Posted by anonymous
My DUI case â€œGOT DISMISSEDâ€ thanks to Matt Kilgo! Unfortunately, my experience with obtaining legal representation didnâ€™t start off so great. Prior to crossing paths with Matt from this very site, I hired a so called pathetic excuse for an attorney. My previous attorney was highly recommended to me from an associate that was also battling a DUI charge. A very long story short, this horrible attorney sent his PARALEGAL to represent me at my first hearing then was pretty much â€œhands offâ€ with my case. Prior to my second court appearance, I made the most important decision throughout this journey; I hired Matt Kilgo. During my search for a new attorney, I went through a vigorous screening of top tier DUI firms in the Metro Atlanta Area which included Hawkins Law Firm (Mattâ€™s Firm). In short, I selected Matt because during just the first call- he actively listened/reviewed the details of my case (and fears), got to know me as a whole person and educated me on the DUI law as well as possible direction to achieve the best outcome. This continued throughout the entire process even when my case was dormant with waiting for a court date.
As with others on this site facing a DUI charge, I am a licensed professional and consultant, my job requires me to travel extensively which includes obtaining rental cars at my clientsâ€™ location. Needless to say, a DUI on my records would be devastating and crippling. To that end, an error in legal representation and/or missed opportunity to beat the DUI charge was completely unacceptable. I walked away from thousands of dollars with my first attorney and joined what I called the Dream Team; Matt Kilgo my attorney and his supportive cast Mike (attorney owner of Hawkins Law Firm) and especially my new friend Ms. Nicolle (Office Manager Extraordinaire). I am a very â€œhands onâ€ client with the details of my case. Matt is the same way, he proactively informed me about all aspects of my case above and beyond the call of duty. When Matt is unavailable to answer questions; either Nicolle and/or Mike were always available to provide information about the logistics of my case. It was that in-depth attention to details and commitment to his clients why my case was dismissed! Great thing is my case never went to trial but Iâ€™m confident we were ready to fight; Matt discovered several angles that were sound plans of defense. Bottom-line, a DUI charge is not the end of the world (if you hire the right Attorney) and by the Grace of God, I was very fortunate to cross paths with Matt. Matt Kilgo is a true blessing~ who helped me get my life back on track.
Posted by anonymous
From day one, Matthew Kilgo put me at ease and helped me through the entire process. His firm exceeded my expectations and guided me through the legal process. I would not hesitate to recommend Matthew Kilgo or his firm. I was more than pleased with his knowledge and command of the law. Highly recommend!
Posted by Will M.
I was pulled over for too fast for conditions in South Fulton County in the Fall of 2010. The officer asked if I had anything to drink and asked if I would consent to sobriety tests. I felt fine so I took the field sobriety test and consented to a breath test at the station. That was a mistake because I blew nearly twice the legal limit. When I made bond the next morning I immediately began searching for a lawyer online. Due to the potential security clearance requirements that may arise in my profession a DUI could limit my employment opportunities in the future. I contacted a very good attorney with about 20 reviews on AVVO and found that he didn't take cases in Fulton County so he recommended that I contact the Hawkins DUI Law Firm. I met with Mike and Matt at their office and after only a few minutes I felt very confident in their services but told them that I would meet with a few other lawyers just to be sure. Every lawyer I met with after them was excellent, with glowing reviews ( and on the list you're checking now) but they didn't make me feel as confident as Matt did and they all said the same thing, "I would trust Matt to defend myself". That was all I needed.
Matt, Mike, and Nicole are all very easy to get along with and definitely know their trade. Matt was well able to find several facts in the circumstance of my initial stop, testing, and arrest that helped him build a solid case in my favor but what probably helped most was his experience as a prosecutor and the way he associated with all parties involved in my case. He was able to negotiate with the arresting officer, prosecutor, and judge a deal that was definitely in my favor. What I hoped would be a guilty plea to reckless driving and too fast for conditions was a no contest plea to reckless driving and community service. Now I don't have points on my license for the reckless charge and NO DUI ON MY RECORD! Through this experience I have seen lawyers that will help you plead guilty without any benefits to you. Matt told me that nobody needs help with a guilty plea, you just show up and say "guilty, your honor". A good attorney works to give you the best possible outcome.
I know that a DUI arrest and conviction can be very embarrassing and difficult to deal with in the future but Matt proved that it can also be avoided if handled well! I would absolutely recommend that you give Matt a call if you need someone to represent you in a DUI charge.
Posted by JM
Matt was very professional, communicated his ideas clearly and gave me some good alternatives. He was well prepared for the various aspects of my case. He was very responsive to my questions and to the challenges of this matter.
He also knew the various players involved such as the prosecutors, the judge and the various clerks involved (he even had experience with the cop involved) which really helped out in resolving the case to my advantage.
Posted by Patrick
Matt was an excellent lawyer who was able to reduce my sentence with seemingly ease. He was always available for every question I had and was very honest and up front with all of my options. Matt would give me his honest opinion on the right choices to make when I asked and did not sugar coat anything. I would highly recommned Matt to anyone going through any legal issue.
Posted by Cathy
Matt responded to our call when we needed immediate help. We were dealing with a situation that was out of state. We didnt know how to handle the legalities nor who to turn to for help. Matt was helpful both professionally and compassionately. He took control of our needs and comforted our fears. I can't express in words how valuable his services were to us. I would call him again for direction with any legal matter in the future without hesitation
Posted by anonymous
Excellent to work with. Very professional and worked with me in a timely manner. I was very satisfied and would recommend others to him. Was extremely pleased with the quality of work!
Posted by Edward
Matt Kilgo did a great job representing me. He always made me feel like an important client. He returned phone calls quickly and was very thorough. he's a friendly guy who does a great job.
Posted by anonymous
When I first got my DUI I was scared and had no idea what I was going to do, I had never been in any kind of trouble. When I first sat down with Matt he reassured me that he would take extremely good care of my case. Ever since that first meeting, that weight that was baring down on me from the time I was released on bond has been lifted. While my case is still pending, Matt stays on top of the status of my case. He is always energetic when talking with me about my options and is straight forward with all the possible outcomes of my case.
I interviewed other Attorney's before deciding that Matt was the best Attorney for me. I did not get the same energetic and enthusiastic vibe from them. They made me feel like I was just another client in a sea of other DUI clients and that my best interest was not worth fighting for.
On a personal note, Matt has an awesome sense of humor and even though I am going through a serious matter, he has manage to make me laugh and have a positive outlook on this. I made a mistake but it doesn't have to cost me the rest of my life.
Posted by David C Brown
I spoke with several attorneys prior to retaining Mr. Kilgo, and I am glad I didn't make a hasty decision. I've found that many attorneys are much better at selling their service than they are at managing your ongoing case. Mr. Kilgo "sold his service" by taking the time to understand my circumstances and concerns, and then by explaining, in an easy to understand way, what my options were.
Not once did I have to contact Mr. Kilgo to find out what the status of my case was. He was very proactive in keeping me informed. This attribute was very important to me since I was from out of state. Mr. Kilgo managed my case without me having to return to the state one time.
I would strongly recommend Mr. Kilgo to anyone in need of guidance in his area of expertise. His level of compassion and professionalism was very comforting during this difficult time.