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S. Carlton Rouse

Criminal defense Attorney at Snellville, GA

4.9   46 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2015

About S.

Learn S.’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%
    Rouse & Company LLC is a boutique firm specializing in complex civil and criminal litigation. Thus, whether you need to pursue a claim against a person or entity or whether you require legal defense after being sued, this firm can help.

    22 years, 115 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Assisting individuals with divorce, child custody, child support and related issues. Family law concerns effect the wellbeing of children and, at times, the fair division of marital assets, for these types issues, rely on an attorney you can trust.

    12 years, 15 cases

  3. Personal injury
    20%
    A personal Injury lawsuit is a particular classification of a civil claim. If you or some one you know were seriously injured by the negligence of someone else, it is wise to hire attorneys that are experienced in actually trying civil cases. Typically negligent parties (including large companies) have experienced trial lawyers working on their behalf at the beginning of a case. So should you.

    22 years, 16 cases

  4. Car accident
    10%

  5. DUI and DWI
    10%

  6. Child custody
    5%

  7. Family
    5%

  8. Medical malpractice
    5%

Early in life, we are conditioned to believe that there is always a happy ending for “good” people. As we mature, we begin to understand that life does not always work out that way.  Some people receive fortune and fairness and others poverty and inequality. In the law, the cost of justice and fairness is paid by the preparation and effective representation by your legal counsel.  – S. Carlton Rouse, Esq.

Rouse & Co, LLC is a boutique firm dedicated in pursuit of two goals: obtaining justice for every client and favorable verdicts or settlements. We are aggressive courtroom litigators focused on Criminal Defense, Civil Trial Representation and Personal Injury in Georgia’s State and Federal courts.

Although we are always prepared to take a case to trial, there are many instances where going to trial is not in line with our clients’ priorities. In those instances, we rely on our experience and reputation to craft negotiated pleas and/or out of court settlements to achieve client goals.

We know that the value of our representation is often the difference between conviction and acquittal, significant financial compensation, and/or closure for families and businesses on important issues. That is why we pride ourselves on providing innovative solutions, thinking outside the box and treating our clients as if their problems were our own.

If you are faced with a legal emergency contact us today to discuss the details of your case. Let us put our expertise and talents to work for you.

Location

S. Carlton Rouse
P.O. Box 392105
3375 Centerville Hwy
Snellville, GA, 30039-9997

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  46 customer reviews
Posted by Merline | July 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Communicator/Educator
I was referred to Attorney Rouse after a few consultations I made with other attorneys that didn’t go quite so well. You can probably only imagine all the anxiety and stress that builds up by not knowing what to exactly expect (much like most) in an unfamiliar situation like this. I must say, most of my concerns, my questions and options were pretty much communicated to me in layman’s terms, I felt a sense of ease and quite impressed with my experience in every point of communication. Attorney Rouse was always professional and very patient with making sure he educates you on his knowledge and strategy so you will leave the conversation with some comfort in knowing that both parties are clear in regards to the desired outcome in mind so you just simply have to “Trust the Process”! I must admit by making the choice to choose Attorney Rouse for representation, the overall experience completely exceeded my all of my expectations. For anyone looking to work with an Attorney, who operates with integrity, professionally in such a manner that is not usually represented in the field of Attorneys(I really wish I did not have to point this out), I would definitely (highly) suggest that you reach out Attorney Rouse for consultation. You will quickly realize why you would choose him to represent you. Thank you for creating a safe space/ judgement free zone for clients and giving them an opportunity to be heard. I wish you much success in your future.
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Posted by Collier | July 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Had a complicated case and Mr rouse stood for the challenge
I had a complicated criminal case that changed through the course of the two year case. Mr Rouse handles things in a professional manner comprehensive explanation of the situation once its time to handle his business he does just that I thought I was going to prison but he was able to get my sentance into something manageable. When he walks in the court room you can see the respect the court has for his work. He talks to you like a person not like a paid client doesn't make you feel dumb if your not educated on a situation he will explain in a kind clear and consice way. If you don't know who to turn to and you don't wanna get lost in a larger lawfirm but need a legal warrior he is your guy. And he isn't a coward or scared in court he knows his stuff. Would recommend him for anything pertaining the law. If you have any doubts contact Rouse and associates.
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Posted by Joseph | March 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Calm in the midst of the storm
In early 2021, we found ourselves in an unexpected situation and in need of legal counsel and advocacy. No one ever really thinks they need a lawyer until they do. We had met Mr. Carlton Rouse through a local YMCA where we watched him coach our girls’ basketball team. We had seen his character and calm manner in action. So when we found ourselves in a position where we needed legal guidance and someone to walk us through what felt like a daunting and scary process, Carlton was our first thought. From the initial phone call to the last conversation when our case was dismissed, Carlton has not only been the consummate professional, but has also been a calm in the midst of a storm for our family. His diligence with our case and personal care as we’ve navigated the legal system provided a sense of stability, peace, and confidence. He knows how to help people find their footing in difficult legal situations. If you are facing something that feels daunting and overwhelming, I cannot recommend Mr. Rouse enough. He will help you find your way through any legal battle with calm and resilience. I would highly recommend hiring him for any legal needs you may face.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and responsive; would HIGHLY recommend!
I recently hired Attorney Carlton to assist with a legal matter. I found him to be very fair and forthright with pricing and expectations and extremely thorough and quick with responses. I appreciated that he took the time to explain the entire process to me upfront and made sure my best interests were always top-of-mind. I would highly recommend Attorney Carlton to anyone who is looking for an attorney who will handle their legal matters with care.
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Posted by Lai | December 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service Highly Recommend
I highly recommend Mr.Rouse, he was able to resolve my problems and lead me to regain my freedom and quality time with family.
Posted by Devin | July 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Skilled and knowledgeable
Once I was informed about my case and had to go to court; I was so worried because I could’ve lost everything if I didn’t get rouse. His pricing was good and was so professional, so I decided to try him out. He informed me about my solutions, and answered every question I had. The odds didn’t look in my favor at all considering what I have done, but he managed to get me completely off the hook , he’s very skilled and knowledgeable in the Gwinnett area laws are least and I would highly recommend him after what he done for me.
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Posted by Lonnie | July 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would HIGHLY recommend!
Carlton was great! He is very fair and upfront with pricing and expectations. He is very thorough and quick with responses both in and out of the courtroom. He does not back down and will put up a great fight for you if it is the right thing, even when the odds are not great. I am a father that had a ugly custody battle. With Carlton's support, I was able to win primary custody of my son to keep him in a stable home (not an easy task). Hopefully I will never need his services again, but should the situation arise, he would be my first phone call.
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Posted by Christopher | July 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Attorney for life.
Carlton, came to me highly recommended by a co-worker and personal friend. I was truly in need, I was blind-sided, scared and confused. Carlton has been AMAZING! To date, I’ve used the services of Rouse & Co. LLC, for multiple cases both Domestic (Custody battle) & Personal injury. Carlton is fair, honest, trustworthy, affordable and most importantly gets RESULTS. In my personal cases, the other parties went through multiple attorneys, didn’t honor agreements and tried every dirty play possible. Carlton was/is spot on with his case and arguments, he’s always several steps ahead on every level. He is not afraid to step up and take charge of a situation, while also controlling his situation like a well conducted orchestra. Carlton understands this is ALL (every call, meeting or hearing) is personal for his clients, so he gives the opportunity for personal discussions and time to HEAL. While providing a focus and attentiveness to details that helps secure the best position possible for the case. I recommend Rouse & Co. LLC, for all you legal needs.
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Posted by Cerithia | June 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome lawyer
Attorney Rousse represented me in my divorce case that is just about ending. It was a long process due to issues with the other party. He has been there with me throughout the whole thing. Attorney Rousse made sure that I received justice knowing what I been through. Even when the opposing attorney tried to fight unfairly he made sure she couldn’t take advantage of the situation. Everything she tried to come at us with he was ready for her. Thank you for your help it was much appreciated. If needed I would definitely hire attorney Rousse again.
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Posted by SL | May 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and fair
I met Mr. Rouse by accident via phone. The previous 72 hours were filled with anger and anxiety of dealing with an impending matter. Mr. Rouse was able to calm my fears with his years of knowledge and expertise in law. He ignited in me a confidence that was quickly diminishing, to stay the course and fight til the end. When seeking an attorney, you want someone who has tenacity, is empathetic and knowledgeable. Mr Rouse is the trifecta of these qualities. If this turns into more than I can handle, I will hire his firm. Thank you Mr. Rouse.
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Posted by balnca yanez | April 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
consulten al abogado carlton 100%
El abogado carlton me ayudo en caso legal que yo tenia medio mucha segurida y confiansa desde el primer dia q hice mi consulta con el me senti segura y confiada yo de verdad se los recomendo ledoy las gracias por mi y a mi familia al abogado carlton
Posted by Shaquana King | January 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
I'm so grateful for Carlton and how he helped me with my case. He went over and beyond!!! He was straight forward and told me what to expect. I walked into court sad and down and walked out with a smile on my face. I was really shocked with the verdict. He is a miracle worker!! Trust his advice and recommendation. TRUST ME HE KNOWS WHAT HES DOING!!! I will definitely refer him to all my family and friends when they need an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Hired S. Carlton to quash a warrant a resolve a misdemeanor citation. I live out of state, so I had to try and find a reputable attorney on my own. S. Carlton did exactly what he said he would and obtain a favorable result in a very short period of time. I would highly recommend him to others.
Posted by Jennifer | November 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
Carlton Rouse was recommended to me by a mutual friend and I could not have been more satisfied. He is an excellent attorney and even greater person. He is very smart, hardworking, knowledgeable, professional and honest. I didn't know where to turn when I had an extremely unfair traffic ticket and he made sure I was informed of every single aspect of my case and all my options and successfully got my case dismissed. Words can't describe how thankful I am for Attorney Rouse for taking my case. If you get in an unfortunate situation as I did and want to get it resolved successfully I highly recommend Carlton Rouse without reservation.
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Posted by Tameka | November 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome lawyer
Mr. Rouse was my lawyer, he was very knowledgeable and professional, he knew the ins and outs. He helped beat my case, he was communicative throughout the whole process.
Posted by Diane | November 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Victorious
Attorney Rouse was available to answer any of my questions. He was knowledgeable of the law and presented a powerful defense. His professional, integrity was impeccable. He was awesome and I would recommend him without hesitation or reservation. I thank you for all you did to defend and protect your clients right
Posted by Joshua Perry | November 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review
I was extremely Satisfied with the Work and professionalism of this Attorney, He answer all my questions and honestly told me all the outcomes, advise me on the best route to take and I was really satisfied with his work and his communication with me and my family.And everything came out Satisfactory.
Posted by Samuel | March 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Satisified
Mr. Rouse did a tremendous job on our case. He put in many hours and got results. We are very grateful for everything. Thank you Mr. Rouse.
Posted by Edward | March 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service and got the Job done right the first time!
Mr Rouse provided excellent service from the beginning to the end , I have already given out 4 business cards to people whom I thought could use his services. He's very professional , a great negoiator , excellent in dealing with issues as they arise within your case and keeps you up to date as things move forward. My wife and I felt very comfortable from the first conversation as we told Mr Rouse the details pertaining to our situation. He was very sympathetic and offered suggestions that he would try to accomplish from day one and stayed with the game plan we had. please give Mr Rouse a call if your on the fence or just searching for counsel , you will not be disappointed , I walked away out of that court room with probation AGAIN, and we all knew, I should have been given 12 months jail time min, I can't wait to give him a call again to complete my process once my probation fines and fees are paid and go back to court to terminate. Thanks again for making a miracle happen in my case, my wife and I will never forget what took place in that court room on March 25th of 2019. You get our vote for United States Attorney General sir , to God be the glory !
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Posted by Toni | March 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Job!
It has been a pleasure having Mr. Rouse represent my husband during this difficult time for our family. From day one Mr. Rouse was very professional and direct with the information that we both needed to know/understand about his case. Going through this process was totally new to me, but Mr. Rouse took the time to make sure I was understanding and knew the next steps. (good or bad) The day that my husband went before the judge Mr. Rouse asked that I also appear in court so the judge could see the support. I’m glad that we made the decision for me to show support by coming from out of state, it’s my belief that the judge had an opportunity to see the type of people my husband and myself are. Good people make bad mistakes and have to answer for them accordingly. With much prayer, fasting and the hard work of negotiation between Mr. Rouse and his peers, my husband’s case ended with him making payment and probation to settle the case instead of him having to do any additional time in jail. To God Be the GLORY! If you have looking for someone to have your family member BEST INTEREST at heart give Attorney Carlton Rouse a call and allow him the opportunity to review your case. Understanding that he will do whatever he can to make your situation better than it currently is at the time of your call for help. Don’t let the young look fool you, the MAN knows his business. My husband and I pray continue success to Attorney Carlton Rouse and his firm.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Always

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2015.

Review Panel Reprimand issued in GA, 2015
updated on 07/06/2018

This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case, the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

S.'s comment: “In 2014 a premises liability client, in a case against a large corporate defendant, refused to pay the costs associated with his case after the bills were paid in advance by the firm (upon his request) and despite previous notices related to the court/case costs. He decided to withdraw his claim and requested his file. I withdrew from the case within sixty days and returned the file. He complained that he wanted his copy of the file sooner.”

Work Experience

  • Litigation Attorney
  • Rouse & Co LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney/Compliance
  • (PwC) PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Attorney - Litigation
  • Fulton County Law Department
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Contract-Litigation Attorney - Securities Litigation
  • Southerland Asbill & Brennan
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Contract-Litigation Attorney - Finance/Securities
  • Chitwood & Harley
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Northeastern University Graduate School of Business
  • MBA
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Rayburn
  • Case dismissed.
  • State v. Finney
  • Case resolved w/ first offender plea and house arrest (out of state);
  • State v. Xu
  • Case dismissed.
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Associations

  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2018 - Present
  • Atlanta Legal Aid-Providing Critical Relief to GA Citizens
  • Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Gwinnett Criminal Defense Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Gwinnett County Minority Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Past President's Award
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Law Day Chair Award
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Post-graduate Clerkship
  • US District Court (NDGA)
  • 2003
  • Post-graduate Clerkship
  • Superior Court of USVI
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Surviving Legal Pitfalls
  • Legal Issues Facing Small to Medium Sized Businesses
  • 2010
  • Estate Planning for Families
  • Estate Planning - What Every Family Should Have
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (10)
Endorse S.
Litigation Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Heis a high-quality courtroom lawyer who gets good results for his clients. He is active and respected in legal circles in his area. He also takes part in charity and community improvement endeavors. He is a 5 star lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Carlton is a zealous advocate for his clients and is knowledgeable in all areas of the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Carlton while we were in law school together. Then, as now, he was a very caring person who was diligent about his work. Both of us left our native cities (him Atlanta, me Los Angeles) to go to law school in Boston, and then both of us accrued experience in different cities. That he eventually returned to the Atlanta area shows me that he cares about his roots and the community where he came from. I recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carlton is a very hard working, respectable lawyer who knows the law very well. He always fights hard for his clients and has an excellent relationship with the courts as well as his fellow attorneys on both sides of the litigation table. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Snellville Criminal defense Lawyer S. Carlton Rouse
S. Carlton Rouse
Criminal defense Attorney
Snellville, GA
Licensed for 20 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2015. See details