Peterson, Tom A. IV
Address: 104 Southwest Main Street P.O. Box 2037, Vidalia, GA 30474
Lawyer Firm: The Law Firm of Tom A. Peterson IV, LLC
|Areas of Practice||Criminal Justice, General Civil Litigation, Municipal, Real Estate Transactions, Immigration, Workers Compensation|
When facing federal or state crimes, people seek Tom’s diligent counsel and innovative representation. Tom handles all phases of the criminal justice process, from protecting folks who are initially targets of criminal investigations to representing them through trial, when trial is the only option. In these roles he successfully guides men and women through complicated pre-indictment and pre-trial negotiations, having secured the very rare, pre-trial diversion and non-prosecution agreements in federal and state courts, so people can live without the stigma of a conviction. Tom is also the veteran of hard-fought trials, where he presented juries with more than just the government’s version of the allegations, and as a result, juries unanimously awarded his clients with outright acquittals. From misdemeanors, like DUI, to complex and violent state and federal prosecutions, involving crimes such as armed robbery, child abuse, child exploitation, and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and firearms, people turn to Tom’s ever-evolving knowledge of criminal law and procedure to guard their constitutional rights.
Regarding federal criminal cases, Tom understands the voluminous, harsh and fluctuating United States Sentencing Guidelines, which apply to almost every resolution, whether a client goes to trial or not, and require the consideration of many difficult concepts, such as relevant conduct and specific offense characteristics. Before and at sentencing, Tom’s knowledge of the Guidelines greatly assist his clients in appreciating their magnitude and the “how and why” of his or her guideline score.
Formerly, Tom served a felony prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office in Augusta, Georgia, which covered one of the largest and most diverse judicial districts in Georgia, and where he gained extensive trial experience. Unlike many of his peers, Tom’s background gives him a better understanding of law enforcement investigations and prosecutorial strategy, which drives his ability to resourcefully investigate charges and effectively defend his clients.
As well, Tom’s practice focuses on workers’ compensation law, where he protects and obtains important income and medical benefits that belong to men and women who were injured on the job. In immigration law, he represents foreigners who face complicated issues such as status adjustment and removal. He litigates other civil matters involving real estate, where issues of foreclosure, confirmation and bankruptcy arise, and probate and estate law. And, he is active in municipal law, serving as City Attorney for the City of Lyons, Georgia, where he advises its governing body and administration on matters such as condemnation, employment and ordinance compliance.
Finally, Tom’s practice maintains an active real estate transactional component. He is a member of the American Land Title Association and a title insurance agent for First American Title Insurance Company. During his career, he has handled numerous residential, commercial, agricultural and timber closings, frequently represent buyers and sellers, as well as community, regional and national banks and credit unions.
In sum, Tom routinely achieves successful outcomes for his clients whatever the issues involved.
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