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Robert W. Chestney

DUI and DWI Attorney at Atlanta, GA

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also known as Bob Chestney, Robert Chestney


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Contact me for a free consultation about your DUI case anywhere in North Georgia, including the metropolitan Atlanta area. Vigorously contesting DUI and serious traffic charges is all we do, and we have over 85 years of combined experience.

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Licensed for 46 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1976
Updated 02/03/2023

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

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Chestney Law Firm
448 E Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA, 30305

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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best DUI Lawyer in Atlanta, GA
Seeing as I was only in Georgia for a limited amount of time, and had to relocate up north once my business was completed in Georgia, I needed a lawyer that was considered an expert when it came to DUI convictions. As a DUI defense attorney, Mr. Chestney was able to successfully reduce my potential SECOND (out of state) DUI charge to a reckless charge. It took time (almost three years) and patience, but I knew that it would be well worth the time spent and the money spent for his services. Mr. Chestney handled my case flawlessly. He was able to answer any question I came up with effortlessly and if he was not able to recall an answer immediately, he would then seek out help to find the appropriate answer to provide me with. I recommend him to anyone trying to fight a DUI charge in the Atlanta area.
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Out of State Charge (DUI) - Business Professional
DUI Charges are one of the most complicated scenarios to face in the legal system; you can find countless videos and articles on how to "beat" a DUI and there are numerous websites and marketing schemes on where to find help. Imagine yourself waiting until the last minute to complete a project for your job, a presentation for your performance review or even study for a final exam in which you have not looked over since the first day of class….this is all part of the DUI experience. Personal Story – I had made a trip down to Alabama, from Ohio, for a friend’s wedding. On Sunday, heading back to the Atlanta Airport, I was pulled over on I-85 for speeding. The weekend was spent in the south for a friend’s wedding and according to the officer there was a need to investigate further. There is no stronger feeling of uncertainty then a police officer asking you to step out of the car…so after running through the gamut of FST the officer decided to book me for a DUI. Now, I am business professional and travel extensively for work, both driving and flying around the intercontinental United States. Not only my job, but my career was in jeopardy. When beginning my search through Atlanta Lawyers I can remember some of them asking me “how much are you willing to spend”, “how are you going to pay”, etc. The numerous ads and marketing schemes through google soon became overwhelming. A referral then came from a friend, which turned out to be one of the best decisions in my life. Mr. Bob Chestney and the Chestney Law Firm had been suggested. Speaking with Bob over the phone, I immediately knew that this was an individual who was ‘genuinely’ ready to provide his assistance. Bob held top level professionalism, with consistent updates, detailed direction and continual reassurance in how to handle my case. Bob and his team are looking after your best interest and will do everything they can to help find a favorable outcome. Bob saved my job and more importantly my career, I cannot thank him enough for his support. It was a true pleasure to have met Bob and his team at the Chestney Law Firm, even though it was through an unfortunate circumstance. Being able to let another individual have control in your life, such as a DUI Lawyer, takes a tremendous amount of trust and can induce a strong feeling of uncertainty. Bob Chestney is one that I trusted, one who restored certainty and one who was going to make sure that all options were looked at during the case. The outcome was successful at the end of the day! And this all started with a referral from a friend.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2014
Hands down, best DUI lawyer in Atlanta
I hired Robert Chestney to represent me for two DUI arrests, which were handled very smoothly on both ends. While both cases had a variety of variables involved, Mr. Chestney advised me on the best route to take, which ultimately played out in my favor for both situations. Mr. Chestney goes above and beyond compared to other attorneys I have hired in the past. I would recommend him to anyone that has been arrested for a DUI, or any other serious charge for that matter.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2014
Outstanding Performance in the Courtroom
Bob's performance in the courtroom was immaculate. I did not say a word the entire 2-1/2 hour bench trial. All charges were dropped and I was free to go. There isn't a doubt in my mind I would have been charged with a DUI and served some time in jail if I had gone with any other attorney. I highly recommend Mr. Chestney.
Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2013
Very seasoned experienced, creative, well prepared and respected in the court system
Bob's counsel was very thoughtful, collaborative and he considered my unusual personal circumstances in deriving a strategy for my defense. Being a service provider myself, but not a lawyer, responsiveness and listening and soliciting the clients point of view are required to deliver exceptional experiences. Bob did just that for me. He allowed my the back and forth communications with him as I read up on some of the case law cited in the defense we were advancing. Bob was very receptive of my questions concerning our legal strategy, its merit and made me part of the process in making some critical decisions. He was available to me and quickly returned phone calls and emails. He stayed in touch so i didn't have to wonder what was next. I'd highly recommend Bob's experience, wise counsel and winning record.
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Posted by Kristin V. | May 6, 2013
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE BEST- ROBERT W. CHESTNEY IS YOUR MAN!!!!
This guy is AWESOME!!! Mr. Chestney was everything that I expected in a lawyer plus 100. I was so pleased with his patience, knowledge, empathy, and his timeliness. I would use him again, and I would more than recommend him to a friend or a family member. Hands down-- I am a Robert Chestney fan!!! Thanks again Mr. Chestney
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Posted by Megan | January 13, 2013
Beyond excellent attorney, handled tough two back-to-back DUI cases with superb results.
Bob is an unbelievably talented DUI attorney who is extremely knowledgable, tough in the courtroom and DA's office, diligent at examining all factors of a case, and more importantly, extremely responsive, personable and compassionate. When I hired Bob to handle my DUI arrest, I was charged with an additional DUI only two months thereafter. With incredibly stiff sentencing on the horizon, including substantial jail time, Bob was able to work with me in order to develop an approach that won out in the courtroom with one of the DUIs being dropped to a reckless driving. Bob's acute attention to every factor of my dual caseload in different counties served to keep me out of jail, with more than fair sentencing in other areas. He worked with me to develop an approach that best suited my personal and professional goals, while always keeping me abreast of everything. I cannot thank Bob and the rest of his amazing staff who helped me more than I feel anyone could have in my extremely tough DUI cases with all the odds stacked against me. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me in defending my freedom and helping to steer me on the path to better decision-making in the future!
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Posted by Shaun | January 3, 2013
Best DUI Lawyer in Atlanta
Bob was by far the best DUI attorney that I had the chance to meet with. He was without a doubt my number one choice. He handled my case with the out most professionalism and most importantly performed with results. I highly recommend him to anybody charged with a DUI anywhere in the state of Georgia.
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2012
best DUI repsentation in Atlanta
Bob Chestney was very professional, diligent, knowledgable and persistent. I have recommended him to others as well and they also has execellent results.
Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2012
" Not Guillty"..... What you want to hear..
DUI, is something you never want to experience, but if you do, hire Bob Chestney. He was calm ( I was not ), confident , proffesional, and above all correct. Over 2 years, we turned down a plea bargain, filed motions to dismiss, and eventually went to trial. Because of Bobs extensive knowledge, we opted for a bench trial. I was found not guilty, of DUI, speeding, and failure to maintain lane. Bob, is not the cheapest, by any measure, but what is your freedom worth ?
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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2012
Best DUI Lawyer in Atlanta
My case was extended out over 4 years, and I always felt Bob responded to my emails in a timely manner and gave me the best advice possible. Bob was able to get my conviction of a DUI dropped.
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2011
Case Dismissed
Bob Chestney was extremely well prepared for the motion hearing on my case. He knew all the details of the police report and cases relating to the motions filed. This allowed him to immediately note contradictions in what the officer was saying on the stand and what the police report stated. Pointing these things out immediately caused the judge to grant the motion of an illegal stop, thus dismissing the entire case. I was impressed with how quickly Bob recognized the errors in the police officer's testimony without having to reference the report, he clearly knew what he was doing and fought hard to get my case dismissed. I cannot thank him enough.
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Posted by John | May 12, 2011
Case Dismissed
I am from out of town and had an "incident" while on business in Atlanta. When I called Bob initially, he was very helpful in describing his firm and it's fee structure(s). I elected to have Bob represent me personally (highest fee) and he spent some time going over his strategy for my case. He asked that I be patient and "let the system work". Almost four years later my case was dismissed. My father was a patent attorney and he once told me that there are three things you should always over spend on, Lawyers, Doctors and shoes. I am glad I followed his advice, could not have turned out better.
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Posted by Roy | April 15, 2011
Smarter Than The Average Lawyer
When I was arrested for DUI in Cobb Co. Ga. I had no idea who to hire for my defense attorney. Thats when a very trusting friend told me to call Bob Chestney, and it turned out to be the best advice possible. When I met with Bob and gave him the details about the arrest he suggested that we set up for a jury trial and plead not guilty. After two and one half days of trial the jury aquitted me of the DUI charge. Bob deflated the states case and proved that the police officer failed to perform the tests correctly that he used as evidence against me. Bob is truly an expert DUI lawyer and I would recommed him to anyone that wants to win!
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Posted by John | March 9, 2011
Extremely professional and effective
Bob's level of service was top-notch. He exceeded my expectations on every level and I couldn't have found a better attorney. Bob helped me understand the process and my options. In a DUI case, you want the most skilled attorney working on your behalf. I thank Bob and his excellent staff for their superior work and getting my case dismissed. If you're looking for the best DUI attorney in Georgia, call Bob.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2010
Very Thankful
Needless to say I was in a sticky situation. I had been planning on going to medical school since I was a child-- studied hard, had the MCAT in the books, and really was doing everything I could to make myself a competitive applicant. A DUI charge could have ruined years of hard work, and Chestney understood that and really took a firm, attention-to-detail approach to fight my case. He fielded every question I had, took time after hours to work on my case, and put together a comprehensive approach that really had me feeling comfortable (considering the situation) with all that was going on. I honestly could not have asked for anything else-- we left no stone unturned. Had my case gone to trial, I felt that he was preparing the entire time for that possibility. Knowing that he had years of trial experience was a very big plus-- I was never worried that I would be misrepresented. In the end, we got the outcome we were expecting-- there were no surprises with the ruling and he followed through with every detail.
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Posted by Steve | August 22, 2010
Robert Chestney
Robert Chestney represented me in a DUI case. He was professional and extremely knowledgable of every aspect in my case. He was always available to talk whenever I had questions. I did not live in Georgia at the time of my trial and Bob made every extra effort to help me prepare for trial. My wife is an attorney and she was very impressed with Bob as well and she is quite particular about other attorneys. The best part of my experience was that I was found not guilty and it only took about 20 minutes once court was in session. I obviously hope I never have to go through this process again but can't imagine anyone could do a better job than Bob.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2010
The Best!
Bob worked 2 1/2 years to succesfully have my dui case dismissed! He is a patient and caring lawyer who is a master at what he does...defending dui cases. I was scared too and he always calmed me down! I finally have my life back and am so happy this is behind me. I would highly, highly recommend Bob Chestney to anyone in need of a dui lawyer.
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Posted by Parker | June 18, 2010
Gave me my life back
It is not a history I am proud of, but I have required the brilliant Bob Chestney two times for two DUIs that I got within the same 30 day period- both in Fulton County- and the court bundled them both- along with other charges- together to be tried at the same time! Talk about the cards stacked... To make a long story short, Bob Chestney was able to have me acquitted for all practical purposes. It was almost 5 years later when I unfortunately got myself a fresh new DUI - this time in COBB (Count on Being Busted) and I immediately called on Bob Chestney. I felt, bases on my history, and the circumstances that I was done for. Despite my fears and anxiety he did it again. Some good lawyers are reviewed well based on their ability to structure a plea deal for their client- well I can tell you first hand that that a "good" lawyer can turn into a bumbling idiot if forced to go to trial. Bob Chestney is a GREAT lawyer- he prepares every step of the way under the assumption that he is going to trial. Even while attempting to arrange a fair plea deal, he is all the while preparing for trial. It is this trial prep that often times is the catalyst that brings the prosecutor to their senses and a deal is made. In my case, an unimaginably terrific conclusion. Bob Chestney saved my life.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2010
Best DUI attorney in the business.....
I was referred to Bob by a friend of mine in late 2006. He was first class in every manner and I felt confident from day one that I was receiving the best possible representation. He was honest and upfront about my case and was extremely quick to answer any questions. I am happy to say that in early 2010 my case was dismissed. I absolutely would not recommend anyone other than Bob Chestney for a DUI defense.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Chestney Law Firm
  • 2008 - Present
  • Senior Partner
  • Chestney-Hawkins Law Firm
  • 1991 - 2008
  • Self-employed
  • 1982 - 1990
  • Partner
  • Fishman, Chestney & Freeman
  • 1976 - 1981
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Education

  • Woodrow Wilson College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Florida State University
  • MS
  • 1970
  • University of West Georgia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969

Legal Cases

  • Cooper v. State, 277 Ga. 282 (2003)
  • conviction reversed
  • Baker v. State, 252 Ga.App. 695 (2001)
  • conviction reversed
  • Price v. State, 269 Ga.222 (1998)
  • conviction reversed
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Founding Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Regent
  • 1996 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer - DUI/DWI
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • SuperLawyer - DUI/DWI
  • Georgia SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • SuperLawyer - DUI/DWI
  • Georgia SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Georgia SuperLawyer - DUI/DWI
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Georgia SuperLawyer - DUI/DWI
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Georgia SuperLawyer - DUI/DWI
  • SuperLawyer
  • 2007
  • Georgia Super Lawyer
  • 2006
  • Georgia Super Lawyer
  • 2005
  • Georgia Super Lawyer
  • 2004
  • DUI Lawyer of the Year
  • Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers Group
  • 2001
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers Group
  • 2000
  • Dean's Commendation
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2000
  • Board Certification in DUI Defense
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 1999
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Field Sobriety Tests
  • Cross-Examination of the Field Sobriety Tests
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • The Defense Never Rests -Techniques in Tuscon
  • Cross of the Cop - Making Them Work for You
  • 2007
  • Duty, Honor & Succcess
  • Closing Arguments: North vs. South
  • 2005
  • DUI Defense: Don't Blow It
  • Closing Time
  • 2005
  • Washington Annual DUI Defense Seminar
  • Cross-Exam of the Cop
  • 2004
  • Superheroes of DUI Defense
  • Cross-Examining the Officer on FST's
  • 2003
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers
  • Raising Issues By Motions
  • 2001
  • Georgia State Court Judges' Fall Seminar
  • Current Issues in Handling DUI Cases
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer! Hands down one of the best DUI trial attorneys in Georgia. His knowledge, experience, and practice in Representing clients charged with DUI has helped hold the state accountable while also (favorably) shaping the law on search and seizure in Georgia. Highly endorse this lawyer!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bob Chestney helped me prepare for an oral argument in front of the Court of Appeals. The man is brilliant. He gave great suggestions, asked questions I hadn't thought of, and helped me understand the issue more deeply than I had before we spoke. I couldn't recommend him more."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob is an excellent choice for DUI defense. I've learned a ton from Bob and still do when I see him in court. He is considered one of the gurus in our DUI group. He is one of the best DUI lawyers in the country."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Bob. He is flat out hard working and highly ethical. He is an exceptional attorney and will work tirelessly to get his clients a good result."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob has the reputation as being one of the top DUI attorneys in the southeast. I highly recommend Bob to anyone charged with a DUI."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Bob is simply the best DUI lawyer in Atlanta. Period."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob is a fantastic attorney. When I had a family member arrested for DUI I told him Bob is who I would hire for myself. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob is the go-to lawyer when it comes to representing individuals charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs assistance."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob is one of the jedi masters of DUI defense in Georgia. I'm proud that I have had the opportunity to work with him on several cases and have learned from the best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I became a member of the Georgia Bar in 1998, my first jury trial observation (a requirement for new lawyers before they can try cases alone) consisted of watching Bob flatly reject a plea offer on a client's behalf from a very confident prosecutor, and then seemingly against all odds, convince a jury to acquit that client after less than twenty minutes of deliberations. There are many DUI lawyers with considerable skill in Georgia, but there are absolutely none better than Bob, including those who "wrote the books." Bob is extremely knowledgeable; he is a tenacious litigator; and he has an impeccable record of success. If one of my family members were charged with a DUI offense, Bob would be my first and only call."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for the work that Bob does and his abilities in the courtroom. He is an authority on the subject of DUI detection and impairment and well respected in our community. I would not hesitate recommending anyone to Bob if they needed assistance with DUI defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Bob personally and professionally and would recommend Bob wholeheartedly for DUI defense.."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob's excellent reputation for vigorously representing his clients is recognized not only locally, but nationally. Combine that with his firm's team approach to each case, and it's a winning combination. Highly Recommended."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. i have known Bob as a lawyer my entire legal career. He is relentless on behalf of his clients, and i do not know another lawyer with Bob's knowledge of criminal procedure. Really excellent."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Bob Chestney works tirelessly on each case, closely scrutinizing each minute detail of a DUI arrest. Bob and his associates meet to discuss and analyze each case; the defense of a client is a group effort utilizing the knowledge and experience of the entire firm. While working with Bob Chestney, he never ceased to impress and amaze me with his voluminous DUI knowledge. I proudly endorse Robert W. Chestney, one of Georgia's outstanding Criminal Trial Lawyers."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob Chestney is a living legend in the field of DUI defense. He is so well recognized nationwide that top DUI defense attorneys in other states seek out his help when facing complex issues or seemingly impossible cases. Mr. Chestney is the “go to” DUI defense attorney DUI defense gurus turn to. He is not only a phenomenal trial attorney who is incredibly experienced and a leading authority of every aspect of DUI law, he is also down to earth, approachable and always helpful. I have the upmost respect for Bob Chestney and highly recommend him to anyone seeking the best representation available."
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