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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is your office? Are courtrooms open to the public?

The office is located in the Richard B. Russell Federal Building at 75 Spring Street S.W. in downtown Atlanta, near the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena, and the CNN Center. Public street parking is very limited around the building. There are numerous pay parking lots adjacent to the building, and the MARTA public transit Five Points Station is one block Northeast of the Building. Most courtrooms and hearings are open to the public and located on the upper floors of the building. Observers must go through security and follow all courtroom rules.

Does the U.S. Attorney’s Office offer legal help?

The U.S. Attorney’s Office represents the United States in criminal, civil and other proceedings but does not represent private individuals and cannot give legal help to individuals. A person seeking legal advice is advised to seek their own legal help, which may include Legal Aid, Bar Association and other entities across North Georgia which can assist an individual in finding appropriate help in their legal situation.


How can I find out about some of the cases your office has handled?

You can locate recent cases on this website by following the “News” link. A number of cases each week are highlighted and described in detail in the news releases, which are sent out to dozens of media outlets in North Georgia. Citizens can often find out details about large scale cases, and other cases which directly affect the community.

How can I find out what has happened to a defendant who has been sentenced to prison as a result of one of your cases?

The United States Bureau of Prisons website has a section called “Inmate Locator” on the left side of the page. By typing in a name and other information, you can find out how long an inmate is serving, where the inmate is housed, and a brief description of the location and picture of the institution. If an inmate has been released, the website will often give a date of release.

How do I report a federal crime?

Federal crimes are investigated by many agencies. Here are just a few of the federal agencies which investigate federal crimes and their general contact numbers.

BATF - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

DEA - Drug Enforcement Administration

U. S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement-(DHS-ICE)

U.S. Secret Service


USDA Forest Service

IRS - Internal Revenue Service
Criminal Investigation


U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Updated April 21, 2015

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