David E. Clark is one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Georgia. He listens to each client and treats them with respect. He always visits appeal clients in prison and answers letters the same day he receives them. You only get one appeal, and it needs to be done right the first time.
Clark has obtained good results for most of the thousands of people who have hired him over his 30-year career. No bar complaints have been sustained against him, and he always provides effective assistance. He is rated “av” (highest rating – preeminent) in both “legal ability” and “ethical standards” by the Martindale-Hubbell peer-review authority.
Having a creative and analytical mind, he has a way of talking to judges that works. Every lawyer who goes up against Clark would tell you he is always prepared. As Clark puts it, “To win a case you have to know the facts better than the police; know the law better than the prosecutor; and know the courtroom rules better than the judge.”
Several years ago, Clark decided to specialize in criminal appeals. He was hired as Director of the Appellate Division of the Georgia Public Defender Council in 2016, where he was in charge of more than a thousand criminal appeals statewide. He has taught most of the other criminal defense lawyers in Georgia how to handle criminal appeals.
Clark left his executive position with the Public Defender Council in 2018 to return to private practice. He uses a system that is designed to catch every possible error and issue that might result in a reversal or sentence reduction. He uses top-flight investigators and computerized legal research tools. Clark writes a brief early in the process to try and get results for his clients as soon as possible. When Clark is your lawyer, you can be sure that “no stone was left unturned.”
Founding Partner, Clark & Towne, PC (Lawrenceville) — 1990 to present
Director, Appellate Division, Georgia Public Defender Council (Atlanta) – 2016-2018
Judge, Gwinnett County Magistrate Court (Lawrenceville) – 2007-2008
President, Criminal Defense Section, Gwinnett County Bar Assoc.
Author, “The Search and Seizure Field Manual” (2014)
Author, “101 Ways to Beat a Marijuana Charge in Georgia” (2010)
Community Columnist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, (1997-1999)
University of Georgia School of Law (Athens) – Juris Doctor, 1989
Licata v. State, Supreme Court of Georgia, (#S18G0563, June 4, 2018)
Mr. Clark was asked to write a brief on behalf of the Georgia Assoc. of Criminal Trial Lawyers (GACDL) to the Georgia Supreme Court.
State v. Willliamson, Supreme Court of Georgia, (#S17A1080, June 5, 2017)
Client given life sentence for murder in Fulton County. Motion for new trial granted based on ineffective assistance of counsel, State appeal dismissed.
Jones v. State, Supreme Court of Georgia, (#S16G0890, October 3, 2016)
Mr. Clark was asked to write a brief on behalf of the Georgia Assoc. of C Criminal Trial Lawyers (GACDL) to the Georgia Supreme Court.
State v. Gates, Troup County #09-R-558 (December 7, 2016)
Life sentence for murder vacated and sentence reduced to 20 years for voluntary manslaughter.
Floyd v. State, Georgia Court of Appeals, (#A16A2091, July 19, 2016)
Three out of four felony drug counts reversed, resulting on 20 year sentence reduction.
State v. McGriff, Richmond County #2014RCCR-00450 (February 1, 2017)
Recidivist sentence of 45 years without parole reduced to 20 years with parole; client released on 3 years time served plus additional 6 months.
State v. Pugh, Chattooga County #14-CR-19708 (June 19, 2017)
Conviction for distribution of meth resulted in 30-year sentence; motion for new trial granted, sentence reduced to three years. Client released on time served.
Williams v. State, Coffee County #2005F-08-171 (December 7, 2016)
Armed Robbery conviction reversed and new trial granted based on failure to prove venue.
Suddeth v State, 288 Ga.App. 541 (2007).
Methamphetamine possession conviction reversed. The ruling imposed stricter limits on the “plain feel” doctrine during warrantless police searches.
Lindsey v. State, 282 Ga.App. 644 (2006).
Methamphetamine possession conviction reversed. This ruling established for the first time that the apprehension of a citizen under a probate court mental health commitment order is not an arrest.
Wilson v State, 272 Ga.App. 291 (2005).
Marijuana possession conviction reversed. This ruling reaffirmed that the practice of routinely patting down drivers during traffic stops is unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.
Love v State, 271 Ga. 398 (1999).
DUI-drugs conviction reversed. This ruling struck down a DUI statute, OCGA 40-6-391(a)(6), as unconstitutional on equal protection grounds as to marijuana.
Izer v State, 236 Ga. App. 282 (1999).
Speeding conviction reversed. By insisting that the modified Daubert standard in Georgia be applied to all scientific evidence, this ruling forced the state patrol to throw out hundreds of speeding tickets based on laser guns.
Holt v. State, 227 Ga. App. 46 (1997).
Misdemeanor obstruction conviction reversed due to unlawful traffic stop. This ruling established important precedent allowing lawyers to attack racial profiling in Georgia.
Vogel v. Friends of Children, (1991).
Adoption litigation; an infant wrongfully withheld by an adoption agency was returned to his teenaged parents in open court. National news coverage.