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James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.

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James Yeargan is one of the most respected and sought after DUI attorneys in the state. His successful defense record and unprecedented devotion to his clients has earned him this honor. Mr. Yeargan’s reputation as a tenacious DUI practitioner coupled with his remarkable trial strategy and indomitable presence in the courtroom have earned him the moniker “DUI Jim” throughout the Atlanta community, and Georgia at large. Whether he is defending a client in the farmlands of South Georgia, or defending the wrongfully accused in the foothills of the Appalachians DUI Jim is always there for his clients. “I go wherever my clients need me,” says Jim. “No case is too big, and no case is too small. When you’re in trouble, and you need me; I’m there.” It’s this dedication to his clients that makes Mr. Yeargan’s DUI practice so unique and sought after. You won’t find another attorney this dedicated to their clients. 


After completing his undergraduate education at Emory University, and legal education at Mercer University, Mr. Yeargan spent the next 3 years as a DUI and drug prosecutor in the City of Atlanta. After excelling in the courtroom, Jim began his own training at the Georgia Police Academy. There he received certifications in Field Sobriety Testing, Intoxilyzer 5000 operations, Laser and Radar Operator’s Training, and various DUI and Drug Courses. 


After completing this training, Jim received his highest honor; Jim was asked to become an instructor at the Georgia Police Academy. “I was beside myself when I got the news, remarks Jim. Even though he is now a DUI defense attorney, Jim still instructs at the Police Academy in the areas of DUI Law and Courtroom Case Preparation and Presentation. 


If you’re faced with a DUI, drug, or other traffic charge it’s very important that you hire a lawyer. While you can hire any attorney wouldn’t you rather hire one who knows both sides of prosecution and defense? Wouldn’t you rather hire an attorney who not only knows the cops, but has also trained them? Wouldn’t you rather hire an attorney who has spent all night on the road working with the officers in your case? Wouldn’t you rather hire an attorney who has worked with and trained the prosecutor in your case? If you do, then call James “DUI Jim” Yeargan. 


  • Former DUI Prosecutor

  • Assigned to Atlanta’s DUI Prosecutorial Task Force

  • Atlanta DUI Task Force

  • Georgia State Patrol Task Force

  • Police Academy DUI Instructor

  • DUI Prosecutor Instructor

  • Atlanta DUI Advisory Task Force Committee Chairmain

  • Certified NHTSA Field Sobriety Testing

  • Certified NHTSA Field Sobriety Testing Instructor

  • Certified Intoxilyzer 5000 Operator

  • Certified DUI and Drugs

  • Certified DUI Detection

  • Laser Operator

  • Radar Operator

  • NHTSA Drug Recognition Expert Pre-Course

  • NHTSA Drug Recognition Expert Course

  • Graduate, National College for DUI Defense Harvard University

  • Jurisprudential Member, American Academy of Forensic Scientists (AAFS)

  • Provisional Member, International Association for Chemical Testing

  • Member, National College for DUI Defense

  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, American Trial Lawyer’s Association

  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association

  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Member, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Member, Gate City Bar Association



Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 5%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 5%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kyle Hogan Jarzmik

    As a prosecutor, I would always see Jim in court. He was always prepared and getting great results for his clients. Jim has built a well deserved reputation as a great defense attorney, and has experience in many courts across Georgia. I endorse Jim Yeargan!


    Kyle Jarzmik DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • H. Scott Aalsberg

    If you need to win your DWI or Criminal Charge you need Attorney James Yeargan, Jr. He is simply a Superb Lawyer. I endorse him 100%


    H. Aalsberg Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Yeargan Barber & Kert, LLC

1170 Peachtree Street
Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA, 30309


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200311/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer 2016Super Lawyer2016
Premier DUI AttorneyAmerican Association of Premier DUI Attorneys2015
10 Best Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Super Lawyer 2015Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 DUI Lawyers in GeorgiaThe National Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Harvard Law Summer SessionNational College for DUI Defense2014
AV Rated PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in GeorgiaThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40 In GeorgiaThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Super Lawyer 2014Super Lawyers2013
Harvard Law Summer SessionNational College for DUI Defense2012
Super Lawyer 2013Super Lawyers2012
LIDAR/Laser Speed DetectionFulton County Police AcademyN/A
Radar Speed DetectionFulton County Police AcademyN/A
Drugs That Impair DrivingNHTSAN/A
Field Sobriety Testing InstructorNHTSAN/A
Intoxilyzer 5000 Operator CertifiedState of GeorgiaN/A
Field Sobriety Testing CertifiedNHTSAN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyYeargan & Yarbrough, LLC2007 - Present
Assistant Solicitor/ProsecutorMunicipal Court of Atlanta2005 - 2006
Assistant Solicitor/ProsecutorCity Court of Atlanta2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College for DUI DefenseMember2011 - Present
DUI Advisory Task Force, Municipal Court of AtlantaCommittee Chair2011 - Present
Atlanta Lawyer's ClubMember2010 - Present
Cobb County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Atlanta Council of Young LawyersExecutive Board Member2008 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2007 - Present
American Academy of Forensic SciencesJurisprudential Member2007 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
United States Supreme CourtMember2006 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitMember2006 - Present
Supreme Court of GeorgiaMember2003 - Present
Georgia Court of AppealsMember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. C.B.DUI and All Charges Dismissed
State v. C.B.DUI and All Charges Dismissed
State v. J.C.DUI and All Charges Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Attorney at Law MagazineNext Generation Issue2015
Attorney At Law MagazineStopping the License Suspension for Drivers Under the Age of 212015
Attorney at Law MagazineAttorneys of Influence2015
Super LawyersRising Stars 20132013
Attorney at Law MagazineTrial Lawyer of the Month2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer University-W. George L.S.LawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Emory UniversityPolitical Science and EnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Atlanta Council of Younger LawyersHandling DUI Cases2007
DUI Evidence and Courtroom PresentationDUI Evidence and Courtroom Presentation2006
DUI Evidence and Courtroom PresentationDUI Evidence and Courtroom Presentation2005