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Matthew William Carlton

Criminal defense Attorney at Decatur, GA

4.0   12 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 24 years
    Maine - ME 23 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1999
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State ME
    Acquired 2001
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Matthew

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Matt Carlton received his J.D. from Emory University in 1999.  He has spent his entire career working in the courts of Georgia.  Matt began his practice of the law as a clerk for the Honorable Robert E. McDuff in the State Court of Cobb County where he learned firsthand the inner workings of the court.


After his clerkship Matt practiced with Weinstock & Scavo in Atlanta, Georgia.  At Weinstock & Scavo Matt was the firm’s leading authority in both criminal defense and DUI law.  Mr. Carlton also handled many cases in the areas of personal injury, premises liability, real estate litigation, and civil rights litigation.  


Matt’s published opinions in the Georgia appellate courts include Picadilly Place Condominium Association v. Frantz, 284 Ga. App. 747, 644 S.E.2d 281 (2007) and Interfinancial Midtown Inc. v. Choate Construction Co., 278 Ga. 103, 597 S.E.2d  354 (2004). 


The goal of Carlton Law LLC is to provide results-oriented legal representation in a caring and personal environment.  Matt understands that many of his clients are dealing with difficult legal situations or serious criminal charges for the first time.  He is here to guide his clients step-by-step through the legal process. 


Matt is an active member in the Georgia Bar, Dekalb Bar Association, and the Atlanta Bar Association.  He is admitted to the State Bar of Georgia, the State Bar of Maine, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the Northern District of Georgia, the Middle District of Georgia, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.  


Matt lives with his family in Decatur, Georgia where he is a leader in his community.  He serves on the board of the Decatur Education Foundation, is an active member of the Decatur Business Association, volunteers his time to mentor Emory Law students, coaches youth soccer, was president of his neighborhood civic association, and is founder of the Decatur Football Club.


Carlton Law LLC
160 Clairemont Avenue
Suite 340
Decatur, GA, 30030

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4.0 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
Posted by T. Berry | December 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HOA President
I called upon Attorney Matthew Carlton last week to review our HOA documents and ACC guidelines. He took his time and had only 4-business days to get familiar with our documents. My wife and I invited him on our Zoom call on 12/8/20. By the time he spoke on our behalf last night to our HOA Board and ACC governing body, he was well versed and fully prepared in explaining to everyone our POA (Property Owners Association), our rights etc. He was very knowledgeable about voting rights and amongst other things, keeping harmony in a Subdivision. He was absolutely a homerun hire!! We will definitely call upon Attorney Carlton without hesitation shall the need arise!!! Thanks Matt!!
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Posted by Trevinio Ron Turner | October 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Attorney
I had such a difficult case that l thought would never end, l hired Mr.Carlton and he has worked on my case non stop. I am so grateful for all of his help and so glad l chose him to represent me. Oh and did l mention that the courts was closed because of the pandemic and he still was able to take care of my case. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by shelanda thomas | June 1, 2020
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Shelanda Thomas
I contacted Mr. Carlton because I had been food poisoned by a Major Food Franchise. After contacting Mr. Carlton he knew exactly what to do. He made me feel at ease. He told me exactly what he needed and I signed the appropriate papers and he went to work. It was the easiest and one of the best experiences that I have ever had. Thank you Matthew. I definitely recommend him highly.
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Posted by Jerrell | December 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. McCarlton worked on a HOA dispute for myself. The results were very favorable. Mr. McCarlton was extremely professional and responsive. I was able to discuss my case with Mr. McCarlton at various stages. He always provided feedback and excellent advice.
Posted by Alice | September 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Carlton, your performance against the Prosecuting Attorney and ENTIRE courtroom was totally STELLAR at Every Level. I was impressed with your Opening Remarks; Questioning Techniques; Deliverly of selected Evidence; Cross Examination skills; Objection methods to the Prosecuting Attorney/Judge: and your Entire Strategy and Closing remarks based on a Preponderance of the Evidence was Well prepared and thought out: I was Ecstatic with the Out-come. THANK YOU
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Posted by Gerald Peterson | February 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
HOA dispute
I had just lost my case and was walking out of the court. Ran into Matthew, he wanted to see my papers and said he could win. I hired him, he filed an appeal and won. Great Day - good lawyer, smart guy and knows the law.
Posted by Martin | February 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Decision
Matthew was the best decision I made when it came to my divorce. He really helped me through everything. If I did not understand legal terms, he explained it to me extremely thoroughly. Matthew also has a lot of patience. I am sure that I asked the same question over and over and he always answered it. Overall Matthew is the lawyer that you want to hire.
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Posted by Robin | June 11, 2013
Excellent Attorney!
I hired Matthew after a recommendation from my med mal attorney. I had a traffic incident in which I felt it was best to hire representation. Matthew was very professional throughout while being very caring and compassionate to me as a client. I would not hesitate for a second to use him again if needed or recommend him to someone.
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Posted by Tim Manasterski | February 10, 2016
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Glenbrooke HOA
Matthew helped me resolve a HOA dispute with the Glenbrooke HOA. He was very professional, knowledgeable and quick to take action. I highly recommend him for any HOA disputes.
Posted by William | February 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would not recommend
Mr. Carlton was friendly, but we were unsure if we were dealing with him or a secretary from the responses we received, as they would be one-sentence replies, improper grammar, etc. We were shocked that our filing was done by hand and not typed. It wasn't even easy to read. We had to conduct weekly check-ins to get the status of our landlord-tenant dispute case, which took a year and a half. I previously worked as a judicial secretary, so I had some familiarity with cases. In one instance, we were sent someone else's case information. I would not recommend his service unless you want to do most of the work yourself.
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
False information
Called because they are listed as free consultants but refused to speak with me
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I chose to hire Mr. Carlton for a HOA issue. After explaining my issue over the phone he advised that he had a working relationship with the opposing firm and felt that he could help. However, he was not able to help at all. He actually attributed to making the issue worse which resulted in the amount that I am now having to pay to skyrocket in 3-4 months. He was not very responsive, he was not thorough nor did he have any legal strategy. I had to remind him of the same key points several times. He refused to respond to any questions regarding laws that were specific to my case or case type. He did not seem to very knowledgeable in this area of law nor did he seem to care much about the case after he was hired.
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Work Experience

  • Member
  • Carlton Law, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Weinstock & Scavo, PC
  • 2001 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • State Court Of Cobb County
  • 1999 - 2001


  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Gables v. Dr. Burkich, et. al. Catoosa County Superior Court
  • Plaintiff received judgment for $40,000.00, Significantly less then Plaintiff asked for.
  • Georgia Specialty Builders, LLC v. Sandra Jackson, et. al. DeKalb Superior Court
  • Plaintiff's Verdict
  • Frantz v. Piccadilly Place Condominium Association
  • Piccadilly Place Condominium Association obtained favorable ruling in Georgia Supreme Court.


  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
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  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Member
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  • DeKalb Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maine State Bar Association
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a very knowledgeable and effective attorney. he works hard for his clients and ensures that they always know what is going on."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Carton knows his area of the law. I would encourage anyone considering him to reach out immediately. I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, Matthew Carlton. I have known Matthew for over a decade, and have worked with him on numerous cases. He is experienced, knowledgeable, and passionately driven to represent his clients in the best manner possible. If you are looking for a Homeowner Association Attorney, or a zealous litigator in other fields, he is your man!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a very skilled attorney who is not afraid to tackle the tough cases. I would recommend him to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Decatur Criminal defense Lawyer Matthew William Carlton
Matthew William Carlton
Criminal defense Attorney
Decatur, GA
Licensed for 24 years