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Mr. Hawkins is Board Certified in DUI Defense by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD).  Georgia Super Lawyer® designated 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 featured in Atlanta Magazine. Elected to the NCDD Board of Regents in 2008. Prior to devoting his practice to defending driving under the influence cases, Mr. Hawkins served as a DUI prosecutor for nearly five years in the metropolitan Atlanta area. He has served as lead counsel on more than 200 cases at trial and has successfully avoided DUI convictions prior to trial for hundreds of clients.  Listed in Best Lawyers in America and in Best Lawyers in Georgia as featured by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


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  1. DUI & DWI: 100%



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  • Michael David Barber Jr.

    I strongly endorse Mike. He works hard and is ethical. He is an exceptional attorney and works tirelessly for his clients clients.


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  • Robert Frank Schnatmeier Jr.

    Mike is one of the top DUI attorneys in Atlanta. He gets great results for his clients. I highly recommend Mike to anyone charged with DUI.


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Contact info

Hawkins Law Firm

1535 Mt. Vernon Road
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA, 30338


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199201/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Best Lawyers in GeorgiaAtlanta Journal Constitution2010
Georgia Super LawyersAtlanta Magazine2010
Georgia Super LawyerAtlanta Magazine2009
The Best NACDL Speakers of 2009National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Georgia Super LawyersAtlanta Magazine2008
Elected to the Board of RegentsNational College for DUI Defense2008
Georgia Super LawyersAtlanta Magazine2007
Georgia Super LawyersN/A2006
Certificate of RecognitionNational College for DUI Defense2006
Georgia Super LawyersN/A2005
Georgia Super LawyersN/A2004
Certificate of RecognitionNational College for DUI Defense2003
Certificate of RecognitionNational College for DUI Defense2002
Board CertificationNational College for DUI Defense2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Hawkins Law Firm2008 - Present
PartnerThe Chestney-Hawkins Law Firm1998 - 2008
AssociateThe Chestney Law Firm1996 - 1998
Assistant District AttorneyRockdale County District Attorney1994 - 1996
Assistant SolicitorDeKalb County Solicitor-General1992 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College for DUI DefenseRegent2008 - Present
DeKalb Bar AssociationPresident2006 - 2007
National College of DUI DefenseSustaining Member2006 - 2007
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - 2007
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1996 - 2007
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1992 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Maranda AyersRoadblock was declared unconstitutional.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Drinking/Driving Litigation: Criminal and CivilAttacking HGN Evidence2007
Drunk Driving DefensePreparing for Plan B: Sentencing in DUI Cases2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa (main campus)N/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National College for DUI DefenseBlood Testing: The low budget approach2010
National College for DUI Defense Summer SessionCross Examination: Teeing Up Your Shot and Making It Stick2009
National College for DUI DefenseClosing Arguments That Win2008
Defense of Drinking Drivers InstituteCross-Examination Techniques2008
DUI Means Defend With Ingenuity SeminarDUI Defense2007
NCDD Summer SessionDUI Defense2006
Mastering Science SeminarDUI Defense2006
GACDL Fall SeminarDUI Defense2006
DUI Means Defend With Ingenuity SeminarDUI Defense2006
DUI Means Defend With Ingenuity SeminarDUI Defense2005