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James Emmit Hardy

James Emmit Hardy II

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Juvenile

About Me

James E. Hardy, II is a life-long resident of Georgia.  His father had a successful law practice for fifty-three years prior to his passing in 2003.  Despite his "legal DNA", Jim pursued a career as an educator and coach combined with serving his country in the United States Marine Corp  before making an independent decesion to attend Law School.


Mr. Hardy earned his BBA in Management from the University of Georgia, where he also worked toward his Masters in Education (just a few more hours to go).  He is a member of the Alpha Mu chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at the University of Georgia.  Mr. Hardy is a 1986 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Woodrow Wilson College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.  After his Juris Doctor degree in Law, Mr. Hardy earned his Master of Laws in Litigation in 1987.  Mr. Harxdy has been "Defending You and Your Children Since 1986".


After being mentored by his late father and Donald W. Gettle, Esquire for two + years, Mr. Hardy moved to Cumming, Georgia to open his own law practice where he specialized in Civil, Criminal and Juvenile litigation.  As time went on, Mr. Hardy's love of Constitutional Law, the preservation of our Constitutional rights, and the desire to make a diffeerence in the lives of youthful/juvenile offenders, narrowed his practice to Criminal and Juvenile Defense.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    28 years, 3.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    28 years, 750 cases
  3. Juvenile: 20%
    28 years, 500 cases



Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Tracy Ann Moore

    James Hardy is an excellent attorney in our area and has been a mentor to me since I began practicing law 11 years ago. He is a strong and knowledgeable advocate for his clients in all areas of law. His professionalism and experience are considered to be the top of his field.


    Tracy Moore Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Robert Parker Mcfarland

    Jim Hardy has devoted his entire professional career to criminal defense. We worked together on a murder case years ago and Jim had a complete mastery of the facts and did an incredible job for our mutual client at the jury trial. Jim is well known in the legal community as a battle-tested trial lawyer and all around great guy. Prosecutors know that when Jim says he is "ready for trial" that they had better get ready. Few criminal defense lawyers possess the years of knowledge and experience as Jim Hardy. Jim is a real credit to the criminal defense lawyers bar association and a consummate professional both inside and outside of the courtroom. If you are in need of quality representation for a criminal case and are looking for the one of the best lawyers around, you owe it to yourself to meet with Jim Hardy. Parker McFarland


    Robert Mcfarland DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

James E. Hardy, II, P.C.

351 Dahlonega St Ste B
Cumming, GA, 30040-2456


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198605/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Outstanding ServiceForsyth County Criminal Defense Bar2003
PresidentForsyth County Criminal Defense Bar2002
Juris Doctor Magna Cum LaudeWoodrow Wilson College of Law1986
American Jurispurdence for excellency in Law Office PracticeThe Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company1986
American Jurispurdence for excellency in Constitutional LawThe Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company1986
American Jurispurdence for excellency in EvidenceThe Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company1986
Law ReviewWoodrow Wilson College of Law1986
Corpus Juris Secundum for Significiant Legal ScholarshipWest Publishing Company1984

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
President/OwnerJames E.Hardy, II, P.C.1989 - Present
AssociateLaw Office of Donald W. Gettle1986 - 1989

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Forsyth County Criminal Defense BarFormer President Charter Member2000 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of GeorgiaMember1987 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1986 - Present
Georgia Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Supreme Court of the State of GeorgiaMember1986 - Present
Court of Appeals of the State of GeorgiaMember1986 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Georgia v. (Confidential)NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS!
State of Georgia v. (Confidential)DISMISSED ON WARRANTS! After 13 months of defense investigation.
State of Georgia v. (Confidential)NOT GUILTY!

See all Legal Cases 

Publication NameTitleDate
Georgia Court of AppealsVerdict Reversed. 277 Ga. App. 804 (2006)2006
Forsyth County NewsJudge Reverses Order; Animals Can Stay Put2002
Forsyth County NewsLabor Of Love Goes To Dogs2001
Forsyth County NewsRescued Dogs Get 20-Day Reprive2001
Georgia Court of AppealsVerdict Upheld. 252 Ga. App. 761 (2001)2001
Fulton County Daily ReportCoon Dog Killer Loses Appeal; Can't Shoot, Hunt or Drink2001
Forsyth County NewsDog's Death Could Lead To Deportation2000
The Times(Confidential) Innocent Of All Charges1993
The Forum(Confidential) Found Not Guilty Of All Charges1993
Forsyth County News(Confidential) Found Not Guilty1993

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Woodrow Wilson College of LawLawLLM Master of Laws in Litigation1987
Woodrow Wilson College of LawLawJuris Doctor Magna Cum Laude1986
University of GeorgiaManagementBBA1971

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Forsyth County Mock Trial CompetitionJudicial Panelist2011
Metro Atlanta Juvenile Defender SeminarNegotiating with the Juvenile Prosecutor2009
Sawnee Mountain Kennel ClubAvoiding Civil and Criminal Liability in Kennel Operations2004
Sawnee Mountain Kennel ClubLaw Enforcement Shows Up at Your Kennel -- What Now?2003