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Jonathan David Aurelia

Criminal defense Attorney at Lawrenceville, GA

4.6   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1999
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Jonathan D. Aurelia
260 Constitution Blvd
Lawrenceville, GA, 30046-5638


4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kindhearted and fair
I can't get into specifics about my case, but I can say this...Mr Aurelia is far from your average defense attorney. He is down to earth and a real person that understands people make mistakes and go through ups and downs in life. He has a caring attitude and knows that those mistakes do not define who you are as an individual. He was in a position to either have my probation terminated or could have easily had it extended, but rather, he chose to petition the judge to have it terminated (of course I completed all community service and required courses, but I wasn't flawless in all aspects of my probation) - I say this because some defense attorneys won't speak up for you and will let the prosecutor berate you in front of the judge and everyone else in the courtroom - and will allow the prosecutor/probation officer to recommend the harshest punishment available. Mr Aurelia will fight up for you and your family. I just want it to be known that Mr Aurelia is a very kindhearted person and will do his best to make sure that his client's are treated fairly. Thanks Mr Aurelia -Brandon
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Posted by Julian B | May 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The Lawyer you'll want and need!
After i broke up with her, the mother of my children accused me of some heinous crimes in an attempt to keep me from my kids. I knew i was innocent but it just seemed impossible to get any results on my own. Mr Aurelia was assigned to me at the last minute as my public defender and i thought "this is going to be a rough ride". It wasn't, Mr. Aurelia told me what i was looking at, and what to expect. He didn't hide anything or downplay anything. He listened and looked into every piece of evidence i had. About a month later, I get a call from him telling me the prosecutor dropped the case and that he would be sending me the dismissal letter. GOD could not have sent a better representative on my behalf. Thanks Jonathan!
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Posted by Jason | August 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!!
Mr. Aurelia has been my attorney on several cases in Forsyth, Gwinnett, and Fulton counties. Everytime he has been great. Originally he was court appointed to me some years back, but after his performance in the courtroom on that charge, I have hired him several times for various cases and it's always the same result.......greatness!! He's very fair on his prices too. If you are in need of a really good attorney I highly recommend Mr. Aurelia.
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Posted by Nick | April 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Works Hard for your case
I was charged with a Hit and Run and was suppose to loose my license because of it, but then I found Jonathan. He knew the local court system very well and was able to get me to keep my license and reduce the points on my record. He is a good lawyer who knows what he is doing.
Posted by Kim | February 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellant Results
Prior to hiring Jonathan Aurelia, my son had hired and paid in full another criminal defense attorney, who did little to nothing on his case for over a period of 7 months. Jonathan represented my son on felony drug and gun charges. Within a month of hiring Jonathan, he had visited my son a few times, spoken to me several times, and despite my son's numerous prior felony convictions, Jonathan was able to get the gun charges dismissed and to obtain a plea deal of 15 years to serve 4. That was far better than my son and I had thought possible. We highly recommend Jonathan Aurelia!
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Posted by Greg | February 23, 2015
Felony reduced to misdemeanor
Highly recommend Jonathan Aurelia. My son David charged with felony possession. Mr Aurelia negotiated plea with ADA reduced to misdemeanor no jail time. Jonathon is a top notch, professional who truly cares about the folks he represents. He is very clear about all alternatives, very cordial and responsive. Even after trial, he assisted my son in getting misdemeanor charge declassified so he has no charge on his record after meeting 12 month probation conditions.
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Posted by James | February 7, 2015
Relentless dedication to the client!
After recieving a super speeder ticket in marietta, then recieving a fine from the city of marietta on top of the super speeder fine I was already paying, Jonathan heard my story, took my case and didn't let up until all my points were gone, the unnecessary city fine was waived, and all I had to pay was the ticket I was glad to pay. He worked hard till my case was resolved...I wouldn't use anyone else to handle my legal issues. Thanks Jonathan!
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Posted by Vinny | November 25, 2014
Best attorney in Gwinnett county
After getting a bad plea offer with one attorney only offering a 10 serve 5 , johnathan was able to get 10 serve 18 months right off the muscle. First attorney being paid did nothing . Johnathan kept me informed as well as keeping my family in the loop. And after the sentence was done got my probation terminated very early. Right till the very end he did his job. Bad ass attorney and knows the law. I would use him again without a doubt. I'm free at last thanks to him!
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Posted by Travis | May 18, 2014
Look no further!
Jonathan has been my lawyer on more than one occasion, unfortunately. However, in my time of need, he came through. Needing a lawyer is never a good thing, but Jonathan has proved himself as being a trustworthy and honest lawyer. In one case, I was looking at 10 years, but was lucky enough to have Jonathan as my lawyer and I came out on top with only one year! The charges were felonies and quite serious. I was very pleased and happy with the results at trial. If I was able, I'd have Jonathan on permanent retainer.
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2013
This lawyer is a Quack, dont waste your money.
I hired this lawyer to defend me on a case in Gwinnett County. He first told me that he used to be a former prosecutor. He did kept me informed and visited me. I gave him a wealth of evidence to fight my case. Some he presented in a poor manner at trial and some he told me that it was not necessary to present. He was not prepared for the trial. He did not call my key witnesses. I felt like he just went thru the trial and was a sell out. He did not ask the questions I told him to ask. In 20 mins, I was sentenced to the max with no prior convictions. He knew this was going to happened and I knew this was about to happened because of the nonsense this lawyer presented. He quoted all kinds of phrases from shake-sphere like that matters. He did not object to any of the prosecutor's argument. He selected jurors whom would be a disadvantage to me. When I whispered to him, he told me to be quiet. I had audio tapes for him to play and he told me to bring the recorder and tape and then he did not use them at trial. I swear on my life this lawyer sold me out. I appealed the case and got a retrial. When I told the other lawyer of this lawyer's behavior, he agreed with me completely. I was at the wrong place at the wrong time when someone else commit a crime and the other person that commit the crime drag me into the picture and the prosecutor drop the charges on the other person in return for their testimony. This lawyer allow them to say, I would have know that the other person was going to commit the crime. How am I to predict the actions of someone else. Honestly, I was not guilty in this situation and I was found guilty with Mr. Aurelia. I don't see how this lawyer can sleep knowing he gave this case to the prosecutor and make an innocent person end up in jail and have to wait appeal. God will deal with you Mr. Aurelia. Nothing goes unpaid in this world and remember that.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Chen & Aurelia LLC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Dekalb County District Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • Gwinnett County Solicitor's Office
  • 1999 - 2003


  • Mercer University-W. George L.S.
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Georgia, Athens
  • A.B.
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • State v. Allen 96072
  • Dismissed
  • State v. Corbin 12D-7523-5
  • Not guilty/acquitted
  • State v. Little 11SC105607
  • Armed Robbery/Kidnapping reduced to Theft and probation
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  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2005 - Present
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Basic Litigation Course
  • Prosecuting Attorney's Council of Georgia
  • 2001
  • Intoxilyzer 5000 Operation, Maintenance & Repair
  • CMI, Inc.
  • 2000
  • Intoxilyzer 5000 Operators' Permit
  • GBI Division of Forensic Sciences
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Police Academy
  • DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Jonathan
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan is an excellent trial lawyer. He is a strong advocate for his clients and works to achieve the best outcome possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Jonathan. He is experienced, knowledgeable, and tenacious. An incredible advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jonathan since I was an ADA. He was always prepared and fought for his client. Now that I share space with him, I often seek his advice in dealing with cases. He is a great advocate for his clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jonathan for over 10 years. He is an extremely skilled and talented trial attorney. His clients are lucky to have him in their corner."
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