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John Garland’s Legal Cases

9 total

  • Charges dropped against couple charged with burning mother alive

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    May 10, 2010
    Outcome:
    Dismissal
    Description:
    In 2010, John, along with his father and attorney Richard Grossman, represented a husband and wife who were accused of intentionally setting a fire in the basement of their home in Peachtree City that resulted in burns to the husband’s mother that lead to the mother’s death. As reported in The Fayette Daily News, FOX5 TV News and the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, all charges against the couple were dropped. In the AJC article by Marcus Garner, John A. Garland stated that "the facts overwhelmingly support the determination that the mother’s death was a tragic accident and his clients are innocent."
  • Child molestation charges dropped

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Outcome:
    Case dismissed
    Description:
    In 2010, John represented a father in Cherokee County who was accused of sexually molesting his daughter. After John developed the many factual inconsistencies and impossibilities in the daughter’s allegations, the Cherokee County District Attorney’s office declined to prosecute the case.
  • Charges dropped against mix-tape DJ

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Outcome:
    Charges dropped
    Description:
    John represented Atlanta-based Hip-Hop deejay, on RICO charges arising out of allegations that he produced mix-tapes without the proper authorization from the artists and labels. John was able to negotiate a resolution that resulted in the State dropping all charges against his client.
  • Televangelist case resolved without a conviction

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Mar 12, 2008
    Outcome:
    First offender with probation
    Description:
    ohn represented a Televangelist on charges of aggravated assault based on the allegation that he attacked his wife and fellow Televangelist. Facing a potential 20 years in prison, John and Ed Garland were able to resolve the case without a conviction by negotiating a first offender disposition with one year of probation and community service.
  • Federal drug charges dismissed

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Aug 15, 2006
    Outcome:
    Dismissal
    Description:
    In 2006, John represented a woman facing federal charges in the Northern District of Georgia for possession of cocaine and methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, as well as the possession of a firearm during the commission of crime. After extensive negotiation with the government, all charges were dropped against John’s client.
  • Home confinement for former MBC Financial Aid Director

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 31, 2007
    Outcome:
    Home Confinment
    Description:
    John represented the former Financial Aid Director of Morris Brown University, in Federal Court in the Northern District of Georgia against the accusation that Mr. Singh committed financial aid fraud that led to the collapse of Morris Brown University. Though he was facing years in prison, John and Ed Garland negotiated a plea that resulted in 18 months home confinement.
  • Client facing life in prison found not guilty

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Apr 11, 2014
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    A Fulton County jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts for a client facing life in prison on charges of Malice Murder, two counts of Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a felony, and attempted sale of drugs. In a case that centered on the issue of self-defense, John Garland and Kristen Novay were able to obtain key rulings from the court to exclude irrelevant and prejudicial evidence, eventually leading to the dismissal of one of the Felony Murder counts as well as the Drug count before the case ever went to the Jury. During cross examination of the State’s key witnesses Mr. Garland and Ms. Novay were able to demonstrate the contradictions and inherent unreliability of the State’s claims. Furthermore, Ms. Novay and Mr. Garland were able to locate, subpoena and bring to the stand a police officer who provided testimony that further undermined the credibility of the State’s claims. After over 24hrs of deliberations the Jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts.
  • Probation for alleged ringleader in APS cheating case

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Feb 21, 2014
    Outcome:
    Probation & no conviction
    Description:
    John, along with Don Samuel, represented the former principal of Parks Middle School in the Atlanta Public Schools case brought by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. John’s client was alleged to have been one the the ringleaders in a multi-year, multi-defendant RICO conspiracy to systematically cheat and change answers on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) of Atlanta Public School students. John, along with counsel for the co-defendants, challenged the constitutionality of the investigative process. John and Don were able to resolve their client’s case without any conviction, as well as avoiding jail time and serving only 5 years on probation.
  • Georgia Supreme Court holds government wiretapping procedure unlawful

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 07, 2013
    Outcome:
    Case Dismissed
    Description:
    As reported in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Daily Report, and Atlanta's local National Public Radio affiliate WABE, the Georgia Supreme Court held a government wiretapping procedure was unlawful and ruled to suppresses wiretap evidence in a Gwinnett County ecstasy trafficking prosecution. John Garland argued the case to the Supreme Court for all three defendants, including his client. In a unanimous decision the Court held that a Gwinnett County judge may not issue a wiretap order that allows the police to wiretap cell phones absent proof that the cell phone was used in Gwinnett County, or that the calls would be monitored in Gwinnett County. The Gwinnett County District Attorney's office dismissed all charges pending against Mr. Garland's client.