Jake Arbes, Attorney At Law

GEORGIA'S PREEMINENT PAROLE AND POST CONVICTION ATTORNEY

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Firm Overview

For more than 30 years Attorney Jake Arbes has been reuniting inmates with their families by winning their release through parole and other types of post conviction relief. Mr. Arbes has handled hundreds of post conviction matters for adults and juveniles involving parole, parole and probation revocations, plea negotiations, sentencing hearings, pretrial consultations with trial attorneys, sentence reduction, motions for new trial, withdrawals of guilty pleas, state and federal direct appeals, state and federal habeas corpus petitions, hearings and appeals, claims involving ineffective assistance of counsel, motions for appellate reconsideration, petitions for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, initial prison designations, prison transfers, medical reprieves, maximization of performance incentive credits, disciplinary report appeals, preparation of release plans, transfer of parole between states and internationally, early termination of parole and probation, removal of eligible sex offenders from the sex offender registry, pardons, restoration of civil rights including the right to own a firearm, and, in some cases, expungement of arrest records. Mr. Arbes can also assist inmates who have been injured by mistreatment in prison or while working at their prison jobs.

Of course, the best way to avoid a lengthy prison stay is to never be sentenced to prison in the first place. Mr. Arbes has been brought in on a number of complex state and federal criminal cases to assist in creative motions to dismiss and plea negotiations which resulted in probation, many times over the strenuous objections of prosecutors. Through the years he has participated in some of the most highly publicized cases in the southeast, including allegations of corruption at the Atlanta airport, allegations of bribery involving a DeKalb County land developer, allegations of police corruption in Habersham County, allegations of environmental misconduct in Fulton County, allegations of health care and mortgage fraud, and various other fraud and drug cases. Mr. Arbes participated in the appeal of a nine month trial involving, what was at the time, the largest insurance fraud case in history, a case featured on 60 Minutes. Mr. Arbes was on the legal team which successfully argued that Christopher Drogoul was being used as a scapegoat and should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea in a highly publicized and extremely complex international case involving Iraqi weapons purchases known as "Iraqgate". More recently Mr. Arbes was able to win federal parole for an inmate who had been repeatedly denied parole for more than 30 years in a case involving the murder of a DEA agent in Guam.

Mr. Arbes has earned the respect of his legal colleagues, who frequently call him for advice, and from prisoners all over Georgia, for his creative approach to parole and other forms of post conviction relief and his vigorous attempts to win freedom for his clients.

Mr. Arbes treats his clients with respect. He charges fair fees and uses written employment agreements clearly setting forth what he will be doing for a particular fee. Unlike some lawyers who charge large initial retainers and then "churn" their clients with hourly charges for repetitive and unnecessary work, Mr. Arbes charges reasonable fixed fees, depending on the complexity of the case. With Mr. Arbes, once he has done the initial review of a client's case, the client knows exactly what the final fee will be before paying any more money.
Furthermore, there is no double billing because the cost of the file review is deducted from the final fee if the client decides to move forward. Also Mr. Arbes tries to finish all written work in time to show it to his client before submitting it to the Board or the Court. There are no unpleasant surprises when you deal with Jake Arbes.

Mr. Arbes was one of the founding members of the Georgia Innocence Project and serves on its Case Selection Committee. He has given numerous lectures on how to obtain parole in Georgia at various criminal law seminars. He served as President of the Criminal Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and as a Vice President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he currently serves as a member of the legislative committee. He is a past president of the Harvard Club of Georgia. He has been recognized for his legal abilities by Martindale Hubbell, which has given him its highest rating for both ability and ethics. He has been listed for many years in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, an honor bestowed on only the top 5% of the attorneys in the country. In the past he has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine, one of the Top Lawyers in Georgia by Atlanta Magazine, and named a Legal Elite Lawyer by Georgia Trend Magazine.
Main Office

Main Office
659 Auburn Avenue, NE, Suite 137
Atlanta  GA  30312

Phone
  • 404-522-1980
Criminal Defense
Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney
An experienced and dedicated attorney fighting for your rights
For more than 30 years attorney Jake Arbes has been assisting clients charged with serious state and federal criminal offenses. Although Mr. Arbes' practice is centered in Georgia, he has handled high profile post-conviction criminal cases all over the country. He successfully represented a banker who was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea in a politically charged case which the media called "Iraqgate". He was appellate co-counsel for a defendant in one of the largest insurance and bankruptcy frauds in history, a case that took more than nine months to try in Florida. Most recently, Mr. Arbes won federal parole for an inmate in California who served more than 30 years for murdering a DEA agent. The inmate had repeatedly been denied parole until Mr. Arbes took his case. Mr. Arbes has handled hundreds of post-conviction cases involving state parole, sentence reduction, appeals, habeas corpus, prison designations and transfers.

If you have been charged with a crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Jake Arbes has represented clients in state and federal courts on a wide variety of matters, including:
-Criminal defense (State and Federal)
-Parole and probation
-Criminal appeals
-Post-conviction remedies
-Habeas corpus
-Criminal fraud
-Criminal investigation
-Criminal conspiracy
-Grand jury practice
-Mail fraud
-Wire fraud
-Vehicular homicide
-Vehicular homicide while DUI
-Murder
-Assault
-Aggravated assault
-Battery
-Arson
-Kidnapping
-Bad checks
-Bribery
-Weapons offenses
-DUI with injury
-Weapons offenses
-DUI with injury
-False imprisonment
-Family violence
-Forgery
-Habitual violator
-Racketeering
-Receiving stolen property
-Terroristic threats
-Theft
-Manslaughter
-Sex offenses
-Burglary
-Robbery
-Drug trafficking
-Drug sale or distribution
-Drug possession
-Health care fraud
-Mortgage fraud
-Internet computer crimes
-Prison designations and transfers
-Corporate "whistle blowers"

Mr. Arbes treats his clients with respect. He charges fair fees and uses written employment agreements clearly setting forth what he will be doing for a particular fee. Unlike some lawyers who charge large initial retainers and then "churn" their clients with hourly charges for repetitive and unnecessary work, Mr. Arbes charges reasonable fixed fees, depending on the complexity of the case.

No matter what obstacle has been placed in your way, rest assured that Jake Arbes will strive diligently to help you overcome it, and work tenaciously to attain the best possible result for you.

Jake Arbes

Practice areas
-Criminal defense (State and Federal)
-Parole and probation
-Criminal appeals
-Post-conviction remedies
-Habeas corpus
-Criminal fraud
-Criminal investigation
-Criminal conspiracy
-Grand jury practice
-Mail fraud
-Wire fraud
-Vehicular homicide
-Murder
-Assault
-Aggravated assault
-Battery
-Arson
-Kidnapping
-Bad checks
-Bribery
-Weapons offenses
-DUI with injury
-False imprisonment
-Family violence
-Forgery
-Habitual violator
-Racketeering
-Receiving stolen property
-Terroristic threats
-Theft
-Manslaughter
-Sex offenses
-Burglary
-Robbery
-Drug trafficking
-Drug sale or distribution
-Drug possession
-Health care fraud
-Mortgage fraud
-Internet computer crimes
-Prison designations and transfers
-Corporate "whistle blowers"
-Major Personal Injury
-Wrongful Death
-Products Liability
-Medical and Legal Practice

Admitted
-Georgia, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia and -U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1978
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1981
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1983
-U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1989
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1992

Education
-New York University, J.D.
-Harvard University, A.B.
-Princeton University, M.P.A.

Recognition
-AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry for professionalism and ethics.

Associations and memberships
-Atlanta Bar Association (Chairman, Criminal Law Section, 1989-1990; Member, Board of Directors, Criminal Law Section, 1985-1988; Co-Chair, State Practice Committee of the Appellate Practice Section, 2000-2001)
-State Bar of Georgia (Member, Criminal Law Section)
-Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Vice-President; Member, Board of Directors, 2001-2004; Member, Legislative Committee)
-Georgia Innocence Project (Founding Member and Member of Case Selection Committee)
-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Biographical details
Recipient, Rotary International Fellowship; Root-Tilden Fellow, NYU Law School; Law Clerk to the Honorable Phyllis A, Kravitch, U.S. Circuit Judge, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1979-1980. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia, 1980-1982. Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Emory University Law School, 1983-2004; President, Harvard Club of Georgia, 2008; Member, Civil Rights Committee of the Georgia Anti-Defamation League. Recognized as a Super Lawyer in Georgia Super Lawyer Magazine, one of the Top Lawyers in Georgia by Atlanta Magazine, and named a Legal Elite Lawyer by Georgia Trend Magazine.
Education
  • New York University
    Juris Doctorate
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