No matter how big or small your case is, you can trust in our decades of experience and sincere concern for your well-being.

255 E Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601


As skilled trial attorneys, we advise people about the best ways to resolve criminal charges such as drunk driving, drug possession, or underage alcohol offenses. If you need help with a felony or misdemeanor charge, contact a criminal defense lawyer at Wells and McElwee, P.C., in Athens.

Our Criminal Defense Solutions Start With A Hard Look At The Facts

The first problem in any criminal defense situation is to get a sense of the strength of the case against you. Can the government prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt? Can we find evidence that would contradict a key allegation? Can we keep incriminating evidence out of the courtroom through a challenge to a search and seizure or confession? We use our experience to make an informed judgment as to the prosecution’s ability to get a conviction based on the evidence that remains once we’re done with it.

If we think the government’s case is vulnerable, we’ll pressure the prosecution to drop the charges, offer an attractive plea deal, or take your case to trial. If the evidence against you is strong, we will do everything possible to protect you from punishment.

We Represent UGA Students Facing A Wide Range Of Criminal Charges

Because we’re located in Athens, we represent many University of Georgia students arrested for the kinds of offenses you expect to encounter at a large campus – underage drinking, DUI, drug possession, theft, assault, or shoplifting. For many first offenders, punishment on the criminal charge is the least of their problems. Academic discipline or a threat to future career prospects are much more serious consequences. We work with students and the university authorities to help minimize the long-range consequences of a serious mistake.

Our attorneys also represent people in communities throughout northeast Georgia who face charges ranging from bad checks to embezzlement to assault. Whether your problem involves drugs, fraud, alcohol, or weapons, we do everything we can to minimize your exposure to punishment, even if it means taking your case to trial.

Never underestimate the power of the presumption of innocence that protects all criminal defendants. No matter how much trouble you’re in, a skilled trial lawyer can prepare a defense designed to protect you from the worst potential consequences.

Ask A Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer

We offer free consultations on criminal cases so don’t hesitate to contact us.

For more information about the scope of our firm’s criminal defense practice, contact us online, call us at 706-543-8596, or fill out our short form for a free consultation with a trial lawyer at Wells and McElwee, P.C., in Athens.