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Criminal Defense

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The Gage Law Firm in Atlanta is the Georgia criminal defense attorney for the mentally ill, with over two decades of experience, in hundreds of cases, fighting criminal charges and defending the innocence and livelihoods of our clients with mental health challenges. Our criminal team provides thorough, proactive, and exhaustive legal advocacy to ensure that your rights, and your liberty, are preserved. With an office conveniently located in Midtown Atlanta, we can meet on your schedule to discuss your criminal case in a private and comfortable setting.

To be accused of a crime can be one of the most traumatic and frightening experiences anyone can ever have. Whether you are simply issued a citation, or if you are arrested by law enforcement, the impacts of a criminal accusation can be sudden and dramatic. You need an aggressive and experienced legal team on your side as quickly as possible.

The Gage Law Firm provides specialized representation in criminal cases involving mental health and mental illness. Symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression can often be mistaken by law enforcement as criminal acts. At The Gage Law Firm, we have years of experience handling cases specifically involving mental illness, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. We offer a unique level of representation with a personal knowledge of what it means to struggle with a mental illness. The Gage Law Firm has the tools and experience to address the needs of our mentally ill clients and to guide them through a criminal justice system that is often ignorant of the struggles that come with mental illness.


The Gage Law Firm has represented clients in every phase and type of criminal litigation in close to 1,000 cases over more than a decade's span, including felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic offenses. We can provide you and your loved ones zealous representation in every way, including:

  • First appearances

  • Preliminary Hearings

  • Bond Hearings

  • Arraignment

  • Plea Negotiations

  • Jury and Bench Trials

The Gage Law Firm offers knowledge, advice, and advocacy in every type of criminal defense, and our decades of experience will give you the peace of mind that your life, your job, and your reputation are passionately defended. Our team can provide you with representation in any criminal case.

We are always available to give you a free consultation, which will provide you with an idea of what you can expect in your criminal case. And you can always be comfortable knowing that at The Gage Law Firm, your rights will be fiercely protected.

Major Felonies


To be accused of a serious crime is a traumatic and life-changing experience, especially when you wrestle with mental illness and other mental health challenges. Unlike traffic and many misdemeanor offenses, major felony crimes are accompanied by the frightening reality of the initial arrest, along with the threat of future incarceration. You need a legal partner who is both an aggressive and knowledgeable advocate.


The Gage Law Firm has many years of combined experience handling the full range of major felony offenses in Georgia. We can provide thorough and proactive representation in any and all phases of major felony litigation, including:

  • First Appearance

  • Bond Hearings

  • Preliminary Hearings

  • Arraignment

  • Plea Negotiation

  • Jury Trials


We will provide you with an exhaustive and comprehensive investigation of your case and present you with as many options as possible. If you have little or no prior criminal history, you might be able to avoid the severe penalties associated with these crimes, avoid severely tarnishing your criminal record, and in some cases avoid a felony conviction altogether. And if your case demands a jury trial, our attorneys will be a friend and zealous advocate in the fight to protect your innocence.


The Gage Law Firm can offer experienced advice for any felony case, including:

  • Burglary

  • Forgery and Identity Theft

  • Armed Robbery and Robbery

  • Major Theft Crimes

  • Drug Trafficking

  • Drug Possession and Possession with Intent to Distribute

  • Drug Sale

  • Rape and Sex Crimes

  • Child Molestation and Aggravated Child Molestation

  • Manslaughter

  • Murder


Our free consultation can help give you an understanding of what to expect in your case. If you later decide to take advantage of our experience and knowledge, our attorneys will guide you through the legal process with a dedicated and steady hand.

Domestic Crimes and Family Violence Battery


Accusations of domestic violence can be both frightening and emotionally taxing, and they are not entirely uncommon in families touched by mental illness. Charges of domestic violence bring with them not only the task of responding to the criminal allegations, but also the simultaneous psychological burdens that accompany accusations by a loved one or domestic partner. This two-pronged nature of domestic violence cases requires deft judicial advocacy, as well as a high level of respect for and understanding of the underlying relationship and the effect of criminal accusations on the family and loved ones.

At The Gage Law Firm, we understand the complexity of domestic violence charges. We will provide you with proactive and knowledgeable representation in the judicial system, but also with a gentle and respectful analysis of your case that keeps in mind your challenges at home. The Gage Law Firm offers almost a decade of experience in criminal domestic violence litigation to give you the confidence, comfort, and peace of mind you need to fight the accusations you must face. In many domestic violence cases, our attorneys may be able to find ways to keep you from ever having to enter a courtroom and potentially to keep your criminal record clean.

The Gage Law Firm is equipped to represent you in all domestic criminal cases, including:

  • Family Violence Battery

  • Battery and Simple Battery

  • Assault

  • Stalking and Aggravated Stalking

  • Harassing Phone Calls

  • Violation of a Temporary Protective Order

  • Cruelty to Children

The Gage Law Firm also takes pride in representing the gay, lesbian and transgender community in domestic criminal litigation. Individuals charged with domestic violence who are in committed gay and lesbian relationships are often met with ignorance and insensitivity. At The Gage Law Firm, we welcome gay, lesbian and transgender individuals who are charged with domestic crimes and offer the respect and understanding that your relationship deserves.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction


Drug and alcohol addiction is a growing concern in Georgia, especially during difficult economic times when strapped finances can bring emotional and psychological strain. In cases of drug addiction, there may be opportunities to avoid extensive criminal liability by participating in court-sanctioned programs to fight your addiction. The Gage Law Firm has extensive experience in guiding clients with addiction and may be able not only to provide protection from severe criminal liability, but also a way through a life of drugs.

The Gage Law Firm has spent years as an advocate for rehabilitation of criminal offenders whose acts are rooted in drug and/or alcohol addiction, rather than sanctioning them with incarceration. As a former team member of DeKalb County's Drug Court for many years, our firm has an intimate understanding of addiction and the toll it takes on an individual.

The Gage Law Firm is equipped to advocate for potentially dramatic mitigation that comes with one's acceptance of his or her addiction and a willingness to fight it. If you are struggling with addiction and charged with a crime, we can consult with you for free on how you might be able to take advantage of court-sanctioned programs that allow for you to fight your drug and/or alcohol addictions within the context of your criminal charges, potentially resulting in not only considerably reduced sanctions, but the possibility of an ultimate dismissal and a life free of drugs and alcohol.

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