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Trials - Appeals

Advocating for individuals charged with criminal offenses since 2003

Prior to starting his own private practice, Robert Rutledge practiced criminal defense at the Rome Circuit Public Defender starting in February of 2006.  During law school at the University of Georgia, he practiced at the Criminal Defense Clinic for two semesters in 2004 under the Third Year Practice Act and clerked at the clinic in 2003.

Mr. Rutledge has tried dozens of cases ranging from city ordinance violations to non-capital murder trials.  He is actively involved in pretrial investigation and preparation.  Mr. Rutledge has negotiated innumerable pleas and received sentence reductions and rehabilitative remedies.  Many of his cases have been dismissed in negotiation and after successful motions to suppress.  Mr. Rutledge has handled countless probation revocations.  He has also litigated other issues such as immunity from prosecution, double jeopardy, incompetence to stand trial, the insanity defense, and a writ of prohibition.

Mr. Rutledge has appealed many cases to the Court of Appeals of Georgia and obtained some important reversals.  He made oral argument before the Supreme Court of Georgia in a non-capital murder appeal.  Further, he has filed petitions for writs of certiorari in the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Please contact Mr. Rutledge to set up a consultation, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to inquire about your case.




605 East First Street, Suite 113
Rome, GA 30161

(706) 622-8335


Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense

Mr. Rutledge believes in client-centered representation. Criminal matters can impact clients' finances, employment, reputation, and freedom.  Mr. Rutledge understands the magnitude and the risk of criminal charges and seeks to provide excellent service for clients who have been accused of violating the law.  Mr. Rutledge listens to his clients and advises them about their charges while preparing to defend them zealously and thoroughly at all stages of litigation.


With more than a decade of intense courtroom experience and many scenarios for motions practice, Mr. Rutledge possesses a vast amount of trial experience.  As a private practitioner, Mr. Rutledge now offers his experience and service as a trial lawyer to assist clients and other lawyers throughout cases that appear likely to go to trial.  A quick study, Mr. Rutledge can communicate issues to jurors and judges clearly and persuasively in favor of his clients.


Mr. Rutledge combines procedural knowledge, advocacy, and research- and writing skills to provide strong appellate representation.  Throughout his experience in writing numerous appeals, Mr. Rutledge has utilized the skills he obtained in performing academic work, composing legal articles, and writing successful pretrial motions.  Mr. Rutledge appreciates good writing and knows how to present his clients' appellate issues clearly, efficiently, and persuasively.


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