While most criminal offenses are prosecuted in state court, the United States federal courts also have jurisdictions over certain types of criminal offenses.
In the federal courts in and around Fulton County, Georgia, the prosecuting attorneys with the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) prosecute criminal offenses.
Jurisdiction to prosecute the case within the federal criminal justice system can occur because the crime impacts interstate commerce, the crime occurred on land owned by the federal government or an Indian reservation, or the allegations involve a loss or harm to the federal government.
Criminal defense attorneys in federal court fight serious felony charges, minor federal offenses, petty felony offenses, and infractions.
Cases in the federal criminal justice system can include everything from tax evasion to drug or firearm charges, to civil rights violations.
Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
GACDL advocates for the rights of the accused, adequate funding for the defense of the indigent, and a fair criminal justice system.
Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the Atlanta Bar Association - Since 1960, the Atlanta Bar Association has sponsored a Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). For more than 50 years, the LRIS has helped the public find a qualified attorney throughout Fulton County and the greater metropolitan Atlanta area. The referral requires a $35 consultation fee that entitles the individual to a 30 minute consultation with the attorney at no additional charge. The Atlanta Bar Association LRIS is recognized by the American Bar Association for meeting its high standards.