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Keith Bernard Johnson

Criminal defense Attorney at Augusta, GA

5.0   103 reviews
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  • State Years
    South Carolina - SC 9 years
    Georgia - GA 14 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State SC
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Keith

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Keith has been named one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in the United States by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Keith was twice named to the Super Lawyers 2017 and 2018 Georgia Rising Stars List, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.  Only 2.5% in Georgia receive this distinction. In 2013, Keith was appointed to serve as an associate Juvenile Court Judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit, while still maintaining his private practice.  Keith serves as president of the Augusta Bar Association for 2018  

 

He began his legal career at the District Attorney's Office and served in that capacity before joining entering private practice.  As a prosecutor, Keith litigated over twenty felony jury trial obtaining multiple life sentences for violent offenders. Since entering private practice, Keith has represented a wide spectrum of invididuals who have been accused of crimininal offenses in state and federal courts throughout Georgia and South Carolina.  

 

Prior to entering the legal profession, Keith earned a football scholarship to Furman University where he played cornerback on two Southern Conference Championship teams in 2001 and 2004. In 2008, Keith was awarded a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University. While in law school, Keith served as the Notes and Comments Editor of the Michigan State Journal of Gender Law and Received the Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law.

 

 

Location

Keith B. Johnson, LLC
Enterprise Mill
1450 Greene Street, Suite 226
Augusta, GA, 30901

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Malik | March 3, 2020
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CASE DISMISSED!
Not only did Keith get my felony charge dropped, he got ALL 7 of them dismissed which would've put a stain on my record as well as affecting my future in all areas. I HIGHLY endorse Keith. He is smart, dedicated, and conscientious. He's an effective advocate because he truly cares about his clients. He was confident, calm, professional, and helpful throughout the entire process. He is truly a sincere, caring person who will put your fears to rest. He worked hard to get the best possible outcome for my case, and I highly recommend him! Thank you so much Keith!
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Posted by Sheila | March 16, 2020
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Forever Indebted
I was assessed with criminal charges requiring me to retain an attorney in December, 2019. I contacted Mr. Johnson and was given an appointment immediately. Mr. Johnson and his assistant Sheena were kind and compassionate. He did not make me feel guilty or feel like a criminal. When my case went to court he had my charges reduced and subsequent fines, probation, etc. appear manageable. I could not have gone through this alone, nor would I have wanted to go through it with any other attorney. I can not say enough about this man and what he did for me!!!! I would recommend him to anyone who needs his type of legal expertise.
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Posted by Felicia | March 7, 2024
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Superior
Mr. Johnson is the best. He’s straight forward, he’s well knowledgable of the law. He really made it happen for my family. Case Dismissed!! I couldn’t ask for a better resolution, we highly recommend Attorney Johnson.
Posted by Felicia | February 13, 2024
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Exceptional Attorney
We hired Keith Johnson for a case and it was the best decision we made! He was there for any questions we had and he went above the description of duty when he was called on after hours! He took our calls and help put us at ease! His courtroom presence is phenomenal! He was able to have all of the charges dropped and now we are more than grateful for his services and expertise! Thank you Mr. Johnson you are more than appreciated and thankful we found you when we did!
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Posted by Devon | February 13, 2024
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Five star Attorney
Keith Johnson is a stellar attorney who went above and beyond to help my family with our case. His expertise and dedication lifted a heavy burden from our shoulders. His guidance and support throughout the legal process were invaluable. Thank you, Mr. Keith, for your exceptional service and unwavering commitment to justice!
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2024
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Kind man who is very competent at his job
I went through a life-changing accident and was being criminally charged by the state of Georgia. It was one of the hardest times of my life and I was unsure if my life was over or not. The day I was supposed to appear before the police to be questioned, I consulted with Keith who proceeded to tell me not to go and that he would handle it. I hired him the same day and as a result, the process went from confusing to knowing exactly what would happen and what was required of me. As quoted by Keith himself, "Oftentimes, the hardest part of the process for a client is before they walk through my door for a consultation".
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2023
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Best lawyer in Augusta
Keith Johnson is Personable, professional and excellent at his job. I wouldn't go anywhere else for help
Posted by Alyssa | March 17, 2023
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Great Lawyer Case Was DISMISSED
Mr. Johnson was my lawyer for an ongoing case and he was great! Communicated in a timely manner. Was very encouraging and honest. He definitely did what needed to be done because I ended the case with all felony charges DISMISSED. I cannot thank Mr. Johnson and Miss Greene enough for all their hardwork and support!
Posted by Dalton | November 11, 2022
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Excellence
Keith was the first lawyer I had any prolong experience with and this man provides a level of understanding and comfort that you see far and few between. He was precise and takes his practice to heart. Keith is for the people.
Posted by Jimmy | November 10, 2022
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Very Highly Recommended
Mr. Johnson came highly recommended. In giving advice, he guided me down the right path. I feel like he was looking out for my best interest, by being honest, transparent, very helpful, and constantly keeping me informed. I would recommend him to any and all who are in need a great friendly lawyer! Words cannot express how much Mr. Johnson and his team helped me!!!!!
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Posted by Sharon | August 30, 2022
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Case was dismissed
Hired Mr. Johnson for a situation that my family was dealing with. He was professional and non judgemental. He was focused on what we were going up against and he kept us well informed. I will recommend him to anybody going through a situation. He got our case thrown out. Now we can move forward with our lives and thank Mr. Johnson for being the lawyer that he is. His integrity and commitment to us as his clients was just phenomenal. Yes, If necessary we will use his services again. Sincerely, grateful family
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Posted by Avonte | September 16, 2021
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Saved my life
I just literally walked of court with tears in my eye because of Mr.Johnson. This is one of the most liberating, and emotional days of my life. I've had one of the longest cases Mr.Johnson has had, and though all the uncertainty he assured me that things were going to work out, as they did today. Mr.Johnson left the courts in awe explaining the details of my situation. At times I would constantly write just for reassurance. Dealing with life changing circumstances are some of the hardest things you will have to do in life so it's without a doubt you will need someone who believes you, which he did. It's still surreal to me at the moment, but this man deserves his flowers, seriously. It's also up to you as a client to make the right choices during your situation, but I will tell you he will definitely get you there. There's no amount of money that isn't worth someone handling your life, especially if you plan on doing right by it. My family, my kids are truly grateful for you Mr.Johnson. I'm sorry if I was a pest at times, you are truly heaven sent and I will not disappoint, and also thank you Sheena. MUCH Love and Gratitude. A.R.
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Posted by Justin | November 24, 2020
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Amazing
Keith Johnson has done nothing but went above and beyond the entire time I needed his help. The case was resolved with great results that had I had someone else in my corner, it just wouldn't have been so. I can't say enough good things about this man, he checked with me and cared enough to boost me up when I really didn't deserve it. I would recommend Keith Johnson to anyone, anytime.
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2020
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Best lawyer!!
I can’t express enough how thankful I am for Mr.Johnson ! If you are looking for a great attorney you’ve definitely found him! Thank you thank you! It was all worth it !
Posted by Steve | September 21, 2020
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Great Attorney
My son was in a lot of trouble, having been arrested with multiple serious felony charges. He faced the possibility of spending many years in prison. We spoke with Mr. Johnson and he was calm, reassuring, and caring. He didn’t make any promises, other than that he would do everything in his power to get the best possible outcome for our son. He was sincere and true to his word as he worked tirelessly through many difficulties including an escalation of some of the charges, and changes to the prosecutor working the case. He never stopped pushing to get a just outcome. In the end my son did not get any jail time, and the felony charges were all reduced to misdemeanors. Thanks to Mr. Johnson my son has the opportunity to continue moving forward without multiple felony convictions hanging over his head for the rest of his life. It is up to my son to put all of this behind him and make the most of the opportunity he has been given, but it was Mr. Johnson that never stopped believing in him and has given him that opportunity. We are forever grateful to Mr. Johnson. He is not loud or boisterous, but he knows how to get things done and sincerely cares. I can’t imagine there is a better criminal attorney in Augusta.
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Posted by A S | September 14, 2020
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Satisfied Client and Would Highly Recommend
If you are in needed of a Criminal Defense lawyer, this is the man to go too. Mr. Johnson helped me with a DUI case that came along with a few other serious charges than the DUI alone. Due to the charges that I was facing, we did hit some bumps in the road, but he worked hard at making sure things turned out on a good note. With a DUI charge, it did take some time for us to come to a resolution, but throughout it all he kept my best interest in hand. He was able to help me get a few charges dropped to lesser offenses, and one he was able to get dropped completely. There were times the ball was not fully in our court, yet he made a way for things to workout for me. He provided me with things that would help me through the process, and with me taking his advice and suggestions, lead to an extremely good sentencing for me. I am highly pleased at how things did work out in the end with his legal help, and I would highly recommend him to anyone that is needed. No matter the seriousness of the charges, he will put his best foot forward at getting you a fair and reasonable sentencing, with your best interest at heart. Hope this information will help you make the right decision by choosing him as your attorney and getting the best results for you.
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Posted by Chancellor | August 3, 2020
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Incredibly Pleased
Mr. Johnson went above and beyond to ensure the oldest possible outcome for me and my case. So many lawyers will tell you what you want to hear but forget about you when you leave their office - but not Mr. Johnson. He genuinely cares about his clients and that is evident by the lengths he will go to in order to make sure their best interests are in mind. I would recommend Mr. Johnson to anyone who needs counsel.
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Posted by Kathleen | May 17, 2020
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An Unusual Case
Keith agreed to take on a very unusual case for us. He worked diligently until the case was satisfactorily resolved. Keith and his assistant showed understanding and compassion throughout the process. Many thanks to Keith for working for us.
Posted by Tassina Tillman | May 13, 2020
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My Lawyer is the Best
I love the kindness ,Real up front with you they didnt lie to me and just get my money Mr.Johnson is a Man of his word and i love him for that he cared about my son and want the best for him Mr.Johnson and his secretary are some Really Nice people they care The Best Lawyer Mr.Keith Johnson God bless you
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2020
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Miracle Worker
Because of Keith, I’m able to write this review right now. I was facing a possible twenty years in prison and was able to close my case with probation instead. He is an amazing lawyer, and his secretary Sheena was a pleasure to work with. Keith kept me updated every step of the way, while simultaneously making sure I wasn’t anxious the entire length of the case. He also has a very professional appearance and demeanor, which is important to me and something I noticed a lot of lawyers in the area lack. I don’t plan on ever needing his services again, but I would recommend him to anybody without hesitation.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • TROTTER JONES, LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Judge
  • Juvenile Court Augusta Judicial Circut
  • 2013 - Present
  • Summer Associate
  • The Weems Firm, P.C.
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Fulton County Superior Court
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Intern
  • Legal Services, Greenville, SC
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Intern
  • Public Defender's Office Greenville, SC
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Furman University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Georgia v. M.W.
  • Not guilty
  • State of Georgia v. D.S.
  • Dismissal upon completion of pre-trial intervention program
  • State of Georgia v. S.K.
  • Accountability court, resulting in no DUI conviction
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Associations

  • Augusta Bar Association
  • President
  • 2018 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Georgia
  • Advisory Committee, Special Invitee
  • 2014 - Present
  • Council of Juvenile Court Judges
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Criminal Law Section
  • Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Young Lawyers, Augusta Bar Association
  • Executive Board
  • 2011 - Present
  • Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Augusta Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Michigan State Journal of Gender Law
  • Notes and Comments Editor
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Furman University Panel Against Domestic Violence
  • President
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • 2015 Top Lawyer
  • Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Alumni Profile
  • Furman University--History Department
  • 2012
  • Jurisprudence Award-Criminal Law
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • 2006
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Back to School Forum
  • Introduction to the Revised Juvenile Code
  • 2014
  • Men Making a Difference, Inc.
  • Anti-Bullying Campaign
  • 2012
  • Burke County H.S. Football Team
  • Athletics and the Law
  • 2012
  • Augusta Day Reporting Center
  • Making the Most of Your Second Chance
  • 2011
  • 100 Black Men of Augusta, Inc.
  • The Role of an Attorney in the Criminal Justice System
  • 2011
  • Augusta Judicial Circuit Drug Court
  • Avoiding the Criminal Justice System
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (21)
Endorse Keith
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a highly talented trial attorney who has extensive criminal law experience. He is a former prosecutor and well respected in the legal community. You can trust him to handle your criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Johnson is one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the CSRA. He is well respected in the community, especially among prosecutors and judges. He is never afraid of trial and always fights hard for his clients. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the pleasure of working with Keith at the District Attorney's Office, where he was hard-working, professional, and dedicated to his work. Since going into private practice, Keith continues to exhibit those characteristics through zealous and highly effective representation of his clients. I fully endorse Keith."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There a very few attorneys who walk into a courtroom and command attention. Mr. Johnson is one of those attorneys. His knowledge of the law and reputation in the courtroom gives his clients the comfort and confidence they deserve. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keith Johnson is the name people think of for Criminal Defense. As a former prosecutor, Keith has gained invaluable skills that help him today in the defense of his clients. He is a fighter, a fierce advocate, and a great attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Friend
"Keith is an excellent attorney. He is very intelligent and personable. I fully endorse this attorney and recommend him to the highest."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Keith is a fantastic lawyer. You will not find a better criminal defense lawyer in Augusta, Georgia."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keith will advocate fiercely for his client while maintaining the utmost professionalism and ethics. I endorse him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keith is a great attorney and will work very hard to effectively solve your legal problems."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keith is one of the most dedicated attorneys I have the pleasure of knowing. He works tirelessly for his clients, and goes above and beyond in his representation. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Keith Johnson. I worked with him for two years in the DA's Office and saw firsthand his dedication to the practice of law, outstanding work ethic, and immense skill in the courtroom. Since that time, he has put those skills to use in private practice and become a highly respected attorney in all areas of his practice, but particularly in criminal defense and DUI defense. I would highly recommend Keith Johnson to anyone seeking an attorney in the Augusta area."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former ADA, Keith was always pleasant to work with. His experience at the D.A.'s office has made him an experienced, competent attorney in the areas of litigation and criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Keith. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
White collar crime Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a practicing attorney, Keith Johnson is a zealous advocate for his clients. However, he understands that there are multiple intrepretations of the law. Accordingly, as a member of the bench, Keith Johnson will openly listen to both sides of the issue being presented and will make a fair and unbiased ruling."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Friend
"Keith and I were classmates in law school. He was one of the most conscientious, passionate and dedicated students I had the pleasure of knowing. Now that he is a practicing attorney, his attributes as a student have carried on to his work with clients. He is intelligent and a dedicated advocate, working hard to defend the interests of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keith is very thorough and fights hard for his clients. His experience in the District Attorney's office is a big help to him and his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former prosecutor and current criminal defense attorney, Keith is well respected by his peers. He is always competent and well prepared for court hearings. He effectively communicates with and respects his clients. He is a great attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having known Keith for a long time, I know that he is dedicated to providing his client's the best possible representation. He is a great attorney with strong litigation skills. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Friend
"Keith Johnson is one of the smartest, most confident people I know, and keeps the same traits in his legal career. He brings the tenacity and hard work from his football career to his professional life, and was always one of the best members of any law school class I had with him. At the same time Keith is a good person, with a high moral character. Most recently I saw Keith become an associate juvenile judge. I am proud to call Keith a friend and a colleague."
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