Eric Coffelt earned his Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law. Prior to that, Eric attended Mercer University, where he studied criminal justice and graduated magna cum laude. While in law school, Eric competed in national mock trial competitions as part of Georgia State's distinguished Student Trial Lawyer's Association, was the Vice President of the Criminal Law Association, and was awarded the prestigious Georgia Civil Justice Foundation Scholarship for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.
Virtually all of Eric's litigation experience has been in the area of criminal defense. His passion for helping those accused of criminal offenses began during law school, where he focused on Trial Advocacy, Advanced Criminal Litigation, and Forensic Evidence. While completing his education, Eric also worked on: death penalty cases in both the trial and appellate divisions of the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender in Atlanta; high profile murder cases with the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office in Phoenix, Arizona; and also worked for the Dekalb County Public Defender's Office in Decatur - where he won his first DUI jury trial before even graduating from law school.
Today, in addition to fighting on behalf of his clients in the courtroom, Eric dedicates much of his time to helping educate the general public about how to preserve and protect their rights when confronted by law enforcement - a mission he tirelessly continues to pursue. Eric has also spent considerable time and effort attempting to influence the debates taking place within and among law enforcement agencies throughout the world. For example, in October of 2010 Eric was a presenter at BIT's First Annual World Congress of Forensics in Dalian, China. At that historic gathering, which was attended by leading forensic experts from all over the world, Eric drew their attention to the ever-growing evidence that fingerprint identification is unreliable, unscientific, and (like most other forms of forensic "science,") has been responsible for many false accusations and wrongful convictions.
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I highly recommend Eric Coffelt for your legal needs. He is thorough in his preparation and passionate in his representation and advocacy. He will be dedicated not just to your case, but to you as a person in making sure that your outcome is a good one. No case is too messy or too complicated for Mr. Coffelt to handle, and he will keep you informed every step of the way! I absolutely recommend this hard working attorney.
Melissa Manfredi Criminal defense Attorney
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Eric is one of the most passionate criminal defense and civil rights attorneys that I know. He works tirelessly for his clients, and he does it for the right reason: he truly cares about the person he is representing and will give 100% to each one in order to ensure he/she does not get crushed by the criminal justice system. He maintains excellent communication, the highest level of professionalism, and always acts ethically. I fully endorse Eric as a counselor and advocate.
Michael Manfredi Litigation Attorney
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2013||08/30/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Scholarship for Excellence in Trial Advocacy||Georgia Civil Justice Foundation||2010|
|Associate||Begner & Begner, P.C.||2015 - Present|
|Partner||Hillis, Robison & Coffelt||2013 - 2015|
|Contract Attorney||Frank X. Moore & Associates||2012 - 2013|
|Contract Attorney||Koglemeier Smith, P.L.C.||2011 - 2011|
|Legal Intern||Maricopa County Public Defender||2010 - 2010|
|Legal Externship (3rd Year Practice Act)||Dekalb County Public Defender's Office||2010 - 2010|
|Legal Intern||Office Of The Georgia Capital Defender||2009 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Motorists Association||Attorney Member||2014 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||2014 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Attorney Member||2014 - Present|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|The Docket||The Moral Bankruptcy of Prohibition||2008|
|Georgia State University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||Criminal Justice||BS - Bachelor of Science||2006|