If you are facing a criminal charge, you know that even an accusation can have a terrible impact on your life. From deciding how to handle a call from an investigator to being arrested and navigating the bond process, the process is complicated, confusing, and constantly working against you. Criminal charges can mean pretrial incarceration, missing work for court hearings if you are on bond, and constant uncertainty about the outcome of your case. Criminal convictions can result in prison time, probation, fines, fees, community service, and court-ordered classes. The State may restrict your right to vote, possess a weapon, receive federal funding for school, or even drive. Further, a criminal conviction could result in a loss of current employment as well as difficulty finding future employment.

At Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC, we understand that our clients come to us in times of great personal distress and face severe potential consequences. We strive to provide compassionate and thorough representation and counseling.

Drug Offenses

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If you are facing a drug charge of possession, distribution, manufacturing, or trafficking in Augusta, Martinez, Evans, Grovetown, or the surrounding area, you need to contact an experienced trial attorney who can evaluate your case and protect you during the court process. The attorneys of Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC in Augusta, Georgia, have represented hundreds of people who have been charged with various drug related offenses at sentencings, motions to suppress, revocation hearings, and trials.

If you have been charged with a drug related offense, you may have been stopped by an officer on the street, had your vehicle searched at a traffic stop, or had your property searched as a result of a search warrant. If so, you need an experienced attorney to evaluate your case and see if the police violated your 4th Amendment rights during the search.

You may have been charged with drugs that were not yours, that you had no knowledge of, or that were subjected to faulty testing or weighing. The attorneys at Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC are experienced in exploring the weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case, negotiating for reductions and dismissals, or defending cases at trial.

Of course, some of clients do not want to contest the charges but instead want to limit their exposure or find treatment options. We will work with clients to fight for their admission to drug court or to assist them in finding the right private rehabilitation facility.

Whatever your situation or your goals, you need attorneys who will take the time to work through your case, protect your rights, and achieve the best possible outcome. That’s what you will find at Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC.

DUI & Traffic Offenses

If you have been ticketed for a traffic offense or arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you need to contact an experienced trial DUI attorney who can evaluate your case and protect you during the court process. In Georgia, even traffic offenses are misdemeanors that carry up to 12 months in custody and typically a maximum fine of $1000. These tickets can have other consequences including points on your license, automatic license suspensions, and insurance premium increases. At Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC, our attorneys can minimize the impact that these tickets will have on your life.

Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs can have serious consequences on everything from your right to drive to your employment prospects. If you have been arrested for a DUI, you need a DUI attorney to evaluate the evidence against you and guide you through the criminal court system. Further, you have a short amount of time to apply for a limited permit if you are eligible. Otherwise, your license will be suspended before your first court date even arrives. The attorneys at Davis, Chapman, and Wilder have experienced DUI defense lawyers who know how to fight for you and secure you the best possible outcome for your case, whether that comes from negotiating with the prosecution or defending your case at trial. Call today to speak to our attorneys.

Violent Crimes

Whether you or a loved one has been charged with family violence, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, cruelty to children, kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, or any other violent crime in Augusta, Georgia, you know that the potential consequences are devastating and life-changing. A conviction could mean years in prison, sometimes without the possibility of parole, a criminal record that cannot be erased, and loss of your rights.

The attorneys at Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC, are experienced criminal lawyers who believe that everyone deserves a vigorous defense, no matter what the allegations are. The more serious the consequences, the harder you have to fight for fairness in the criminal justice system. Prosecutors are given an enormous amount of power and resources to pursue convictions. You need a serious and determined advocate on your side. Don’t delay in asking for help. Call the criminal defense lawyer at Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC today for a complimentary consultation.

Probation & Parole Revocations

If you are on probation or parole in Georgia, any allegations against you, whether by the probation office or the police, could lead to a revocation of your remaining sentence. Probation revocation hearings have a lower standard than criminal trials and you don’t get the benefit of a jury. A judge just has to decide that it’s more likely than not that you violated your probation.

Technical violations, such as not reporting, not completing court mandated classes, or being accused of a new misdemeanor offense, can result in a revocation of up to two years. A new felony charge could lead to a revocation of as many years as you would be facing on the new charge. Even worse, if you are under a First Offender sentence, the judge could resentence you to the maximum for your original charges for any violation, even a minor one. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the impact of a probation violation. You need an attorney at your parole or probation hearing to fight for you. The attorneys at Davis, Chapman, and Wilder have represented hundreds of people at felony probation revocations in Georgia. They know how to present your case in the best light for the judge’s consideration. Call today to consult with one of our attorneys.

Collateral Consequences

Beyond your sentence: The unspoken effect of a criminal conviction

As criminal defense attorneys in Augusta, Georgia, Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC will not just focus narrowly on a criminal court case but also on the collateral consequences that naturally impact those charged with a crime. Collateral consequences are those things that happen to you as a result of a criminal arrest or conviction other than what the judge says in your sentence. Examples of collateral consequences include:

  • Loss of driving license
  • Loss of employment
  • Car or property seizure (asset forfeiture)
  • Inability to receive federal student loans
  • Loss of voting rights
  • Loss of gun rights
  • Sex Offender registration
  • Expulsion from school

You need attorneys who consider the big picture and are concerned about the lasting impact that a criminal charge can have on your life. The attorneys at Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC have over 25 years of combined criminal defense experience. We have seen the impact of criminal convictions on people. We know how to properly advise you of all the consequences you are facing and will fight to protect you at every turn. Call us today.