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William Michael Olson

Criminal defense Attorney at Athens, GA

5.0   96 reviews

also known as Billy Olson

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  • Licensed for 17 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Felonies, misdemeanors, DUI, traffic

  2. Family
    50%
    Divorce, Legitimation, Custody

Mr. Olson is a zealous advocate with extensive experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney.  He also has worked tirelessly on behalf of nonprofits in the community to ensure the underrepresented and vulnerable have equal access to representation and justice. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 3 ...

Location

The Olson Law Office LLC
PO Box 8103, Athens, GA 30603
220 College Avenue, Suite 616
Athens, GA, 30601

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by David | February 22, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Billy Olson is a great attorney I would recommend him for anyone that has a criminal case
Posted by Christopher | October 4, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Mr. Olson worked with me through all my legal troubles after my past lawyer did not. Olson was there for me through the whole process and fought for my freedom thanks to him I am free today. I highly recommend him to everyone he is very good at what he does.
Posted by Heather | August 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Family law
Mr. Olson and his team did a great job representing me in court during and after my divorce! He and his team helped me win my case with flying colors. I’m definitely a satisfied client. Thank you for advocating for me.
Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Very effective!!
Billy was recommended to us to help us with an issue that came about in Hartwell; Georgia. We had no idea who to use and who not to use and we’re so lucky and grateful for this recommendation. I was a panicky mom that required several calls at all hours of the day . Billy assured me that everything would be okay and he delivered and lived up to his word. I would definitely use Billy again although I hope I never have too. He was up front and honest and that is sometimes hard to find!! Thanks again Billy for ALL of your help!!
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Posted by Santana | June 15, 2023
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Thanks OLSON
MAN I OWED OLSON MY LIFE I CAN'T THANK THIS MAN ENOUGH ON JUNE 15 2023 I WAS FACING SOME SERIOUSLY CHARGES BUT A LAWYER LIKE OLSON DIDN'T GIVE UP ON ME HE FIGHTED SO HARD FOR ME IN SELF DEFENSE GUESS WHAT I WAS SET FREE TODAY THANK U BILLY DEFINITELY CAN'T FORGET ABOUT HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE ON THE SIDELINE WHO FIGHTING EXTRA HARD AS WELL LOVE Y'ALL ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Posted by Kevin | June 8, 2023
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He Fought for my freedom and never judged me.
Mr. Olsen was very professional . Listen to everything that I had to say about my case. He never gave up and always fault for what was right. I am extremely happy with his services. If I ever needed any kind of service like he provided. I would absolutely hire him again. He always answered the phone and was very responsive with questions that I had. If I can give him a rating from 1 to 100 it most definitely would be 100. Anyone that is fighting a criminal case should hire Mr. Olsen. He done the very best job out of any lawyers that I’ve ever had to have.
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Posted by Monica | May 31, 2023
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Best lawyer in the world!
I was facing some serious serious charges and I never worried because he set me at ease from the very first meeting. I missed an important court date and a bench warrant was issued for me which he somehow was able to get lifted so I didn't have to go back to jail. I got a text today that my charges have been completely dismissed and I almost dropped the phone. He is so professional and so confident. I have been represented by public defenders as have members of my family and friends and there is no comparison. I give this lawyer the absolute highest rating and strongly recommend him to anyone. I don't know how he did it but I know he knew that he could and told me not to worry, he had me and he came through. A trafficking charge is terrifying to face and to walk away without probation or this on my record is nothing short of a miracle. To be clear I was just a passenger who needed a ride to the store but I was in the car. I'm so glad this is behind me and thank you thank you thank you Billy Olson for being the coolest and most confident lawyer I have ever had the pleasure to meet.
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Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2023
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Outstanding job
Hey Mr olson this Antwan and to whom reading this William Michael olson did a outstanding job on beating my charge's a agg,battery,simply batt, battery,he know the law,he returns call I would highly recommend his firm in representing your case thx Mr olson (I recommend u all to hire him)
Posted by Jennifer | May 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I always felt like I was in good hands with Mr. Olson. He and his team exceeded my expectations, diligently advocating for my family’s best interest during a difficult time. They were thorough, competent, and fair. They kept me informed throughout the process and eased my mind. 100% best decision I ever made.
Posted by Kevin | May 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best
Very detailed and genuine explains situation so all can understand he works very hard to get you the best result extremely easy to work with
Posted by James | May 16, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Awesome Attorney!
Mr. Olson is as fine an attorney and good man as you can have the good fortune to meet. At the first meeting he made me feel comfortable and at ease. He told me "let me worry about your legal problem and you focus on your health and well being" . That is exactly what I needed to hear and I took his advice. Every step of the way I trusted him as he fought for the best resolution for my case. He was always available and willing to talk anytime I had a question. As a result we got the very best outcome and what we wanted. I truly could not be happier and am so grateful he was by my side. Thank you so much Billy!
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Posted by Tamara | May 9, 2023
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Responsive, Knowledgeable, and Compassionate
Highly satisfied with services received. The team was excellent with laying out options and explaining things in an efficient yet comprehensive way. Communication throughout was quick and direct while also having a compassionate and human quality during a difficult time.
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great legal services
William Olson is a very good lawyer who provides excellent legal services along with superb customer service. I definitely recommend William Olson and his team if you are in need of legal services.
Posted by Jack | March 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Mr. Olsen was incredibly helpful throughout the entire legal process. He was always available to speak and answer any questions I had. He managed to secure the best possible outcome for my case. Mr. Olsen is is very sharp and kind, and I couldn’t be more impressed. If you are looking for an attorney, look no further than Mr. Olsen, because he is the best!
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Posted by Matt | March 23, 2023
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Student at UGA
Billy was very personable and helpful right off the bat. While we were calling around to find a lawyer to hire for a first offense misdemeanor, all except Billy had simply explained the pretrial option and asked for a lot of money to do something that Billy explained we could do ourselves for free. Billy explained how the system works on these cases in its entirety, and said he would fight for a better result than pretrial, something none of the other lawyers even mentioned. Once hired, Billy worked for 10 months to make sure that we got the best result possible. He explained everything in the process thoroughly and eventually led us to a great result while still never going to trial. I am so happy that we trusted Billy and I’m very impressed with his knowledge of the system and ability to negotiate on our behalf. If I had to go back I would hire Billy again 10 times out of 10. He works hard for your interests, knows what he’s doing, and treats everyone with respect while so many other lawyers just saw me as a nice check.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2023
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Very Satisfied
Mr Olson was a very awesome lawyer! I couldn't have asked for anything else honestly. He came highly recommended and now I do the same!
Posted by Patty | February 3, 2023
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The Attorney To Have
I hired Billy Olson to represent me on drug trafficking charges and 5 other felony charges, He was caring and compassionate, communication was excellent I never had to leave a message. I felt much more confident with Billy Olson abilities than I did with my previous lawyer, Took his time with me and my case , through his time and due diligence he was able to get me a more except-able sentence . I was very pleased with the outcome and know that I would have not gotten to this point without Billy’s help! I Highly Recommend Billy Olson
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2023
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"Accidental" Homicide Case + DFCS Case
DFCS WAS GOING TO PLACE MY CHILD UP FOR ADOPTION (INSTEAD OF PLACING MY CHILD WITH FAMILY) BECAUSE OF MY ACCIDENTAL HOMICIDE CASE. NOT ONLY DID THE OLSON'S STOP AND CEASE DFCS FROM TAKING MY CHILD AWAY:) THE OLSON'S ALSO GOT MY "ACCIDENTAL" HOMICIDE CASE FROM 25 TO LIFE TO AN 15YR DO 6YRS:) WHAT MORE CAN I SAY (ASIDE FROM THANKS TO THE OLSON'S FOR GRANTING ME A 2ND CHANCE AT FREEDOM)..... IF YOU'RE EVER IN A JAM / IN NEED OF AN ATTORNEY, "CALL MR. BILLY OLSON"
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2022
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Thank you for all you do
Mr Olson is the best., and my hero. He is very professional , and experienced in his field. He expressed genuine concern and kept me informed throughout the whole process, even calmed my fears. I'm very greatfull and appreciative of his excellent service and would recommend his services
Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2022
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Highly recommended
Amazing work. Billy has been working on my case for over four years the court system decided to drag it out longer than it should have been. Billy was able to take care of everything accordingly keep me up to date and make sure that I was taken care of. He’s a very caring person, and it shows thanks to him. I am now able to look forward to to my future and make the best of it.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Olson Law Office, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Athens Justice Project
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Public Defender
  • Barrow County Public Defender's Office
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Georgia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Associations

  • Western Circuit Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Felony Drug Court Graduations
  • Treatment Courts, Recovery, & Alternatives to Incarceration
  • 2018
  • Athens Workforce Enhancement Reentry Curriculum
  • Collateral Consequences of Arrests and Conviction
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Billy is an intelligent, hardworking, and zealous advocate. He can be counted on to do everything in his power to obtain a favorable result for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Billy and I began our legal careers together on opposite sides of the courtroom. He is earnest, fair, and hardworking, with far more trial experience than most lawyers. When we are on opposite sides, I know that he will advocate for his client, but also be up front and fair in negotiations to try to resolve a case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Billy Olson is a great advocate for his clients with the skills and knowledge to make sure they receive the best possible outcome. If someone is charged with a crime, they would be lucky to have Billy in their corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Billy Olson is a great attorney who knows the law and is excellent in front of a jury. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense

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Athens Criminal defense Lawyer William Michael Olson
William Michael Olson
Criminal defense Attorney
Athens, GA
Licensed for 17 years
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