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Criminal Defense Attorney
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WELCOME! If you need a defense attorney as a result of being charged with a state or federal crime, my firm is here to help. Jeff Talley of the Law Office of Jeffery C. Talley, LLC is a tenacious fighter. You have to be when you defend those accused of criminal wrongdoing. Here you’ll find information to assist you in deciding whether you need an attorney as well as information about my practice.

Everyone deserves their day in court; their chance to defend themselves against their accusers. Jeff is a criminal defense lawyer, all day every day. He has devoted his entire career to defending the accused, and he has never been a prosecutor. Our complex system of laws and court procedures makes it very difficult for many of us to know enough about the legal system to defend ourselves adequately. Only a lawyer who is willing and able to bring out the evidence to support your case and understand its implications can make a difference to shift the odds in your favor. A skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced attorney can make the difference in the outcome of a legal case. Jeff Talley is known for his expertise and unwavering advocacy on behalf of each and every client.

Jeff Talley

Every battle needs its hero, one bold and fearless and willing to fight. If you find yourself having to fight for your liberty and to remain free, you need the help of an experienced trial attorney who can guide you through difficult and overzealous prosecutors. Don't let an arrest become a conviction. My firm is willing and able to balance the scales of justice in your favor. Jeff Talley understands that clients come to him with a need which is often the need to avoid going to prison. He knows what it takes to convince juries, judges and prosecution in criminal matters. Furthermore, his adversaries know it, respect him, and know that it will be an aggressive challenge. Jeff has the reputation of guiding his clients through the criminal process, utilizing creative strategies, and successful execution by way of trial or settlement, but rendering immediate on the go expertise advice when confronted with emergency situations.

Read the information in our Legal Resources section, review our services, and learn about Mr. Talley, his education, experience, and successes.

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Information Related to Criminal Cases & Your Rights: What You Need to Know

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If you have been accused of a crime, we know exactly what you are experiencing. You are wondering how anyone could believe such outrageous accusations. You question why law enforcement does not look at the evidence objectively. Perhaps family members and close friends have shied away. You are hoping that someone in a position of authority will put an end to the insanity. You question why the investigation would not be conducted to clear rather than convict you. You feel scared, frustrated, and isolated.

For the first time in your life, the powers of the State or Federal government, with all of their vast resources, are lined up against you. The goal of the prosecution is to convict you. Your freedom and wellbeing are at stake.

No one is equipped to face the process alone. If you try to handle this situation without competent legal help, the results will be disastrous for you. If there is even a whisper that you could be facing a criminal investigation, you should not take a single step without advice from your lawyer.

We are here to assist and hope that a review of our site will help you avoid costly mistakes and give you the confidence to mount your defense. You have already taken the first critical step toward ensuring your freedom. Now that you are ready to get started, call us at (770)-534-2035 for a free consultation.

Understanding Your Rights

You have specific rights under the Constitution. You must, however, properly assert those rights, or they will be deemed waived. Probably the most important right protects you against having to speak to the police or any agency representative without the advice of counsel. This right is conferred by Amendment V of the Constitution and the decision of the United States Supreme Court in the well-known Miranda opinion. You must never give up this right until you speak with your attorney.

If you are the target of the investigation, or if you have been arrested, the prosecution has already been building its case against you. You cannot foolishly sit back and naively think that the process will clear you because you are innocent. You must start structuring your defense immediately.

Having a competent defense attorney take charge early in the process is the best way to protect your rights. The sooner and more aggressively you defend yourself, the greater the chance of avoiding a conviction. In many instances, a well-prepared and committed defense attorney can prevent an indictment or trial.

Hiring an Attorney

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Since selecting the attorney who will have the responsibility for your case and welfare is the threshold decision, you must not make the selection lightly. We encourage you to take the time to call and speak with Jeff personally so that a face-to-face meeting can be arranged as promptly as possible. You will then be in a position to intelligently evaluate your defense attorney because you will know:

  • Who will have the responsibility for your defense
  • The experience and professional background of your attorney
  • Results achieved in cases like yours
  • How your case will be prepared for trial
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the evidence
  • What your trial strategy will be

Avoiding Common Mistakes

As we previously pointed out, the most common mistake is to rely on the system to exonerate you. This simply will not happen. Once law enforcement becomes involved, the goal is to convict you.

We have successfully handled many cases where clients started out making mistakes. If you read this and wonder if you have made a mistake, relax. Let us help you. What follows are some common questions clients bring up and mistakes clients make when they are being investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for a crime.


The United States Supreme Court put some basic protections in place with the case of Miranda v. Arizona . You have heard the Miranda warnings countless times if you watch television or movies. Don’t ever waive your rights without talking to an attorney.

Police Want Me to Come in For an Interview

Really? Ask yourself why. More than likely, they want to tape record an interview or put you in a little interview room with a camera up in the corner so they can videotape your statements. More than likely they are going to set you down in the corner with two police between you and the door and tell you, you are free to go. More than likely they are going to suggest that if you don’t have anything to hide you don’t need an attorney. All of this is done in an effort to get you to talk and make you feel that you don’t have any other choice. Here’s what you need to know: If you are being investigated by police, you should never talk to the police until you have consulted with an attorney.

Police Want Me to Take a Polygraph

Polygraphs can be a helpful tool. We have had numerous private polygraph tests administered on our clients. We have a list of very competent polygraph examiners available to us. However, a police polygraph can easily cost you your freedom. Police officers are trained to be intimidating and coercive. A polygraph examination is very intimidating under any circumstances and police are trained to take advantage of that. How? Well, imagine being in a room without your attorney and having a police officer tell you that you failed your examination. Now imagine that you are still hooked up to the instrument and the officer is very aggressive, even yelling at you to explain why you failed the examination. Unfortunately, this happens routinely, even when the suspect passed the test. Unless you have experienced this type of intimidation, it’s hard to know what it is like. Don’t take a police polygraph unless you have hired an attorney first and thoroughly discussed it with him/her.

Should I Tell My Side of the Story?

Good question. And we really need to discuss this. You shouldn’t make a decision based on what you read on the web. However, in most cases the answer is going to be no. There are many people in Georgia jails and prisons, on probation or with criminal records because they thought they would help themselves by talking to police. Talking to police when you are the target of an investigation is almost always bad. I have had numerous police officers as clients and most of them “lawyer up” as soon as they know they are being investigated. Why? Because it’s always the right move. Don’t tell your side of the story without the help of an attorney!

Police Want a Second Interview

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“We just need to clear up some details.” We have heard this many times and it usually means they have nearly completed their investigation, clearly indentified you as a suspect, and are ready to make an arrest. However, the prosecution would go a little better if they could probe a little deeper and get a videotape of you being confronted with certain facts they have gathered. We rarely allow second interviews of our clients.

Shouldn’t I just Tell the Truth?

No. But you should not lie either. This question comes up a lot when parents are trying to provide guidance for their children. It also comes up with people who have high moral standards and know they have made a mistake. We never tell people to lie, but telling the truth involves talking. Talking is almost always a big mistake if you are under indictment or investigation. Think of it this way, if telling the truth would mean going to prison and not talking would result in probation, which would you choose? Talking almost always makes things worse! Get an attorney on board before you make the decision to talk to police.

If I Ask for an Attorney, Won’t I Look Guilty?

No, you will look intelligent. Police understand that it is wise to hire an attorney. They just don’t want you to do it because it makes their job easier if they have unlimited access to a suspect and other witnesses friendly to a suspect.

Beware of Jail House Snitches & Jail Phones

In the unfortunate event you are arrested and taken to jail, do not talk to anyone about your case and this includes other inmates. In many instances, an inmate will contact his attorney or even contact the prosecution and tell them what you may have said about the facts and circumstances of your case in order to get themselves a reduced or better sentence. This is called cooperation. You could end up in the trial of your case and see the guy that befriended you while you were in jail telling a jury everything you may have told him. When calling from the jail phones, do not talk to anyone about the facts and circumstances of your case. These calls are recorded by the facility and could be used against you in the prosecution of your case.

You Have No Privacy Rights in a Law Enforcement/Police Car

Do not ever assume that you have privacy inside a police car. Police cars, especially if designed to be used for DUI, DWI arrests, often have both audio and video recording focused on you. Do not engage in a cell phone conversation about your case even if it is your attorney because appellate courts have ruled that you have no expectation of privacy in the back seat of a patrol car. All recorded audio and video can be used against you, and often means the difference between winning and losing.

Do I Want a Local Attorney

You want a good attorney. In fact, you want the best attorney you can find and afford. The quality of the lawyer matters far more than the location. Judges respect good attorneys. It actually makes their jobs easier because when you appear in court with an incompetent attorney it raises the possibility of an appeal which could require a second trip through the court later on. Jeff Talley has an excellent track record and a good reputation in the courts of Georgia. Over his extensive career, Jeff has successfully handled criminal cases on behalf of his clients throughout Georgia including: Hall County (Gainesville, Oakwood, Flowery Branch); Jackson County (Jefferson, Braselton, Pendergrass); White County (Helen, Cleveland); Lumpkin County (Dahlonega); Gwinnett County (Lawrenceville, Duluth, Suwanee); Dawson County (Dawsonville); Habersham County (Demorest, Cornelia, Clarksville); Forsyth County (Cumming); and all of Northeast Georgia.

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The mission of my firm is to provide my clients with the best possible representation.