During my many years of criminal trial practice, I have handled over 5000 criminal cases. These cases range from simple traffic tickets to capital felony cases. I have practiced before all of the courts in the west Georgia area and a number of courts in the metro Atlanta area.
A criminal defense attorney must try cases before judges, juries, handle negotiated pleas, blind pleas, motion hearings, and represent convicted men and women on appeal in the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.
In my practice, I vigorously represent people charged with traffic tickets, DUI’s, DWI’s, family violence cases, misdemeanors, felonies, violent crimes, sexual crimes, probation violations, warrant applications, and drug offenses.
I have performed these legal tasks for years.
I got my start by working for Word & Simmons, P.C. as a young law clerk. There, I was blessed to be trained by two of the best criminal defense attorneys in the state, Gerald P. Word and Maryellen Simmons. They also graciously served as my mentors.
In my third year of law school, I was hired as an intern by the District Attorney of the Coweta Judicial Circuit, Peter John Skandalakis. At the DA’s office, I received the priceless experience of working on criminal cases from a prosecutor’s standpoint.
I was also taught at a young age by my mentor, Gerald P. Word, that reading the opinions issued by the appellate courts would serve me well. I followed his advice and have developed a habit of reading each and every opinion that issued by our appellate courts. I do this on a daily basis.
By reading these appellate cases, I am able to keep current on criminal law and procedure on a daily basis. Surprisingly, the law changes every day. This happens in big ways on some days and small ways on others. By keeping up to date daily on the law, I am able to gain the ongoing vital experience even when I am not in court.
I have been personally endorsed by over 100 of my own peers and over 100 prior clients.
I have been interviewed on criminal law subjects by Fox News Atlanta, Channel 2 Action News, the Times Georgian, Douglas County Sentinel, and numerous other print publications.
I am proud to say that Bubba Head and David Wolfe are mentors to me today.
I am also a syndicated legal columnist. I write for publications including, but not limited to, The Times-Georgian, The Newnan Times-Herald, and The Douglas County Sentinel. My columns appear every Tuesday and all of them are posted on my website, www.swindlelaw.com.
My criminal defense experience has also given me the opportunity to teach on the university level. I currently serve as an adjunct professor at the University of West Georgia in the Criminology Department. I teach classes in criminal law, criminal procedure and constitutional law.
Admitted 2003, Georgia
Professional Webpage: http://www.swindlelaw.com/jason/
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