2014 Jury Trial Report

We have tried to verdict jury trials in 60 of Georgia's 159 Counties - statewide legal representation.

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In 2014 there have been 10 trials - each trial has been a victory for the client:

Hall County State - Blood test .12 - Acquitted - no expert

Athens-Clarke County - Refusal -Acquitted

Habersham - DUI DRUGS - Acquitted

Cobb County - Vehicular Homicide (2nd degree) - Not Guilty VH-2

Union County - Vehicular Homicide (2nd degree) - Not Guilty VH-2

White County - DUI - Under 21 - Not Gulty

Lumpkin County - DUI - Refusal - Not Guilty

Forsyth County - DUI DRUGS - Reduced prior to Jury Selection

Union County - Serious Injury by Vehicle - Not Guilty

Hall County - Blood Test - Not Guilty on DUI Counts

Oakwood - DUI/Accident - Not Guilty All Counts (11/13/2014)

THE CRIMINAL DIVISION OF MCDONALD & CODY will have a minimum of 10 jury trials every year. Over 30 contested motions. Collectively, the firm has had over 100 jury trials civil and criminal. Sam has been either lead counsel in 10 trials this year or second chair.

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The following cases represent a small fragment of our practice. We do not win every case nor do we tell prospective clients we win all of our trials. Simply put, if you are in court often you will lose trials. The following list will, however, give you an idea of the many jurisdictions we try cases in:

  • State of Georgia v. J.T., Rabun County Superior Court, vehicular homicide, serious injury, DUI drugs, failure to maintain lane. Result: guilty failure to maintain lane only - Acquitted of Vehicular Homicide 

  • State of Georgia v. J.S., White County Superior Court, vehicular homicide, DUI alcohol, too fast for conditions. Result: not guilty all counts - Including Vehicular Homicide

  • State of Georgia v. G.M., White County Superior Court, vehicular homicide, DUI drugs, too fast for conditions. Result: not guilty all counts - Including Vehicular Homicide 

  • State of Georgia v. E.A., Hart County Superior Court,  vehicular homicide, DUI drugs, too fast for condition, speeding, reckless driving, serious injury by vehicle. Result: Guilty Count 1 &4 of Felony Vehicular Homicide

  • State of Georgia v. T.M., Banks County Superior Court,  vehicular homicideDUI alcohol, stop sign. Result: guilty stop sign only - Acquitted of Vehicular Homicide 

  • City Of Atlanta v. R.B., City of Atlanta Traffic Court, DUI less safe- refusal. Result: Not Guilty (Atlanta)

  • State of Georgia v. G.T., Fulton County State CourtDUI drugs. Result: Not Guilty (Atlanta)
  • State of Georgia v C.D. Fulton County State Court,DUI .12, no expert Result: Not Guilty (Atlanta)
  • State of Georgia v. T.S., Dawson County Superior Court,,  DUI per se less safe, speeding. Result: guilty speeding only (Dawson - North Georgia)

  • State of Georgia v. L.M., Cherokee County State Court, underage DUI per se less safe, failure to maintain lane. Result: Not Guilty All Counts (Canton, Georgia)
  • State of Georgia v. A.L., Forsyth County State CourtDUI per se less safe, failure to maintain lane. Result: guilty DUI (per se) guilty failure to maintain lane (loss Cumming Georgia) 

  • State of Georgia v. T.S., Hall County State CourtDUI per se less safe. Result: not guilty DUI less safe, hung jury per se (NO Retrial - Gainesville Georgia) 

  • State of Georgia v. P.J., Gwinnett County State CourtDUI per se less safe, speeding. Result: guilty speeding only - ACQUITTED of DUI charges - expert witness used (Lawrenceville Georgia) 

  • State of Georgia v. E.S., Athens-Clarke County, DUI per se less safe- road block. Result: not guilty (ATHENS ACQUITTAL of LESS SAFE)

  • State of Georgia v. G.T., Columbia County Superior CourtDUI drugs. Result: not guilty (AUGUSTA - No EXPERT FOR THE DEFENSE) 

  • State of Georgia v. C.K., Jackson County State CourtDUI less safe per se alcohol. Result: not guilty less safe, hung jury per se- dismissal - (Jefferson Georgia near I-85 - No Retrial)

  • State of Georgia v. F.M., Towns County Superior Court,  DUI less safe per se alcohol. Result: not guilty(Extreme North Georgia - NOT GUILTY on ALL COUNTS)

  • State of Georgia v. A.J., Lumpkin County Superior Court, DUI less safe. Result: not guilty (DAHLONEGA - ACQUITTAL) 

  • State of Georgia v. B.J., Gilmer County Superior Court,  DUI per se less safe, speeding. Result: guilty all counts (LOSS OF THE DUI) (ELLIJAY / JASPER) 

  • State of Georgia v. H.L., Fannin County Superior Court,  DUI per se less safe, failure to maintain lane. Result: guilty failure to maintain lane only (ELLIJAY / JASPER)

  • State of Georgia v. J.M.., Union County Superior CourtDUI less safe. Result: not guilty  (ACQUITTAL in BLAIRSVILLE) 

  • State of Georgia v. F.C, Richmond County State CourtDUI per se less safe, failure to maintain lane. Result: not guilty DUI guilty failure to maintain lane (AGUSTA - DUI ACQUITTAL)

  • State of Georgia v. L.C., Pickens County Superior Court, DUI less safe per se alcohol. Result: not guilty less safe plea to basic rules of the road (JASPER GEORGIA NO RETRIAL) 

  • State of Georgia v. B.S., Cobb County State CourtDUI per se less safe, speeding. Result: guilty speeding only (MARIETTA Georgia ACQUTTAL) 

  • State of Georgia v. J.B., Floyd County Superior CourtDUI per se less safe, speeding. Result: guilty all counts (LOSS IN ROME GEORGIA)

  • State of Georgia v. V.O., Oconee County Superior CourtDUI per se less safe. Result: not guilty (ACQUITTAL NEAR ATHENS)

  • State of Georgia v. F.D, Dekalb County State Court, 2004, DUI drugs. Result: not guilty (TEST of .145 ACQUITTAL) 

  • State of Georgia v. E.J., Coweta County Superior Court, 2002, DUI per se less safe, failure to maintain lane. Result: guilty failure to maintain lane only (NEAR ALABAMA LINE - ACQUITTAL)
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