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A. Paul Ghanouni

DUI and DWI Attorney at Woodstock, GA

5.0   22 reviews

also known as Paul Ghanouni


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About A. Paul

Learn A. Paul’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    20%
    Our firm focuses on protecting the futures of teens and young adults who have made mistakes. This includes general criminal defense, and juvenile defense, which includes DUIs in both categories.

    17 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    Our firm focuses on protecting the futures of teens and young adults who have made mistakes. This includes general criminal defense, and juvenile defense, which includes DUIs in both categories.

    17 years

  3. Juvenile law
    20%
    Our firm focuses on protecting the futures of teens and young adults who have made mistakes. This includes general criminal defense, and juvenile defense, which includes DUIs in both categories.

    17 years

  4. Expungement
    10%

    17 years

  5. Sex crime
    10%

    17 years

  6. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%

    17 years

  7. Violent crime
    10%

    17 years

I made a lot of poor choices when I was younger.  While I probably had more run-ins with the police and other authority figures between the ages of 13 and 22 than many people have throughout their lives, I was fortunate that I was never charged with anything more than minor traffic offenses.  In hindsight, I see how my life could have been derailed if things had gone a little differently for me.  My mission is to protect the futures of our younger generation from their mistakes so that they can achieve their full potential.

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Licensed for 16 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/03/2022

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

Contact A. Paul

Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm
3227 S Cherokee Ln
Suite 1360
Woodstock, GA, 30188

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Second Chance
Paul Ghanouni and his team are the kind of people that will keep fighting for your rights. Paul is honest, trustworthy and very well respected. They treat you more like family than a client. We are all human and make mistakes and it doesn't have to be the end. I am a mother and would not trust anyone but this great team to help us with our difficult situation.
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Posted by JS | December 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy, caring, amazing attorney
Mr. Ghanouni, Domonique, and his team made me feel important and thoroughly listened to my concerns. Any uncertainty I had, Mr. Ghanouni would call me personally to clarify any misunderstanding. They treated me like family. Absolutely love them!
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding representation
I appreciate everything done for me and my case. Professional, efficient and caring people :)
Posted by Needa | July 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You guys are AWESOME!!!!
Paul and the team made my stressful situation into a positive one. Not only did they return my phone calls, answer every email, and communicate effectively, Paul went the extra mile to even talk to my child one on one to make sure that he understood the situation. I would recommend The Ghanouni firm to everyone. Yes of course I already have. If you have a situation that needs to be resolved this is the firm for you.
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Posted by Michael | July 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST choice you could make !
I don't think anyone is really prepared for the day that their child is in trouble with the law, and is in need of an attorney. Our legal system isn't exactly "user friendly" and it's easy to be overwhelmed. I am so grateful to have found Paul Ghanouni and his firm. He saw us very soon after the incident, listened to us, and explained clearly what we could expect. He told us what the total fee would be in advance. In short, he removed the "fear of the unknown" from the entire process. Their approach is proactive and they presented us with a plan for court that would maximize our opportunity to reach a positive result in our case. There were several court appearances required, and they met us in advance each time to prepare us for court. They always answered my calls and emails the same or the next day. When we went to court, it was obvious that many of the other defendants and attorneys were unprepared. Sometimes it looked like the attorney was meeting the defendant for the first time. Our attorney was always on time and prepared, as was my child, thanks to them. All of these factors led to a great outcome in our case. I could not recommend Paul and his firm more highly.
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Posted by Stuart | April 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'll be back if I need a layer again
Great people really feel cared about and like family, they went above and beyond and achieved better than my best case scenario
Posted by Kristin | April 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
We hired this practice to represent our teenage son. Paul and everyone else took us thru the process with very specific details along the way. They were very caring and interested in the welfare of our son and the outcome of the case.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ghanouni Teen Defense
Never having been through any situation like this, it was comforting to know that Teen Defense was beside us through the entire process. Professional but with a personal approach. I would recommend their services to anyone.
Posted by Taylor | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Paul Ghanouni has been nothing short of fantastic. I believe his greatest attributes are patience, diligence, and his ability to really listen. I would highly recommend to anyone and I place my full trust in Mr. Ghanouni.
Posted by Philip | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Firm
Everyone at the firm was extremely nice and very helpful. We had never been in a situation like this before, so naturally we were very nervous and had many questions. At the very first meeting, our apprehension was gone and our questions were answered. They are a tremendous group.
Posted by Amy | March 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Juvenile Law
“I needed an attorney for my son. One of his friends recommended the firm and after meeting with them we felt comfortable using the firm. Barry handled my son's case and he was very knowledgeable and he kept us informed every step of the way. My son and I both felt that he worked hard for the best possible outcome and that he was genuine in his concern for my son and his future. A.W.”  
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good investment
Paul Ghanouni guided us through a complicated process, protecting our family and earning the investment we made with his firm. The right choice for us.
Posted by Michelle | March 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A. Paul Ghanouni
Paul, Barry and Dominique were wonderful. They were up front and honest with us about our case. They explained everything to us so we understood what was going to happen. They all treated my daughter as a human being and not a criminal. Told us that everyone deserves a second chance. This is exactly what my daughter needed. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
#trustthisteam
Team Ghanouni is absolutely AMAZING!. Tremendously impressed with their professionalism, advance preparation, attention to detail and commitment to excellence. Paul, Barry and the entire staff have a well earned reputation for always being able to achieve the BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME. They genuinely care about every client and work hard to make you feel at ease throughout the process. #trustthisteam
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Posted by Kristi | March 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Legal Team Ever!!
Absolutely the best firm around! The team worked together & with us to insure we had & did everything needed for our case. We were so impressed with the professionalism but also the personal involvement taken to make us feel more at ease with such a tough case. I highly recommend anyone that needs representation to contact this firm, you will not regret it & we will be forever grateful that we chose this team! THANK YOU ALL!!
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Posted by J. | March 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The right choice
When we found ourselves in need of an attorney, we were confused, anxious and fearful. The court system was not a familiar area, and we were aware that a mistake at this point in our decision could be disasterous. Ghanouni's firm is experienced, compassionate, professional and knowledgeable. They took their responsibility of protecting us and our child's future seriously, and guided us through a very turbulent time. If you find yourself searching for a firm, you want to make the right choice. If you are reading this review, and you choose Mr. Ghanouni's firm, you are on your way to making the best decision for you and your family.
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Posted by Susanne | April 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The most compassionate and diligent lawyer
Paul Ghanouni is an amazing man and lawyer. Unfortunately I needed a lawyer when my son was involved in an accident on his bicycle with a hit and run driver. I had used Paul one other time for my daughter and decided to engage his services again. He was phenomenal in his consideration of my son's needs and was such a pleasure to work with. Thank you again, Paul Ghanouni!!!!
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Posted by Tony | March 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Lawyer
Paul is an exceptional attorney. During our first meeting Paul outlined the options available, keep us informed throughout the course of action until the successful case resolution. Not only did he successfully negotiate our son's case, but he made himself available to answer any questions on a timely basis. His office customer service is next to none - a welcome surprise in this day and age. We were amazed with his first hand command of the law by reciting legal case law in answering our questions. I've worked with many lawyers within both a business and personal landscape and without a doubt give Paul the highest recommendation. No remarkable thing we experience that I have never felt with any other attorney was "piece of mind." He laid out the options, plan, expertly negotiated the case and always kept us updated. His a remarkable attorney that truly loves what he does especially helping his teenage clients. Based on our recent experience I give Paul the highest ratings and recommendation and would recommend him without any reservation...
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Posted by ds | December 19, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Defense against TPO
Mr. Ghanouni and his team were very professional from the moment I had my initial consultation. He listened to my side and asked me pertinent questions so as to better ascertain how to pursue my case. The follow up and explanations as to what was happening on a regular basis was superb. All of my e-mails were answered very quickly and to my satisfaction. Mr. Ghanouni would make the time to call me back to personally answer my questions and concerns when needed without making me feel rushed. I would highly recommend hiring Mr. Ghanouni and his team if a difficult situation arises.
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Posted by Allem | November 22, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Traffic violation information
My wife had a traffic violation and we were uncertain if it was justified and how to proceed. Paul explained the law to us and gave us several different options to choose from. He took his time making sure we understood each option. If I have future legal problems I will hire him. Highly Recommend him
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder & Managing Attorney
  • Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm
  • 2007 - Present
  • Part-Time Associate Magistrate Judge
  • Cherokee County Magistrate Court
  • 2013 - 2015

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Georgia State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • State v. Canoles (DUI and Failure to Maintain Lane)
  • Motion to Suppress Granted to Exclude Breath Test - DUI Dismissed
  • State v. Wright (DUI, Failure to Maintain Lane, Disregarding Traffic Control Device)
  • Hung Jury 5 to 1 to find him not guilty of DUI (dismissed by prosecutor), Not Guilty Failure to Maintain Lane, Guilty Disregarding a Traffic Control Device
  • State v. Porter
  • Jury Verdict: Not Guilty - DUI, Guilty - Failure to Maintain Lane
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Associations

  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Blue Ridge Circuit (Cherokee County) Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Optimist Internation
  • Lt. Governor of Zone 2
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Canton Optimist Club
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Blue Ridge Circuit (Cherokee County) Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Canton Optimist Club
  • Vice President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Blue Ridge Circuit (Cherokee County) Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Farsi

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Gold
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Client Champion Gold
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • #100 Fastest Growing Law Firm
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2019
  • SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2018
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Gold
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2017
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2016
  • 2015 Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals
  • Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2015
  • Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethics
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethics
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethics
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • President's Cup (Recieved as President of Blue Ridge Bar Assoc.)
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Parent Informational Meeting
  • The Worst Advice Well-Intentioned Parents Give their Kids about the Law
  • 2017
  • Rotary Club Meeting
  • The Worst Advice Parents Give Their Kids About the Law
  • 2016
  • Optimist Club Meeting
  • The Worst Advice Parents Give Their Kids About the Law
  • 2015
  • Jail School Cadet Training
  • Fundamentals of Cross Examination
  • 2015
  • Canton First Methodist Church Presentation
  • Long Term Impacts of Criminal Activities on Teens
  • 2015
  • Webinar Presented by the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education
  • Fundamentals of Contract Law
  • 2014
  • Webinar Presented by the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education
  • Review of Search Warrant Issuance for Georgia Magistrates
  • 2014
  • Webinar Presented by the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education
  • A Seminar on Sovereign Citizens in Magistrate Court
  • 2014
  • 12-Hour Magistrate Recertification II
  • Search Warrant Issues Related to Electronic Devices
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (13)
Endorse A. Paul
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of knowing Paul for several years. He is an outstanding attorney with a great attention to detail. He is as thorough as any attorney I have ever known. Paul genuinely cares about his clients and he works tirelessly to pursue their rights to the fullest extent of the law."
Juvenile law Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is an outstanding attorney with a real passion for helping high school and college students make sure their future is not destroyed by a single bad choice. I believe the single most important attribute when selecting a professional to work with is whether they have a true passion for what they do because they will be naturally better at it. Paul has that passion and I highly recommend him."
Juvenile law Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is an intelligent, professional and extremely hard-working attorney. He is a dedicated to advancing his clients’ interest, and working towards successful outcomes for them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have yet to meet an attorney that is as passionate about representing youth so that the mistakes they make don't negatively impact them for the rest of their lives. I got to use Paul for a family members misstep and he has a great process to walk clients through their journey and make sure they come out on the other side with a better trajectory towards their future. I could not recommend more for anyone who has a criminal issue in Cherokee county."
Juvenile law Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is passionate and his practice and his clients. He constantly endeavors to improve his practice so his clients are provided the highest level of expertise and service. I highly endorse Paul and his firm."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a great attorney who does a fantastic job of helping his clients overcome and minimize the indiscretions of youth. He truly cares for his clients and does a great job of getting them the results they desire. I endorse Paul without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a dedicated and passionate attorney. I have had numerous cases with him in Juvenile Court over the last six years, and he always comes to court prepared and advocates very strongly for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is one of the most intelligent individuals I have had the pleasure of working with. Paul works hard to make sure all of his cases are handled with detailed precision. Paul was one of the first calls I made when decided to start my own law firm. Paul has a well deserved reputation as being one of the top attorney's in the local bar. I would strongly suggest using Paul if you find yourself in need of legal counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Paul, speaking both as a lawyer and as a father. You might think you have no need for Paul because you have good kids, but that's the point -- even good kids mess up, and it is reassuring to know Paul is there to make sure that a kid who makes one big mistake doesn't lose his future. Paul takes that responsibility seriously and personally, and will use his considerable skill and experience to help his clients get past their mistakes with their lives still ahead of them. Paul is a great person and a great lawyer, and I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a consummate professional and exceptional litigator. I give him my highest endorsement for his ethical character and professionalism. I have worked with Paul for five years and believe he is one of the most competent attorneys in the circuit. Paul is an outstanding lawyer and I am grateful that he is my colleague."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is one of the most compassionate attorneys you can find. He truly believes in his clients causes and works hard to give the most effective and valuable representation. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for the best possible criminal defense attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a skilled attorney who knows the law and how to approach each case strategically. It is a given that any client of Paul's will be well taken care of."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Paul when I first began my legal career in Canton as a Law Clerk for the State Court Judges. I am now a solo practitioner and recently relocated my office. I am lucky enough now to share office space with this truely brilliant lawyer. Paul is one of the most honest and straightforward people I know. These traits are some that make him a role model for professionalism, not just between lawters, but in the court room and with clients as well. Paul really cares about his clients and is extremely passionate about "fighting for the little guy." Paul is always well prepared, calm, confidant. Not to mention a brilliant lawyer. Whenever I have a question or need some advice, he always has a bank of information for me. For these reasons, I endorse Paul to anyone accussed of a crime or injured by the negligence of others."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is my go to guy for all cases in Cherokee County that I can't handle personally. A dedicated and hardworking advocate for those in need, you can always expect Paul to go the extra mile for his clients."
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