Federal Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation Law Firm in Georgia
The Pate Law FirmUnited Community Bank Building
24 Drayton Street, Suite 1000
Savannah, Georgia 31401
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Law Firm Overview FREE CONSULTATIONThe Pate Law Firm has a well-earned reputation for winning difficult criminal and civil trials through experience, dedication and hard work. As an Atlanta criminal attorney, Page Pate has over 18 years of experience defending people charged with serious crimes in federal and state court.
Accomplished Georgia trial lawyer, Attorney Page Pate, previously served as the Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, and he has received the highest possible rating from other lawyers and judges (AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell). Page was also recently included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, a national publication known as “The Definitive Guide to the Most Distinguished Law Firms in America for over 90 years.”
Although the firm's focus is on serious criminal defense matters, we have also successfully represented clients in qui tam or whistleblower cases, personal injury trials and complex business disputes. You will not find a law firm with more recent successful results, better credentials, or a deeper commitment to pursuing justice for people who need help.
Areas of Law
- Appellate Practice
- Asbestos Mesothelioma
- Business Litigation
- Car Accident
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Child Abuse
- Child Pornography
- Civil Litigation
- Civil Rights
- Computer Crime
- Construction Accidents
- Construction Injuries
- Credit Card Fraud
- Criminal Defense
- Criminal Law
Additional Areas of Law: Mail Fraud; Check Kiting; Ponzi & Pyramid Schemes; Mortgage Fraud; Drug Conspiracy; Immigration Violations; Tax Crimes; Government Corruption; Child Molestation; Forgery; Violent Crimes; Kidnapping; Pandering; Securities Violations; False Imprisonment; Terroristic Threats; Motor Vehicle & Aircraft Hijacking; International Crimes; International Extradition; Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties; International Depositions & Discovery; Criminal Appeals; Habeas Petitions; Sentence Modifications; Crime Victims; Environmental Injuries; Business Disputes; Investment Fraud; Breach of Contract Claims; Shareholder Litigation; Consumer Loan Fraud; Unfair Business Practices.
Areas of Law Description
Our firm’s practice areas are the following:
- Criminal Defense
Our criminal defense attorneys have many years of experience in successfully defending serious criminal cases in Georgia, and across the Southeastern United States. They are among the most respected and elite trial attorneys in this part of the country. Our criminal lawyers have successfully represented individuals throughout Georgia.
* Federal Crimes
One of our firm’s lawyers is a former United States Attorney, appointed by the President as the chief federal prosecutor in one of Georgia’s federal district courts. His experience gives our firm intimate knowledge of how federal criminal investigations work from the other side. With his help, we are often able to successfully resolve serious federal criminal cases before our clients are even arrested.
* Child Molestation & Sex Crimes
Child molestation is defined as performing any indecent or immoral act on or within close proximity of a child under 16 while intending to satisfy the desires of the victim or the offender. Our firm has successfully represented those falsely accused of molestation and sex crimes for many years. If you have been accused of molestation or a sex crime, our firm may be able to help.
* Drug Trafficking & Possession
In defending drug charges, a criminal defense attorney will normally try to determine whether the search and seizure that led to the discovery of any drugs was legal. If the drugs were discovered in a vehicle, the attorney will have to determine if the officer who stopped the vehicle had cause to do so. If the drugs were discovered in a home, an attorney will have to verify that the search was based on a valid search warrant or other probable cause.
* Identity Theft & Forgery
Identity theft is when a person uses information identifying an individual without authorization. Possession of such information can be enough to support a conviction if the person intends to fraudulently use the information. In defending allegations of identity theft or forgery, a defense lawyer should investigate the arrest and any police investigations that were conducted for possible defenses. This includes determining whether any searches or seizures made by police were legal.
* Murder & Violent Crimes
Murder occurs when an individual with premeditated malice unlawfully causes another person to die. The law also states that an individual commits murder when he causes the death of another while engaging in a felony. For many years, our firm has successfully represented clients charged with murder and violent crimes. If you have been charged with a violent crime, our firm may be able to help.
* RICO Act
RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. Under the Georgia version of this Act, it is unlawful for any person through a pattern of racketeering activity to acquire or maintain any interest in or control of any type of property or business. A judge may order a defendant to give up any business interest or property gained through a RICO violation. Defendants may also have other restrictions levied upon them, such as a prohibition from engaging in the same type of endeavor as the unlawful business.
* Robbery & Burglary
Under Georgia law, robbery occurs when a person, with the intent to commit theft, takes the property of another from another or in the immediate presence of another by use of force, sudden snatching, intimidation, use of threat or coercion, or by placing a person in fear of immediate serious bodily injury to himself or another person. The crime of burglary generally occurs when a person enters or remains within a building or structure without authority and with the intent of committing a felony or theft therein. Our firm has successfully represented clients charged with robbery and burglary and may be able to help.
* Theft & Fraud
A person commits theft by taking when he illegally takes another person’s property and intends to deprive that person of his property. It generally does not matter how the property was taken. Georgia also recognizes several fraud related offenses including financial transaction card fraud. A criminal defense attorney has many options in defending allegations of theft or fraud. Of course, the state must prove every element of a crime as charged. There can be no conviction if the state cannot prove every element beyond a reasonable doubt.
* International Crimes
The Pate Law Firm is one of the few Atlanta criminal defense firms with extensive experience in successfully resolving international criminal matters. We have helped people and businesses involved in criminal investigations in several foreign countries, including Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Costa Rica, Thailand, and the Bahamas. We have also helped people in the United States with international extradition requests, and interference with custody charges involving more than one country.
* Criminal Appeals
The Pate Law Firm has been extraordinarily successful in reversing wrongful criminal convictions. We have had wrongful convictions reversed in the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the United States Supreme Court. We have also helped our clients modify and reduce unjust sentences through out-of-time appeals, habeas corpus petitions, and motions for sentence modification.
We have recently been involved in some very substantial whistleblower claims brought under the False Claims Act. Our knowledge of the federal fraud statutes, and our years of experience in federal criminal cases, allow our attorneys a unique perspective in assisting whistleblowers report fraud and abuse. One of our lawyers is a former United States Attorney who was personally responsible for investigating and prosecuting federal fraud cases, including civil and criminal trials and settlements.
- Civil Litigation
The Pate Law Firm has successfully handled a number of different types of civil litigation matters. Usually, our firm assists other lawyers and their clients with significant civil cases that go to trial. Our decades of experience in trying difficult criminal cases give our lawyers an advantage over most other civil attorneys who rarely, if ever, go to trial. If you need an experienced Georgia trial attorney to represent you or a loved one in a serious civil case, we can help.
* Serious Injuries & Wrongful Death
Successfully handling a serious injury or wrongful death case requires a special type of law firm – one that has the necessary expertise and financial resources to help you get the best result at trial or through negotiated settlement. Lawyers who want to help people who have been seriously injured must be able to devote a significant amount of time, financial resources and expertise to the case from the very beginning. Our firm has the experience, skill and resources to help people who have been tragically injured or killed through the negligence of others.
* Auto Accidents
The mere occurrence of an automobile collision that results in an injury does not automatically establish liability on the part of the driver who is at fault. In order for the driver to be liable, the plaintiff must show that the driver was negligent, and that the driver’s negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries. It is important to remember that the exercise of ordinary care applies to both parties in an accident, and the fact that the defendant broke a law or was negligent does not relieve the plaintiff from exercising ordinary care.
* Truck Accidents
Negligence occurs when a driver breaches a duty owed to another driver, and the other driver sustains injuries that are proximately caused by that breach. Every person behind the wheel of a tractor trailer has a duty to exercise ordinary care while driving. The breach of this duty is generally determined by all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident, and a truck driver need not be found at fault by the police or issued a ticket to be found liable for negligence.
* Crime Victims
Although the criminal justice system is geared toward punishment for the convicted criminal, and not necessarily compensation for the victim, our firm has been able to help our clients recover substantial damages for their injuries. In cases involving negligent businesses or wealthy defendants, we act quickly and aggressively to secure restraining orders and injunctions seizing money and other assets. Many times, we will also file civil lawsuits to collect restitution and other damages that have not been recovered in the criminal case.
* Defective Products
To win a product liability case, a law firm needs to have great trial lawyers, as well as the financial resources necessary to thoroughly investigate the product, retain the best experts, and prepare the case for trial. Our firm has both the legal expertise and the financial resources to help people who have been seriously injured as a result of a defective product manufactured or distributed by a negligent company. If you have been seriously injured as a result of a defective or dangerous product, you need an experienced product liability lawyer to help you recover damages.
* Environmental Injuries
Our trial lawyers help people who have been injured or adversely affected as a result of the environmental damage caused by manufacturing and other industries, construction projects and dangerous products. We also represent people injured when toxic gases or chemicals are released during industrial or transportation accidents. If you think you may be the victim of a toxic tort or a serious environmental injury, we can help.
* Premises Liability
In Georgia, property owners can be held liable when someone is injured on their property as a result of the negligent maintenance, poor construction, inadequate security, or some other dangerous condition. Our trial lawyers help people who have been seriously injured by dangerous conditions that were caused by the failure of businesses and other property owners to take reasonable precautions to make their property safe. If you have been injured while on the property of another, we can help.
- Business Disputes
Unlike other civil litigation firms, our firm prepares each case we accept with the intention that it go to trial. That level of preparation contributes to our many trial victories. Our extensive preparation also helps us successfully resolve many cases before trial because the other side knows that we are prepared to win the case in front of a jury. Our civil trial attorneys have successfully litigated many cases involving substantial business disputes and fraud claims.
* Libel & Slander (Defamation)
Under the law of defamation, a person may be held liable for libel or slander. A person commits the tort of libel when he falsely and maliciously defames another through a permanent form of communication such as a writing, picture, print, or sign. This defamation must tend to injure the offended person and expose him to public contempt to constitute libel. Similarly, slander consists of a false and malicious oral statement, such as stating that someone committed a crime, has a contagious disorder, or operates their business poorly.
* Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
A protected trade secret in Georgia may come in many forms. A pattern, recipe, formula, method, device, drawing, or even a list of potential customers that is not known to or obtainable by the public can constitute a trade secret. A court may even find that information widely known to the public is protected when that information is compiled in a unique way. Georgia only requires that a trade secret have some economic value which is derived from its secrecy and be reasonably protected by the business.
* Breach of Contract Claims
Under Georgia law, a breach occurs when a valid written or oral contract between two parties is broken by one of the parties. The formation of a contract occurs when a party makes an offer and another party accepts. For a contract to be valid and legally enforceable, there must also be mutual assent. Mutual assent occurs when both parties agree on the terms and meaning of the contract. An experienced trial attorney is often necessary to enforce a contract or assist a plaintiff in recovering damages when a contract has been breached.
* Shareholder Litigation
Each shareholder litigation claim is unique. What a plaintiff must show will depend on whether federal or state law is being used, the nature of the breach, and the specific circumstances of each action or omission. Generally, there is a presumption that a director or officer acted in good faith, was informed about the decisions they made, and that the action was in the best interest of the company. This presumption must be rebutted by the plaintiff in order to hold the director or officer personally liable.
* Invasions of Privacy
Georgia has recognized the right to privacy as a component of the rights of personal security and personal liberty for over one hundred years. It is important to note that actual damage to one’s reputation is not a required element for an invasion of privacy action. Injured feelings standing alone are enough to bring suit against an offender, since Georgia law recognizes mental suffering as an injury to a person. If you feel that your privacy has been wrongfully invaded and have experienced suffering as a result, an experienced Atlanta attorney should be consulted to discuss your legal options.
* Unfair Business Practices
Georgia’s consumer protection laws protect consumers and businesses from unfair or deceptive acts during the sale, purchase, lease, or rental of goods, services, or property. Many of these laws are triggered the moment a business opens its doors to the public, and a single deceptive or unfair act by a business can be enough to hold it liable. If you feel that you have been deceived by the practices of a business, you should consult an experienced consumer attorney to ensure that your rights are protected.
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