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I was born and raised in Tifton Georgia. Tifton is a great place to live but Interstate -75 runs through Tifton. Unfortunately many visitors have had the opportunity to meet the local Tifton law enforcement or have suffered from an automobile wreck on I-75. If you are one of those, and need help, give me a call for a free personal or telephone consultation. I am located across the street from the Courthouse in Tifton, 230 East Second Street,, Tifton Ga. 229-382-4900 Joe


Joe Kunes is a Personal Injury and Criminal DUI/DWI defense Attorney in Tifton, Georgia. He has been practicing law in Tifton and the surrounding counties since 1972. He is a graduate of Tift County Schools, the University of Georgia, 1969, B.A., and University of Georgia Law School J.D., 1972. In 38 years of practice in Tifton he has handled all areas of the law, but now restricts his practice to criminal defense and personal injury work. The majority of his criminal practice relates to the defense of drinking drivers, not only in Tifton, but all over South Georgia. His personal injury practice includes representing plaintiffs injured in automobile accidents and medical malpractice cases in Tifton and surrounding counties.

Joe Kunes was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1972, and the Florida Bar in 1973. He is a past President  of the Tifton Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the State Bar of Florida, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Vice President in 2000), American Trial Lawyers Association (sustaining member), National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and Georgia Defense of Drunk Drivers (D.O.D.D.). He is a prior recipient of the student government award given by the Tifton college, Abraham Baldwin. He has been a guest speaker before law enforcement agencies, local civic clubs, and as a program speaker at the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education Seminars from 2004 through 2008.

Joe Kunes has successfully represented defendants charged with DUI and obtained dismissals and/or reductions of the charges in the following South Georgia Counties: Tift, Worth, Dougherty, Irwin, Ben Hill, Wilcox, Turner, Dooly, Lanier, Clinch, Crisp, Lowndes, Cook, Berrien, Colquitt, Thomas, Atkinson, Ware, Coffee, Pierce, Lee, Sumter, Houston, Terrell, Brooks, Decatur, Appling, Schley, and Bullock.

Joe Kunes has been representing individuals and families who have suffered
personal injury in automobile accidents (or wreck cases) and medical
negligence cases for over 36 years. Joe has been successful in obtaining
settlements and jury verdicts for injured persons, their spouses and
families all over South Georgia. He is committed to protecting victims of
automobile accidents and their families. Joe will not refer an auto
accident case to another lawyer if it can not be settled for a fair value,
but he will personally try it to verdict before a jury in each case if
necessary. Joe has handled over one thousand automobile accidents (wreck
cases) slip and fall cases and medical negligence cases. Joe believes in
establishing a personal and professional relationship with each client.
When someone is killed by the wrongful or negligent conduct of another
person or entity, the legal remedy is called a wrongful death claim.The law
provides that the person's next of kin and his or her estate representative
may act as the plaintiffs to bring a civil action to recover economic and
non-economic damages. This may be true even if the deceased person was
partially at fault in the occurance that caused his or her death.
Joe has successfully represented clients in wrongful death claims arising
from automobile wrecks and wrongful death caused by medical negligence. Joe
is devoted to providing the highest quality legal services with a focus on
meeting your individual needs. Joe will address your legal and personal
issues in an experienced and responsive manner.
 There are time limits for you to act, or Statutes of Limitations, requiring
you to bring a lawsuit within a limited period or you may lose the right
to seek a recovery.
Contact Joe now to protect your rights or if you have any questions.



Languages spoken: German

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
    44 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    44 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

18 total 

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  • Maurice Gibson Kenner

    I endorse Joseph. He is a top notch DUI attorney. He has an excellent reputation and does excellent work for his clients.


    Maurice Kenner Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Bob Giannini

    I endorse this lawyer. Joe Kunes is one of the top DUI attorneys in the state of Georgia. He is very knowledgeable, fights hard for his clients, and has many years of hard-earned experience. We send him all of our cases in his part of the state and he always does a great job. I strongly endorse Mr. Kunes.


    Bob Giannini Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

230 E. 2nd Street
Tifton, GA, 31794-0985

Kunes Law Office
PO Box 985
Tifton, Georgia, 317930985



FLMember in Good Standing197306/19/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 197207/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Appreciation for Support and Contributions To Tifton PoliceTifton Police Department, Tifton Georgia2004
Student Athlete Academic AwardUniversity of Georgia1968
Student Athlete Academic AwardUniversity of Georgia1967
Student Government AwardAbraham Baldwin CollegeN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Joe Kunes1999 - Present
PartnerKunes and Kunes LLC1972 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member2008 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2002 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
American Association for JusticeSustaining Member1996 - Present
Fl. State BarMember1973 - Present
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1973 - Present
Ga. State BarMember1972 - Present
Tifton Bar AssociationPast President1972 - Present
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President2000 - 2001
Publication nameTitleDate
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationBalancing Civil & Criminal Practice2010
Ga.Trial Lawyers Assn.Balancing Your Civil Litigation Practice With Your Criminal Defense Practice2009
Georgia ICLEEthically Interviewing Clients Facing DUI Charges- What MUST Be Covered And Agreed To By All2008
Georgia ICLEDelevering An Effective Opening Statement2005
Georgia ICLEFrom Jury Selection to Closing Argument:Developing and Selling Your Trial Theme2004
Georgia ICLEThe Top 30 Appellate Cases From 1972-20022004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of Georgia, AthensN/AN/A1969
Tift County High SchoolN/AN/A1965
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association-2010 Annual ConventionBalancing Your Civil Litigation Practice with Criminal Defense Practice2010
Georgia DUI Law UpdateEthically Interviewing Clients Facing DUI Charges- What MUST Be Covered And Agreed To By All2008
DUI Trial Practice UpdateChairperson2007
Defense of Drinking Drivers InstituteDelivering An Effective Opening Statement2005
Georgia DUI Update Dui by the NumbersThe Top 30 Appellate Cases From 1972-20022004
Defense of Drinking Drivers InstituteFrom Jury Selection to Closing Argument:Developing and Selling Your Trial Theme2004