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John Arnold Steakley

John Steakley’s Legal Cases

11 total


  • Georgia v. M.W.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Jan 16, 2012
    Outcome:
    Almost Entirely Acquitted By A Jury
    Description:
    M.W. was accused of operating a motorcycle "chop shop" in Gwinnett County. He was indicted for several offenses and motorcycles and faced decades behind bars. The DA's Office wouldn't budge in plea negotiations, so we went to trial. Over the course of a 7-day trial, we were able to show the jury that most of the accusations weren't supported by evidence.
  • Georgia v. E.C.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    All Charges Completely Dismissed
    Description:
    E.C. was asked to drive a friend to a specific location in the middle of the night for $5. Upon arriving, the friend engaged in a minor drug transaction that resulted in a dispute and the friend and another man getting shot. E.C. rushed his friend to the hospital where he died. Police charge E.C. with MURDER as a "party to the crime". E.C. was facing life in prison.
  • Georgia v. H.E.G.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty of Any Charges
    Description:
    H.E.G. was accused of raping his adult granddaughter after subduing her with a pipe wrench. Initially, H.E.G. denied any sexual contact to the police. After DNA tests found his DNA in the alleged victim's cervix, H.E.G. admitted having a consensual affair with his granddaughter. Rape carries a 25-year minimum sentence, so H.E.G. was facing the rest of his life in prison. After a week-long trial conducted by Mr. Steakley, H.E.G. was found not guilty and released.
  • Georgia v. K.L.W.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Released in two weeks.
    Description:
    K.L.W. was accused of attacking and beating a woman he met at a party. He maintained that she attacked him first and he defended himself before taking her back to the gathering. Because of his long history from his younger days, K.L.W. was facing Life Without Parole for Kidnapping with Bodily Injury. Trusting Mr. Steakley with the rest of his life, K.L.W. opted for a jury trial. The 4-day-long trial was conducted by Mr. Steakley, ended with K.L.W. being convicted only of a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to twelve months to serve, but had credit for 11.5 already, so he was released a few weeks later. In court, the trial judge called Mr. Steakley's closing argument to the jury one of the best she had ever heard.
  • Georgia v. C.M.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Acquitted By Jury
    Description:
    C.M. was accused of attacking and stabbing his roommates. C.M., an undocumented immigrant from Central America claimed that the roommates had attacked him so they could get him arrested and move someone else into his room. In a 3-day trial, Mr. Steakley was demonstrate inconsistent testimony from the State's witnesses and show how the medical evidence indicated C.M. was acting defensively. C.M. was acquitted and deported.
  • Georgia v. M.B.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    All Charges Completely Dismissed
    Description:
    M.B. was accused by the DEA of meeting a drug courier from Mexico in Hall County and receiving 10 kilograms (22lbs) of cocaine. She was witnessed receiving a duffel bag of cocaine by DEA agents and taking it to her home. Because of technical irregularities in the resulting search warrant and some other issues that Mr. Steakley noticed and used to the client's advantage, all charges against M.B. were ultimately dismissed.
  • Georgia (and Alabama) v. M.F.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    All Charges Completely Dismissed
    Description:
    M.F. was accused of shoplifting telephones from Wal-Mart in Gwinnett along with some friends. Everyone was from Alabama. They made it back to Alabama where they were discovered with the telephones. Both Alabama and Gwinnett initiated cases against M.F. for the same telephones, a clear violation of the Double Jeopardy rule. Fortunately, M.F., aged 17, was a juvenile in Alabama but an adult in Georgia. Quickly resolving his Alabama case, we were able to prevent any proseuction in Georgia.
  • . . . And Many More

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Satisfied Clients
    Description:
    These are just a few of the more than 70 jury trials and thousands of cases that Mr. Steakley has handled during his career as both a government prosecutor and now a defense attorney in private practice. These are merely examples and should not be taken as a promise of a specfic outcome or result in your case, as all cases are unique. If you have a criminal issue and want an attorney with experience and proven results, give us a call.
  • Georgia v. B.W.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    All Charges Dismissed
    Description:
    B.W. was accused of rape when a woman who lived in his apartment complex claimed to have been raped by a young black male. Even though she described her attacker as clean-shaven while B.W. had a goatee that day, police showed the "victim" a 3-year-old photo of B.W. and she "identified" him as her attacker. (We think she was identifying the only familiar face, since both she and B.W. lived in the same comlex.) B.W. was arrested and Mr. Steakley represented him. Using DNA, we were able to 100% exclude B.W. as the rapist. Nevertheless, B.W. ended up spending months of his life in jail for a crime he did not commit.
  • Georgia v. J.H.H.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Significantly Reduced Charges
    Description:
    J.H.H. was accused of the brutal beating death of a man suspected of having molested J.H.H.'s children. The victim was transported to a hospital, examined, and released. He later died. Through medical evidence and the use of a private defense medical examiner, Mr. Steakley was able to cast doubt on the cause of death. This reasonable doubt as to the cause of death resulted in a successful plea negotiation to a reduced charge that J.H.H. was willing to accept, avoiding a potential life sentence.