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James Rodney Hamilton

Criminal defense Attorney at Cumming, GA

4.2   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1994
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Protecting your rights.

    28 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Working for your best interests.

    28 years

  3. Construction and development

    28 years

  4. Contracts and agreements

    28 years


Constitutional Rights, as guaranteed to every person in this country, are sacred. These rights are the foundation for our justice system, and must be defended zealously. We must never allow the Constitution to become just a door stop to the Courthouse.



Client's Choice 2012
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Top Contributor 2012
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The Hamilton Law Firm, P.C.
353 Dahlonega Street
Cumming, GA, 30040


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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by C.T.A. | March 4, 2011
Great lawyer! Mr. Hamilton is a genuinely caring person in which I would intrust my life and my family's life.
Mr. Jim Hamilton is an excellent and knowledgeable attorney. I have always went to Mr. Hamilton with any legal issues that I have experienced, from criminal defense to family law. I owe a great deal to Mr. Hamilton for what he has done for myself and my family. Mr. Hamilton always kept his word and helped me to feel reassured in times of despair. Mr. Hamilton was also quick to defend during prosecution or objectionable testimony. I would most definitely recommend Mr. Jim Hamilton or anyone else in his firm for that matter. The Hamilton Law Firm is one that stands beside, supports, and defends their client 100%.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2010
Review for Jim Hamilton, a great lawyer with genuine people skills
Jim Hamilton explained my entire situation to me in a way I could understand the legal issues. He took the time to explain the entire situation, gather the needed information for court and create a winning defense. He returned calls in a timely fashion and took the extra hands on time to help with my concerns. He addressed all concerns beyond what was needed to deal with the legal issues so I might have some peace of mind. This kind of professionalism and personal service is exactly what is needed in a legal action.
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Posted by Colton | June 21, 2010
Great Experience
The Chanco and Hamilton firm was a great experience for me. Both were very knowledgeable and actually do care about you as an individual. They would keep me informed regularly and would give great advice on how to look good and prepared before the actual court date. After the initial court date, Mr. Chanco and Hamilton were not happy with the ruling that they had sentenced me and actually went on to fight it which resulted in another court date, which he represented me, free of charge. These guys do not just look at you as another client, but as someone they do care for. I would absolutely recommend this firm.
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Posted by Richard | January 15, 2010
Amazing service!
Outstanding service, extraordinarily upstanding attorney. A DUI was the last thing I needed. I have a good job, a family, and I messed up drank one too many and hit a road block. Mr. Hamilton and his associates at the Hamilton Law Firm in Cumming took better care of me than I thought any attorney could. They're not over priced, and frankly they provide amazing legal counsel. Beyond that, Mr. Hamilton's a great guy. He far exceeds the stereotypical overpaid stiff we often think of when trying to find an attorney. Look no further.
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Posted by KLS | November 2, 2009
I hired this lawfirm in March 08' my case is still not completed due to the lack of compitence. I was able to get a better deal with the DA's office myself than what Jim Hamilton could get me! He never returns phone calls never has your file in court and aswered most of my questions with an "I don't know". He always acted to busy to deal with a paying customer. He did not hold up his end of the contract signed to provide a service and yet refused to give a refund of the retainer paid. So my opinion is if he can't even follow whats right in the firms contract then I wouldn't trust him with anything important. He even admitted I should get a refund face to face but blew me off for several months then said he was not going to honor the refund. So to answer the above questions, NO he was not Trustworthy, Not Responsive, Not Knowledgable and most certainly Did Not keep me informed. As a former paralegal I have been very disapointed in this experience and in my opinion please save yourself some time and effort, find another attorney!
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Hamilton Law Firm, P.C.
  • 1996 - Present


  • Atlanta Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Florida
  • 1975

Legal Cases

  • State of Georgia vs. DM
  • State of Georgia vs. A.D.
  • Plea to misdemeanor disorderly conduct
  • State of Georgia vs. N.A.S.
  • Case Dismissed
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  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past Chairman
  • 2009 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past President
  • 2002 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Past President Service Appreciation
  • Forsyth County Criminal Bar Association
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • What to do if a lien is filed against you.
  • Construction Lien Law
  • 1999

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (17)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a criminal defense lawyer through and through. He is skillful and zealously represents his clients. I refer criminal work to him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is a smart, aggressive and knows how to deal well with prosecutors and judges. I have been impressed with his ability to achieve positive outcomes for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jim Hamilton. Jim has been doing this long enough to know all the people involved. He is very competent at what he does and I recommend hiring him. He will get the results you want."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hamilton is a very dedicated and strong advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a great guy and well versed in criminal defense. While he practices all over the State, he is the only lawyer you should see if your case is in the Forsyth County courts. I highly recommend him. You can't go wrong!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim since I was a prosecutor in Forsyth County. Although easy to get along with, he does not let niceties affect his ability to advocate for his clients. Always very professional, Jim is a great choice for all of your criminal needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim Hamilton works diligently and effectively to ensure his clients get the best results possible. If this means filing a motion that makes the judge mad at him personally, but is in the client's best interest, he will put himself on the line. He is not afraid to get creative, and his preparation is impeccable. With Jim, you can feel confident because he is as comfortable in the courtroom before a panel of jurors as he is working a deal with the solicitors and prosecutors behind the scenes. Jim is a credit to our profession as lawyers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known him for almost ten years. Jim is a diligent, methodical, knowledgeable and passionate attorney. He is a criminal defense attorney in the truest sense of the word and will fight tirelessly for his client's rights. He has the trial skills necessary to represent his client's interests against any adversary. He is a proven winner in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"One of the greatest legal minds in this community. He truely believes that every client deserves the utmost respect and honesty when faced with difficult times in any criminal matter. A more dedicated and trustworthy lawyer and friend you will not find."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Excellent trial attorney. Extensive knowledge of legal issues. I endorse this lawyer."
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Cumming Criminal defense Lawyer James Rodney Hamilton
James Rodney Hamilton
Criminal defense Attorney
Cumming, GA
Licensed for 29 years