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Joseph Sam Habachy

Criminal defense Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   94 reviews

also known as Joe Hibachi, Joe Habachy

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    Joe Habachy is known for providing top-notch, quality legal representation on all types of state and federal criminal matters. He has successfully handled criminal matters in state and federal jurisdictions throughout the southeastern United States. Joe Habachy has worked with multiple Federal investigative agencies (DEA, ATF, ICE, FBI, and the Secret Service) and is familiar with the intricate investigative process typical in Federal matters.

    23 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    35%
    Joe Habachy has successfully defended nearly two thousand DUI cases in various jurisdictions around the State of Georgia. Joe regularly takes DUI cases to trial and has a high success rate. Many times these cases involve traffic accidents, eye witnesses, high blood alcohol (BAC) levels, prior arrests, and refusals. Further, because of his reputation and expertise in DUI defense, and because he is known for taking cases to trial, he is often able to secure a dismissal or reduction of charges.

    23 years

  3. Entertainment
    30%
    Joe S. Habachy, PC provides transactional entertainment representation for recording artists, songwriters, labels, publishers, producers, talent, authors, and film/television related clientele. Joe Habachy also regularly handles copyright and trademark matters for his clients. His clientele ranges from local talent to established celebrities.

    23 years

Joe S. Habachy is an accomplished and well-respected National trial lawyer. He has been privately practicing Criminal Defense and Entertainment Law in and around Atlanta, Georgia for more than 22 years. His principal office is in Atlanta, Georgia but he has represented clients in State Courts and Federal Courts in every part of Georgia and in Oregon, California, Colorado, Missouri, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Oklahoma, North Carolina, New York, Illinois, Maryland, Iowa, Missouri, Texas, and even Guam and Puerto Rico.

Joe has also aggressively defended and won criminal cases in the metro areas of Atlanta, Macon, Augusta, Athens, Columbus, Rome, Gainesville, and numerous other municipalities and counties in Georgia. He was born in Georgia, and has practiced law in Georgia his entire career.

Joe regularly represents celebrities, athletes, and other high profile clients on a variety of criminal matters. He has also aggressively represented doctors, lawyers, police officers, pilots, teachers, politicians, civic leaders, business owners, accountants, CEOs, real estate agents, truckers, and countless other individuals on a variety of criminal allegations. He is a regular panelist at continuing legal education seminars pertaining to the representation of high profile clients and is sensitive to the specific needs of clients in the public eye.

Joe has represented thousands of criminal defendants on diverse criminal matters ranging from D.U.I. to Drug Trafficking. He has successfully litigated innumerable cases. He regularly obtains Not Guilty Verdicts in State and Superior Court. He has extensive DUI experience and is certified in the administration of Field Sobriety tests and the Intoxilyzer 9000. He has successfully challenged numerous DUI arrests and roadside tests. Further, he has tried cases of all calibers, including homicide, rape, aggravated assault and Drug Trafficking. He has litigated innumerable search and seizure issues in State and Federal Court. Joe has also appealed various issues and set legal precedent in the State of Georgia.

Joe is also well-known in the field of Entertainment Law. He has successfully drafted, red-lined, and negotiated innumerable contracts for Musicians, Artists, Recording Companies, Music Publishers, Producers, Actors, Reality Shows, Reality Show Participants, Indie Film Producers/Directors, Television Shows, Radio and even Ringtone Artists. Contracts have included production agreements, management agreements, agency agreements, publishing agreements, various licenses, sampling agreements, site agreements, partnership agreements, and recording agreements. He also has extensive Trademark and Copyright experience. His Entertainment client list includes numerous well-known musicians and film/television personalities. He is a member of the Georgia Entertainment Bar and volunteers for the Georgia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Joe also passionately teaches Entertainment Law at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Joe has been repeatedly named a Super Lawyer and one of the 100 Best Criminal Attorneys in the Nation. He is often asked to speak at Continuing Education and Trial Practice seminars (both Criminal and Entertainment) to share his knowledge and experience with other lawyers throughout the country. Joe is a regular speaker on Court TV, CNN, E Entertainment and various Radio shows, a regular guest at Law School Seminars, and a regular visiting judge for national and international mock trial competitions.

Joe graduated cum laude from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in only two years. After working as an IT consultant with Price-Waterhouse Coopers for two years, Joe returned to University of Georgia School of Law, where he served as Vice President of the Entertainment Law Association and competed nationally on UGA’s successful Mock Trial Team.

Joe is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Georgia Court of Appeals, and numerous Federal Courts nationwide. Joe currently serves as the Chairman of the Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Education Fund which provides legal education scholarships to numerous criminal defense lawyers in Georgia. He is also a former Vice President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL).

Joe is most proud of having repeatedly championed the Legal Food Frenzy annual competition 10 times, consistently raising more money than any other law firm in Georgia for hungry children and families in need.

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Location

Joe S. Habachy, PC, Attorney at Law
44 Broad St., N.W, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA, 30303

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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney Who Fought for Justice and Achieved an Incredible Outcome!
I recently had the privilege of working with Joe Habachy. Joe went above and beyond to defend me against some very serious charges. The circumstances surrounding my case involved accusations of computer theft, data theft, credit card fraud, and theft of intellectual property from my former business partners. This daunting combination of charges left me feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about my future. From the moment I reached out to Joe, his professionalism and dedication were evident. Joe immediately took charge of my case, leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of justice. His expertise and knowledge in handling complex legal matters were truly remarkable. What impressed me the most was the level of commitment Joe demonstrated throughout the entire process. He tirelessly fought on my behalf, investing an incredible amount of time and effort into building a strong defense strategy. His attention to detail and thorough understanding of the intricacies of my case was evident in every interaction we had. As the case progressed, Joe’s unwavering determination and legal prowess became even more apparent as he skillfully navigated the legal system, presenting compelling arguments and mounting a robust defense. His ability to analyze the evidence and identify weaknesses in the prosecution's case was truly remarkable. Thanks to Joe’s vigorous efforts, the district attorney ultimately decided to drop all charges against me. Words cannot express the relief and joy I felt when I received the news. This incredible outcome would not have been possible without Joe’s dedication, expertise, and unwavering support. Beyond his legal acumen, Joe also demonstrated exceptional communication skills consistently keeping me informed and updated on the progress of my case, patiently explaining legal jargon and answering any questions I had. His compassionate and empathetic approach made a difficult and stressful experience much more manageable. I cannot recommend Joe Habachy highly enough. His unwavering commitment to my case, coupled with outstanding legal skills, truly made a difference in my life. If you find yourself in need of legal representation, especially in complex white collar cases I wholeheartedly encourage you to reach out to this exceptional attorney. Thank you, Joe, for everything you have done for me. Your expertise, dedication, and relentless pursuit of justice are truly commendable.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
He got my case dismissed
After interviewing five lawyers, I hired Mr. Joe Habachy. His knowledge and confidence impressed me, and he also considered my immigration statutes, which I had never heard of from the other lawyers I met. I was always able to reach Mr. Joe within a short period of time. Eventually My case was dismissed according to his plan A, thanks to his great efforts and dedication. I highly recommend Mr. Joe Habachy.
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Posted by Will | June 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best in Atlanta
There is only one reason you are scrolling through attorney reviews, you or someone you love have a problem. Habachy and his team can fix that problem. I found myself in legal trouble and Habachy and his team walked me through the very complicated process of the Georgia system. His professionalism, and experience was above and beyond what I ever expected. He fixed my problem and helped me stay in my profession that I love. He was able to get my case DISSMISSED! If your want the best hire Habachy and his team!
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Posted by Mike | September 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A STEP ABOVE THE REST
Me and my brother hire Mr. Habachy & team on a friend's recommendation because he knew how serious of trouble I was in, immediately Joe was on the ball and handled everything. I'm not gonna lie, I thought I was going away for along time AGAIN. But his team always let me knw what was going on, mr habachy was always 1 call away, never not communicating.. That's what mattered to me, cause I truly believed I was done for, I had a trafficking with 5 more felonies. of course if your not wanting the best attorney for the BUCK, he's your guy. My case never made it to the grand jury, it was completely dismissed. Call it luck or whatever, Joe made that DA and his witness look silly in the court room, my heart jumped outta my chest when the judge hit that gavel & said NOT GUILTY CASE DISSMISSED. Joe you always have a spot at our table sir. Ty Mike
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Posted by Greg | September 8, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Class act
Joe didn't represent me or my girlfriend but he did take the time to listen to our story and tragic matter. He was heartfelt and willing to go against his better judgement when it came to paying and gave us a chance.Ultimately he referred us to someone in his office and we were very pleased.I can't thank him enough for his time and willingness to help ....a thousand thanks and feel like I made a friend.....GWD.
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Posted by Chantal | July 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney!
Mr. Habachy is the best attorney you could ever ask for. He inspires confidence by his professionalism and knowledge and fast action. I am so grateful for his assistance and would recommend Mr. Habachy to anyone . He delivers what he agrees to and more. Absolutely the best attorney!!!!
Posted by Katie Nguyen | June 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Tremendously great
The best lawyer I've known. Joe's was on the case the minute I get off the phone. He's fast with returning phone called and email and if he's not available due to being in court, he will reply by the end of the day. My best experiment with Joe and his office is that he explained to me thoroughly about the case in human terms because some lawyer doesn't do that. I think it is very important that I understand the circumstance. I know that I would not have had the successful outcomes I have had. Mr. Joe Habachy took on an extremely difficult case and encountered issues that no one expected and few had ever seen. He worked tirelessly to make sure that the truth was told and presented it perfectly. His thorough research provided us with the pathway we needed to rise to victory. I will only recommend Joe Habachy as I have never been nor have I ever seen anyone treated better.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
This isn't his first rodeo
I am not one to usually write reviews, but this man deserves much praise. It is rare to find people who take the time to care about others. Mr. Habachy made me feel like I was his only client- very attentive and always available. No shame, but understanding that we are human and mistakes happen. Knowledgeable of the law and efficient. Very grateful to have had his help.
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Posted by Thurman | May 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Lawyer in Atlanta
Attorney Joe Habachy is a one of a kind genuis that takes pride in his practice and is an amazing lawyer but more importantly he’s connected politically to the judges,prosecutors, and officers all over the state of Georgia so what that means is he has pull when it comes to getting your case dismissed or getting the best possible result anyone could hope for. If you hire Joe to represent you don’t get caught up on his high prices just pay whatever he says because he’s gonna get you something more valuable then money he’s gonna get you freedom! He really is the real deal and was born to be an attorney so if you’re at all skeptical don’t be and understand this man is supernatural when it comes to pulling off miracles in the courtroom! I speak so highly of Joe because he represented my brother on a dui/drug charge from the worst possible cop you could get…a cop who took his job way to seriously and had every attorney in ATL scared of him but somehow miraculously Joe had the whole case dismissed!!! Not just dropped to wreckless driving with probation and all that but completely dropped and dismissed! It was insane and ever since me and my brother are believers in this guy! He’s only progressed over the years to becoming a true master at Law so if you got any issues just call him and you’ll be good!!!
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Posted by James | August 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer and Excellent Human
Joe was introduced to me many years ago by a good friend. I went through a very tough time in my life in a bad situation and Joe was there for me all the way through .He is very knowledgeable and gave me great advice. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I just wanted to say thank you Joe for your help and your friendship. Thanks
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Posted by William | May 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Nobody is Better!
Joe has been my attorney for many years. He's always there when you need him, highly respected and the "bulldog" that gets the job done! 5.5 stars if I could.
Posted by Keiron | January 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Down to earth, man of his word, and no BS
Joe is one of the most down to earth people you will meet. I have had the pleasure of having Joe consult and advise on numerous business dealings and his no-nonsense attitude and in-depth understanding of the law has saved me countless hours, dollars, and headaches. One of the best around.
Posted by Josh | December 10, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best of the Best!
Joe Habachy is the upmost intelligent, professional and phenomenal lawyer I’ve ever dealt with. He ensures you fully understands your case and the laws pertaining to it. He made my case easy to deal with it! Let’s say in the end I had an amazing result for my case! Genuinely, he’s an honest person. You can truly tell his life calling was definitely to be a lawyer. I highly recommend him to absolutely everyone!
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2020
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Excellent
Mr Habachy was excellent with attention to detail and communication. I was never left wondering what the next step was and he worked diligently to cross all hurdles that came up during our process, finding the most reasonable options for me at all times.
Posted by Mike | December 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
He was an awesome lawyer he really helped keep me from stressing through the whole process. I highly recommend him if you are ever in any trouble
Posted by Matt | December 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Joe Habachy is one of the best lawyers out there
I’m really glad someone I knew recommended Joe when I was looking for a lawyer to help my wife with legal issues that could of ruined her life. I’ve personally seen him fight extremely hard to protect her. From the start we could tell he is a great guy that genuinely cares about what happens to you even after you leave the court room. Joe is the type of lawyer you tell your family to use and you find the money required because he’s worth it. I can’t say enough about his effort and concern for achieving a positive outcome for us. I now know why he has been the lawyer for high profile cases across the country. He’s one of the best decision you will make if you have serious legal problems keeping you up at night!
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Reliant.
The outcome has as expected and above and beyond. He gave me hope at a time when options seemed limited and the resolution seemed impossible.
Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney & Highly Recommended
Mr. Habachy is dependable, professional & trustworthy. He was very knowledgeable about the case that we presented to him, he went above and beyond our expectations. He made us feel very comfortable throughout the entire process. His hard work and diligence resulted in a favorable outcome in my case. I would highly recommend Mr. Habachy to anyone looking for excellent representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2020
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A decent chap.
I expected an ego in a Brooks Brothers suit. Instead I met a gentleman who greeted me with kindness and empathy. Joe was professional and did what he said he'd do, even though I was in doubt. He also surprised me in court with his regard and respect for everyone he dealt with. While my case wasn't newsworthy, it was important enough to me and I couldn't be happier, given the circumstances of my difficulties. I'll add that he's a man you could easily call a friend.
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Posted by Andy | January 9, 2020
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When you feel hopeless, Have faith and trust Joe
I was sitting in Fulton county jail on rice st, charged with trafficking heroin and marijuana. I was facing a minimum of 10 years in prison. I felt hopeless. This wasn’t my first time getting in trouble with the law, and considering my history with prior drug offenses, I felt like my luck had ran out and I was in serious trouble this time. Of course, I was denied bond at my first appearance. I expected that and was contemplating on what can be done at this point. On my very last run in with the law, I had served 18 months for a simple possession of weed and cocaine. Feeling hopeless and desperate, I asked my girlfriend, Jess, to find a lawyer for me, regardless of cost. That’s when my friend Daniel introduced us to Mr. Joe Habachy. This man is amazing. Words can’t describe what this man has accomplished on my behalf. He was confident every step of the way and assured me of exactly what will happen. At the end of it all, joe got my charge dropped from trafficking to possession with intent, which is a HUGE difference by the way, AND got me a signature bond, which allowed me to skip the $60,000+ bond and just sign myself out of jail for free! Mind you, joe is not cheap. But the fact that he got me a signature bond FAR outweighs his fee. He was worth every penny! He did what he could to get me out of a tight situation and now it’s my job to keep myself out of prison by continuing to go to my drug classes. Forgot to mention, probation to be terminated upon completion of the 18 month program at Georgia Recovery Center!! What????? That’s unheard of!! Joe, Mr. Habachy, you are freaking awesome man. God bless you. If anybody is in a tough situation, don’t even waste your time calling anyone else. Just call Joe.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Joe S. Habachy, PC, Attorney at LAw
  • 2000 - Present

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Mercer University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Associations

  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Vice President
  • 2000 - Present
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Arabic

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (56)
Endorse Joseph
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe and I worked a case together and he proved to be knowledgeable on the law and caring toward the client and the client's family. I would recommend Joe to anyone with a criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Habachy as local counsel and I was very impressed with his skill and knowledge of the law. Mr. Habachy travels the country handling some of the biggest cases. We got a fantastic result and I'm proud to have gotten the opportunity to work with this attorney. He is a credit to our profession and if I ever get in trouble he'd be someone I'd want in my corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe's a good friend and an excellent criminal defense attorney. I routinely refer clients to him, knowing they're in good hands. If I found myself facing criminal charges, I'd want Joe on my side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe is a great guy and great lawyer. A true gentleman, compassionate, and all-around good person. He is a capable lawyer, with an astute attention to detail, and a fierce advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Friend
"Joe is a top-notch attorney. His practice is full-service and treats his clients like family. He is a very talented litigator obtaining excellent results in each case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is the criminal defense attorney I would send a loved one to if they were in need, and to whom I have sent many friends and clients who are in need of the absolute top-notch service."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Habachy is one of the top criminal lawyers in the State. He is tough, highly skilled and very much respected by the prosecutors in all Georgia Courts. If someone needs a great criminal lawyer, they would be smart to hire Joseph Habachy"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Every client I have ever sent to Joe has walked away happy. He is compassionate, professional, knowledgeable and incredibly skilled. I would say that Joe exceeds clients' expectations on a regular basis."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a well respected lawyer in the community. He knows the law and has a sharp mind. I endorse and recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe is an excellent lawyer. We have worked together on a few cases and have brainstormed cases together for years. He is thoughtful and intelligent and a very tough advocate. I refer cases to him and know that he will take good care of the clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fellow attorney Joe Habachy is a zealous representative for his clients. He is persistent and consistently achieves great results in his cases. I have known Joe for a long time and am always looking forward to seeing him in action in the courtroom. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Habachy is an exceptional attorney. Joe's mastery in the courtroom is a product of his expansive knowledge of the law, unparalleled charisma, and approachability to his clients. Joe's work goes well beyond what would be expected of even the finest trial lawyers, and I would recommend him without hesitation."
Entertainment Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Joe Habachy is a seasoned pro in the area of criminal defense. I had the privilege of working as a clerk for Joe while in law school and observed him handle a number of cases from start to finish with excellent results. Joe is an honest lawyer with great devotion to his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is the cream of the crop. He knows the law and understands the court system, and most importantly, communicates well with his clients, the court and prosecutors. I am pleased to endorse Joe Habachy as an excellent criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Joe since we were first year law students at the University of Georgia in 1997, and I can state without hesitation or qualification that he is one of the best criminal defense attorneys I know. I have sent dozens upon dozens of clients to him, and they have been thrilled with the incredible results he procures on their behalf. In fact, I have never sent a client to another attorney in the greater Atlanta area. If you need a criminal defense attorney, look no further. Joe is your man."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Other
"I strongly endorse Joe. He works hard and is ethical. He is an exceptional attorney and works tirelessly for his clients clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Friend
"Joe Habachy is a talented lawyer and a dedicated advocate for his clients. He's a fighter, which is what you need when your freedom is at stake."
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Atlanta Criminal defense Lawyer Joseph Sam Habachy
Joseph Sam Habachy
Criminal defense Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 23 years