By: William C. Head, Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney for 41 Years
The first criminal case tried by William C. Head (known as “Bubba Head” in Georgia and around the country) was a Clarke County State Court case in 1977 for shoplifting a bottle of Jean Nate cologne from a local store in Athens GA, and another case for child abandonment in Elbert County State Court.
While he had handled burglary (his very first criminal cases, in Albany, GA, in July of 1976), as well as murder, drunk driving, aggravated assault, vehicular homicide GA and other criminal charges, but those GA criminal cases did not have to go to trial.
The first-degree murder case was reduced to involuntary manslaughter and the accused client was released from the Clarke County jail on “time-served.”
Another criminal defense case was in Clarke County Superior Court for felony drug possession, where a University of Georgia student’s locked room (in a subdivided Victorian home that had been converted to separate student apartments), and Mr. Head had his client’s case totally dismissed due to the defective warrant that only gave the property street address, and not the name of the individual apartment resident who was named in the warrant (who was not Mr. Head’s client).
After defending the female client at trial, Mr. Head successfully appealed the wrongful conviction of a bartender from the infamous Last Resort in Athens. The “lack of intent” defense to the charge was based on the fact that she had been told by the owners that the doorman was checking all IDs, and she need not check identification anyone who was admitted, before serving them.
The trial judge made an error in instructing the jury on the intent element for that young woman who had been arrested for selling to an underage buyer (who was young police officer in street clothes). This excerpt from the Georgia Court of Appeals decision summed up the case facts:
Appellant sold a glass of beer to an undercover police cadet who was 18½ years of age. Her sole defense was that she had no criminal intention, and no knowledge that the police cadet was a minor.
Appellant was a bartender and had been instructed by the owners of the night club not to check I.D.s, as they had hired a doorman for that specific purpose and anyone in the club had been checked. This was corroborated by the testimony of the two owners and the doorman. (162 Ga.App. 491).
The intermediate Court of Appeals overturned her conviction, and cleared her criminal record. The Court stated (in the jury instructions) that the trial judge did not: “advise the jury that a person will not be presumed to act with criminal intention.” So, this young woman walked away “scot-free” by trusting Bubba Head to defend her criminal case.
Larry Kohn and Cory Yager, law partners of Mr. Head, have never worked in any practice area except as criminal justice attorneys.
Both attorneys in Atlanta have been with Bubba Head since law school. Neither worked for any other Georgia attorneys and have been with Atlanta lawyer Bubba Head for their entire legal careers.
Since the category of alcohol and drug crimes are the type of criminal case with the largest demand for our law firm’s legal services, Mr. Head trained both of Atlanta attorney Kohn and Atlanta lawyer Yager in DUI Defense from day one of their legal careers. Yet,
he has also welcomed the opportunity of mentoring both of them on misdemeanor and felony cases for the other 15% of the criminal defense law cases that are processed through our office each year. Most of the misdemeanors were traffic ticket cases or vehicle accidents (sometimes involving driving under the influence, hit and run, attempting to elude an officer, racing, or reckless driving GA).
Atlanta attorney Kohn quietly and successfully handled the February 2015 UniverSoul elephant cruelty case at Atlanta Municipal Court. The owners of the circus had to find the best criminal defense attorney Atlanta for the case, because losing the case would have shut down their ability to use elephants in their show.
Mr. Kohn, a well-known criminal lawyer in Atlanta, quietly won this non-jury trial at Atlanta Municipal Court based on lack of evidence. In his nearly 20 years with Mr. Head, criminal defense attorney Kohn has handled over 1500 criminal matters not involving DUI, ranging from traffic tickets to homicide by vehicle GA, and personal crimes ranging from sexting to date rape.
Atlanta lawyer Cory Yager has handled more than 250 criminal matters not involving DUI in Georgia. A substantial number of these cases were involving marijuana possession, selling weed, drug possession drug trafficking, possession with intent to distribute and Internet crime, but he also has handled prostitution, pandering and other felony or misdemeanor crimes in Georgia.
Each of our criminal defense lawyers in Atlanta have dozens of other criminal cases on their shelves that have no connection to alcohol, drugs or DUI. Although not a complete list, our three Atlanta criminal defense attorneys also handle these types of cases:
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