Defending Clients’ Rights And Liberties Since 2005

Notable Cases

Each case is unique, and no reputable lawyer can give you an opinion about your case until they know all the facts. Here are some of the notable results The Hames Law Firm has achieved for their clients.

Pretrial And Investigation

In the matter of State v. GT, the Client was charged with murder and obstruction of justice. The case was resolved by pleading to a misdemeanor that involved no jail time.

In the matter of the United States v. GPQ, the client avoided federal a drug charge that carried a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years by pleading to a different charge and receiving a sentence of less than a year in prison.

In the matter of CW, the client avoided computer hacking and trespass charges in favor of an administrative settlement.

In the matter of SP, the US Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute Mr. Hames’ client with criminal charges in the face of allegations of theft of trade secrets, computer trespass and corporate espionage.

In the matter of WS, after a thorough investigation of the facts and a presentation to the District Attorney’s Office, the client avoided potential charges of rape and kidnapping.

In the matter of XX, the client involved in a nasty divorce was alleged to have committed child molestation. After investigating the facts and making a presentation to the District Attorney’s Office the other spouse was charged with making a false report.


State of Georgia v. J.J, Newton County, client acquitted of stalking charge.

United States v. SK, U.S. District Court Gainesville, GA, the client was acquitted of all charges by the judge because Mr. Hames argued there was not sufficient evidence as a matter of law.

Lamar Willis v. Georgia Secretary of State, Fulton County, successfully defended former city councilman Lamar Willis of claims of fraud, misappropriation, and self-dealing by the Georgia Secretary of State. After a bench trial, the judge found only that Councilman Willis had failed to properly register his charity and that there was no evidence of wrongdoing by him or the charity.

United States v. DT, U.S. District Court Atlanta GA, the client was acquitted of all substantive counts of mortgage and bank fraud and several counts of money laundering. Even though the client was convicted of a conspiracy count his sentence was five years less than the government’s best offer prior to trial.


United States v. Caldwell, 81 1160 (11th Cir. 2023) In appeal of RICO gang case, convinced the 11th Circuit to set aside the client’s conviction for use of a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.

Cosmo v. State, 320 Ga. App. 397, 739 S.E.2d 828 (2013)., successfully overturned a conviction for a violation of the “Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act.” Although a portion of the opinion was later overturned, this case caused the Georgia General Assembly to rewrite O.C.G.A. §16-12-100.2.

Rutter v. Rutter, 294 Ga. 1, 749 S.E.2d 657 (2013) Mr. Hames successfully argued on certiorari that the Georgia Court of Appeals was incorrect in their interpretation and application of OCGA § 16–11–62(2) involving videotaping surveillance.

Lejeune v. McLaughlin, 299 Ga. 546, 789 S.E.2d 191 (2016) Mr. Hames successfully overturned the habeas court’s ruling and the Georgia Supreme Court agreed that the murder conviction could not stand. Mr. Hames fought for seven years to have this result.

Tesler v. State, 295 Ga. App. 569, 672 S.E.2d 522(2009) State conviction for making a false statement set aside in the infamous Kathryn Johnston shooting case.

Whipkey v. State, A19A2388, (GA. App. Feb. 2, 2020) Reversed a trial court’s denial of the right to amend the motion for a new trial.

State v. Thackston, 289 Ga. 412, 716 S.E.2d 517 (2011) The Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers asked me to file an amicus brief on the issue of whether the exclusionary rule applies in probation revocation proceedings.