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Joe Kunes is a Personal Injury and Criminal DUI/DWI defense Attorney in Tifton, Georgia. He has been practicing law in Tifton and the surrounding counties since 1972. He is a graduate of Tift County Schools, the University of Georgia, 1969, B.A., and University of Georgia Law School J.D., 1972. In 36 years of practice in Tifton he has handled all areas of the law, but now restricts his practice to criminal defense and personal injury work. The majority of his criminal practice relates to the defense of drinking drivers, not only in Tifton, but all over South Georgia. His personal injury practice includes representing plaintiffs injured in automobile accidents and medical malpractice cases in Tifton and surrounding counties.
 
Joe Kunes was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1972, and the Florida Bar in 1973. He is a past President  and member of the Tifton Bar Association, member of the State Bar of Georgia, the State Bar of Florida, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Vice President in 2000), American Trial Lawyers Association (sustaining member), National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), and the Georgia Defense of Drunk Drivers (D.O.D.D.). He is a prior recipient of the student government award given by the Tifton college, Abraham Baldwin. He has been a guest speaker before law enforcement agencies, local civic clubs, and as a program speaker at the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education Seminars from 2004 through 2008.
 
Joe Kunes has successfully represented defendants charged with DUI/Drugs and obtained dismissals and/or reductions of the charges in the following South Georgia Counties: Tift, Worth, Dougherty, Irwin, Ben Hill, Wilcox, Turner, Dooly, Lanier, Clinch, Crisp, Lowndes, Cook, Berrien, Colquitt, Thomas, Atkinson, Ware, Coffee, Pierce, Lee, Sumter, Houston, Terrell, Brooks, Decatur, Appling, Schley, and Bullock.
 
Joe Kunes has been representing individuals and families who have suffered personal injury in automobile accidents (or wreck cases) and medical negligence cases for over 36 years. Joe has been successful in obtaining settlements and jury verdicts for injured persons, their spouses and families all over South Georgia. He is committed to protecting victims of automobile accidents and their families. Joe will not refer an auto accident case to another lawyer if it cannot be settled for a fair value, but he will personally try it to verdict before a jury in each case if necessary. Joe has handled over one thousand automobile accidents, (wreck cases) slip and fall cases, and medical negligence cases. Joe believes in establishing a personal and professional relationship with each client. When someone is killed by the wrongful or negligent conduct of another person or entity, the legal remedy is called a wrongful death claim. The law provides that the person's next of kin and his or her estate representative may act as the plaintiffs to bring a civil action to recover economic and non-economic damages. This may be true even if the deceased person was partially at fault in the occurrence that caused his or her death.

Joe has successfully represented clients in wrongful death claims arising from automobile wrecks and wrongful death caused by medical negligence. Joe is devoted to providing the highest quality legal services with a focus on meeting your individual needs. Joe will address your legal and personal issues in an experienced and responsive manner. There are time limits for you to act or Statutes of Limitations, requiring you to bring a lawsuit within a limited period or you may lose the right to seek a recovery.
Position Organization Location Duration
Vice PresidentGeorgia Trial Lawyers Association2000 - 2001
School Degree Major Graduation
University of GeorgiaJD Law School1972  
University of GeorgiaBA1969
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Florida Bar1973
Georgia Bar1972
  • Joe Kunes was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1972, and the Florida Bar in 1973. He is a past President  and member of the Tifton Bar Association, member of the State Bar of Georgia, the State Bar of Florida, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Vice President in 2000), American Trial Lawyers Association (sustaining member), National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), and the Georgia Defense of DUI Drivers (D.O.D.D.) Group
  • Appreciation for Support and Contributions To Tifton Police
    Tifton Police Department, Tifton Georgia (2004)

    Student Athlete Academic Award
    University of Georgia 1968

    Student Athlete Academic Award
    University of Georgia 1967
  • 1. State of Georgia v. S.A. (State Court of Tift County, Georgia)

    The defendant was stopped by a State Trooper for speeding and failure to maintain lane. The trooper testified that the defendant was traveling 73 miles an hour in a 55 mile an hour zone. The trooper testified that the defendant wove in and out of his lane numerous times, including straddling the lane divider for 300 yards at one time. The defendant was also charged with open container in that there was a spilled drink with ice cubes on the floor board of the defendant's pick up truck. The defendant admitted drinking but refused to participate in any field sobriety testing or to take the breath test on the Intoxilyzer 5000. The officer testified that the defendant's speech was slurred, he was unsteady on his feet and almost incoherent. The officer said the defendant was too drunk to be driving. Cross-examination of the trooper revealed several discrepancies between the trooper's testimony and the incident report prepared on the night of the arrest. The jury acquitted the defendant of DUI and open container after 10 minutes deliberation.


    2. State of Georgia v. R.C. (State Court of Dougherty County, Georgia)

    The defendant was followed into his driveway by an officer who testified that he had been attempting to pull the defendant over for a traffic violation, and that he wouldn't stop. The officer testified that the defendant smelled of alcohol and failed several field sobriety tests. An argument ensued when the officer tried to arrest the defendant for DUI. A fight later began and the defendant was also charged with obstruction. The defendant took the Intoxilyzer 5000 test at the jail and registered 0.145. The defendant testified and his testimony conflicted greatly with that of the officer. Evidently, of interest to the jury was the dispute about whether the defendant fled from the officer, or merely tried to go into his house and use the bathroom. The jury acquitted the defendant of all charges, after deliberating for a little more than an hour.


    3. State of Georgia v. K.L. ( State Court of Tift County, Georgia)

    This defendant was unfortunate enough to arrive at a Georgia State Patrol roadblock at approximately 12:10 a.m. One of the State Troopers noticed a smell of alcohol on the defendant's breath, and had him pull his vehicle off to the side of the road for further investigation. The officer later testified that the defendant had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, was unsteady on his feet, and slurring his speech. The officer requested the defendant take a breath test, but he refused.  A Motion to Suppress Hearing was held wherein we discovered that the roadblock was only authorized to operate up until 12 o'clock midnight. As the defendant was arrested 10 minutes after the roadblock should have been closed down, all of the evidence was suppressed and all charges against the defendant were dismissed.


    4. State of Georgia v. R.B. (Superior Court of Ben Hill County, Georgia)

    The officer testified that he was patrolling one Saturday night when a pick up truck almost side swiped him. He clocked the truck at 93 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. He turned around and chased the defendant for 6 miles before pulling him over. The video showed the defendant's vehicle driving in and out of his lane of traffic. The officer testified that the driver was slurring his words and tested positive on the roadside field sobriety test. He stated that the defendant was holding onto his truck so he wouldn't fall down. At the jail, the defendant gave 4 breath samples on the Intoxilyzer 5000, the lowest of which registered 0.233. The officer further testified that he went back to talk to the defendant in the holding cell, and he had passed out.

    We were successful in getting the radar speed results and the results of the Intoxilyzer tests thrown out, at a Motion to Suppress Hearing. The State then agreed to accept a plea to reckless driving with a small fine and no jail time.

    5. State of Georgia v. C.H. (Superior Court of Cook County, Georgia)

    The defendant was charged with a DUI after having been involved in a one vehicle accident on Interstate 75 in Cook County. In talking with the defendant, the trooper recognized him as a nurse from the emergency room in a local hospital. The officer testified that his eyes were glassy, he was very nervous acting, and had a very strong odor of alcohol on his breath. The defendant admitted that he had been drinking, but claimed that a tractor-trailer had run him off the road. The officer took the defendant to a local hospital where the blood test result indicated 0.184. We filed a Motion to Suppress the evidence on the grounds that the officer did not have reasonable grounds to believe that the defendant was driving under the influence, in hopes of suppressing the blood test result. We appeared for Motion Hearings on three different occasions ready to proceed, but the State had problems lining up all of the witnesses. At our last appearance we had a Pre-Trial Conference with the judge who heard both sides' contentions prior to the beginning of the Motion Hearing. Although the State finally had all their witnesses lined up, they chose to offer the defendant a plea to public intoxication, which he readily accepted. The defendant paid a fine but did not have to do any jail time, community service, or probation.


    6. State of Georgia v. B.D. (State Court of Tift County, Georgia)

    The defendant was charged with DUI, following too closely, and leaving the scene of an accident. He was following another vehicle on Interstate 75, and the trooper testified that it was apparent that the driver was oblivious to the fact that another vehicle was driving at a slower speed in front of him, due to the fact that there were no skid marks. The trooper testified that after impact the defendant continued northbound and exited the Interstate stopping only due to the damage sustained which resulted in mechanical failure. Because of the accident and the smell of alcohol on the defendant's breath, he was taken to the hospital for a blood test. At the Motion to Suppress Hearing, the State produced the troopers involved in the accident investigation as well as the nurse who drew the blood, and the G.B.I Crime Lab witness who wanted to testify that the blood alcohol was 0.192. We were successful in arguing that the State did not fulfill its requirement to establish a chain of custody of the evidence in order to admit the blood test results at trial. After the test results were thrown out, the State agreed to reduce the DUI charge to public intoxication and dismiss the other charges. The defendant was given a small fine, but had no jail time.

    7. City of Waycross v. R.S. (Municipal Court for Waycross, Ware County, Georgia)

    The defendant had been fishing with a friend in the Satilla River when he encountered a police roadblock. Having smelled alcohol, the officer requested three standard field sobriety tests and a Breathalyzer test on the Intoxilyzer 5000. At the Motion to Suppress Hearing, the officer testified that in addition to the defendant's poor performance on the field sobriety tests, his eyes were glassy and red, and he was unsteady on his feet. We argued that the roadblock was illegal, and that the officers did not stop each and every vehicle passing through the roadblock. Cross-examination of multiple law enforcement officers established that they decided to allow semi-tractor trailer drivers to pass the roadblock because it was backed up. At the Motion to Suppress Hearing held at the same time as the Bench Trial, the court suppressed the results of the Breathalyzer test and had to dismiss the charges against the defendant.

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(1972) Licensed as Attorney in Georgia. Verified with State Bar of Georgia.December 12, 2011
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