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Extensive Criminal Defense Experience
In both state and federal courts

Ghanayem & Rayasam Offers Aggressive Criminal Representation in Greater Atlanta

Fighting for the Rights of the Accused is our Job Description

The Georgia criminal justice system can be harsh, and the federal system even harsher. The sad truth is that being accused of a crime can ruin your life, even if you are innocent. The State is your enemy, not your friend, and you will need someone on your side to fight like a grizzly bear in order to be treated fairly.

What can you do in a situation like this? The answer is simple – hire the best lawyer you can to fight for your life and freedom. At Ghanayem & Rayasam, fighting for the rights of the criminally accused is not just our job – it’s our mission. We are a nationally recognized, award winning law firm with decades of litigation experience. Once you become our client, we are not going to let anyone take advantage of you – not in court and not at the plea-bargaining table. No one takes advantage of our clients. No one.


Experience on Both Sides of the Courtroom

We are not a faceless mega-firm whose clients are nothing but case numbers. We are a dedicated criminal defense firm that handles each case personally. Every client of ours is important and unique. We concentrate exclusively on criminal defense law right here in Atlanta, and we know the system.

Our results are impressive and speak for themselves. We are nationally recognized and have been entrusted to handle numerous high-profile criminal cases. Some of these cases have been profiled on:

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Anyone fresh out of law school can call themselves a criminal lawyer. Not just any lawyer, however, can deliver RESULTS that we can.

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Our Comprehensive Approach Leads to our Outstanding Track Record

Contrary to what you may have been told elsewhere, there is no “cookie-cutter” approach to criminal defense. Every case is different, and requires understanding, mastering, and exploiting the complex pattern of facts that make up your individual situation. Our approach to criminal defense is based on the following process:

Everything matters when your freedom, your reputation and your future are on the line. You need the best lawyers you can get.

What Our Clients Say

Please allow me a moment to express my sincerest appreciation for your counsel and professionalism in my case. Despite much determination on the part of the solicitor and court, Mr. Rayasam was able to minimize the negative impact of this case on my life. In my modest opinion he is a credit to your firm.

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Thank you for all your arguments on my behalf and support. I was very happy with the way you handled my case in court.

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Thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule to help me out. Now its one less thing I have to worry about as my family moves on with our lives.

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Leading Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorneys

Musa Ghanayem - Founding Partner and Attorney Musa Ghanayem graduated with honors from the University of Michigan State College of Law. After graduating, he spent years with the Fulton County Office of the Public Defender’s Office and then, significantly, as a DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney prosecuting serious felonies. As a result, he knows how prosecutors think, and he builds that knowledge into his defense strategy. He has been in private practice since 2007.

Ravi Rayasam – Founding Partner and Attorney Ravi Rayasam graduated with honors from the Columbia University School of Law. He initially practiced in the business litigation division of King and Spalding, before gaining criminal law experience with the Fulton County Public Defender and Conflict Defender. He has been in private practice since 2007.

Focusing Exclusively on Criminal Defense

Due to our extensive experience, we practice across the broad spectrum of both state and federal criminal law, including:

Get answers to frequently asked questions about criminal charges in Atlanta from our experienced Georgia criminal defense attorneys.

Facing any type of criminal charge in Georgia is a serious matter, and it is important to get professional representation right away. At Ghanayem & Rayasam, our Georgia criminal defense attorneys protect your rights and provide the trusted legal guidance you need. The following are answers to frequently asked questions we hear from clients:

What is the Difference Between Misdemeanor and Felony Crime Charges in Georgia?

In the Georgia Criminal Court, criminal charges fall under one of two categories:

What Can I Expect Throughout the Criminal Court Process?

Depending on your charges and the circumstances involved, the criminal court process typically includes the following:

What Penalties Do I Face if Convicted?

Under the Georgia Criminal Code, misdemeanor offenses can result in fines of thousands of dollars and anywhere from a month to a year behind bars. You may also be ordered to attend mandatory counseling, drug, or alcohol therapy, perform community service, and check in with the court regularly.

With felony offenses, penalties are more severe. In addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, court costs, and payment of restitution to victims, you could also be facing a lengthy prison sentence, which may or may not include the possibility of parole and long probationary periods once you are released.

How Can a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney Help Me?

At Ghanayem & Rayasam, we act as strong legal advocates on the side of people who face criminal charges in Georgia, taking the swift actions needed to protect them. This includes:

With so much at stake in criminal court cases, get our experienced Georgia criminal defense attorneys on your side. Call or contact our office online today to request a consultation. 

Our practice is not limited to this list. Contact us if you have been accused of a crime to see how we can help you.

A criminal prosecution is no time to wait on getting a lawyer.

If you have been arrested, investigated or charged with a crime in the Atlanta metro area, time matters. Contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Ghanayem & Rayasam immediately by calling 404-561-0202, even from jail, or by contacting us online. Our office is located in Atlanta and we serve clients throughout Fulton County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Clayton County, Cobb County, the Northern District of Georgia, and other Atlanta area courts.