Erin H. Gerstenzang

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Avoid The Harsh Consequences Of A Criminal Conviction - Contact Erin Today

Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney Erin H. Gerstenzang has proven herself to be a uniquely successful advocate in cases ranging from DUI charges to serious traffic offenses, probation violations, as well as drug possession and distribution.

The result of your case can have profound consequences on your life. Many of these types of charges may result in jail or prison time. Your conviction may be one that can appear on your driving record or your “rap sheet” for the rest of your life. You intuitively understand that a conviction can, for example, prevent you from being accepted by academic institutions or considered for future employment opportunities.

If this is the first time you have ever had to appear in court to answer to criminal charges, this is an exceptionally anxious period in your life.

Your primary concern at the outset should be to minimize the impact a criminal conviction will have on your future. It should still be possible to achieve all of the hopes and dreams you had prior to this charge.

Selecting the right defense attorney for your case is the first and most important step towards ensuring that your criminal charge does not prevent you from realizing the goals that you have set for yourself.

Any encounter with law enforcement, whether it is a simple citation or a felony arrest, should be treated very seriously. There are often grave and unforeseen consequences awaiting those who attempt to handle a criminal charge without being represented by an effective attorney. In Atlanta, Georgia, the one to turn to is Erin H. Gerstenzang.

Erin’s goal as an Atlanta criminal defense attorney is to deliver the highest possible quality legal services to each of her clients. She will use her experience, knowledge, education, creativity and technology to provide you with a powerfully effective defense.

Working With Erin

She will communicate clearly with you, address your questions, concerns and ideas, and keep you fully informed of all developments in your cases. She will spearhead a determined, organized team effort in analyzing, preparing and executing the defense of her clients.

If you wish for her to meet with your family, she will be more than happy to do so. She understands that for many people, the strong support of concerned family members is a big part of what makes you who you are. You and your family can provide Erin with important insights about your case which will assist her in developing a legal strategy and tactical approach that is uniquely designed for you.

Erin H. Gerstenzang is proud of the reputation she has earned throughout Georgia in these areas of the law. With offices located in Atlanta, she frequently attends court not only in the local metro-Atlanta area (Fulton County), but also in many surrounding counties, including regular appearances in Cherokee, Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb, and Paulding counties.

To learn more about the charges you’re facing, schedule a consultation session with her now.

She will spearhead a determined, organized team effort

analyzing, preparing and executing the defense of your case

From Erin's Blog

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Georgia Public Defenders Seminar 2014

Click Here to download the full Seminar Brochure in PDF format. Georgia Public Defenders Seminar 2014  October 17,2014 October 17th, 2014 – Morning Agenda Program Co-Chairs Erin H. Gerstenzang Esq.D. Ben Sessions Esq. Sponsored by Georgia Public Defender Standards Council National College For DUI Defense Location Bar Headquarters 104 Marietta St. NW, Suite 100 Atlanta, […]

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Winning Your Case With Their Witness On Cross

I organized and presented at the DUI DEFENSE TRIAL STRATEGIES FOR GEORGIA PUBLIC DEFENDERS – October 17, 2014.  The following post outlines the talk I gave to train defense attorneys to improve their cross-examination of police officers. This is a typical DUI case.  The report includes (or should include) all of the relevant observations the […]


Top 5 Things You Should Not Say to a Police Officer During a Traffic Stop

1. You have a friend or relative who is a police officer.   Although this may work occasionally – depending on who you know and how closely you are connected to him/her – more often than not, mentioning your distant connection to law enforcement, even when done with the best intentions, can backfire. Many officers will […]


Is your cell phone protected from a warrantless search?

This question was first asked in Georgia a few years ago, by both officers and drivers as the first law prohibiting texting while driving went into effect. With regard to the no-texting-while-driving ban, officers wanted to know if they were now required to inspect the driver’s phone to confirm whether they had been texting. As […]


Is an Officer Always Allowed to Conduct a Drug Dog Search During a Traffic Stop?

 Generally, most lawyers would say yes. If an officer decides he wants to conduct an “open-air search” by walking a K-9 around your car during a traffic stop, normally that is permissible. The idea behind this kind of search is that a driver has no reasonable expectation of privacy when it comes to the air […]


How long is too long when you are pulled over during a traffic stop?

The answer will vary depending on the reason for the stop. However, in Georgia, law enforcement officers can prolong the length of the encounter by requesting permission to search the vehicle where the driver has been told that she is otherwise free to leave. In State v. Terrell, (A14A0012), the Georgia Court of Appeals distinguished […]


Questioning the Reliability of K-9 Drug Dog Searches

Recently, the Georgia Court of Appeals held, in Richardson v. State (A14A0409) that a physical search of a driver, who had been pulled over for failing to maintain his lane was proper, where a K-9 drug dog had alerted to an odor coming from the driver’s car – after the driver had already exited the […]


New Technology Being Developed for DUI Detection and Enforcement

Breath testing has come a long way since the first breathalyzer was released in 1958. Law enforcement is currently developing technology that would allow the police to estimate the blood alcohol content (“BAC”) of a driver by analyzing the breath sample from outside a moving vehicle. The developers of the new technology are claiming that […]


What is the difference between a legal and an illegal traffic stop?

One of the most fundamental tenets of a “free society” is freedom from unwarranted attention from the police. In our country, generally speaking, the police may not simply detain and search people who are otherwise lawfully minding their own business. If an officer sees you walking down the street and wants to speak to you, […]


Minor in Possession of Alcohol Charge in Atlanta

When the Braves are playing baseball at Turner Field, you can be sure that the Atlanta Police Department will be aggressively targeting alcohol consumption by minors. The actual criminal charge is not as serious as many others, but the immediate consequences of such an arrest may feel much more onerous. When a minor is caught […]


Is Evidence of a Prior DUI Admissible in Georgia?

Prior to adopting a new evidence code in January of 2013, Georgia had been the last state in the country to permit the prosecution to use evidence of a prior DUI during a DUI trial.  This meant that if you had been arrested for a DUI in the past, the prosecutor was able to tell […]