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Patrick Scott Ferris

Patrick Scott Ferris

Law Offices of Patrick S. Ferris
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, White Collar Crime...
  • Georgia, South Carolina
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Summary

Criminal defense, divorce, custody, personal injury litigation practice. Highest available attorney ratings from clients and fellow lawyers. Top lawyer ratings (AV: Preeminent, Highest Ethical Standards) with Martindale-Hubbell, recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. Trial lawyer for two decades. My practice areas:

Georgia CRIMINAL DEFENSE: Miranda warning, Fourth Amendment, domestic violence, grand jury, trespass, family violence, felony, Fifth Amendment, First Offender Act, vehicular homicide, murder, aggravated assault, conviction definition, simple battery, attorney near me, probation violation, grand jury indictment, identity theft, grand larceny, indictment, criminal case, probation revocation, indictment definition, illegal search, homicide, criminal justice, criminal law

POSSESSION OF DRUGS: weed laws, 4th Amendment, Miranda rights, 5th Amendment, attorneys near me, marijuana blood test, marijuana possession, paraphernalia, drug possession, possession of marijuana, cocaine, trafficking, MDMA, THC, wax, edibles, dab pens, weed pens, THC vape cartridges, nectar collector

South Georgia INJURY LAWYER personal injury, motorcycle accident, motorcycle injury, tractor trailer wreck, commercial truck, truck accident, truck injury, boating accident trucking accident, lawyer near me, workers comp, wrongful death, auto accident attorney, bicycle accident, bus accident, boat accident, construction accident. Fatal car accidents

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Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • White Collar Crime
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Claims
Additional Practice Areas
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Serious Injury by Vehicle
  • Hit & Run
  • Technology Crimes
  • Child Endangerment
  • Child Abuse Registry Appeals
  • Modification of Custody
  • Modification of Visitation
  • Contempt (Divorce/Custody/Visitation Orders)
  • Administrative License Suspension
  • Firearms Regulatory Law
  • Title II Firearms
  • Fraudulent Paternity Claims
  • Bench Warrants
  • Probation Violations
  • Temporary Protective Orders
  • Permanent Protective Orders
  • Assistance After Hiring Some Idiot Lawyer Who Messed Up Your Case
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    For criminal cases, the initial appointment and lawyer consultation are FREE. For a second opinion review of your case, when another attorney is representing you, our law office requires a case review fee. Except for clients, we do not process the DDS GA administrative license suspension appeal or ignition interlock permit paperwork, The GA DDS matter is highly important to obtaining the best outcome for your criminal case, and needs a skilled attorney involved. Traffic lawyer cost varies, depending on seriousness of the charges and court location. For domestic law cases (divorce, custody, visitation, and similar cases), we charge a consultation fee. For most other civil cases, we offer free consultations.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Credit cards are used at our firm mostly for criminal law cases, clients can use attorneys fee payment plans for criminal defense and DUI defense fees that our law office makes available, using MasterCard, VISA, AMEX, Discover. Felony defense lawyer costs are usually greater than misdemeanor defense lawyer costs, except in certain DUI cases. DUI defense lawyer costs varies depending on complexity of the case and the best trial strategy or negotiation posture. Many DUI cases involve highly technical, scientific issues. Traffic ticket lawyer cost is less than for a DUI case and other serious traffic ticket offenses. For example, almost every DUI in Georgia entails dealing with a Georgia drivers license suspension issue under implied consent law, to assure that GA DMV does not administratively suspend the drunk driver. Since July 1, 2017, the best option for those Georgia drivers who have refused may be the ignition interlock device option. In some cases, attorney cost can be paid in monthly installments. Violent crime (including family violence) cases can cost more due to emergency hearings on bond, restraining orders, etc. Drunk driving cases are fought by clients more often than most other misdemeanor criminal cases due to a Georgia law prohibiting expungement of a DUI conviction. Other crimes, including some sex offenses can use first offender act or even a diversion in some jurisdictions. In each case, we review your best options for fighting your case.
  • Contingent Fees
    CONTINGIENT FEES ACCEPTED IN CERTAIN INJURY CASES. Personal injury lawsuits are handled under contracts for CONTINGENT fees. On personal injury, medical malpractice, truck accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident, tractor trailer accident, slip and fall, wrongful injury, personal injury lawsuits, pedestrian accidents, bus accidents, train accidents, nursing home abuse case or other wrongful personal injury, our Georgia injury attorneys can help you find lawyers near me. Most people search for a personal injury attorney near me, or let Google select the accident lawyers near me. In case like traumatic brain injury (TBI) the costs of case preparation is immense, so we work with large law firms that are set up to "carry" these complex cases and get the best outcome. Injury or death also can occur in a worker's compensation case, which are often called workmans comp or workmens compensation. MOST CIVIL CASES ARE HANDLED ON AN HOURLY FEE BASIS. Hourly Rates and Retainers for Divorce, Child Custody, and Visitation cases are set based on an hourly rate billed in one-tenth of an hour increments. You will retain the firm by depositing a retainer which is held in an escrow account, also known as a trust account. Monthly statements will detail exactly what work has been performed, how long the work took, and your retainer will be charged accordingly. Expenses are billed from your retainer for exactly as much as we spend. We do not add any additional fees for advancing the cost of litigation expenses. Clients for criminal and DUI cases only pay FLAT FEES, and not hourly. Over two decades of criminal defense, we have learned that this is the best plan for virtually every criminal cases client.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Not all personal injury lawyer cases will be accepted, but our law firm works with dozens of other personal injury lawyers in Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Savannah, Columbus, Albany, Dalton, Carrollton, Columbus, Thomasville, Valdosta, Tifton, Statesboro, Toccoa, Dawsonville, Marietta, Alpharetta, Duluth and other Georgia cities that may be willing to take your injury case, accident case or wrongful death lawsuit. A semi truck accident can be devastating to those in a smaller vehicle. Flat fees on all criminal defense cases, like driving under the influence, with ranges from as low as $350 on minor traffic ticket cases in Coffee County to higher felony fees adjusted to the seriousness of the offense. So, a simple possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, a misdemeanor, costs much less compared to a cannabis case for trafficking weed, or possession with intent to distribute, which are serious felony offenses. Our weed firm covers all types of pot cases, felony vs misdemeanor. An increasing number of DUI-marijuana cases are being prosecuted. Clients who face an indictment often ask "what does indicted mean?" A simple indictment definition can be found on Wikipedia, but the quick description is that a grand jury was convened by a superior court judge to consider whether to "true bill" or "no bill" felony offenses against persons for crimes committed in that county. Typically, only the district attorney and police speak and summarize the existing evidence, to see if the grand jury agrees to indict this is called a true bill) or to not indict, which is called a "no bill." If hired before this process begins, a criminal defense attorney may be able to prevent a case from reaching indictment. How much does a lawyer cost? Just like calling a doctor about a medical problem, no legitimate diagnosis can be given until your doctor (or lawyer) has all the case information. On the criminal side of traffic deaths, a vehicular homicide is a felony if the underlying traffic offense is classified by Georgia Laws to be one of the six most serious motor vehicle offenses (DUI, reckless driving, hit and run and others.. Attempting to elude, hit and run, reckless driving, driving under the influence, passing a stopped school bus with stop arm deployed, and attempting to drive around a railroad crossing arm that has been activated to signal an oncoming train. South Georgia personal injury lawyer Douglas personal injury attorney Coffee County car accident lawyer Douglas car accident attorney Coffee County truck accident lawyer Personal injury lawyer Waycross GA Personal injury attorney Alma GA Bacon County wrongful death attorney Pierce County truck accident attorney Pearson Atkinson County injury attorney The type of civil action for a person injured in an accident When a person is injured, tort law will govern whether that person may be compensated for the injury, the amount of compensation that may be recovered, as well as which parties will be liable in a civil suit for the injury. Tort law, also known as injury law, comes from federal and state codes, as well as judicial opinions from prior injury cases. The amount of damages a plaintiff to a personal injury action may receive can be determined by statute, or by a judge or jury after litigation occurs. A serious accident, possibly resulting in brain injury, will bring a larger verdict than for a whiplash case. Common recoveries sought by personal injury attorneys may include compensatory damages (e.g., lost wages, medical bills, etc.) and in particularly egregious situations, punitive damages. In some cases, an aggrieved party (called the “plaintiff’) may recover certain non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or loss of his or her enjoyment of life. The typical factors in this last category usually revolve around faith, family and friends of the now injured or deceased person. Personal injury lawyers help injured people seek compensation from those who (through a negligent act) have harmed them in an accident. Some injury attorneys focus on a specific type of case, such as truck accidents, car accidents, slip-and-fall injuries, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice or products liability cases. If a person is injured as a result of criminal behavior, it may be appropriate to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in addition to the state's criminal investigation or prosecution. A personal injury lawyer near me may offer a free consultation to evaluate your claim. Negligence is the failure of another person or company to use care which a reasonable and prudent person would use under similar circumstances. A legal doctrine that makes each of the parties who are responsible for a bodily injury or wrongful death, liable for all the damages awarded in a lawsuit if the other parties responsible cannot pay. If you are seeking a South Georgia lawyer, call Mr. Ferris today.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Georgia
State Bar of Georgia
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South Carolina
South Carolina Bar
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11th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Law Offices of Patrick S. Ferris
- Current
Successfully representing clients throughout Georgia.
Litigation Associate
Austin & Sparks
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Civil and criminal litigation for Buckhead (Atlanta) law firm.
Prosecutor
Athens-Clarke County
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Prosecuted hundreds of DUI and drug cases.
Education
The University of Georgia School of Law
J.D. (2000)
Honors: Semifinalist, University of Georgia Trial Competition; Named to Georgetown University Barrister's Council Invitational Trial Team; Named to ABA National Trial Team
Activities: Teaching Assistant to Professor O. Lee Reed; Third-Year Practitioner, Criminal Defense
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University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
B.A. (1997)
Honors: Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society; Alumni Scholarship
Activities: Circolo Italiano; Advertising Department, The Red & Black
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Awards
AV ("Preeminent") Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
The highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards.
AV ("Preeminent") Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
The highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards.
AV ("Preeminent") Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
The highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards.
AV ("Preeminent") Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
The highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards.
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Awarded to the top 2% of lawyers under 40.
AV ("Preeminent") Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
The highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards.
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Awarded to the top 2% of lawyers under 40.
AV ("Preeminent") Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
The highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards.
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Awarded to the top 2% of lawyers under 40.
Professional Associations
The DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)
Founding Member
- Current
Activities: Mr. Ferris is one of the original founding members of DUIDLA, a democratically-run organization of DUI-DWI defense attorneys from across America. DUIDLA is recognized as one of the two premier organizations that advance the legal profession by training trial lawyers of all skill levels in advanced DUI-DWI practice techniques, breathalyzer testing error, and blood test forensic science.
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Georgia DODD Group
Member
- Current
Activities: DODD members have all been thoroughly vetted by the best criminal defense lawyers in the State of Georgia. Membership is by invitation only.
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The National College for DUI Defense
Member
- Current
Activities: NCDD is one of the two nationally-recognized organizations that trains lawyers in advanced DUI trial skills (the other is DUIDLA). One of the very first attorneys in South Georgia to join NCDD (and THE first in Southeast Georgia), Mr. Ferris has completed the NCDD Summer course at Harvard Law School multiple times, and has also completed the NCDD Mastery of Scientific Evidence course.
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State Bar of South Carolina
Member
- Current
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Georgia State Bar
Member
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Speaking Engagements
Ramifications of Sexual Assault Allegations in Georgia, 27th Annual Tropical Seminar, Cartagena, Colombia
Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education
Regulatory Issues with Title I & Title II Firearms, The 2017 Georgia Gun Law Symposium, Savannah, GA
National Business Institute
How We Can Make DUI Law Practice Better, 2015 Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute, Atlanta, GA
Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education
How The State & The Defense Can Ethically Do A Better Job, 2013 Georgia DUI Update, Atlanta, GA
Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education
Plea Negotiations, Trials, and Client Representation in DUI Cases, 2011 Georgia DUI Update, Atlanta, GA
Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education
Legal Aspects of Mental Health in Law Enforcement, Georgia Crisis Intervention Mental Health Training, Waycross, GA
Peace Officers Standards & Training
DUI Investigations, Academy Graduate Advanced Training, Athens, GA
Athens-Clarke County Police Department
DUI Investigations, Academy Graduate Advanced Training, Athens, GA
Athens-Clarke County Police Department
DUI Investigations, Academy Graduate Advanced Training, Athens, GA
Athens-Clarke County Police Department
Certifications
DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (Student Course)
NHTSA/IACP
DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (Instructor Course)
NHTSA/IACP
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases
National College for DUI Defense
Websites & Blogs
Website
Patrick S. Ferris, Attorney at Law
Contact & Map
411 Ward St. W.
Douglas, GA 31533
USA
Telephone: (912) 384-1099
Fax: (912) 384-1130