Zeliff & Watson, LLC

Firm Overview

Both partners, Stuart Teague and myself, practiced law with large Atlanta law firms and decided to join forces in 2009 to provide the highest quality of legal services available to those in need. Stuart is a recognized leader in land use disputes in Georgia, including watershed litigation. I am exclusively a criminal defense practitioner. Our focus is to provide aggressive defense for those accused of crimes.

Example cases

Client was involved in a car accident and was arrested for DUI. The results of the breath test were suppressed because the officer made mistakes in the administration of implied consent. Jury was not impressed with the testimony of the other driver who we argued was the one who was actually at fault for the wreck. Client acquitted of DUI.

Main Office
351-A Dahlonega Street
Cumming  GA  30040
  • 770-887-3720
  • (770) 887-3729


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, initial consultations are free. Usually they take one hour.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
I charge a retainer. For a DUI, these retainers range between $3,500 and $5,000. For Felonies, the range may be as low as $3,500 and go higher from there. Most non-DUI traffic tickets are approximately $750.
Hourly Rates
All of my fees are fixed retainers and fixed fees for trials. Civil lawyers routinely charge an hourly rate; however, criminal defense lawyers, in Georgia, don't.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For emergency after hours, please call (404) 993-7744.
Office Manager
Jennifer deGive
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Knowing that I wanted to be a trial lawyer, it became clear to me while a law student that criminal defense attorneys are in court, and trying cases, more than any other kind of attorney. This assumption on my part has turned out to be accurate and I have enjoyed criminal litigation since becoming a lawyer.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

A client who is aware of the legal issues is a great client. People should know as much as possible about their case and if they have the ability and resources to inform themselves they are better able to discuss strategies and understand the best methods and tools we can use to win cases.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents, videotapes, etc...It is a normal part of my practice.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I take this case by case. Each case is different and sometimes it is not appropriate to try to coach someone when it would be better to simply handle the case for them.

Peter M. Zeliff

I was a senior associate with the firm of Head, Thomas, Webb & Willis, a large DUI firm in Atlanta. I worked there for seven years before starting my own firm, Teague& Zeliff, LLC.

Before I went to college, I would go to the local courthouse and watch lawyers try cases. I always knew that the courtroom was an environment where I could succeed. I saw many different types of lawyers. Some were very good and made every effort to protect their clients. Their preparation was obvious. Some were not so good. They were not prepared and didn't seem to "go the extra" mile for their client which, frankly, was hard to watch. I strive for excellence and want to handle cases with the highest level of preparation and confidence that each client deserves.

Other lawyers describe me as calm, yet alert, and forceful when appropriate. Outside and in the courtroom, one of my strengths is that I am a good listener. I am able to focus on the concerns of a client while in the office and, while in trial, can recall testimony of witnesses easily.

Personal interests:

I read and re-read almost everything by Faulkner and Montaigne, I don't watch Law and Order, I own a three legged dog and would much rather take a walk in the woods with friends and family than a jog on the treadmill.

  • Bar Number: 784598
    Georgia , 1998
  • Georgia State University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1998
    Atlanta, GA
    Moot Court.
  • University of Georgia
    Bachelor of Arts , 1995
    Athens, GA

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