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About me

I have practiced criminal law in two states for over 20 years. I have tried all types of cases from parking tickets to capital murder to multi million dollar divorce cases. I was a chief deputy prosecutor, am a special judge and a certified law enforcement instructor. The protection of the rights of the accused and the rights of people suffering through a divorce is my only business.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    25 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    25 years, 750 cases
  3. Speeding Ticket: 20%
    25 years, 2 thousand cases
  4. Juvenile: 10%
    25 years, 250 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Rife Law Firm

106 Pilgrim Village Drive
Suite 200
Cumming, GA, 30040

Rife Law Firm

166 Anderson Street
Suite 118
Marietta, GA, 30060



GAActive Member in Good Standing 200008/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Arkansas Best Trial LawyersArkansas Times1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Pro Hac JudgeCobb County State Court2007 - Present
OwnerRife Law Firm2000 - Present
Pro hac JudgeYell County Municipal Court1998 - 2000
Deputy Prosecutor15th Judicial District1994 - 1998
PartnerTatum, Rife and Tatum1992 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Forsyth County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationVice Chairman2006 - Present
Cobb County Guardian Ad Litem ProgramGuardian Ad Litem2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - Present
Cobb County Bar Association- Family Law SectionMember2003 - Present
Cobb County Bar Association, Criminal Defense SectionMember2003 - Present
North Fulton Bar AssociationFormer director2002 - Present
U.S. District Court- Northern District of GeorgiaMember2001 - Present
U.S. 11th Circuit Court of AppealsMember2001 - Present
State Bar of Georgia- Criminal Law SectionMember2000 - Present
State Bar of Georgia- Family Law SectionMember2000 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember1998 - Present
U.S. 8th Circuit Court of AppealsMember1992 - Present
U.S. District Court- Eastern & Western Districts of ArkansasMember1992 - Present
State Bar of ArkansasMember1992 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1991