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Holly G Chapman

Holly G Chapman

Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC
  • Criminal Law, Family Law, Divorce...
  • Georgia
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Summary

Holly Chapman moved to Augusta from Sandy Springs, Georgia in 2009 when she began her career as a criminal defense attorney. Prior to that, she studied chemical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and obtained her bachelor’s degree. She went on to earn her law degree from Georgia State University, where she was awarded honors for litigation.
Although she initially worked for a small civil firm, she knew that she wanted to pursue other opportunities. Her passion for justice and defending the rights of individuals made criminal law a natural choice. Over the past nine years, she has participated in approximately fifty trials, twenty-two of which she served as lead counsel. The nature of the charges in these trials ranged from misdemeanor shoplifting and obstruction of a law enforcement officer to aggravated assault, armed robbery, child molestation, and murder. Holly has represented hundreds of people in Magistrate Court, State Court, Superior Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Georgia Supreme Court.

As a member of the Augusta community, she has enjoyed participating in local organizations, including the Augusta Bar Association, Young Lawyers of Augusta, Augusta Youth Development Campus Mock Trial and Great Debaters programs, Friends of the Augusta Library, and Leadership Augusta (Class of 2016). Holly resides in Augusta with her husband, Mike, and their daughters.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • DUI & DWI
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Claims
  • Personal Injury
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Domestic Violence
  • Civil Rights
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    We offer 15-minute free consultations for criminal matters.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    We offer contingency fee agreement for personal injury matters.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Georgia
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC
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Attorney
Law Office of the Public Defender, Augusta Circuit
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Education
Georgia State University College of Law
J.D. (2008) | Law
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Honors: Honors in Litigation
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University System of Georgia - Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. (2004) | Chemical Engineering
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Awards
Top 40 Under 40
National Trial Lawyers Association
Honors in Litigation
Georgia State University College of Law
Professional Associations
Augusta Bar Association
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Young Lawyers of Augusta
Member
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State Bar of Georgia # 512067
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Traffic Tickets
Website blog
Speaking Engagements
Attorney Practitioner Panel, Pre-Law Day on Constitution Day, Augusta, Georgia
Augusta University
Inequities for Latinos in the Criminal Justice System, NLLSA National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
NLLSA
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
15 Questions Answered

Q. How far back can they go on prior felony convictions to sentence you as a recidivist
A: All prior felonies may be used for the purpose of recidivist punishment as long as they can be proven. Successfully completed First Offender or conditional discharge sentences may not be used because those are not convictions. If you are facing a case where you may be subjected to recidivist punishment, you should be working with a lawyer to ensure you get the best outcome.
Q. Is there a limit of time that this type of case has to be concluded within from the date of alleged crime or conviction?
A: There is not a set period of time in which a criminal case has to be concluded. If too much time has passed, a defendant can move for a dismissal based on a violation of their right to a speedy trial as guaranteed by the Constitution. There is a four factor test that the courts use to determine whether or not such a motion should be granted. It is a nuanced argument. If you believe that you might have such a defense in your case, I would strongly encourage you to contact an attorney to analyse the particular facts of your case.
Q. Is there a statue of limitations for 16-13-32.3?
A: OCGA 17-3-1 outlines the statute of limitations for various crimes. OCGA 16-13-32.3 falls under the standard statute of limitations, which is 4 years. That means that the prosecution has four years to commence prosecution, that is to file an indictment or accusation. It does not mean that a case must be concluded within four years of the date of the alleged crime. Further, there are ways in which the statute of limitations can be tolled. If you are concerned that you may have a case that should be dismissed based on a statute of limitations argument, you should consult with an attorney about the particular facts of your case.
Q. I pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and attempted mv theft in 2001.Can I possess a gun
A: No, individuals who have felony convictions are not permitted to possess guns ever again. The possession of a gun by a convicted felon is, itself, a felony charge. That analysis would be different, however, if you had entered a plea to your charges under the First Offender Act and successfully completed your sentence.
Q. My sons father went and filed for petiton for legitimation and visitations/coustdy while i was in jail. Theres a court
A: A petition alone does not give a biological father who is not legitimated any rights over the child. However, it is possible that a temporary, ex-parte order was put in place while you were in jail. You should speak to a lawyer right away to help you sort through what actually happened while you were in jail.
Q. can a first offender buy a gun in GA after the probation period is over. Has been 40 yrs ago
A: If you were sentenced under the First Offender Act in Georgia and successfully completed it, you were never convicted of a felony. Although people may not possess guns during the pendency of their First Offender sentences, their civil rights and liberties are not impacted by cases discharged under the First Offender Act. Once you successfully completed First Offender, you had the right to have a gun again. To be safe, I would contact the clerk's office of the court that sentenced you and verify that your case was sentenced under the First Offender Act and and that it has been properly discharged. Also remember that a completed First Offender sentence is eligible for restriction. Older sentences may not have been restricted (similar to expungement) automatically, but you can still apply to ensure that your criminal record and the court records are appropriately restricted.
Q. How do I explain this on application/says have you ever been convicted of a crime other than minor driving violations
A: A plea under the First Offender Act is not considered a conviction. You can fairly say that you have never been convicted of a crime. If your probationary period has ended, it is worth your time to go back to the clerk's office and make sure that the proper paperwork has been filed. If you have been sentenced relatively recently, a completed First Offender sentence should be automatically restricted, but if you have reason to believe it hasn't been or if the case happened a while ago, you can apply to make sure it is restricted properly.
Q. Can I get an expungement in Georgia if I plead guilty to a misdomeanor?
A: There are limited circumstances under which you would be able to get a misdemeanor conviction restricted. The first would be by pleading under the First Offender Act and successfully completing your sentence. The second would be under the Youthful Offender Act if you qualify. You would have to be under the age of 21 at the time that you enter your guilty plea, successfully complete your sentence, and not have another criminal charge for five years before you apply for restriction.
Q. Can I move to another state if ex has primary custody of daughter.
A: You do not need the court's permission to move. Your divorce decree may have a clause that requires you to notify your former spouse of any such changes because of the child. If it does, I would recommend that you send her a letter with that information even if you only plan to exercise your visitation in Georgia. However, either way, you are still free to move.
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Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC
1143 Laney Walker Blvd
Suite 201
Augusta, GA 30901
USA
Telephone: (706) 200-1578
Fax: (706) 229-7051