Attorneys

District Attorney


The Cordele Circuit District Attorney's Office is charged with prosecuting felonies and misdemeanors in Crisp, Dooly, Wilcox, and Ben Hill Counties. The District Attorney's office also provides services and support to victims of crime through our Victim Witness Assistance Program. Advocates are on staff in both the Crisp and Ben Hill county offices.

Denise Fachini
District Attorney
Cordele Judicial Circuit
P.O. Box 5510
Cordele, GA 31010
(229) 271-4735
FAX: (229) 271-4739

Street Address:
Crisp County Courthouse
510 N. 7th Street, Suite 102
Cordele, GA 31015

Fitzgerald, GA Office:
(229) 426-5156
FAX: (229) 426-5629


Public Defender


Every criminal defendant has the right to the assistance of counsel for his or her defense. In 2003, the Georgia State Legislature passed the Indigent Defense Act, creating the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, an independent agency within the executive branch of the state government charged with providing legal representation to indigent criminal defendants.

Indigent criminal defendants in Crisp, Dooly, Wilcox and Ben Hill Counties may be represented by the Cordele Circuit Public Defender's Office by filling out an application for their services and meeting certain criteria.

Application for Public Defender Services

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Timothy L. Eidson
Public Defender
716-D 16th Avenue East
Cordele, Georgia 31015
(229) 276-2768
FAX: (229) 273-5396
mjcox@gapublicdefender.org

Fitzgerald, GA Office
117 S. Sheridan Street
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
(229) 426-5091
FAX: (229) 426-5093


County Attorney


Richard A. Lawson, LLC
County Attorney
Crisp County
901 E. 17th Ave.
Cordele, GA 31015
(229) 271-9323


Local Attorneys


The following local attorneys (listed by firm, in alphabetical order) practice primarily in Crisp County.

Edwin T. Cotton
John Craig Cotton

119 East 12th Avenue
P. O. Box 897
Cordele, Georgia 31010-0897
(229) 273-9490
cottonedwint@bellsouth.net
cottonlaw@bellsouth.net

P. Melton Culpepper, Jr.
202 East 12th Avenue
P. O. Box 584
Cordele, Georgia 31010-0584
(229) 273-2442
candplaw@bellsouth.net

David A. Forehand, Jr.
602 East 16th Avenue, Suite D
Cordele, GA 31015
229-276-1670


J. Mitchell Gibbs
109 East 14th Avenue
P.O. Box 1096
Cordele, GA 31010-1096
229-273-5202
866-994-2529 (toll free)
www.swgalaw.com

Clifford W. Harpe, Jr.
219 South 7th Street
P. O. Box 545
Cordele, GA 31010-0545
229-271-6060
cliff@cliffharpelaw.com



James W. Hurt
111 West 13th Avenue
P. O. Box 5167
Cordele, Georgia 31010-5167
(229) 273-7832
jameshurtlaw@bellsouth.net

T. Harry Hurt
111 West 13th Avenue
P. O. Box 5167
Cordele, Georgia 31010-5167
229-273-4554
harryhurtlaw@bellsouth.net




Stephen J. Ingram
217 South 7th Street
P. O. Box 1262
Cordele, Georgia 31010-1262
229-271-5233
siatty1@bellsouth.net

Richard A. Lawson
901 East 17th Avenue
P. O. Box 5005
Cordele, Georgia 31010-5005
(229) 271-9323

Mark B. McManus
109 East 14th Avenue
P. O. Box 1096
Cordele, GA 31010-1096
229-273-5202
866-994-2529 (toll free)
www.swgalaw.com

David N. Rainwater
109 East 14th Avenue
P. O. Box 1096
Cordele, GA 31010-1096
229-273-5202
866-994-2529 (toll free)
www.swgalaw.com

G. Russell Wright
110 East 13th Avenue
P. O. Box 938
Cordele, Georgia 31010-0938
(229) 273-1861