Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013-2016. Former DUI Court Prosecutor & Associate with top firm.Prosecution trained me in all aspects of criminal law. I now defend, using all of those techniques.Call 404-803-3105 (24/7) to talk with Melanie Ellwanger, Former Prosecutor - DUI Defense Attorney.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2007||03/06/2010|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Atlanta Magazine||2017|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Rising Star Award||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Rising Star Award||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Certificate of Completion||DUI Super Symposium||2014|
|Rising Star||Atlanta Magazine||2014|
|Rising Star Award||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Atlanta Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star Award||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Certificate of Completion||Multi-Device Breath Testing Training Certificate||2010|
|Standardized Field Testing Practitioner Certificate||Forsyth County Sheriff's Department||2009|
|Dean's List||University of Arkansas School of Law||2007|
|Leadership Award||Brenau University||2004|
|Owner||Melanie M. Ellwanger, Attorney at Law, LLC||2014 - Present|
|Senior Associate||Head Thomas Webb & Willis, LLC||2010 - 2014|
|Assistant Solicitor ( like assistant district attorney)||Forsyth County Solicitor-General's Office||2007 - 2010|
|Law Clerk/Investigative Assistant||Hall County Public Defender's Office||2007 - 2007|
|Summer Associate||Whelchel & Dunlap||2006 - 2006|
|Law Clerk||Andrew, Merritt, Reilly & Smith||2005 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Cobb County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2010 - Present|
|Appeals Court of Georgia||Member||2010 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||2007 - Present|
|Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia||Member||2007 - 2010|
|Underage Client - Minor in Possession of Alcohol||Client allowed to take diversion, not convicted|
|DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving-DeKalb||Reduction to Reckless Driving|
|DUI Drugs Reduced to Red Light Violation||Reduced to Traffic Violation|
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|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Rising Star||2015|
|Atlanta Magazine||Rising Star||2014|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Rising Stars||2014|
|Super Lawyers - (Thomson-Reuters)||Super Lawyers Rising Stars||2013|
|Super Lawyers - Rising Stars||Atlanta Magazine||2013|
|University of Arkansas - Fayetteville||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|Brenau University||Legal Studies and Conflict Resolution||BS - Bachelor of Science||2004|
|Law Day||Magna Carta||2015|
|Law Day||Every Vote Counts||2014|
|Georgia DUI Law Update||Apocalypse Now: DUI Trial Practice in the New Georgia Evidence Code World||2013|
|Georgia DUI Update||Ethics: DUI Trials, Pleas and Sentencing||2010|
Posted by Jeffrey
My case was a double refusal. I was referred to Melanie's law firm and told "they are the best."
Melanie did a great job keeping me informed of all the proceedings, her thoughts & strategy on my case, and was extremely patient listening to all the input that I had. Admittedly, I was very aggressive in my studying and researching of DUI laws and cases. I don't know of many attorneys that would have been as patient listening to my thoughts as I am not an attorney.
Melanie was extremely thorough and well prepared when the state played their "shell game." Meaning, we prepared for a defense without the use of video only to have the video made suddenly available on the morning of trial.
Melanie was aggressive when questioning the officer without questioning his integrity. She allowed the officer to contradict his police report, the video, & his previous sworn testimony, without interruption. Then, she simply presented the facts of this contradiction to the jury. “You just testified to this, but your previous testimony and in the police report, you stated something different?” I thought it was a brilliant tactical move!
Dealing with a DUI arrest is extremely stressful and she did more than anyone should expect to lower that stress. Allowing you to continue your normal routine and rest a little better at night, while knowing that your case is in the hands of an expert is priceless!
Save yourself the headache & confusion and just trash all the direct mail you will receive from the “other” lawyers. Make one phone call, to Melanie, and trust that you’ve made the right decision.
I am forever grateful that I made the decision to hire Melanie and, more importantly, that she defended me with such excellence!
Posted by Blake
Mrs. Ellwanger was able to get my DUI reduced to wreck less driving before my court date. I also had my DMV hearing dismissed which saved my license from being suspended. I was very happy with the outcome of my case and the work done by Mrs. Ellwanger. In the end the other 3 charges with my DUI were dismissed and only had a wreck less driving fine. I was not placed on any probation or anything thing else.
Posted by Jason
Melanie was such a bright spot during such a difficult and stressful period in my life. I was charged with DUI, .179, and failure to maintain a lane in Jackson County. She guided me with expertise and positivity...my charges were reduced to reckless driving. I've dubbed her Legally Brunette. I highly recommend Melanie for your legal needs.
Gregory Willis, DUI and DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. I have personal experience watching Melanie get extraordinary results for her clients. She knows the DUI law and has the experience to win cases with that knowledge. Melanie is well respected by judges, prosecutors, and fellow defense lawyers. I highly recommend her for DUI defense.
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