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Patrick Applegate Kunes

DUI and DWI Attorney at Tifton, GA

4.9   39 reviews

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About Patrick

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I was born and raised in Tifton, Ga.  My father Joe Kunes and grandfather Gerald Kunes both practice law here as well.  I am working mainly in the area of DUI, drug cases, and general criminal defense.  I also take on personal injury cases, traffic citations, and civil matters depending on each client's individual needs.  As a small town firm, we thrive on being able to handle many practice fields, but if we feel another firm has special expertise, we will not hesitate to refer you to the best attorney for your particular case. 

 

If you have been arrested in Georgia for DUI you have ten (10) business days to request and Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing.  If you blew over the legal limit or refused the State's test, your license will be suspended on the 31st day. Call today to set up a free consultatation to protect your rights. 

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Licensed for 14 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/03/2022

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

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Patrick Applegate Kunes
230 E. 2nd Street
Po Box 985
Tifton, GA, 31793

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Randy | November 7, 2022
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Great lawyer
My kunes went a above and beyond to get my case dismissed and everything worked out in my favor thank you again !
Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2022
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Amazing Attorney
I was facing Child Endangerment while DUI, DUI, and failure to maintain lane charges. I just “knew” that these charges were going to come with some absolutely devastating consequences. If not for Patrick the criminal penalties along with the family law penalties would have been life changing to say the very least. Mr. Kunes was able to get the Child Endangerment while DUI DROPPED, and the DUI charge was reduced to reckless driving. I consider this outcome to be nothing less than miraculous. Patrick is definitely someone you want to have on your side. No matter how bad the charges are, or how badly you think the outcome will be, please at least call and consult him. Because of the licenses I hold for my career, this would have meant a complete loss of my career and having to find another field to start from scratch. That is only one example, of the many ways, this man saved my life. I truly am grateful for everything he has done for me and my family, and I hope nobody is willing to give up before consulting this attorney.
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Posted by Faith | August 26, 2022
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Thank You!
Thank you Patrick Kunes Firm for assisting with the court case. We appreciate all the helpful information and working with the court system to workout a great deal for our son. We wasn’t expecting that type of deal but very happy everything worked out.
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2022
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Excellent Criminal Defense Attorney
Attorney Kunes is an Amazing Criminal Defense Attorney, representing cities in the State of Georgia! Our Family resides in Ky., however we needed legal representation in Georgia and we had no idea who to contact. I reached out to 2 other Attorneys before contacting Attorney Kunes, I knew immediately, Our Family needed his representation from how he presented his defense over the phone, Fast Forward to now and Our Family can honestly say, Attorney Kunes kept his stance throughout the process, This was a life changing event for Our Family and it would have been different had we not found THIS Law Firm and Attorney Kunes! He does his homework and ensures that his legal strategy is supported by case law and practical wisdom. Our Family will NEVER be able to Thank You Enough, Attorney Kunes for All of Your Hard Work and Dedication you Showed to Our Family!
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2022
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The Best Legal Team
The law office was extremely friendly and understanding of my situation. I live out of state and received a ticket while passing through Georgia. Patrick and his team were very attentive and knowledgeable on how to proceed. They contacted me when new information was available. Patrick Kunes eventually got my charge dismissed! I was so thankful and would recommend them to anyone in need of legal help. Hopefully I don’t need their assistance in the future, but I know who to call if I do. Thank you to Patrick Kunes and his team for all their help!
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2021
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Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession Charge
Mr. Kunes did an outstanding job getting deferred adjudication with the fine reduced to $400 and twelve month probation lowered from 12 to 6 months.
Posted by PJ | August 9, 2018
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Outstanding Professional
Mr. Kunes was totally knowledgeable and efficiently handled my legal situation, I would recommend his services to anyone requiring his legal expertise!
Posted by Shawn | February 23, 2018
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Defendant
He was amazing. He was able to get by dui completely dropped and got an intent to sell marijuana charge differed. I was very pleased with the ok outcome of my case. The only thing I believe the firm need to work on is staying in closer contact with your customers. This case took 2 years in which I had little to no contact with them until a couple weeks before my court date.
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Posted by Nancy | February 22, 2018
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Great experience, thank you!
I received my first speeding ticket in December, and hired Patrick to help negotiate it down, to avoid having it on my driving record. Dealing with his law firm was an absolute pleasure - after speaking to Patrick about the details, I had one point of contact who was receptive, patient, kind, and very helpful (Kathy). Everything was explained clearly, and they were very responsive to emails (which I find more convenient than having to call). Patrick negotiated my ticket down so that it wouldn't be reported on my driving record, and helped me navigate what happens after. As a "worrier", I especially liked that they had me send my court fines to them, they kept a copy (and faxed notification to the court before sending), and sent them on my behalf... which meant that there was a record, and less chance of something going wrong or getting lost. I'm happy to recommend Patrick, and would call him again if I needed help. Thanks Patrick (and Kathy)!
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Posted by Drue | November 26, 2017
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Very satisfied
Mr. Kunes was the attorney for my husband. My husband and I were very satisfied with his services. Mr Kunes is very knowledgeable about the law, and worked diligently on my husband's case. Mr. Kunes made us feel like we did not have to worry, and that we could leave everything up to him. He made himself available, even on nights and weekends, in case we had any questions or concerns about the case. Although some lawyers can make you feel like you are just a number to them, Mr. Kunes made us feel like he was personally invested in our case. I fully recommend Mr. Kunes if you ever need a criminal attorney, and I'm certainly glad we had him for my husband's case.
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Posted by Donna | November 6, 2017
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Extremely Competent
Patrick Kunes is a masterful attorney with a vast knowledge of the law and court system. He represented our son during a stressful case and was able to achieve a satisfying resolution. He was always accessible for questions and we especially appreciated the support he provided to our son throughout the process.
Posted by Miguel | September 20, 2017
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Stupendous Representative
Attorney Patrick Kunes performed as an empathic professional from the beginning.My wife had never met Mr. Kunes and was a referral.Attorney Kunes provided a sothing personality which my wife needed at the time of initial contact. While I was incarcerated, unable to seek consul, Patrick was a gentleman and a professional who addressed my wifes' emotional concerns as well as her legal questions.Mr. Kunes provided legal assistance without having nor reflecting on obtaining any commitments. He provided my wife with the facts that were necessary for her to be completely knowledgeable of the process that was confronting us. He proceeded to contact the county of jurisdiction and informed them of my rights. His inquiry prompted compliance to those rights by the county judiciary. After my release, he provided me with a free consultation. We discussed everything that was pertinent to my situation. There were no guarantees but he provided me with what he believed could be done and he would proceed with on my behalf. Should I welcomed his representation, then I should conclude by submitting his fee for services. Even when it concerned this aspect, he was able to provide a plan that wouldn't create any financial adversities. On the day of the preliminary hearing, Mr. Kunes came prepared. I submit that he came with a personality and professional preparedness that assisted in steering the results to conclude as initially presented during the consultation. It should be understood that no outcome is guaranteed. Those that can be influenced are addressed by diligence and competency; qualities possesed by Attorney Kunes.He made me feel that he had provided the necessary attention my case required. He came prepared to finalize the case ASAP but was ready to struggle on to obtain a verdict that served my best interest. should it be necessary. No two cases are alike because no two individuals are alike. Mr. Kunes was able to attain a favorable outcome to the dilemma of my own doing. I strongly recommend him and his stalwart professionalism without reservation. Anyone should feel confident that he will do all he can to represent (you) his client and defend your rights under the rule of law, competently. I attest to this fact by sharing with you the following. Just before my initial trial date hurricane Irma struck vast regions of the south. Mr. Kunes office were hit by this hurricane. The devastation did not hinder nor interfere with his commitment to my case. Attorney Patrick Applegate Kunes, Esquire Thank You Respectfully Yours, Miguel
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Posted by Ron | August 30, 2017
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Fantastic Person and Phenomenal Attorney
Patrick A. Kunes was unbelievable. He was able to take a driving with a suspended drivers license offense that could have resulted in a permanent, lifetime record and got it reduced so that nothing at all will show in any background check. I live in Philadelphia, PA and he is in Southern Georgia. I have never personally met him and he treated me as if I were his own family member.
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Posted by Marc | May 25, 2017
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South Georgia Speeding Ticket
My daughter received 2 traffic citations, one was speeding, in South Georgia on her way home from spring break in Florida. She was afraid to tell me, and only did so a week before her hearing. We live 5 hours away, therefore couldn't make it to court. I googled area attorneys, looked at their reviews on this website and did the only thing I could do, take a chance. After speaking with Mr. Kunes, I felt he was the best choice. I received a letter from his office this week explaining the outcome of my daughters case and couldn't be more pleased. Thank you for your help Mr. Kunes.
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Posted by Andy | November 4, 2016
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Knowledgeable, easy going guy!
Patrick was able to get a complete dismissal of all my charges including the ALS hearing! (1) count Drug DUI, (2) counts of Child endangerment, and (1) count of paraphernalia in Early County. In my case I was not a user. He has a very good understanding of the law, roadblocks, and DUI's. Knowledge is power and Patrick has plenty. I told the truth, stuck to the facts of what I knew, and it was pretty smooth sailing. If you have a DUI, drug or otherwise, see this man! All you have to do is tell this man the truth and he will do what he can for you to the best of his abilities! Would recommend him a thousand times over. If I EVER get caught up in a situation like this again I'm calling Patrick! No question. I never had a problem getting in touch with him and always received a call or email back. Great guy and wonderful support staff at his office.
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Posted by Joseph | August 2, 2016
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Outstanding Attorney.
I unfortunately received a speeding ticket in Crisp County, GA. while traveling up I75. I researched online to find an Attorney since I live in another state. All of my searches kept coming back to Kunes Law because of the great reviews. I spoke with Patrick. He was fully honest with me up front whereas others may promise certain results. He was able to get the resolution I wanted. I recommend him to anyone looking for an Attorney in this area of Georgia. His staff is excellent in all aspects.
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Posted by William | May 15, 2016
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All I could ask for
My son was involved in an accident and charged with DUI. I called around and talked to several lawyers and was impressed with Mr. Kunes knowledge of the law regarding DUIs. I was also impressed with how Mr. Kunes handled the case as he was able to get charges dropped and reduced. He explained all our options when dealing with the case and suggested the best results for my son. I would recommend them for anyone facing a DUI.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2016
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Got results and went out of his way to handle and addition matter for me with regards to the court when I did not have the time to do so. Very satisfied!
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2016
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Patrick Kunes -- Highly Recommend
Mr. Kunes represented my son on a Minor In Possession charge. He provided my family with information about the case and was concerned with the manner in which my son was charged. He was able to get the charges dismissed. I would highly recommend Mr. Kunes for his professionalism and willingness to vigorously represent his client.
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Posted by Rickie | March 23, 2016
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Thank God For Goood Lawyers!
Mr. Kunes and his office staff were very helpful in finding just the right solution for my case. They did exactly what they said they would and made sure I got the best possible outcome. Thank you again Mr. Kunes !!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Kunes Law Office
  • 2008 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Kunes Law Office
  • 2005 - 2008

Education

  • Georgia State University
  • JD
  • 2008
  • University of Georgia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • State v. F.D.
  • Reduction to Reckless Driving
  • State v. B.W.
  • Reduction to Reckless Driving
  • State v. T.C.
  • Reduction to Reckless Driving
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Tifton Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Tifton Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Oglethorpe Legal Society
  • Vice President
  • 2007 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Member
  • Tift County Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 2015
  • Graduate- NCDD Winter Session
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Graduate- Bill Daniel's Trial Advocacy Program
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Graduate- DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • Ron Lloyd and Tony Corroto
  • 2010
  • Graduate- Defending Marijuana Cases in Georgia
  • N.O.R.M.L.
  • 2010
  • Finalist for Heggoy Award for Best Senior History Thesis
  • University of Georgia
  • 2003
  • Governor's Scholarship
  • Georgia Scholar Program
  • 1999
  • Outstanding Delgate
  • Junior Youth Assembly
  • 1995
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Publications

  • GA ICLE- May DUI Update
  • Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!; Dealing with Ethical Issues in DUI Cases
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

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Given (37)
Endorse Patrick
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Patrick Kunes is an excellent personal injury, criminal defense, and traffic ticket attorney. He understands what it takes to advocate on behalf of his clients. If you want an experienced attorney from a well established family run law firm, Patrick Kunes is a solid choice. I recommend Patrick Kunes and his law firm."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick is an excellent attorney for DUI defense and any other criminal defense case. He has excellent knowledge of DUI law. Patrick is well known for his skill and advocacy in court. I highly recommend him for DUI defense and any other criminal matter."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is one of the most knowledgeable defense lawyers in the area. I highly recommend him for any DUI defense case."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you receive a Ticket in South Georgia, Mr. Kunes is the lawyer to retain. I endorse this lawyer and have referred numerous clients to him for Superspeeder tickets in Tift, Dooly and Lownes Counties."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Patrick Kunes is a professional, courteous, and highly skilled advocate who zealously represents his clients' interests. I have enjoyed getting to know him as we have worked on cases together, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to clients seeking representation in traffic matters in south Georgia. In fact, I routinely refer clients to him in certain counties along the I-75 corridor south from Macon to Valdosta."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick has a wealth of knowledge in Georgia DUI law and procedure."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Brilliant and witty."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Patrick and I had a mutual client who was facing a 100+ mph charge and a reckless charge in Georgia, which would possibly present serious ramifications with the defendant's license in California. Patrick handled the case with amazing results. Scotty Storey"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Friend
"Patrick is one of the best young trial attorneys in the state. I am always amazed at the results he obtains for his clients. In addition to his skill as a trial attorney, Patrick's outstanding character and candor provide the foundation that ensures his clients rest easy knowing they have Mr. Kunes on their side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kunes is a great trial attorney and his clients are well served. He gets great deals and many reductions and dismissals. He knows many of the local judges and has a great reputation for being a top flight criminal defense attorney. You can't go wrong with Mr. Kunes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of witnessing Patrick's trial skills in action. He is an intelligent, charismatic, and passionate advocate. I highly endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is an excellent lawyer. He works tirelessly for his clients. He comes from a long line of great lawyers that set the bench mark for legal representation throughout South Georgia. He has my highest recommendation and admiration. You are in good hands when he is your attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is one of the the brightest and hardest working young attorneys in the area. He is a credit to the legal community in Tifton, GA and aggressively represents his clients."
General practice Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been extremely impressed in Patrick's work in defending DUI cases and criminal work in general. He leaves no stone unturned in digging out the facts to represent his clients. A third generation attorney, Patrick has seemingly "inherited" his trial savy. And he been trained the best possible way, trying cases to juries."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work on DUI and criminal work in Georgia. Mr. Kunes is very professional and replies promptly to clients and counsel. I will most certainly continue to refer cases to Mr. Kunes."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Patrick is one of the rising stars in the DUI Defense community. If you are in need of quality representation in the South Georgia area, Patrick is the attorney to call."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is a true trial lawyer. He is always prepared for and does not shy away from trial, and he is usually successful at convincing the judge or jury of his client's innocence. Patrick is already known as one of the best attorneys in his region. I endorse his work."
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Speeding and traffic ticket
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DUI and DWI
DUI and DWI
Criminal defense
Speeding and traffic ticket
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Personal injury
Speeding and traffic ticket
Criminal defense
Speeding and traffic ticket
Criminal defense
DUI and DWI
DUI and DWI
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