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About me

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.


Languages spoken: English, Farsi

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    10 years
  2. Juvenile: 35%
    10 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 30%
    10 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

11 total 

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  • Robert Benton Tidwell

    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.


    Robert Tidwell Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Erik John Broel

    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.


    Erik Broel Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm

300 ParkBrooke Place
Suite 320
Woodstock, GA, 30189


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200608/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star - Criminal DefenseSuperLawyers2016
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & EthicsMartindale-Hubbell2015
2015 Top 10 in 10 Young ProfessionalsCherokee County Chamber of Commerce2015
Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & EthicsMartindale-Hubbell2014
Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & EthicsMartindale-Hubbell2013
President's Cup (Recieved as President of Blue Ridge Bar Assoc.)State Bar of Georgia2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner & Lead AttorneyGhanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm2007 - Present
Part-Time Associate Magistrate JudgeCherokee County Magistrate Court2013 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - Present
Blue Ridge Circuit (Cherokee County) Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Optimist InternationLt. Governor of Zone 22014 - 2015
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - 2015
Canton Optimist ClubPresident2011 - 2012
Blue Ridge Circuit (Cherokee County) Bar AssociationPresident2010 - 2011
Canton Optimist ClubVice President2010 - 2011
Blue Ridge Circuit (Cherokee County) Bar AssociationVice President2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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. PorterJury Verdict: Not Guilty - DUI, Guilty - Failure to Maintain Lane
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cherokee TribuneWho can find out about your case, once it is dismissed?2016
Cherokee TribuneRemoving the Mystery From the Criminal Process2015
Cherokee TribunePath for Juvenile Delinquents Complicated2015
Cherokee TribuneState Allows Youth Offenses Removed in Some Cases2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Georgia State UniversityCriminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rotary Club MeetingThe Worst Advice Parents Give Their Kids About the Law2016
Webinar Presented by the Institute of Continuing Judicial EducationFundamentals of Contract Law2014
Webinar Presented by the Institute of Continuing Judicial EducationReview of Search Warrant Issuance for Georgia Magistrates2014
Webinar Presented by the Institute of Continuing Judicial EducationA Seminar on Sovereign Citizens in Magistrate Court2014
12-Hour Magistrate Recertification IISearch Warrant Issues Related to Electronic Devices2014