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Rafe Banks III

Criminal defense Attorney at Cumming, GA

5.0   5 reviews

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For more than 30 years I have successfully defended clients charged with crimes throughout the State of Georgia. I  handle matters within the following practice areas:

• All Felonies and Misdemeanors • Non-Violent Crimes • Juvenile Crimes • Probation Violation Hearings • Bond Hearings • Parole Violation Hearings • Computer and Internet Crimes • Warrant Application Hearings • Drug Crimes • Sex Crimes • Driving Under the Influence • Stalking Crimes • Forgery • Theft Crimes • Fraud • Traffic Offenses • Bad Checks • Violent Crimes • Weapon Offenses • White Collar Crimes • Habeas Corpus

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Licensed for 46 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1976
Updated 11/03/2022

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

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Banks, Stubbs & McFarland LLP
309 Pirkle Ferry Road, Building F
Cumming, GA, 30040


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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Every case is different, but i couldn't have asked for better results from Mr. Banks. He took a 2nd DUI to court and got a Not Guilty. He saved my CDL's, me jailtime, and saved me a lot if headache. He got several motions passed that were key in my case. Not to mention, he had some excellent arguments in the courtroom. He will steer you in the right direction, as how to handle your case, and do his best to resolve the matter in your best interest. He was able to lift some weight off my shoulders and i would definetly recommend him.
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Posted by Blake Cheatham | August 24, 2012
Banks and Stubbs, LLP
Rafe Banks III represented me with perfection. His law firm Banks and Stubb, LLP has been of great service to me over the years handling both domestic and criminal matters for me. The attorneys that represented me did so with a degree of professionalism, diligence, and dedication seldom seen in the legal profession. In all my dealings with this firm I have never been left wondering what was going on or what comes next The staff at this firm is exemplary, always attentive yet professional and helpful in every aspect. I would recommend Banks and Stubbs, LLP to anyone. I just don't think you could do any better. Incidentally, every matter this firm has handled for me has been decided in my favor.
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Posted by Richard | August 24, 2012
Rafe Banks III - RBC
Rafe Banks represented me in 2 different cases. One criminal case and a DUI case. Throughout the entire course of both caes Rafe always kept me informed, answerd my questions, and represented me in a very professional manner. I would reccommend Rafe Banks to anyone as one of the best in the business. Incidentally, both cases were decided in my favor:)
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Posted by don | March 30, 2012
Dedicated defense lawyer with integrity , insight and committment.
Rafe did a fantastic job of understanding my situation and defending me. He was open minded and always eager to listen and work on my case. He came and visited me day , nights , weekends and worked dilligently on my case. He always kept my best interest at heart and never wavered from this.
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2012
Absolutely excellent defense attorney
Mr Banks represented me in a criminal case that resulted in an incarceration followed by a major trial. I was very fortunate to have been referred to Mr Banks by my divorce attorney and couldn't have asked for better service. I was facing a minimum of life in prison and would have lost everything but Mr. Banks was able to give me my life, my children and my career back. He worked diligently on my case and fought for me as if I was his own family member. If you find yourself in a position where you are facing prosecution you definately want an attorney who is the most experienced and skilled in navigating a very complex and often unjust (my personal opinion) judicial system. You need look no further than Mr. Rafe Banks. In the event I ever need a defense attorney again there is only one name in town that I will use or recommend. Additionally, and also extremely important in selecting an attorney, he has a very helpful and knowledgeable legal team and office staff to assist him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • District Attorney
  • Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit
  • 1981 - 1988
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit
  • 1978 - 1981


  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972


  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Lawyers (GACDL)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Group (DODD)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Criminal Defense Bar of Forsyth County
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Georgia State Bar Disciplinary Panel
  • Former Member
  • N/A
  • Criminal Defense Bar of Forsyth County
  • President
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Blue Ridge Bar Association
  • President
  • 1989 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Appellate Attorney of the Year 2009
  • Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers (DODD) Group
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse Rafe Banks. I've had the privilege of working with him on several matters and observed firsthand the amount of hard work and effort he puts into each case. He genuinely cares for his clients and knows the law. He is a fierce litigator who is not afraid to crank up a jury trial when it is appropriate. He is a mentor and a friend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rafe Banks is quitely simply the dean of the defense bar in Forsyth County. Years ago, when I was a young ADA prosecuting cases in Forsyth County, I quickly grew to respect his acumen, skill and broad knowledge of the law. As the years have advanced my respect for him has only grown. He possesses all of the traits that make a great lawyer and has them in abundance. His character, talent, collegiality and common sense are appreciated by all who work with him. You would do well to seek his counsel if you need a lawyer in the Forsyth County area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Banks demonstrated great skill in a litigation matter I worked with him on and has assisted and represented numerous persons/contacts of mine with DUI/DWI matters as well as criminal charges. Excellent attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rafe is a proven trial lawyer who is not afraid of the courtroom. In a day and time where most lawyers will take your money and plead you guilty, Rafe is a welcome change. In most counties the prosecutor will not bother trying to negotiate for a guilty plea because each knows Rafe means business. You will find that Rafe is not cheap when it comes to fees (the reason is that he above any other lawyer in Forsyth gets results!) Rafe is always re-inventing himself by learning new "twists" on the rules of evidence and theories of defense. Rafe is the very best in Forsyth County. gus"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowing Rafe since I prosecuted in Forsyth County, I have personal knowledge of the fact that he is one of those attorneys that will be relenting in his advocacy while doing so in the most professional manner. As a colleague, I can not say enough good things about Rafe. He is a wealth of knowledge and someone I consistently rely upon when I have novel issues to deal with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Rafe for years and have seen his work first hand. He is the consummate professional. He is well-respected by his peers as well as opposing counsel. If you are charged in a criminal case, you should contact Rafe Banks. He will not let you down. He has my 100% endorsement as well as my personal respect."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rafe Banks is a tireless worker. He pursues his cases like a bloodhound. Often I am amazed by the unique turn he puts on a defense, and, usually it is the linchpin which puts the case in the win column. He thinks outside the box. He digs until he gets the answer he wants, or if it's not there he asks the courts to accept his view of how the law should read. He regularly wins cases in the Georgia Supreme Court, most often pointing out what to him seemed obvious, but until that time everybody else didn't see. That's the mark of a truly great lawyer. His courtroom skills are topnotch, and his work ethic puts him in the courtroom fully prepared for the fight. He's one of the best lawyers I know."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Rafe is the premier criminal defense lawyer in Forsyth County and the surrounding area."
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Cumming Criminal defense Lawyer Rafe Banks III
Rafe Banks III
Criminal defense Attorney
Cumming, GA
Licensed for 46 years