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Marietta Criminal Defense

Experienced Lawyer for the Wrongfully Accused

The most important step a person can take after being charged with a crime is to hire a criminal defense attorney with the knowledge and skill to defend them. However, it can be difficult to determine which firm is best for you. Your attorney must have extensive experience, as well as a detailed knowledge of the kind of case you are facing. At The Merchant Law Firm, our legal team meets all the necessary requirements for competent criminal defense.

The Consequences of a Conviction

There are countless crimes that could result in a conviction without proper defense. Many times, the penalties can cause permanent damage to the person's life, family, career and financial future. Costly fines can result in poverty. Time in prison can weaken a person's relationship with their spouse and family. Also, many convictions result in permanent marks on your record, which can prevent you from obtaining a good career in the future.

If you have been charged with a crime of any kind,contact The Merchant Law Firm for a free consultation. We can review your situation and let you know exactly how we could defend you and help get your charges reduces or dismissed.

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Officers must follow strict procedures when pulling someone over as a suspected drunk driver, or when they subject them to standard field sobriety tests (SFST). When they break procedures, it can sometimes be enough to get your charges dismissed. In cases where the driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) level is above .08 percent, the reliability of these tests is critical. Read more about DUI cases here.

Drug Crimes

There are many different kinds of drug crimes, including possession, manufacturing, trafficking, and possession with intent to sell. Penalties can include thousands of dollars in fines and years in prison without the proper legal representation.


It is not uncommon for someone to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and be accused of committing a crime, even though they are innocent. If you are facing arson charges, The Merchant Law Firm is willing and prepared to defend you!

Domestic Violence

Physical abuse is not necessary for a person to be guilty of domestic violence. This is one reason why it is difficult to prove domestic violence; however, there can be serious consequences if convicted. Talk with a Marietta criminal defense lawyer straight away to receive a comprehensive legal defense.

Assault & Battery

Assault and battery are two separate offenses that are often committed together. Assault is when a person threatens another with violence using words and gestures. Battery is when a person inflicts bodily harm on another. Both can result in extremely serious charges if not properly handled.

Computer Crimes

In the twenty-first century, computer crimes have become all too common. Perhaps you got involved in illegal activity, but had no idea that what you were doing was illegal; regardless, The Merchant Law Firm will do everything within its power to defend you!

Sex Crimes

There are many different kinds ofsex crimes, including rape, molestation, indecent exposure, and child pornography. Every one of them carries heavy penalties including anywhere from $500-1000 and time in prison for up to 20 years.

Theft Crimes

Whether you are facing robbery, burglary, shoplifting or white collar crime charges, The Merchant Law Firm has the answers you need! With nearly two decades of experience on our side, we can guide you through the legal process, defend your rights and counseling you every step along the way!


When one person forcibly removes a person from one place and transports them a considerable distance against their will, it is considered to be kidnapping. This can be considered a felony resulting in 10 years of imprisonment.


Without a doubt, murder is the single most serious crime a person could commit, as it is considered a felony. Unlike manslaughter, murder is the intentional and often premeditated killing of another person. Qualified legal representation is essential in these types of cases.

Juvenile Crimes

Few scenarios are scarier than when your child is facing criminal charges. If you are a minor being investigated for a criminal offense, your educational opportunities and vocational opportunities could be jeopardized, as could your entire future.

Get an aggressive criminal defense attorney from The Merchant Law Firm on your side immediately! Contact us today.

Probation Violations

Probation violations are not something to be taken lightly. The way that the court looks at it, you messed up once and now you are even more deserving of penalties. Because the court is not likely to show you much grace after you have defied their orders, it is imperative that you get a hard-hitting criminal defense attorney from Merchant Law on your side immediately!

Death Penalty Cases

In Georgia, there are several crimes punishable by death, including murder and treason. Contacting a criminal defense attorney in Marietta for exemplary legal counsel to help dismiss your charges.


At Merchant Law, we believe that everyone deserves a second chance. If you were previously arrested or convicted of an offense, we will investigate the details surrounding your charges and see if your criminal record can be expunged. Open up educational and vocational opportunities and pursue a brighter future by talking with our firm about expungement today!

Federal Crimes

Many crimes are against the state, but there are also those crimes that are committed against the federal government. Examples include fraud, forgery and extortion.

Traffic Tickets

In certain cases, traffic tickets may have been wrongfully issued. They can often be reduced with the skilled representation of an attorney.

White Collar Crimes

If you are accused of committing a financial crime, you should secure aggressive legal representation on your side immediately to combat your white collar crime charges! Whether you are facing blackmail, forgery, embezzlement or tax evasion charges, The Merchant Law Firm can help you!

Hard-hitting legal help- get a Marietta criminal defense lawyer on your side!

The Merchant Law Firm has been fighting for the innocence and freedom of the wrongfully accused for 18 years. With the knowledge, resources and skills that we have accumulated over the years, we have since proven our excellence and capability in criminal defense and been honored by Avvo® and Georgia Trend's Legal Elite.

The attorneys at our firm provide their full attention to each client and their case, as well as provide excellent communication and care. Experience this "part of the family" treatment yourself by calling for a free case evaluation at your earliest convenience.

Contact a Marietta criminal defense lawyer from The Merchant Law Firm today if you have been arrested for a crime. An attorney from our firm could guide you through the process and defend you from a wrongful conviction.

Why You Should Entrust Our Firm:

  • Respected Legal Commentator

    Ashleigh Merchant is frequently featured on local and national news media, where she is asked to share her commentary on major cases.

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Ashleigh Merchant

    Included in the 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ edition. This list is compiled after thorough peer reviews and nominations.

  • Repeat Rising Star Winner, John B. Merchant

    Named among the Georgia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ for 2009 through 2011. The list includes 2.5% of attorneys in the state.

  • Earned "Superb" Ratings on Avvo - 10.0

    Both our attorneys have earned the prestigious 10.0 Superb score on Avvo, which is the highest rating an attorney can receive.

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