Skip to main content

James L. Yeargan, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Yeargan & Kert, LLC
3715 Northside Pkwy NW, Building 100 Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30327
Phone: 404-965-5537
Fax: 404-920-3244
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2018
Licensed in Georgia Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (70%), Criminal Defense (30%)
Attorney Profile

At Yeargan & Kert, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia, partner James L. Yeargan Jr. handles felony and misdemeanor criminal law matters, including drug offenses, sex offenses and driving under the influence. His background as a DUI prosecutor and his experience as a tenacious defender in court have resulted in a reputation that makes him one of the most successful and highly sought-after DUI attorneys throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area.

In 2000, Mr. Yeargan obtained his undergraduate degree from Emory University, then attended the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, graduating with his Juris Doctor in 2003. He became licensed to practice in Georgia state courts, as well as before the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Yeargan maintains professional memberships with the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Gate City Bar Association. His commitment to excellence, high ethical standards and devotion to his clients have led his peers to give him the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 30%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

DUI/DWI, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Selections

6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2018

About James L. Yeargan, Jr.

First Admitted: 2003, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://www.atlantaduilawyer.com/jim-yeargan/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board Member, Solo Practitioner Small Firm Section
  • Member, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Jurisprudential Member, American Academy of Forensic Scientists (AAFS)
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Atlanta Lawyer's Club
  • Member, Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Gate City Bar Association
  • Member, National College for DUI Defense
  • Board Member, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Provisional Member, International Association for Chemical Testing

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chairman, Task Force Committee, Atlanta DUI Task Force Advisory
  • Graduate, Harvard University DUI Summer Session
  • DUI Prosecutor Instructor
  • Police Academy DUI Instructor
  • Municipal Court of Atlanta Advisory Committee, 2018

Educational Background

  • Oxford College, 1998
  • Emory University, 2000

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com/publication/?i=166372, Trial Lawyer of the Month, Attorney at Law Magazine, 2013
  • digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com/publication/?i=284188, Author, How To Handle The Emergency Phone Call When Your Client Is Arrested for DUI, Attorney at Law Magazine, 2015
  • Speaker, How To Handle DUI Cases, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers, 2007
  • Speaker, DUI Evidence and Courtroom Presentation, Georgia Public Safety Training Center, 2006
  • Speaker, DUI Evidence and Courtroom Presentation, Georgia Public Safety Training Center, 2005
  • Speaker, How To Handle The Emergency Phone Call When Your Client Is Arrested for DUI, Solo Practitioner Small Law Firm Section, 2015
  • Co-Author, Municipal Court of Atlanta Public Information Brochure, Atlanta Bar Association, 2013
  • digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com/publication/?i=232104, Attorneys of Influence, Attorney at Law Magazine, 2014
  • digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com/publication/?i=258655, Author, Stopping the License Suspension for Drivers Under the Age of 21, Attorney at Law Magazine, 2015

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Jezebel Magazine Power Partners, 2014
  • Attorney At Law Magazine, DUI Law Firm of the Month, 2013

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Client pulled over for Failure to Maintain Lane and Weaving in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-48. This was client's second Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge within 5 years in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391. Client fails all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. Client refuses state administered chemical test of his breath on the Intoxilyzer 5000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice. Client curses out the arresting officer, and became extremely belligerent. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2017
  • Client was found passed out behind the wheel of the client’s vehicle.  Client was previously seen running a stop sign in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-20, and weaving over the roadway in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-48.  The client refused to perform the 3 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) stating that the client was too drunk to do The client then performed all 3 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), and the One Leg Stand (OLS), and failed all of the tests. The client then advised that the client was drunk.  The client also had a suspended license in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-5-121 from a previous DUI. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2019
  • Client was arrested for a DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391 after being involved in a single car accident for Failure To Maintain Lane in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-48. The client performed all 3 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), and the One Leg Stand (OLS), and failed all of the tests. The client blew a .120 on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2018
  • Client was arrested for DUI after running a red light in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-20, and colliding with another car.  The client performed all 3 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), and the One Leg Stand (OLS), and failed all of the tests.  The officer also observed bloodshot and glassy eyes as well as an odor of an alcoholic beverage.  The client was arrested for DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391.  The client blew a .201 on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice.  DUI and all charges dismissed., 2019
  • Client was arrested for a second DUI offense. The client performed all 3 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), and the One Leg Stand (OLS), and failed all of the tests. The officer also observed bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred speech, and a flushed face. The client was arrested for DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391. After being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice the client refused to provide a breath sample in the Intoxilyzer 9000. DUI and all charges dismiss, 2019
  • Client hit a parked car trying to park her vehicle.  When the police arrived at the scene client was passed out behind the wheel.  After several attempts to wake the client the client was unsteady on their feet, and could not answer the officer’s questions. The officer observed an “overwhelming” odor of an alcoholic beverage, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and flushed face. The client performed all 3 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), and the One Leg Stand (OLS). The officer characterized the client as heavily intoxicated. The client was arrested for DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391. After being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice the client refused to provide a breath sample in the Intoxilyzer 9000. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2017
  • Client was pulled over by a DUI task force officer for Speeding in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-181.  The client failed all 3 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), and the One Leg Stand (OLS).  The client blew into a portable breath test (PBT) device which was positive for the presence of alcohol.  The client was arrested for DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391, and read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice. The client blew a .132 on the Intoxilyzer 9000.  DUI and all charges dismissed, 2019
  • Client was arrested for DUI drugs after getting into a single car accident on the freeway. Client was charged with Failure to Maintain Lane in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-48, and DUI Drugs in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391. The officer found the client passed out behind the wheel of the vehicle. The client admitted to heavy drug use before driving which caused client to blackout behind the wheel. The officer found freshly used drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. The officer also noticed drug impairment in the client’s eyes and speech. The client admitted to the officer that the client should not have been driving. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2019
  • Client was stopped at a roadblock being implemented by DUI task force officers.  The client failed 3 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), and the One Leg Stand (OLS).  The client did blow into a portable breath test (PBT) device, and the results were positive for alcohol.  The officer also noticed the client had watery eyes, and mumbled and confused speech. The client was arrested for DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391, and read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice.  The client provided a breath test of more than twice the legal limit at .165.  DUI and all charges dismissed, 2018 - 2019
  • Client was pulled over for driving with a busted headlight in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-8-22.  The client performed all 3 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), and the One Leg Stand (OLS).  The client did provide a breath test into a portable breath test (PBT) which was positive for the presence of alcohol.  The client was arrested for DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391, and read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice.  At the jail, the client blew more than twice the legal limit, and provided a breath sample of .172 on the Intoxilyzer 9000. DUI case dismissed, and client paid $100 for driving with a busted headlight, 2019
  • This was client’s 2nd DUI offense. Client was pulled over on Christmas Eve by a DUI Task Force Officer after driving through a right turn only lane in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-20, and then driving over a median on a major roadway in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-50.  Client performed, and failed, all 3 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), and the One Leg Stand (OLS). The officer smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client's breath, and noticed the client had bloodshot eyes. The client refused to give a preliminary breath test (PBT) into an Alco Sensor IV handheld breath testing device.  The client was arrested for DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391.  The Client further refused the state’s chemical test of his breath on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice.  Client was also arrested for Driving On A Suspended License in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-5-121 from a previous DUI.  DUI and all charges dismissed, 2019
  • Client was arrested for DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391 after she drove around a mechanical arm to get out of a parking deck without paying, she struck a building, then struck a guard rail, then drove the wrong way down a one way street, and struck 3 parked cars.  Witnesses testified client was in a nearby bar drinking, and that they saw her staggering down the street to get into her vehicle.  Client found not guilty on all charges, including DUI and Driving the Wrong Way On A One Way, after trial, 2019
  • Client was charged with DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391, and Hit and Run in violation of 40-6-270 after striking several vehicles, and not stopping.  Client was stopped by the police, and failed all of the standardized field sobriety evaluations.  Client failed all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  The client submitted to the state administered test of her breath on the Intoxilyzer 9000, and blew a .254 which is more than 3 times the legal limit of 0.08 in Georgia.  DUI, Hit and Run, and all charges dismissed, 2019
  • Client stopped by local police. Client failed all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2018
  • Client stopped by police after an accident for Failure to Maintain Lane in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-48. Client failed all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV. Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. Client was arrested for DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391 . DUI and all charges dismissed, 2018
  • Client stopped for speeding in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-181 by a DUI Task Force police officer. Client was stopped for doing more than 100 mph in a 55 mph zone.  Client admitted drinking a bottle of wine. Client failed all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV. Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. Client refused to submit to a state administered chemical test of her breath on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2018
  • Client was stopped for not wearing a seat belt in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-76.1 by a DUI Task Force police officer.  Client failed all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  Client gave a high breath sample on the state administered breath test on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice.  All charges dismissed after trial, 2017
  • This was client’s second DUI charge in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391. Client was stopped for speeding in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-181 by a DUI Task Force police officer.  Client failed all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  DUI and all charges dismissed, 2019
  • Client stopped by a DUI Task Force police officer after he noticed the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath at a gas station.  Client failed all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. Client blew one and a half times the legal limit on the state administered test of his breath on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2019
  • Client stopped by a DUI Task Force police officer for Driving without Headlights in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-8-20. Client failed field all  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.. Client blew more than one and a half times the legal limit on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice.  DUI and all charges dismissed, 2018
  • Client stopped by a DUI Task Force police officer.  Client failed all  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.. Client blew more than twice the legal limit in Georgia of 0.08 grams on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice.  DUI and all charges dismissed, 2019
  • Client's second DUI in 5 years in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391. Client rear ended another vehicle, had friend lie and say friend was driving then client admitted driving.  Client failed all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) field tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  Client arrested for DUI, Following Too Closely (O.C.G.A. 40-6-49), No Proof of Insurance (O.C.G.A. 40-6-10), and Driving While License Suspended (O.C.G.A. 40-5-121) from his first DUI.  Client refused to submit to the state administered test of his breath on in the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice.  Client was acquitted on all counts except for Following Too Closely after trial, 2018
  • Client stopped by a DUI Task Force police officer. Client failed all  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  Client blew high on the state administered breath test on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice. Client charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391.  DUI and all charges dismissed, 2018
  • This was client's second Driving Under the Influence charge (DUI) in 5 years in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391 after being stopped by a DUI Task Force police officer.  Client failed all  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  Client blew a .21 on the state chemical breath test (almost 3 times the legal limit of .08 in Georgia) on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2019
  • Client stopped for driving through a construction zone in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-98.  Client failed all  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  Client blew high on the state chemical breath test on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2018
  • Client stopped for speeding in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-181 by a DUI Task Force officer.  Client failed all  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  Client refused the state chemical breath test on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2019
  • This was client's second Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge in 5 years in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391 as well as a second driving on a suspended license charge in 5 years in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-5-121.  Client was pulled over for Failure to Maintain Lane in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-48 by a DUI Task Force police officer.  Client failed all  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  Client blew high on the state chemical breath test on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2019
  • Client stopped by a DUI Task Force police officer for Failure to Maintain Lane in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-48.  Client failed all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  . Client blew one and a half times the legal limit on the Intoxilyzer 9000 for the state administered breath test after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2018
  • This was client's second Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge in 5 years in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391.  Client stopped for speeding in a high crash zone in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-181 by a DUI Task Force police officer.  Officer noticed client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person.  The arresting officer also noticed the client had glassy and bloodshot eyes as well as slurred speech.  The client refused to submit to a state administered chemical test of his breath after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice.  Client was facing a minimum of 6 months in jail if convicted. Client was found not guilty of the DUI charge after a jury trial, 2019
  • Client was stopped by a DUI Task Force police officer for Failure to Maintain Lane in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-48.  Client failed all  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  Client was arrested for DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391.  Client blew a .18 (almost two and a half times the legal limit) on the Intoxilyzer 9000 for the state administered breath test after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice.  DUI and all charges dismissed, 2021
  • This was client's second Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge in 5 years in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391.  Client was stopped by a DUI Task Force police officer for Failure to Maintain Lane in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-48.  Client failed all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  Client tried to give a breath sample on the Intoxilyzer 9000 for the state administered breath test after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice, but could not provide a sufficient breath sample. The officer felt that she was not cooperating, and charged her as a DUI refusal under O.C.G.A. 40-6-391. DUI and all charges dismissed, 2019
  • Client was found by police officers passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle at a green light.  Client was charged with Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-20 and DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391.  Client failed all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Client refused to submit to the state administered chemical test of his breath on the Intoxilyzer 9000 after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice.  DUI and all charges dismissed, 2018
  • Client was stopped by a DUI Task Force police officer for Failure to Maintain Lane in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-48.  Client fails all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s) including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), 9 Step Walk and Turn (WAT), the One Leg Stand (OLS), and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the Alco Sensor IV.  Officer also noticed the client had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the client’s person, the client had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  Client was arrested for DUI in violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-391.  Client registered a high breath sample on the Intoxilyzer 5000 for the state administered breath test after being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice and agreeing to the test.  DUI and all charges dismissed, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Intoxilyzer 9000 Operator, 2018
  • Certified DUI Detection
  • Certified DUI and Drugs
  • Certified Visual Estimation of Speed
  • Completed Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases Training
  • GBI Certified Intoxilyzer 5000 Operator
  • Certified In Radar Speed Detection
  • NHTSA Drug Recognition Expert Pre-Course
  • NHTSA Certified Field Sobriety Testing
  • Certified In Laser (LIDAR) Speed Detection
  • NHTSA Drug Recognition Expert Course
  • Completed NCDD Harvard Session in DUI Defense
  • NHTSA Certified Field Sobriety Testing Instructor
  • Certified in Drugs That Impair Driving

Videos

Honors/Awards

  • , Top Ranking Attorney, American Association of Attorney Advocates, 2020
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney, Attorney and Practice Magazine, 2021
  • , Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney, Attorney and Practice Magazine, 2020
  • Top Ranking Law Firm, American Association of Attorney Advocates, 2021
  • , Distinguished Lawyer, Noticed, 2016
  • , Distinguished Lawyer, Noticed, 2017
  • , Distinguished Lawyer, Noticed, 2018
  • , Distinguished Lawyer, Noticed, 2018
  • , Distinguished Lawyer, Noticed, 2019
  • , Distinguished Lawyer, Noticed, 2020
  • , Distinguished Lawyer, Notice, 2021
  • , Atlanta's Best Award, City's Best Awards, 2021
  • , Georgia Super Lawyers
  • , Top Ranking Attorney, American Association of Attorney Advocates, 2021
  • , Elite Lawyer, The Georgia Elite Lawyers, 2020 - 2021
  • , Client's Choice, Avvo, 2017 - 2021
  • , Avvo Top Contributor, Avvo, 2017 - 2021
  • , AV Rated Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell, 2014 - 2021
  • , Law Firm 500 Fastest Growing Law Firms In The Country, Law Firm 500, 2018 - 2020
  • , Premier Trial Attorney, National Academy of Jurisprudence, 2016, 2020 - 2021
  • , Top 100 DUI Attorney, The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, 2016, 2020 - 2021
  • , Superior DUI Attorney, The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, 2017, 2020 - 2021
  • , Top 20 DUI Lawyers In Atlanta, Expertise.com, 2016 - 2021
  • , Top 10 Client Satisfaction, American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, 2017 -2018, 2020 - 2021
  • , Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2020 - 2021
  • , Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014, 2017, 2019 - 2021
  • , 10 Best Attorneys, American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, 2019 - 2021
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney In Georgia, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2017
  • Atlanta's Rising Stars, 2014
  • , Best of Atlanta, 2014
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Top 100 DUI Lawyers In Georgia, The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, 2014
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2015
  • Premier DUI Attorney, American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • , Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2017
  • , Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014 - 2018
  • , Avvo Superb Rating, Avvo.com, 2010 - 2016, 2020 - 2021
  • Harvard Law Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, 2014
  • Next Generation, Attorney at Law Magazine, 2015
  • Legal Elite, Corp America, 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys, American Jurist Institute, 2016

Comments

  • “ Mr. Yeargan is a young star in DUI defense who is at the top of his game. He is extremely knowledgeable, hard working, and gets excellent results as well as being a wonderful person. He definitely deserves some recognition as a guy who's been around for a while now and is very well-respected in the DUI defense community. I know him very well and I have seen him in action.”
  • “ Jim Yeargan as a former prosecutor for the City of Atlanta knows DUI law inside and out. Most importantly he is a zealous advocate for his clients. He maintains a positive relationship with prosecutors and judges throughout Metro Atlanta. But in the courtroom he leaves no stone unturned and gets tremendous results for his clients.”
  • “ Jim Yeargan as a former prosecutor for the City of Atlanta knows DUI law inside and out. Most importantly he is a zealous advocate for his clients. He maintains a positive relationship with prosecutors and judges throughout Metro Atlanta. But in the courtroom he leaves no stone unturned and gets tremendous results for his clients.”
  • “ Excellent DUI Defense attorney! Very experienced and successful with his outcomes.”
  • “ Excellent DUI Defense Attorney. Experienced and gets successful outcomes for his clients.”
  • “ I have watched James severak times in state court. His knowledge of the methods used in the defense of DUI is unparraled.”
  • “ James is consistent in achieving results for his clients.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Show More
Office Location for James L. Yeargan, Jr.

3715 Northside Pkwy NW
Building 100 Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30327

Phone: 404-965-5537

Fax: 404-920-3244

Last Updated: 6/19/2021

Page Generated: 1.0074808597565 sec