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Client Centered Defense
You are more than your worst day. If you have been charged with a crime, you need an experienced Athens criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Athens Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are facing criminal charges, now is the time to act. The prosecution is gathering evidence and preparing to make their case against you. Together, we can fight your criminal charges and build the strongest defense possible.

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When you are accused of a crime, the stakes are high and the future is uncertain. Now is not the time for inaction or making wrong decisions.  During these difficult times, it's important to have a smart, tough, and experienced lawyer to guide you through a complex system.

‍Ryan Swingle Law has a plan to fight for your legal rights, give you peace of mind, and get your life back in control.

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Hiring an Athens criminal defense attorney is, hopefully, something you will only have to do once in your life. Do you have questions about hiring an attorney? Find answers by visiting our FAQ page.


Though it may feel like you are on your own, you are not alone. Although the facts of each case are different, we have represented other individuals facing charges just like yours. Read their stories on our Success page.


We try to make our website as informative as possible, but sometimes you need more information before making a hiring decision. Call our office today to learn more about our firm and discuss the facts of your case.


If our law firm had two watchwords, they would be grace and mercy. We understand it may be difficult to talk about your criminal charges, even with an attorney.

Client Centered Defense means that our law firm puts you first. We will listen to your story without judgement and strategize with you to build the best defense possible. Our commitment to you and your case never wavers no matter the charge, no matter the circumstances.

When the prosecution tries to define your life by one police report, we will answer with the entire story and together fight the case. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation with an Athens criminal defense attorney.

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We don't shy away from difficult cases. In fact, we are known for taking on challenges and helping our clients overcome incredible odds. We will always attempt to negotiate a favorable outcome with the district attorney's office, but while we engage in that conversation, we will also be preparing to mount a powerful defense at trial.

Our willingness to take every case to trial guarantees that our clients' rights are respected and their voices heard. We're professional. We're friendly. But we're also determined to get the best possible results for the people we represent.

About us


Based in Athens, Ryan Swingle has been practicing criminal defense throughout Georgia for over 20 years. He has defended people charged with minor misdemeanors and those facing the death penalty. Ryan is a respected trial attorney and a leader in bar and trial skills teacher nationwide.

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client Testimonials

"So thankful for Ryan, I couldn’t ask for someone better. Nor would I ever recommend anyone different."

Jacob L.

"I have known Ryan since he was an undergraduate, then law student, and finally lawyer. He has never ceased to impress me with his intelligence, diligence, work ethic and integrity. You are in good hands with Ryan, I have no doubt."

Deborah G.

"It is good to know that I have someone I trust in the legal field. Ryan's advice was always extremely helpful and his professionalism shined. I hope I’m not in need of a lawyer anytime soon but if I am I definitely know who I’ll be calling."

Matthew M.

"If you're looking for an attorney that works for you and not courthouse, someone that keeps in touch with you, that you don't have to keep leaving messages with a secretary, then call Ryan. He is the one you are looking for."

Bryan T.

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