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Mr. Hinman has been a practicing criminal defense attorney in Dalton and northwest Georgia since 1987. He has represented thousands of people charged with criminal offenses.


He graduated from the Mercer University School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1981.  He received his college degree from Emory University in 1973.  He is admitted to practice in all Georgia trial and appellate courts, in federal trial and appellate courts, and in the Supreme Court of the United States.


Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Hinman served as legal counsel in the State Senate, as an Assistant Attorney General in Atlanta, and as an Assistant District Attorney in Dalton and Chatsworth. Thus he has worked for all three branches of state government– legislative, executive and judicial.


His practice is now primarily devoted to the defense of DUI and serious traffic offenses.  He also handles driver’s license issues such as suspensions and revocations.

Mr. Hinman is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. 


He has attended advanced level trial practice courses at several sessions of The National College for DUI Defense.  He is certified in the administration of standardized field sobriety tests that are used by DUI task force officers, and has been certified to operate the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath testing machine used in Georgia since October of 1996. 


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 55%
    35 years, 900 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
    35 years, 600 cases
  3. Car Accident: 5%
    35 years, 60 cases
  4. Personal Injury: 3%
    35 years, 45 cases
  5. Defective Products: 2%
    35 years, 15 cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse this lawyer. Ralph is well known in North Georgia as the hardest working criminal defense lawyer around. Ralph has been practicing many years. His experience, knowledge and skill as a lawyer are a rare find. I highly recommend Ralph to represent you in any criminal matter including DUI.


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Contact info

Ralph M. Hinman

215 West Gordon Street
Dalton, GA, 30720


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198107/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
2012 Member of the YearGeorgia DODD Group2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Ralph Hinman1998 - 2013
Assistant District AttorneyConasauga Judicial Circuit1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice President2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Dean v. State, 214 Ga.App. 768, 449 S.E.2d 158Conviction reversed.
Dempsey v. State, 197 Ga.App. 674, 399 S.E.2d 239Conviction reversed.
Perkins v. State, 279 Ga. 506, 614 S.E.2d 92Court of Appeals reversed, in favor of the State.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981