Foss G. Hodges
If you’re facing criminal charges, contact Georgia criminal defense lawyer, Foss Hodges, immediately.
If you think you’re under investigation for a crime, or if you’ve been accused of or charged with a crime, don’t “wait and see what happens.” Things usually don’t get better on their own. Getting an experienced criminal defense lawyer involved in your case as early as possible (before talking to police, before arrest, before you are brought to court on formal charges) is the best way to protect yourself, fight back, and try to avoid the serious problems you may be facing. Contact Foss and the firm, and start getting help right away:
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If you’re in serious trouble with a criminal case, you need a serious criminal defense lawyer, like Foss.
Defending people accused of crimes requires hard work, extensive preparation, compassion, a willingness to really listen to the client tell his/her story, and the ability to communicate that story to others.
Foss believes there’s absolutely no substitute for hard work and preparation. Foss loves what he does, cares deeply about his clients and their families, and works hard every day to understand and tell their stories to prosecutors, judges, and juries all over Georgia.
Foss is a Georgia criminal defense attorney for people accused of the most serious crimes.
Foss helps his clients fight back against the most serious criminal allegations, carrying the most severe penalties. He focuses his practice on defending people accused of crimes against children, sex crimes, and other serious offenses, including:
- Child Molestation
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Child Pornography
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Child Physical Abuse
- Shaken Baby Syndrome
- Abusive Head Trauma
- Cruelty to Children
- Date Rape
- Statutory Rape
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Battery
- Assault and Battery
- Felony Murder
- Malice Murder
Foss and the firm have handled these serious criminal cases in every corner of Georgia, throughout the southeast, and around the country.
Foss Hodges has spent a lifetime preparing to help people accused of serious crimes.
Foss joined Peters, Rubin & Sheffield after graduating cum laude from Mercer University Law School. As a law student, Foss interned with the firm, helping prepare the “Dunwoody Daycare Murder” case for trial. He also interned with the Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia and the Macon Circuit Public Defender office, where he represented nearly 100 clients in Felony Probation Revocation proceedings.
In 2019, Foss was promoted to partner, and the firm changed its name to Peters, Rubin, Sheffield & Hodges.
Before becoming a lawyer, Foss earned a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia, and an M.B.A., with honors, from the University of Georgia. He spent 15 years in upper management positions in residential construction, manufacturing, human resources, and quality assurance, where his job descriptions could be summarized as, “helping people work through their problems.”
Now, Foss uses his unique personal and professional experience and perspective to help his clients battle some of the biggest problems they’ll ever face.
Foss continuously educates himself about, teaches others about, speaks about, writes about, and advocates for criminal defense and justice.
Since law school, Foss has graduated from two intensive trial practice programs:
- The National Criminal Defense College, Macon, GA. (2017)
- The Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy Program, Athens, GA. (2014)
Foss’s teaching/speaking engagements include:
- Lecturer, Direct Examination of the Medical Expert, Defending Sex Crimes: Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victim Cases, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Seminar, Las Vegas. (2019)
- Lecturer, Commitment to the Case: The First 60 Days, Defending a Child Sex Abuse Case, Georgia Public Defender Council Seminar, Atlanta. (2018)
- Panelist, Miscarriage of Justice: Examining Facts that Lead to Wrongful Convictions, Emory Law School Public Interest Committee Conference, Atlanta. (2018)
- Lecturer, Direct Examination of the Medical Expert, Doug Peters’ Defense of the Child Molestation Case in Georgia, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Seminar, Atlanta. (2018)
Foss’s criminal defense associations, advocacy, and volunteer work include:
- Sustaining Member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“GACDL”). (2013-present)
- Co-editor of the GACDL’s newsletter, The Georgia Defender. (2017-present)
- Chair of the GACDL’s Membership Committee. (2018-present)
- Legislative Policy Advocate, GACDL’s Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Week at the Capitol. (2019-present)
- Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”). (2015-present)
Foss gets results for his clients.
Through relentless hard work, experience, compassion, and skill, Foss and the firm have achieved exceptional results for clients all over Georgia and beyond. Significant victories Foss has been involved with include:
- Aggravated Child Molestation investigation ends without arrest where defense counsel proves allegation and purported confession were product of misunderstanding, improper influence, and suggestibility. (2020)
- Aggravated Child Molestation, Aggravated Sodomy, and Child Molestation charges dismissed; defense counsel convinces prosecution to drop the case without seeking an indictment. (2020)
- DUI reduced to Reckless Driving. (2020)
- Indictment for Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics dismissed where defense lawyers prove that client was simply “along for the ride” when co-defendants picked up a package of drugs. Client was facing felony charges and many years in prison. He pleaded to misdemeanor Possession of Drug Related Objects and was sentenced to probation. (2019)
- Hodges gets DUI reduced to Reckless Driving for client with 2 prior DUI convictions. (2019)
- Sexual Assault charges reduced to non-sexual offense for teacher who pleaded guilty to having romantic relationship with student. Where client was facing up to 25 years in prison, Defense Attorneys negotiated a First Offender plea to a lesser, non-sexual offense, no Sex Offender Registry, 90 days in the local jail, followed by probation. As a First Offender, the client’s plea is not a conviction – upon completion of her sentence, her case will be discharged, and the record of her arrest will be restricted. (2019)
- DUI reduced to Reckless Driving where Hodges shows prosecutor there was no probable cause for the stop that led to client’s arrest. (2019)
- After 3 years, case resolved with plea to lesser charges, time served, one year on house arrest, and probation for man facing up to Life in prison for multiple sexual offenses (including Aggravated Sexual Battery, Aggravated Sodomy, and Child Molestation) against 3 different children. (2019)
- Case dismissed without arrest for client under investigation for Sexual Battery. (2019)
- After hearing, Administrative Law Judge reverses DFCS, finding evidence insufficient to prove that client committed sexual abuse against his sons, and ordering DFCS to remove client’s name from the Child Abuse Registry. (2019)
- Hodges gets Aggravated Sexual Battery, Child Molestation, Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes case transferred from adult court to juvenile court for youth. (2019)
- Hodges obtains dismissal of Incest charge for man facing up to 30 years in prison. Client pleads to non-sexual offense, keeping him out of prison and off the Sex Offender Registry. (2018)
- South Carolina Rape/Sexual Assault charges dismissed; client pleads to non-sexual misdemeanor charge with probation. (2018)
- DUI reduced to Reckless Driving. (2018)
- DUI reduced to Reckless Driving. (2018)
- Hodges gets Kidnapping conviction reversed by Supreme Court of Georgia. (2018)
- First Offender plea, no conviction, and probation for government employee facing jail time for Sexual Battery against coworker. (2018)
- Youth charged with Destruction of Property gets abeyance and dismissal in Juvenile Court. (2018)
- Felony Cruelty to Children charges dismissed for woman accused of physically abusing her son, facing up to 10 years in prison. Client pleads to misdemeanor Simple Battery, First Offender, no conviction, and 12 months probation. (2018)
- Hodges obtains pre-trial diversion and dismissal for client charged with Sexual Battery. (2017)
- Hodges obtains pre pretrial diversion and dismissal for man charged with Family Violence Battery. (2017)
- Hodges negotiates dismissal of Temporary Protective Order filed against client accused of Stalking. (2017)
- Felony Cruelty to Children charges dismissed for police officer facing up to 20 years in prison for physically abusing his son. Client pleads to misdemeanor Battery Family Violence, First Offender, no conviction, 12 months probation. (2017)
- Hodges negotiates dismissal of Temporary Protective Order filed against man accused of Stalking. (2017)
- DUI reduced to Reckless Driving. (2016)
- Hodges obtains dismissal of 10-year old Theft case against school employee. (2016)
- Hodges obtains pretrial diversion and dismissal man accused of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor. (2016)
- Hodges obtains pretrial diversion and dismissal for client charged with Family Violence Battery. (2016)
- Jury finds client Not Guilty of Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Battery, and Cruelty to Children in trial involving allegations of Shaken Baby Syndrome, Abusive Head Trauma. Jury convicts on one count of Aggravated Assault. (2016)
- Family Violence Battery investigation terminated without arrest. (2016)
- Hodges obtains pretrial diversion and dismissal for client, with priors, facing Possession of LSD. (2016)
- Hodges convinces DFCS to drop Child Abuse case against teacher accused of physically assaulting young student, enabling teacher to avoid sanctions at school and keep her job. (2016)
- Charges dismissed in Juvenile Court for client accused of Rape, Child Molestation, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Aggravated Sodomy, and False Imprisonment. (2015)
- Forcible Rape investigation against client dismissed without arrest.
- DUI reduced to Reckless Driving. (2015)
- Hodges obtains pretrial diversion and dismissal for man charged with Indecent Exposure and False Statements to police. (2015)
- Client pleads to reduced charges, First Offender, no conviction, probation, for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, despite priors. (2015)
- DUI reduced to Reckless Driving, where Hodges proves client having nervous breakdown, not intoxicated. (2014)
- Investigation terminated without arrest for man already on Sex Offender Registry for prior case, and accused of Child Molestation for touching teenaged stepdaughter. (2014)
- In the middle of trial for Felony Murder, client accepts State’s offer to plead to Cruelty to Children, First Offender, no conviction, and probation. Client was accused of causing the death of his infant son by Shaken Baby Syndrome, Abusive Head Trauma, and was facing up to Life Without Parole. (2014)
For more, see Foss’s Notable Cases.