Unparalleled Criminal Defense Attorney Athens GA

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OUR MISSION

Dedicated To Your Success At Trial

At Swingle Levin LLC, we’ve built our practice around a singular focus on criminal defense. Our experience spans various facets of the legal system, and we’re particularly skilled in handling cases involving severe charges, including the death penalty. We know how to mount a strong and effective defense against even the most daunting accusations.

More crucially, our approach is client-centered. In every case, we carefully consider how each strategic move will impact the final outcome. Our commitment to your freedom pushes us to rigorously investigate the allegations, file insightful pre-trial motions, and select a jury tailored to the unique aspects of your case. When the situation calls for it, we have the seasoned know-how to collaborate with top-tier forensic experts.

We take great pride in our personalized service. Every client meets with us directly so that we can fully grasp your unique situation and strategize effectively. At Swingle Levin LLC, our focus is on achieving the best possible outcome for you because we deeply care about our clients’ well-being.

Who We Are

Ryan J. Swingle, co-founder, has been practicing criminal defense in Georgia for over 20 years. He has successfully defended cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to death penalty charges.

Adam Levin, co-founder, understands complex criminal cases, including those involving the death penalty. His 15+ years in criminal defense make him an invaluable asset when you’re up against severe charges.

We have been leaders and teachers in bar and trial skills nationwide. Our fusion brings you the ultimate criminal defense team, backed by decades of winning strategies and successful outcomes.

Why Should You Consider Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Being accused of a crime can be terrifying. As the severity of the charges grows, so does the possibility of paying high fines and spending time in jail or even prison. Since the stakes are high, it’s not the time to make the wrong decisions and try to fight the charges by yourself.

However, hiring a good criminal defense attorney can be beneficial to your case. They can guide you through the complex criminal justice system and make sure your rights are protected.

If you are facing a criminal charge for serious traffic offenses, violent crimes, or some other criminal offense, retaining the legal services of an Athens criminal defense attorney is highly recommended.

How Does a Criminal Case Work?

The criminal process in Georgia can be hard to understand. For example, since multiple Georgia courts can have jurisdiction over certain criminal cases, which court would handle a particular case depends on the nature of the charges and whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony.

Generally, the criminal process includes everything that happens from the time a person is suspected of committing a crime through the prosecution and even after the case is over. A criminal case in Athens, Georgia, proceeds through the stages such as arrest, first appearance, preliminary hearing, Grand jury review, arraignment, trial, sentencing, and appeals. Of course, the exact process depends on the category of the offense and the nature of the charges.

As soon as someone is arrested, the law enforcement officer must tell them they have the right to remain silent and to be represented by criminal defense attorneys. These rights are referred to as Miranda rights. Even if you are innocent or believe you haven’t done anything wrong, it’s always wise to seek advice from criminal defense lawyers before talking to the police.

Being charged with committing a criminal offense should not be taken lightly. Your future is on the line, so having an experienced criminal law lawyer in Athens, Georgia, on your side can be a smart move.

Client Victories

No matter the charge, know that you are not alone. Read about clients with similar charges who were able to achieve victory at trial or on appeal.

FELONY FORGERY

Not Guilty on All Counts

The client was charged with cashing fraudulent checks. Ryan proved to the jury that his client was actually an unwitting accomplice in an international fraudulent check scam. The accused was the victim. The jury declared his client not guilty on all counts. 

CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES

Charges Dismissed

The client was charged with child molestation. After an aggressive, early investigation, Adam successfully got the charges dismissed before the case was indicted.

POLICE OFFICER ASSAULT

Not Guilty on All Charges

The client was accused of assaulting a police officer. Ryan convinced the judge to release her on bond before trial, and despite video evidence, the jury sided with the accused. It found her not guilty on all charges. She left the courtroom a free woman.

FRAUD CHARGES

Case Dismissed

The client faced fraud charges for allegedly stealing more than $20,000.00. After Adam filed and won a plea in bar and a special demurrer, the client’s felony case was dismissed.

TRAFFICKING

All Charges Were Dismissed

Client faced decades in prison after receiving 50 pounds of marijuana in the mail. Through a pretrial motion to suppress evidence, Ryan successfully argued that the search warrant was fatally flawed. The trial court excluded all evidence against his client, and all charges were dismissed.

DRUG TRAFFICKING

Motion to Suppress Granted

Client was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. After a motion to suppress and legal argument, the trial court granted Adam’s motion to suppress, preventing the state from using any of the alleged contraband at trial and resulting in a dismissal of the case.

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CASES WE HANDLE

How Can Swingle Levin LLC Help?

At Swingle Levin LLC, we are not afraid to take on difficult cases. In fact, we often help individuals facing complex criminal charges, as well as clients facing the death penalty. 

Criminal defense attorneys at Swingle Levin LLC provide the best defense possible to clients facing complex criminal charges, including:

DUI

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a serious public safety concern.

Sex Offenses

Charges like sexual assault, harassment, and child exploitation.

Drug Offenses

Includes illegal possession, distribution, or manufacturing of substances.

Assault and Battery

Physical harm or the threat thereof against another individual.

Murder

The intentional, unlawful killing of another person.

University Misconduct

Infractions against a college or university’s code of conduct.

Felony

Serious crimes like murder, rape, and robbery.

Fraud

Swingle Levin LLC is your trusted fraud lawyer in Athens, Georgia.

Computer Crimes

Swingle Levin LLC provides legal assistance with computer crimes in Athens, GA.

Misdemeanor

Lesser offenses such as petty theft or simple assault.

Temporary Protective Orders

The Temporary Protective order is a method provided in Georgia for people to ask the judicial system to help them get another person out of their life. 

In addition, the law firm has years of experience with appeals in both the Georgia Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. Serious criminal charges require a serious defense. At Swingle Levin LLC, that is exactly what we provide.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Why Work With Swingle Levin LLC?

The Client Comes First

When you entrust your case to Swingle Levin LLC, know that we put you first—always. Our client-centered defense ensures we listen without judgment, strategizing to build the best defense for your unique situation.

No Case Too Tough

We don’t back down from challenges. Our reputation for taking on difficult cases and achieving remarkable results speaks for itself. While we seek favorable negotiations, we also prepare diligently for the possibility of trial.

Proven Success Stories

Feel like you’re fighting this battle alone? You’re not. Our extensive history of client victories is a testament to our skills, from DUI dismissals to successfully appealing burglary convictions.

Mr. Levin is an amazing attorney! He works with you and keeps you updated. In my times of need, Mr. Levin has always been available to help quickly and with a high level of professionalism. Highly recommended!

KELLI ROGERS

Mr. Levin is an amazing attorney! He works with you and keeps you updated. In my times of need, Mr. Levin has always been available to help quickly and with a high level of professionalism. Highly recommended!

KELLI ROGERS

So thankful for Ryan, I couldn’t ask for someone better. Nor would I ever recommend anyone different.

Jacob L.

So thankful for Ryan, I couldn’t ask for someone better. Nor would I ever recommend anyone different.

Jacob L.

Adam Levin helped one of my dearest friends who battled injustice within the judicial system for over 20 years. Adam was the first attorney to not only listen, but took it to heart and made it right. I still can’t believe the life changing outcome! Hands down – great attorney with a good heart.

MISTY TAYLOR

Adam Levin helped one of my dearest friends who battled injustice within the judicial system for over 20 years. Adam was the first attorney to not only listen, but took it to heart and made it right. I still can’t believe the life changing outcome! Hands down – great attorney with a good heart.

MISTY TAYLOR

I have known Ryan since he was an undergraduate, then law student, and finally lawyer. He has never ceased to impress me with his intelligence, diligence, work ethic and integrity. You are in good hands with Ryan, I have no doubt.

Deborah G.

I have known Ryan since he was an undergraduate, then law student, and finally lawyer. He has never ceased to impress me with his intelligence, diligence, work ethic and integrity. You are in good hands with Ryan, I have no doubt.

Deborah G.

Our Blog

Read our blog for the latest information about criminal defense.

Let Us Fight for You: Schedule a Free Consultation

Above all, we’re committed to you and your freedom. Get in touch today to see how we can best serve you.

Whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or a life-altering felony, Swingle Levin LLC is your first line of defense. Let us fight for your legal rights and give you the peace of mind you deserve.

Don’t let your story be written by anyone other than you. Contact Swingle Levin LLC to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Athens criminal defense attorney today.