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Posted by Scott, a DUI client, Flag
After an unplanned evening in Dekalb County jail for a potential DUI, I was completely panicked. I didn't know what to do next. I actually found Matt's info online. After speaking with several other attorneys on the phone, Matt was the only one that agreed to meet me in person that evening (10pm on a Sunday night). We met at Matt's office. He immediately made me feel calmer about my situation. He walked me through the entire set of potential outcomes with my case, and told me he would work with me step by step through the entire process to ensure the best possible outcome. His administrative staff is the very best. The entire office was extremely diligent and responsive throughout my case. He is brutally honest with everything. Never did Matt set false expectations about the charges I was facing. But he knows the Georgia system inside and out. He had me take courses, meet with drug counselors for evaluations, take a mandatory DUI drivers Ed course, and do some community service, all before we ever stepped into court. By the time my case was ready for court, he had prepared my story so well that we were both confident that there would be a positive outcome. In my case, a valuable life lesson was learned, I was able to move on, and Matt helped ensure a reduced charge down to a minor traffic violation. Bottom line, Georiga makes fighting DUI charges nearly impossible, and extremely complex. Matt Kilgo knows how to fight your charges for the best possible outcome.
Posted by Brian, a DUI client, Flag
I met with over five different law firms before settling on Hawkins Law Firm (and Matt specifically) to handle my DUI charge. He took the time to meet with me, go over my case, and set realistic expectations. I'm happy to say that Matt was able to get the DUI reduced to a Reckless Driving, and I was able to keep my license (and more importantly my job)!
Posted by ZT, a DUI client, Flag
Great lawyer who knows the rules and sets realistic expectations for your outcome. My case was DUI. And if you are reading this I don't need to tell you about the stress that goes along with that. He is very good at explaining what is likely to happen...he can't tell you what will happen. But, for me, knowing he was lock step with me throughout the process (meaning he took calls at all hours graciously) put my mind at ease...kind of. Good luck! And I highly endorse Matt.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer. Matt and his firm were recommended to me by another lawyer. At our first meeting we discussed my charges, penalties, fees (his and the courts), possible pleas and what I wanted in terms of my sentence. After we set our goals for what I wanted as far as plea and sentencing, Matt immediately began working on the case. In court he was not only able to work with the prosecution and judge to get what we wanted but he was able to get more. He will not only go after what you want but he will try to do everything to get you as much as possible. He saved my career and much more. I couldn't be more satisfied.
Posted by David, a DUI client, Flag
I was referred to Mr. Kilgo through a friend who is an attorney in Washington D.C.
Matt seemed ideal for my case after learning he was a former prosecutor in Cobb County where my case was. He seemed even more ideal after consulting with him is his office about my case. Matt is Knowledgeable, friendly and has a great attitude. Plus he just came across as a caring person. I have worked many attorneys in my life but none as professional as Matt. After hiring Matt he got to work right away on my case buckling down and never letting up. All throughout the case he was very flexible with my schedule. Constantly keeping me inform of what was happening and what we had to do. Matt was very genuine in his answers and in his work ethic. I felt like he was a friend who was there to genuinely help me and make my life better through a troubled time. I can't say enough good things about how he operates. I am very pleased with his work and the outcome of my case!
Thank you Matt.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
The very real possibilty of getting a DUI is a very scary concept, especially when you have a LOT to lose. After spending the night in a police holding facility, I was very worried I was about to lose many things that are very dear to me and, most importantly, very dear to my family. Through his knowledge of the law and the complex legal system governing dui's and with his close relationships with the parties involved in the system, Matt was able to handle my case with relative ease, which in turn put me at ease despite my many fears and concerns. Matt was always professional, courteous and very patient with me and all others involved. If you were my friend facing dui charges, I wouldn't just recommend Matt, I would insist you hire him to protect you!
Posted by LawStudent, a DUI client, Flag
I was pulled over by Georgia State Patrol (GSP). If you know anything about DUIs, an arrest by GSP is HORRIBLE. As a law student, a DUI arrest was the WORST thing that could happen to me. For me, a DUI meant prohibition from taking the Bar Exam.
A law professor and former District Attorney recommended Matt. Because Matt was a former DUI Prosecutor in the jurisdiction where I was arrested, he was able to get me an AMAZING deal. In the legal field, relationships matter – it’s all about an attorney’s reputation and if people like him/her. Lucky for me, Matt had EXCELLENT relationships with everyone in my jurisdiction – including my prosecutor and judge. He got me a WONDERFUL deal in less than 4 months. If you know anyone who has been arrested for a DUI, a favorable result in 4 months is unheard of!
Of course, what you get depends on the facts of your arrest and your own personal/criminal history. How proactive you are in your own case also matters. Do whatever your attorney says so he/she has leverage when negotiating on your behalf. Be vocal (and REALISTIC) about what you want.
I was very impressed with the level of professionalism and speedy manner the entire firm handled my case. The Hawkins Law Firm is the only DUI firm I know of that releases attorney cell phone numbers to clients. I could call Matt at all hours of the night and he would reply. A phone call, email, or voicemail was always returned the same day.
Considering the huge amount of stress I was under and the pressure concerning my future, I was an emotional wreck. I cried… A LOT! I asked lots of neurotic questions. Both Matt and his wonderful assistant, Katie, were ALWAYS patient with me and never made me feel bad. The entire firm is very professional, quick to reply, supportive, and very efficient in getting you a great deal!
The fact is Georgia is a strict state. I spent the last three years studying the law – I have knowledge about the statutes and policies. Several friends have gotten DUIs and used George Stein or Bubba Head. Matt got me a better deal for half the price – and he was personally involved every step of the way instead of signing it off to another attorney. I highly recommend him! Because I know a lot of attorneys and am exposed to the legal profession on a daily basis, Matt is your best bet in terms of price, attention, time and deal.
Posted by Drew, a DUI client, Flag
After meeting with the Hawkins Law Firm partners, Mike and Matt, I had a decision to make ...which attorney did I want to hire as my lead attorney...choose the significantly more expensive, more experienced lawyer (Mike) or the less expensive, but highly qualified lawyer (Matt). They reassured me that they both, together, look over every case no matter who the lead attorney is for any particular case. Mainly for financial reasons I chose to go with Matt...although I felt confident in his abilities to take the lead in my case, knowing that Mike was there to back him with his experience made me feel secure in my decision. Matt was very helpful throughout the entire process...going out of his way to meet with me, answering and returning any calls I or my concerned mother (who called a lot more than I even knew) made to him. There were times that I panicked and even doubted Matt's priority for my case bc things weren't moving as fast as I had hoped, but he always made himself available and walked me through each complicated (and backwards) process of the court system. In the end, Matt negotiated a plea with the prosecutor so I did not have to go to trial and ultimately, he delivered the result in which I hired him for....a dropped DUI charge. Thanks!
(the only reason I gave him a 4 out of 5 for 'Trustworthy' is bc I do not fully trust any lawyer...)
Posted by Lisa, a DUI client, Flag
My son got a DUI charge while away at college in Atlanta. Not knowing which lawyer to hire, a friend recommended Matthew Kilgo to me and I was very happy with the outcome! The court wanted to take away my son's license, give him jail time, and slap on huge fines, but Matthew was able to get the charges dropped! I am eternally thankful for what he has done for my son and would recommend Matthew Kilgo for anyone!
Posted by Jessica, a DUI client, Flag
I hired Matt after being referred to the Hawkins firm for a DUI. During our initial meeting, he seemed very interested in my case and even came out of his way to meet me after work. After I paid my $5000, I never heard from him until the night before my first hearing. I was not advised as to what was going to take place at the first hearing or at any of those that followed.
The night before my next hearing, I didn't hear from him till 8pm, after leaving several messages—all unanswered. I was definitely not a priority. At my final hearing, with no prior communication or advice, he tried to convince me to take my case to full trial, which would have cost another $3000 plus court fees. After having spent all that money, which I borrowed on loan, based on their recommendation, and not feeling like he cared at all about my case, I felt like I had to take the offer he gave me. I couldn't borrow any more to go with another attorney and felt stuck. Be careful using this attorney as the most important thing to him is your money.
Posted by John, a DUI client, Flag
Matt was very helpful and he was good about getting in touch with me and explaining many of the legal processes that I did not understand, especially since I was from out of state. He kept me calm at all times during the process and was very friendly. Very personable as well. Overall, Matt Kilgo was an excellent legal force that at no point left any type of doubt in my mind. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
Matt did an excellent job with my DUI case. His knowledge and efforts not only resulted in my case being reduced to reckless driving, but also allowed me to keep my license without any restrictions. He did a good job of answering all of my questions and minimizing my anxiety. I would highly recommend Matt to anyone who finds themselves in the position of being charged with DUI.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
I was arrested for DUI, and have no previous record of any kind. The first thing I did was hire a friend of mine who was a lawyer that was not specialized in DUI. BIG MISTAKE!! and a waste of 1500.00. I was hoping that there was a video of the field sobriety test that would show that the arresting officer lied on the police report, and that would prove my innocence. However there was none. Not only did the officer have me stumbling and failing every part of the field sobriety test, but he put on the report that I refused the breath test. The fact was I was never asked to blow. My friend, the lawyer recommended that I plead guilty to DUI because there was no way to prove my innocence. There was no video, and it would come down to my word against the officers word. No fight!! If I'm going to go down, there is always going to be a fight. That is what Matt and the Hawkins Law Firm provided for me. We all worked together as a team to accomplish one goal. To not have a DUI on my record for the rest of my life.
This case was a long drawn out process that took almost 3 years. During that time we had numerous meetings and communications, so that Matt could gain a full understanding of the facts of my case. This was very important to me. I needed to feel assured that I was understood, and that he took the time to know my case inside and out, so that we could figure out the best possible defense. He went above and beyond to ensure that result. He used all his resources to compile other police reports from this arresting officer, by communicating with other lawyers within his network of lawyers friends. From those reports we were able to build a great defense based on the fact that all his reports were identical, and simply just cut and pasted a different name on the report. This officer made almost 300 arrests in the year he arrested me. He knew he didn't have a video camera. So that gave him the liberty to get away with this type of horrible police work. I'm sure many people were taken down by this officer. I am thankful that I had the heart to fight this injustice, and got someone who had the fight, knowledge and experience that Matt did. He gave me hope that there would be a positive resolution to this, or at the least we were going to go down using every possible bullet we could, in order to achieve the goal of not guilty.
In the end on the trial date, Matt was able to successfully communicate with the prosecutor, and the arresting officer. He was able to demonstrate that we had such a strong case that it would be in the best interest of all involved to find me not guilty of DUI, but guilty of reckless driving. It was through his hard work and the reputation of the Hawkins Law Firm that this result was achieved. Once again I am very thankful that I hired the right Firm and person to represent me, and defend me in this horrible situation.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
Mr. Kilgo was an amazing help to me and my situation. He did an wonderful job and I was greatly appreciative of his help.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
My DUI case â€œGOT DISMISSEDâ€ thanks to Matt Kilgo! Unfortunately, my experience with obtaining legal representation didnâ€™t start off so great. Prior to crossing paths with Matt from this very site, I hired a so called pathetic excuse for an attorney. My previous attorney was highly recommended to me from an associate that was also battling a DUI charge. A very long story short, this horrible attorney sent his PARALEGAL to represent me at my first hearing then was pretty much â€œhands offâ€ with my case. Prior to my second court appearance, I made the most important decision throughout this journey; I hired Matt Kilgo. During my search for a new attorney, I went through a vigorous screening of top tier DUI firms in the Metro Atlanta Area which included Hawkins Law Firm (Mattâ€™s Firm). In short, I selected Matt because during just the first call- he actively listened/reviewed the details of my case (and fears), got to know me as a whole person and educated me on the DUI law as well as possible direction to achieve the best outcome. This continued throughout the entire process even when my case was dormant with waiting for a court date.
As with others on this site facing a DUI charge, I am a licensed professional and consultant, my job requires me to travel extensively which includes obtaining rental cars at my clientsâ€™ location. Needless to say, a DUI on my records would be devastating and crippling. To that end, an error in legal representation and/or missed opportunity to beat the DUI charge was completely unacceptable. I walked away from thousands of dollars with my first attorney and joined what I called the Dream Team; Matt Kilgo my attorney and his supportive cast Mike (attorney owner of Hawkins Law Firm) and especially my new friend Ms. Nicolle (Office Manager Extraordinaire). I am a very â€œhands onâ€ client with the details of my case. Matt is the same way, he proactively informed me about all aspects of my case above and beyond the call of duty. When Matt is unavailable to answer questions; either Nicolle and/or Mike were always available to provide information about the logistics of my case. It was that in-depth attention to details and commitment to his clients why my case was dismissed! Great thing is my case never went to trial but Iâ€™m confident we were ready to fight; Matt discovered several angles that were sound plans of defense. Bottom-line, a DUI charge is not the end of the world (if you hire the right Attorney) and by the Grace of God, I was very fortunate to cross paths with Matt. Matt Kilgo is a true blessing~ who helped me get my life back on track.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
From day one, Matthew Kilgo put me at ease and helped me through the entire process. His firm exceeded my expectations and guided me through the legal process. I would not hesitate to recommend Matthew Kilgo or his firm. I was more than pleased with his knowledge and command of the law. Highly recommend!
Posted by Will M., a DUI client, Flag
I was pulled over for too fast for conditions in South Fulton County in the Fall of 2010. The officer asked if I had anything to drink and asked if I would consent to sobriety tests. I felt fine so I took the field sobriety test and consented to a breath test at the station. That was a mistake because I blew nearly twice the legal limit. When I made bond the next morning I immediately began searching for a lawyer online. Due to the potential security clearance requirements that may arise in my profession a DUI could limit my employment opportunities in the future. I contacted a very good attorney with about 20 reviews on AVVO and found that he didn't take cases in Fulton County so he recommended that I contact the Hawkins DUI Law Firm. I met with Mike and Matt at their office and after only a few minutes I felt very confident in their services but told them that I would meet with a few other lawyers just to be sure. Every lawyer I met with after them was excellent, with glowing reviews ( and on the list you're checking now) but they didn't make me feel as confident as Matt did and they all said the same thing, "I would trust Matt to defend myself". That was all I needed.
Matt, Mike, and Nicole are all very easy to get along with and definitely know their trade. Matt was well able to find several facts in the circumstance of my initial stop, testing, and arrest that helped him build a solid case in my favor but what probably helped most was his experience as a prosecutor and the way he associated with all parties involved in my case. He was able to negotiate with the arresting officer, prosecutor, and judge a deal that was definitely in my favor. What I hoped would be a guilty plea to reckless driving and too fast for conditions was a no contest plea to reckless driving and community service. Now I don't have points on my license for the reckless charge and NO DUI ON MY RECORD! Through this experience I have seen lawyers that will help you plead guilty without any benefits to you. Matt told me that nobody needs help with a guilty plea, you just show up and say "guilty, your honor". A good attorney works to give you the best possible outcome.
I know that a DUI arrest and conviction can be very embarrassing and difficult to deal with in the future but Matt proved that it can also be avoided if handled well! I would absolutely recommend that you give Matt a call if you need someone to represent you in a DUI charge.
Posted by JM, a DUI client, Flag
Matt was very professional, communicated his ideas clearly and gave me some good alternatives. He was well prepared for the various aspects of my case. He was very responsive to my questions and to the challenges of this matter.
He also knew the various players involved such as the prosecutors, the judge and the various clerks involved (he even had experience with the cop involved) which really helped out in resolving the case to my advantage.
Posted by Patrick, a DUI client, Flag
Matt was an excellent lawyer who was able to reduce my sentence with seemingly ease. He was always available for every question I had and was very honest and up front with all of my options. Matt would give me his honest opinion on the right choices to make when I asked and did not sugar coat anything. I would highly recommned Matt to anyone going through any legal issue.
Posted by Cathy, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
Matt responded to our call when we needed immediate help. We were dealing with a situation that was out of state. We didnt know how to handle the legalities nor who to turn to for help. Matt was helpful both professionally and compassionately. He took control of our needs and comforted our fears. I can't express in words how valuable his services were to us. I would call him again for direction with any legal matter in the future without hesitation
Posted by a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
Excellent to work with. Very professional and worked with me in a timely manner. I was very satisfied and would recommend others to him. Was extremely pleased with the quality of work!
Posted by Edward, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
Matt Kilgo did a great job representing me. He always made me feel like an important client. He returned phone calls quickly and was very thorough. he's a friendly guy who does a great job.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
When I first got my DUI I was scared and had no idea what I was going to do, I had never been in any kind of trouble. When I first sat down with Matt he reassured me that he would take extremely good care of my case. Ever since that first meeting, that weight that was baring down on me from the time I was released on bond has been lifted. While my case is still pending, Matt stays on top of the status of my case. He is always energetic when talking with me about my options and is straight forward with all the possible outcomes of my case.
I interviewed other Attorney's before deciding that Matt was the best Attorney for me. I did not get the same energetic and enthusiastic vibe from them. They made me feel like I was just another client in a sea of other DUI clients and that my best interest was not worth fighting for.
On a personal note, Matt has an awesome sense of humor and even though I am going through a serious matter, he has manage to make me laugh and have a positive outlook on this. I made a mistake but it doesn't have to cost me the rest of my life.
Posted by David C Brown, a DUI client, Flag
I spoke with several attorneys prior to retaining Mr. Kilgo, and I am glad I didn't make a hasty decision. I've found that many attorneys are much better at selling their service than they are at managing your ongoing case. Mr. Kilgo "sold his service" by taking the time to understand my circumstances and concerns, and then by explaining, in an easy to understand way, what my options were.
Not once did I have to contact Mr. Kilgo to find out what the status of my case was. He was very proactive in keeping me informed. This attribute was very important to me since I was from out of state. Mr. Kilgo managed my case without me having to return to the state one time.
I would strongly recommend Mr. Kilgo to anyone in need of guidance in his area of expertise. His level of compassion and professionalism was very comforting during this difficult time.
Posted by EK, a DUI client, Flag
Matt Kilgo is a lawyer that will fight to the end to get your case settled in the result that you are looking for. Mr.Kilgo represented me in a DUI case in Bartow County and from the first time of speaking and meeting him, I knew I chose the right lawyer. Matt is a clean cut, well dressed and well spoken lawyer who took the time to go over my case, weighed all of my options, provided excellent feedback and knowledge but most of all treat me like a person/client and not a dollar sign.
My case lasted from 11/08 til 9/09 and Mr. Kilgo showed up to court on time and sat with me for hours in the courthouse until my case was called. In the end, Matt had my case dropped due to lack of evidence and the DUI charge was dropped and I was able to keep my driving privledges even though I refused to blow for alcohol blood levels.
Matt was truly a blessing during my case being that it was the first time I was arrested for DUI and was scared that it would ruin my life. Matt calmed my nerves by informing me on his stratagy, the most up to date status on my case as he got them, and always returned my calls and being there for me when I had doubts about the case. Not every lawyer would do this and thats why I highly reccomend Matt.
In closing, I just want to say that I was a REAL client of Mr. Kilgo's and that I wasn't paid to give this review nor am I an employee of his. When I came accross this site and saw Mr. Kilgo, I had to stop and give him an excellent review for the great job he did for me. Matt Kilgo is the lawyer to choose when looking for a great lawyer, I promise you won't be disappointed! E.K
Case: Georgia vs. EK
Posted by Alla, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
Matthew Kilgo is a very professional, knowledgeable, trustworthy attorney. He always returned my phone calls and replied to my e-mails. He was attentive to my concerns and always kept me informed about the progress of my case.