed a lethal amount of drugs and alcohol before operating a vehicle in Gwinnett County. He left his car running while parked, entered a stranger’s house, and fell unconscious. Our client faced charges of Burglary, Possession of Oxycodone, DUI, and Minor in Possession of Alcohol. In addition, while our client was out on bond, he was pulled over and charged with DUI and Minor in Possession of Alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests and blew over the legal limit.

Pat McDonough was able to get the Gwinnett County charges reduced to a misdemeanor of Failure to Carry Your Prescription in the Prescription Bottle under the conditional discharge statute. The case will be dismissed and the arrest will be expunged at the end of a 12-month probation period. Mr. McDonough also successfully argued that the traffic stop was illegal and all of the evidence was suppressed, resulting in dismissal of the case. Our client has gone on to become a successful college athlete with a bright future.

Charges Dismissed for Business Owners

Our clients, the owner and co-owner of a business, were both arrested and charged with Keeping a Disorderly House and functioning as a party to the crime of Serving a Minor with Alcohol after local law enforcement performed an undercover sting on the business. Patrick McDonough was able to convince the prosecutors that the owners had no knowledge that one of their employees was selling alcohol to a minor. Our clients were also able to provide proof that they provided state recommended training to their employees.  The case was dismissed and the arrest was expunged from their records.

No Jail Time on DUI Charges

Our client, who had previous convictions for DUI and BUI, was accused of a hit and run after falling asleep at the wheel due to intoxication. Pat McDonough filed a Motion to Suppress on multiple legal issues and was able to get his sentence reduced to a no contest plea for reckless driving. No jail time or points against his license were assessed, contingent upon the completion of classes and community service.

Senator Don Balfour acquitted on all charges

In 2013, Senator Don Balfour was brought to trial in Fulton County Superior Court for submitting inaccurate claims for mileage and expenses to the Legislature over a period of five years that amounted in several thousand dollars of overpayment.

The legal team spent countless hours going over every expenditure the senator made or could have made in the past five years. Based on this extensive trial preparation, Mr. Balfour’s defense team successfully argued that the discrepancies and alleged fabrications were, in fact, an oversight, due to poor organization.

In addition, Mr. Balfour’s attorneys argued that the state owed him approximately $23,000 for 115 days of legislative per diem expenses the he never submitted for reimbursement.

After a three day long trial, Mr. Balfour was acquitted on all charges and was allowed to return to his position in the Senate. Moreover, the state was required to pay back his attorney fees.

DUI charge dismissed

Our client, a 19-year-old male, was observed parking at 3 a.m. in an apartment complex. An officer followed our client after he pulled away from the lot upon seeing the officer’s car.

The client indicated an upcoming turn with his turn signal twice, but failed to make a turn. He was pulled over and given three field sobriety tests, all of which he failed. He blew .111, five times the legal limit for a person under 21.

Attorney Pat McDonough argued that the stop was illegal, as our client did not violate traffic laws, and filed a motion to suppress. A judge accepted the motion and all evidence after the stop was precluded and the case was dismissed.

Lumpkin County Homicide by Vehicle Dismissed

Following a car accident involving death in Lumpkin County, client was charged with 5 separate counts, including homicide by vehicle in the first degree; reckless driving; laying drags; homicide by vehicle in the second degree; and failure to maintain lane. After Pat McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark provided the state with a detailed accident reconstruction expert report, all felony charges were dismissed, and the client merely pled to the non-reportable offense of driving too fast for conditions.

Pat McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark defend NFL player

Pat McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark recently defended NFL Football player, Jonathan Babineaux, in a high profile case.

After seven months of work to prove their client’s innocence, they were able to convince the District Attorney to dismiss the case.

The story received national attention from the media, and Mr. McDonough was featured in The New York Times, ESPN.com, The Washington Post, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and local Atlanta television news.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle took notice of this case and Mr. McDonough’s efforts, and chose to profile Pat in a recent story, titled McDonough Crafts Legal Legend In Suburbia.

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Felony Cruelty to Children Dismissed in Gwinnett County

Former U.S. Olympic soccer player was arrested for felony cruelty to children, battery, and criminal trespass following an incident occurring at a local hotel in Gwinnett County. Pat McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark were able to convince prosecutors they could suppress one witness statement and raise serious credibility issues with the remaining witnesses. Therefore, the case was dismissed, and her arrest was expunged.

17 Counts Dismissed in Barrow County

Client arrested in Barrow County on 17 charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, furnishing alcohol to a minor, firing of woodlands, brush, and maintaining a disorderly house. Through in-depth investigation, McDonough and Hundredmark were able to get all charges dropped, and the case dismissed. Client’s arrest record will be expunged.

City of Atlanta DUI Dismissed for Underage Client/h4>

Client under 21 years old was arrested for DUI following a traffic accident in the City of Atlanta. Through expert testimony and background checks of the officers, McDonough and Hundredmark achieved a dismissal of the case.

Gwinnet County DUI Dismissed, Client Pleads No to Reckless Driving

Client arrested for DUI with a .09 BAC in Gwinnett County. By challenging the precision of the Intoxilizer 5000 and field sobriety test execution and validity, McDonough and Hundredmark succeeded in reducing the case to reckless driving. In addition, the client was allowed to enter a no contest plea ensuring she would not receive any points on her driver’s license history.

All Charges Dismissed in Gwinnet County, including DUI

Client pulled over for weaving off the roadway and charged with failure to maintain lane, texting while driving, and DUI. After McDonough and Hundredmark were able to show the horizontal gaze (HGN test) nystagmus field sobriety test was invalid due to client’s natural nystagmus, the State agreed to dismiss the DUI charge and client would plea to texting while driving and failure to maintain lane. Prior to the plea, McDonough and Hundredmark were able to produce additional issues with the arresting officer’s credibility, which led to a dismissal of all charges.

Possession of Marijuana Case Dismissed

A teenager in Gwinnett County was arrested for possession of marijuana. McDonough and Hundredmark were able to have client’s case dismissed and arrest expunged upon successful completion of a diversion program.


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