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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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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
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Davis, Chapman, and Wilder, LLC
- Current
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
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
Member
- Current
Young Lawyers of Augusta
Member
- Current
State Bar of Georgia # 512067
Member
- Current
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
6 Questions Answered

Q. Can you be convicted of driving on suspended license if you were not aware they were suspended?
A: In Georgia, to prove driving while license suspended (O.C.G.A. 40-5-121) at trial, the prosecutor do have to show that the accused had actual OR legal notice of the suspension. Although you may not have actually known that your license was suspended, that doesn't mean you didn't have legal notice. You should contact a criminal defense attorney so that they can help you sort through the specific facts that apply in your case to see you if you may have a viable defense.
Q. If I am filing a petition to adopt and adult child, do the biological parents have to give consent?
A: O.C.G.A. § 19-8-21 discusses adult adoptions. Assuming that the adult in question has the capacity and legal authority to make decisions for himself/herself, the consent that is required is that of the adult to be adopted, not his/her biological parents. An attorney that specializes in adoption can help you file a petition that conforms with legal requirements for adoption.
Q. Can a person be charged with a terroristic threat if someone says they threaten them over the phone? With no evidence
A: A person alleging that someone threatened them over the phone is likely sufficient to bring a charge of terroristic threats because the standard for arrest, accusation, or indictment is merely probable cause. To convict someone of terroristic threats, there is a higher standard of proof: beyond a reasonable doubt. For conviction, there has to be some additional evidence other than the victim's statement; however, court have found that even slight evidence is sufficient to corroborate a victim's testimony. If you think you might be facing an arrest for a charge of terroristic threats, it would be in your best interest to contact a criminal defense attorney now to discuss your situation.
Q. Is the charge of "possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime" a felony??
A: Yes, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime is a felony (O.C.G.A. 16-11-106).
Q. My fiance was charged with felony party to crime of theft by taking. How much time could he serve in jail?
A: The penalty for party to any crime is the same as the crime itself. However, there are several different penalty ranges for theft by taking depending on the amount that was allegedly taken. O.C.G.A. 16-8-12 outlines the penalty ranges for thefts. If your fiance is facing a felony charge, he needs to consult with a criminal defense attorney immediately. That attorney can help him understand the maximum penalty he is facing and determine whether he might have any defenses.
Q. I have a question. What dose it mean to have an accusation brought against you??
A: A legal accusation is a charging document produced by a prosecutor and filed with the court to start a prosecution against a defendant for a crime. It is the alternative charging document to an indictment, which has to be approved by a grand jury. Not all crimes can be charged by accusation in Georgia but many can. Both documents serve the same purpose of telling the defendant the manner in which the State believes the defendant violated the law.
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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