Atlanta Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney

Trusted Defense Backed By More Than 15 Years of Experience

Matthew T. McNally is who you want in your corner if you are facing any type of criminal or DUI charge. Before starting his own law firm, McNally served as an Assistant District Attorney in both in the Coweta judicial circuit and then in Cobb County. Now as an attorney who exclusively practices criminal defense, McNally is armed with an extensive knowledge of how the “other side” thinks. He knows who you’re up against, because he used to be one, and he can use that understanding to your advantage.

Who you choose to represent you or a loved one after an arrest is a big decision, and one that can make all the difference. Law Office of Matthew T. McNally can offer benefits such as:

  • 15 years of legal experience
  • The insight of a former Assistant District Attorney
  • Zero-down financing with no interest for 6 months
  • Free initial case consultations

Attorney Matthew McNally Gets Results

If you’re looking for an attorney who can get results, just look at Matthew McNally’s track record.

  • CHARGES DROPPED in DUI & Drugs Case – Client was involved in an accident and charged on two counts of DUI after his blood test showed both drugs and alcohol. McNally was able to get both DUIs dismissed in lieu of a plea to reckless driving.
  • CHARGES DROPPED in Drug Trafficking Case – Client was charged with drug trafficking after he was found with 200 grams of cocaine, 2 illegal firearms, and $15,000 in counterfeit money. McNally was able to negotiate a plea to simple possession. After the client served 200 hours of community service, the case was dismissed.
  • CHARGES REDUCED in 2nd DUI Charge – Client was charged with their second drunk driving arrest within 15 months. McNally was able to get that second DUI reduced to reckless driving.

When to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer

The answer to “When should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?” is “now.” As soon as you or a loved one has been arrested, it is best to act quickly and retain a lawyer who can provide you with counsel. The criminal process can be confusing, especially for someone who has never before encountered the criminal justice system firsthand. The moment an individual is arrested is the moment the state begins its campaign to incriminate you or attempt to get you to incriminate yourself. Don’t speak to anyone until you’ve spoken with a trusted criminal defense attorney.

“If You Cannot Afford an Attorney, One Will Be Appointed for You.”

Part of proper police procedure is the reading of your rights, often called the “Miranda warning,” coined after Miranda v. Arizona, a landmark decision in which the Supreme Court held that a defendant’s statements made in response to interrogation in police custody can only be admitted as evidence in a case if that defendant was informed of their rights, namely, the right to consult with an attorney before and during questioning. Contained in the Miranda warning is a clause explaining a defendant’s right to counsel. It reads, “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you before any questioning.”

This provision is meant to ensure a fair trial for indigent defendants, but not all legal counsel is equal. State-appointed legal counsel is what we call a “public defender.” These attorneys are funded by the government to provide defense to low-income defendants, but because of the incredibly high demand, especially in crowded urban areas such as Atlanta, these public defenders are stretched incredibly thin. A 2014 report from the Southern Center for Human Rights revealed that the public defender office in Georgia’s Cordele Judicial Circuit was staffed with three attorneys and managed an annual caseload of 1,700 – 567 cases for each attorney. This is just one example of a much larger problem – public defenders in many areas simply don’t have the bandwidth to handle cases well.

Where does that leave you, if you cannot afford an attorney? Attorney Matthew T. McNally understands the very real financial burden that a criminal charge can impose, which is why his law office offers financing and flexible payment plans. For example, Law Office of Matthew T. McNally offers a zero-down financing with no interest for 6 months. Call today to learn how you can get access to top-tier defense even on limited funds.

Atlanta Arrest Statistics

The Atlanta Police Department provides data on all its arrests. Data from its 2010-2014 overview report indicates that the number of arrests has dropped 18% from 2009 to 2013 (from 40,708 to 33,045). In 2013, the Atlanta Police Department recorded:

  • 84 homicide arrests
  • 105 rape arrests
  • 2,363 robbery arrests
  • 2,965 aggravated assault arrests
  • 5,938 burglary arrests
  • 17,158 larceny arrests
  • 4,432 auto theft arrests

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, driving under the influence has one of the highest arrest rates in the Unites States. In 2010, there were 1.4 million DUI arrests.

Steps in the Criminal Process

The steps in the criminal process can vary depending on the nature of the charge and the jurisdiction. For example, federal criminal cases typically begin with a formal investigation, whereas smaller state cases, such as DUIs, begin with an arrest based on probable cause. Once charges are filed, the next step a defendant can expect is the arraignment. This is a preliminary hearing where charges are formally read before a judge.

The case then moves into the discovery phase, when evidence and witnesses are gathered. The plea bargaining phase typically happens next, which can be favorable for both sides. The state doesn’t want to go to trial because it’s costly and time-consuming, and a plea bargain could offer a favorable, reduced charge to the defendant in exchange for a plea of “guilty.” If a plea bargain is not reached, the case can move into the pre-trial motion phase before finally arriving at trial.

Your Chances Are Better With an Attorney – Choose the Right One

Rather than going it alone or opting for a public defender, choose a trusted criminal defense lawyer who has proven to get results. Law Office of Matthew T. McNally has 15 years of experience and the insight of a former Assistant District Attorney to put toward your defense. Call today, and you will receive a free evaluation of your legal rights and options. You can also call to discuss financing options and payment plans for your defense.

Our firm is proud to serve clients in Cobb County, DeKalb County, Douglas County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County,Clayton County, and Paulding County.

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