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Jessica Ruth Towne

Appeals Attorney at Lawrenceville, GA

5.0   43 reviews

also known as Clark & Towne, P.C.


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About Jessica

Learn Jessica’s areas of practice.

Call me at Seven Seven Zero, Three Three Eight, Two Three Three Eight. Office hours are by appointment only. For the past eight years, the main focus of my practice is criminal appeals. If you or a loved one have recently lost a criminal trial, contact me to determine if an appeal is the best way to keep fighting.  Since 1995, I've represented hundreds of clients at the trial level.  
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I have been practicing law since 1989.  I have volunteered as an officer in the Gwinnett County Bar Association and the Criminal Defense Section of the county's bar association.  My clients are mainly involved in courts in Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, and I will evaluate cases from other counties in Georgia.

My practice is 100% criminal defense.  Most of my clients have been convicted by a jury and they hire me to appeal their case (have the trial reviewed by the Georgia Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court of Georgia).  I am no longer accepting cases at the trial level, and I'm happy to give you a referral to a colleague if you are charged with DUI, vehicular homicide or serious injury by DUI, drug offenses and any offense that could land you on the sex offender registry.  

Most of my clients are referred to me by other attorneys.  I will refer my clients to qualified attorneys in other areas of the law, or in areas of Georgia where I do not go to court often.  Don't despair. I'm here to listen to your concerns and fight for your rights.

Licensed for 33 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1989
Updated 02/03/2023

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

Contact Jessica

Jessica R. Towne, PC
261 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA, 30046

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Posted by Robert | May 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lawyer that really takes care of her clients
Jessica did an outstanding job for me. It was absolutely amazing to watch her conscience rebuttals. She really cares about her clients and makes sure the job gets done. I would recommend her 10 times over!!!
Posted by Juan | November 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An impeccable attorney
I just wanted to let you know I really appreciate your time and help throughout the process with my court date. It meant a lot to me. You're an impeccable attorney and human being.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended and trusted.
I highly recommend Jessica Towne for your lawyer needs involving citations, DUI and appeals. She is clear-cut on what you need to do to reduce or lesson the charge, and doesn't treat you like a criminal or you did something wrong. Use her, you won't regret it!
Posted by Raymond | January 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my life!
I was going thru a life crisis when I caught my DUI.and marijuana charge. There was no way I could plead guilty to the charges. It would have ruined my life and sent me away for about 2 yrs in prison. Jessica came highly recommended thru a friend of mine. After speaking with Mrs. Towne. I quickly hired Jessica and she those charges dismissed. She was confident and very personal as well. She took the time to get to know my personal situation and went outta her way to make sure I was completely satisfied with everything she did for me. She is God Send. Thank you Jessica. My son's and daughter thank you too.
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Posted by Nicole | July 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
My Guardian Angel
Words can never express how much I appreciate Jessica Towne. From the time she was recommended to me she did her very best to calm me down and make me feel safe. She discussed the process and listened to my concerns. She guided me all along the way never leaving me alone. If I was upset she would take the time to call or email me. My case was dismissed at the motions hearing because Jessica was amazing. The officer who stopped me had no cause to do that so any other charges had to be dismissed. I would recommend Jessica Towne to anyone without any hesitation. She truly was my Guardian Angel.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
DUI dismissed
After finding faults of the police officers Ms. Towne had my DUI case dismissed. It was a 3 year ordeal but she responded to all of my questions thoroughly the entire way through and never gave me the impression of being on the back burner. She had a job to do and did it well.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing job!
Jessica was outstanding! She obtained a not guilty plea for me on a first DUI. She was helpful and informative throughout the entire process, very easy to communicate with, and helped relieve much of my anxiety about the case. We had a bench trial in recorder's court and her expertise in the court room was tangible. I would highly recommend Jessica!
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Posted by Susan Hahn | August 11, 2015
Gwinnett Co moving violations
I would like to do a shout out to Jessica Towne, my friend, neighbor and FANTASTIC LAWYER! If you are in Gwinnett County and have any kind of moving violation, Call Jessica! She helped me with a ticket I got dealing with the Move Over Law. It's very subjective. It is Many points on your license... So, basically, a nightmare. I TOTALLY understand it is for officers safety and I respect that. I won't bore you with my details but it seemed to just be more about revenue for Suwanee! Jessica helped me at court today. No points on my record. Some parts of Gwinnett are becoming ridiculous traps! We need lawyers like Jessica to help.
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Posted by Virginia | June 5, 2015
Thank you Jessica Towne!
What can I say except THANK YOU for holding my hand through this. You helped us obtain documentation, you have been a great sounding board, and you helped me keep perspective through the process. The outcome makes our family very happy.
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2014
Excellent Lawyer
I was recommended to Jessica by a family member and friend. I'm so glad I took their advice. She was friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated to my case. She made sure that I received the best possible outcome for my case and I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2014
Ms. Jessica Towne
Ms. Towne was my clear cut choice from the get go. As soon as I talked with her I knew she knew exactly what she was doing. She was great about returning phone calls and emails. I'll be honest I've had three DUI's and two possession charges and I know a good bit about lawyers for those offenses and she was the best I've ever met. Didn't get this one thrown out like I had hoped but it was reduced to reckless driving. We could've gone to trial but I didn't want to risk it. Although I am fully confident that she would've represented me to the best of her and anyone else's ability. I'd recommend her a thousand times over.
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Posted by James | July 10, 2014
Very reliable, trustworthy attorney!
Mrs. Towne was very professional & knowledgeable, I would highly recommend her to anyone in the situation I was in. Overall an Awsome attorney!
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2014
Outstanding Attorney! Excellent Work! Hire the Best!
I live outside the State of Georgia and had an issue involving a DUI from years prior. The DUI occurred outside GA, however, I still possessed a GA license at the time, so the matter was very complicated and resulted in duplicate suspensions appearing on my MVR for the same incident. This issue haunted me for over 5 years, and I got absolutely no where with GA DDS. Ms. Towne resolved this issue for me in a matter of just a couple of months. Her fee was very reasonable and well earned. She personally advised me when the issue was resolved, and now after 5 years of back and forth the issue is cleared from my MVR. I highly recommend Ms. Towne, you can be confident in retaining her.
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Posted by Gary | July 26, 2013
Great lawyer, great advocate
I had no idea what to expect when I first called Ms. Towne. From the moment I heard her voice, I could tell she was concerned for my well-being, and would be a great advocate for me. Throughout the process, I knew what was going on and what to expect. She really minimized my anxiety and got a great result for me.
Posted by Scott | May 7, 2013
"Professional, Knowledgeable, Understanding and Compassionate"
Ms. Towne was a true professional when it came to my case. She always responded quickly to my inquiries and concerns. Always provided valuable advice and was there every step of the way. I would highly recommend her to anyone that finds themselves in an unfortunate DUI situation. I thank her for listening, for her honesty, and for showing compassion during such a trying experience.
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Posted by Biz, Client | April 16, 2013
Best decision I ever made! Hiring Ms. Jessica Towne as my defense attorney
I hired Ms. Jessica on February 2012 to handle my Felony Obstruction and other (6)Traffic Offense charges. I spoke with different attorneys prior to the time I found her online and after reading recommendation from previous clients. My instincts was telling me she is the right attorney for my case after I had a chance to speak with Ms Jessica on the phone about my case. She made me feel secure and gave me confidence about winning my case either by a plea to a lesser charge,or dismissal or "nol pros". I was completely confident going with Ms. Jessica defending me as well, and in the end it was her negotiating skills that my case is settled with a plea(no felony charge) and pay only (2) small traffic violation fines. Attorney Jessica! I told you this in the courtroom, and I will say it again THANK YOU! You gave me another chance to achieve my American Dream and support my family. Attorney Jessica Towne is highly recommended for legal representation.
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Posted by Kristin | March 15, 2013
BEST DUI ATTORNEY!
Jessica Towne is an amazing lawyer. She really is easy going and knows her stuff. I used her in my DUI case in 2009 and she helped me save a lot of money. I personally have referred her on several occasions and know 2 personal friends have also used her. If you have a DUI/DWI case in Gwinnett County you must hire Jessica!
Posted by Antoine | October 11, 2012
best dui lawyer
Dear Jessica I would like to thank you for all that you have done for me and my family. When I was accused of DUI, I didn't know where to turn. I googled lawyers and your website appeared and I must say I hit the jackpot. You fought for me the whole way through, also with your expert counsel, planning, and strategies I knew I had the right attorney. When I was accused of DUI I knew my life was over as I knew it. I have been driving trucks for 15 years my career my license and in this economy with no jobs out there I don't know how me and my family could have survived. In come Ms. Jessica Towne with the professionalism I have never seen in my life. You made me feel secure and you gave me confidence about winning my case, even though you yourself was going through your own tribulations prior to court. You still gave me the best representation in court and we won. You saved my career, my license as a truck driver, and you saved my family from starting over on a rough road. So thank your Jessica from me and my whole family. I told you this in person and I will say it again Ms. Jessica Town you are the best. Yours Truly, AC Client.
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2012
A Wonderful Advocate
Jessica is efficient, knowledgeable, and well respected in the community. She was able to generate a very favorable result for my teenager, one which we couldn't have obtained without her representation.
Posted by Bradley | May 4, 2012
The best defense is a good offense
Ms. Towne provided me with the best legal defense possible. She clearly explained what my case involved and made it easy for me to understand the likelihood of every potential outcome. Although she left all decisions about how to proceed with my case completely up to me, her sound advice (derived from her track record) provided me with the assurance I needed to stand up to an unjust and unwarranted DUI arrest. Ms. Towne continually enhances and supplements her courtroom skill set through her involvement with professional organizations and the offices she's held or continues to hold within these organizations speak to the respect that her peers have for her. Additionally you'll find that she strives to obtain any continuing education she can within her area of legal concentration and that she is more than willing to share this knowledge with her peers. Ms. Towne's attention to detail is unparalleled and this was evidenced by the exhaustive interview she conducted of me as well as the thorough way she prepared me for trial. Although I was completely confident going to trial with Ms. Towne defending me, in the end it was her negotiating skills (and likely her reputation) that allowed me to settle with a plea that was favorable beyond my expectations. Ultimately, my charges were reduced from a DUI and Careless/Reckless to Speeding and Unsafe Lane Change and Ms. Towne was convincing enough that the judge felt further compelled to reduce prosecutorial sentencing recommendations. Once in a while you have an opportunity to meet an individual who is a true pleasure to work with because they are at the top of their game. Ms. Towne is this type of individual and I will miss working with her.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Vice President, shareholder
  • Clark & Towne, A Professional Corporation
  • 1995 - Present
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • Gwinnett County Solicitor
  • 1989 - 1995

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick/Piscataway
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Sudduth v. State
  • conviction reversed
  • Lindsey v. State
  • conviction reversed
  • Wilson v. State
  • conviction reversed
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Associations

  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association (Criminal Defense Section)
  • President
  • 1998 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Georgia Super Lawyer every year since 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • DUI Defense Attorneys of the Year
  • Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers
  • 1999
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Georgia ICLE DUI Defense Seminar
  • DUI in Georgia
  • 2006
  • NACDL/NCDD DUI Defense Seminar
  • DUI Defense
  • 2004
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • DUI Defense
  • 2004
  • Handling ALS Hearings Seminar
  • DUI Defense
  • 2000
  • George Indigent Defense Council
  • Defending Drinking Drivers
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (14)
Endorse Jessica
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jessica has been a mentor and inspiration to me as a lawyer since opening my own practice a few years ago. He knowledge, expertise and tenacity in the courtroom are only some of her wonderful qualities. I highly recommend her services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jessica is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Gwinnet and in the metro-Atlanta area. Because of her knowledge of the law and her previous experience as a prosecutor Jessica knows exactly what to look for in every case. She uses her past experience in her negotiations with the prosecutor's offices and if a trial is required she know how to effectively present the case to a jury. I highly recommend Jessica."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred clients to Jessica in the past. She has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent attorney. I recommend her highly."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jessica for years , she is a great lawyer and fights very hard for her clients ,always getting amazing results!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jessica. She is a superior attorney that gets results for her clients. She has been fighting for her clients for over two decades...and winning."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica is an excellent DUI defense attorney. When I started as an attorney I went to a Defending Traffic Law Seminar led by Jessica. I was impressed by her wins in the Court of Appeals, as well as her passion and knowledge of the law."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica is creative and very analytical. I have had the opportunity to observe her in the courtroom where she excels. She is recognized as a top lawyer in this field and has the respect of all judges and prosecutors in her area. If you need results she will not let you down."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica is a top tier, straight shooting, tough DUI defense attorney. She is not only an exemplary and distinguished trial attorney, but also a gifted and well respected appellate attorney. Jessica is one of the few Atlanta attorneys who have the experience necessary to successfully resolve even the most complex DUI cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Jessica for 15 years, and no attorney fights harder or gets better results. Jessica is at the forefront of every modern criminal and DUI defense. She is the attorney other attorneys go to when they have questions. She is also well-respected by opposing counsel. You are in good hands."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. This attorney is considered to be aggressive, hard working, and a valuable attorney by his clients. You should be calling this attorney if you have been arrested for DUI/DWI."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I heard Jessica speak on DUI issues several years ago. We met again this past winter and I have been following her excellant work in the field of DUI defense. Her book "How to hire a DUI Lawyer" is a must read for anyone looking to hire a criminal lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Jessica Towne for three years, and I can attest to her dedication to protecting our rights. She works hard for her clients and achieves excellent results. I know that I'm a better attorney for having worked with Jessica. Thanks!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica Towne widely regarded as one of the best lawyers in Georgia. I rely on her input on cases quite frequently. I strongly recommend her as an DUI trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica is an incredible attorney who is always on top of the law. It is obvious she has the confidence and experience to take on any case. No case is too difficult."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer's work. Jessica is the best of the best in defending criminal cases. She always works hard, prepares hard and tries her cases hard. I have seen her make seminar presentations and not only is her work very informative, she is really funny too! Joe"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have had the opportunity to represent co-defendants with Jessica. Jessica is a very ethical and hard-working attorney. Her trial skills and expertise allow her to represent her clients effectively. She is a tremendous asset to the Georgia Bar."
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