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Joel Carlton Pugh

Criminal defense Attorney at Marietta, GA

4.8   37 reviews
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  • Licensed for 27 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
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About Joel

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FOCUSED, AGGRESSIVE, COMMITTED CRIMINAL DEFENSE.

While I was in law school, I clerked for Superior Court Judge Jim Bodiford, then left his office and went to the solicitor's office. There, I worked under the Third-Year Practice Act, which means I was basically allowed to prosecute for free for the state. After I passed the Bar, I was hried as an assistant solicitor in Cobb County. A year later, the elected district attorney, Tom Charron, offered me a job, which I accepted and then began working as an assistant district attorney. I am honored to have been voted by my peers as Prosecutor of the Year at both of those positions.

 

I left the DA's office and entered into private practice about 13 years ago. I specialize in criminal defense. The vast majority of my work is in Cobb County. I serve as the environmental law judge in the City of Smyrna and am a past associate municipal court judge for the cities of Marietta and Woodstock. I am honored to have received the Ross Adams Younger Lawyer award, given annually by the Cobb County Bar Association.

 

I believe in treating people honestly and with integrity - the way you expect to be treated - and being upfront and forward with everyone. I try to treat my clients the way that I expect to be treated by professionals that I hire, whether that's my CPA or my doctor.

Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2017,2014
Client's Choice
2022 2017 2014

Location

Joel C. Pugh & Associates
288 Lawrence Street Northeast
Marietta, GA, 30060

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  37 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Mona | December 7, 2015
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Peace of mind Knowing Mr. Pugh- He's Great!
Unfortunately my two daughters got into serious legal trouble. Mr. Pugh was very professional and knowledgeable about how to have their charges reduced, and minimize the severity of their situation. He has a very good reputation in the community and really knows the law. I feel very confident putting my family's future in his hands.
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Posted by Alice | October 22, 2014
***AMAZING LAWYER! *** The most honest and ethical Attorney I've ever met!
Joel Pugh is an amazing attorney! The most honest and ethical Attorney that I've ever met! This man truly cares about his clients and their well-being. He was recommended to my by a Superior Court judge, and now I know why. You can trust this man, he is your best defense!
Posted by Araceli | November 7, 2023
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Very Professional and Straightforward Attorney
Joel Pugh did an amazing job in winning my sons case. Throughout our time with working with him, he was very straightforward with my son in letting him know the options and changes that were going on in his case. He is very dedicated to the criminal defense and will definitely be recommended to peers for use of his excellent services.
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Posted by Donald | April 17, 2023
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Joel Pugh
I have used Joel Pugh on several court cases. This attorney is very knowledgeable with the law and a great example of a professional lawyer! He is upfront and honest with you from the beginning. I would highly recommend Joel Pugh as a defense attorney.
Posted by John | November 1, 2022
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The Greatest
Joel and his associates are very professional, prompt and handle your case with the upmost urgency. I am very pleased with my outcome as I was facing 10 yrs and got one of my charges dropped which was trafficking and the other resulted in timed served. His staff are welcoming and handle your case as if it was their own. You want Joel on your case! He's worth every penny you can believe that! Don't short change yourself. Joel Pugh I would recommend to every one who asks me who my lawyer is!
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Posted by Steve | October 18, 2022
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Mr.
It was raining very hard. When I hit the brakes, I hydroplaned and rear ended the car in front of me. I received two tickets. Joel Pugh got one ticket dismissed and the other one not on my driving record.
Posted by JMST | August 4, 2022
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#1 ATTORNEY in COBB COUNTY!
HIRING Joel Pugh was the BEST THING we ever did! He is knowledgeable and has a reputable reputation. He will not guide you down the wrong path. We have worked with him for over 3 years and finally resulted in a positive outcome! He knows his business! This Mom has a happy heart! THANK YOU JOEL! His office team -Jen is awesome! Great communication either phone, email or text from both Jen or Joel. They always keep you informed, and are responsive to your inquiries. If at anytime I need ANY legal advice Joel is the attorney to reach out to. I promise you will not regret it.
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Posted by Keila | July 25, 2022
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Amazing Lawyer!!!
Mr. Joel Pugh and his team were very attentive and made sure to knowledge me on my case! I must say, he and his team did an amazing job in helping me and I am very satisfied! I deff recommend him as an attorney! 10/10! Great job!
Posted by Tracy Gragg | July 10, 2022
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Review
My campaign to find a top notch lawyer brought me to Joel pugh. His presence instills confidence but he also has the legal knowledge and resources to back it up. My concerns were always addressed and Jennifer is a great liason that had to settle my nerves on more than one occasion. I had a best case scenario in my case and I'm so glad out of all the lawyers I chose him!!!
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Posted by Brittany | May 17, 2022
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Excellent Team
Professional and very easy to work with. Joel and his team are great. They took care of me from beginning to end with minimal effort on my part and a very successful outcome. I would recommend them to anyone, hands down best experience.
Posted by Robert | May 17, 2022
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This is a great firm!
They treat you like family and get results. Everything went smooth, from dealing with front office staff to the courthouse process. Communication was always a priority!!! I would recommend to anyone!!!
Posted by Corey | April 20, 2022
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Grateful
Thanks again Counselor for your assistance in helping me thur my legal situation. You guys stay safe.
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2022
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Would recommend
Joel was very thorough and explained the process along the way. He and his team were very responsive and got a good outcome for the complexities of my case.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2022
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Defendant/ Client
Joel Pugh has done wonders for me he has gotten me so many different opportunities on many different occasions and legal issues. In other words whatever has happened in your life to the point where you need someone to help defend you and help you out, he is the MAN!!!! I would not hesitate to choose Mr. Pugh over anyone else for he will do above and beyond to try to get you the best outcome and alleviate the pain and fear behind any type of pending conviction. All I can say is he is the best of the best nothing more to say than that!
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Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2022
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Best Attorney.
Joel Pugh is one of the finest criminal defense attorneys in Cobb County and I would certainly recommend him to friends or family members or anyone. Joel knows what he is doing, you can trust him. he take his time, and give you very good results. he did my case and I am very happy with the results.
Posted by Randy | August 3, 2021
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Best Attorney Ever
I hired Joel, and I could not have asked for a better out come. Very understanding and works endlessly to make sure you are taken care of.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2020
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5 Star Review
Engaged with Joel Pugh and he was very direct about what I could expect in my case for a Family Volience issue. Joel said I had a good chance of a dismissal outcome if I did what he told me to do. I did and the case was dismissed. Joel knows what he is doing, you can trust him, and he knows how the system works as well as the people in the system. I highly recommend Joel Pugh and his team was your personal attorney. All my best
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2019
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Diversion program
Joel got me exactly what we talk about the first time I met with him I couldn’t be in any better of a situation. Thank you Joel and thank you Ross for all of your help
Posted by Olive | May 19, 2019
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God is awesome
I cried so many times, I finally was referred to Mr. Pugh. I can only say this God bless Mr. Pugh, increase his wisdom and knowledge. Bless him and not limit his territory and that’s my prayer. Your work brought joy in our lives. God bless you
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2019
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Creative and positive
I had used Joel on several occasions and each time he was able to present a solution that was better than what I had hoped for. He has a solid team and would recommend him for your primary counsel
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Cobb County District Attorney Office
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • Cobb County Solictor's Office
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Prosecuting Attorney, third year practice act
  • Cobb County Solictor's Office
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Law Clark, Intern
  • Cobb County Superior Court
  • 1994 - 1995
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Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Atlanta
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Associations

  • Cobb Chamber of Commerce
  • 2003 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Criminal Defense Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1997 - Present
  • Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Ross Adams Younger Lawyer Award
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Assistant District Attorney of the Year
  • Cobb County District Attorney's Office
  • 1999
  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • Cobb County Solicitor's Office
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Joel
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Joel Pugh is one of the finest criminal defense attorneys in Cobb County and I would certainly recommend him to friends or family. As a former prosecutor and current judge, he knows the law inside and out."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel is an extremely well respected lawyer in our legal community. He is very easy to work with and a genuinely nice person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Joel as a prosecutor and seen his work as a fellow defense attorney for over 15 years. Joel is known as one of the finest lawyers in the metro Atlanta area. His vast experience and ability as a trial lawyer enable him to get great results for his clients. I highly recommend Joel Pugh!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel Pugh is an excellent criminal defense attorney. If you are in need of a lawyer for a criminal matter in the Atlanta area, you would be well served to hire him. I have known Mr. Pugh for decades, literally. If my friends or family had a serious criminal law matter, I would call him immediately."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel Pugh is one of he finest attorneys in Cobb County. He is well respected by Judges and Prosecutors. I have worked with him on several cases both as a former prosecutors and as defense attorneys. I highly recommend him if you are in need of an experience criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Joel for the last 10 years. I know Joel to be extremely well respected in the community, as well as at the Courthouse and have always admired the respect he receives from the Solicitors office, District Attorneys office, and local Judges. He is always prepared and will try those cases that need to be tried to reach justice and a fair result. I would recommend, and have recommended Joel to family and friends and have received nothing but excellent feedback after completion of those matter. It is an honor to work with Joel and consider him a friend."
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Marietta Criminal defense Lawyer Joel Carlton Pugh
Joel Carlton Pugh
Criminal defense Attorney
Marietta, GA
Licensed for 27 years
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