Getting arrested for DUI in Ellijay is a very stressful event. Anyone would be concerned about their freedom, their driver's license, and the affect of the DUI on their business, their job, or their career aspirations. That is why it's important to hire an attorney that can represent your case. A DUI attorney in Ellijay, GA can advise you of any and all potential defenses to your DUI in Ellijay and then present those DUI defenses in an Ellijay Municipal Court.
Attorney Richard Lawson has more than 20 years' experience representing people in complicated DUI cases in Ellijay and throughout Georgia. Just because you have been arrested for DUI in Ellijay does not mean you are guilty. Even if you were impaired and potentially guilty, there can still be alternatives to a DUI conviction. DUI Lawyer Richard Lawson has the experience as a former DUI Prosecutor and will put that experience to work for you.
Your DUI Arrest
The Ellijay City Police Department has accused you of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence or drugs, driving under the influence of prescription drugs, or driving under the influence of some combination of the alcohol and drugs. Experience with DUI cases in Ellijay is the difference. After you have been arrested for DUI In Ellijay, your lawyer will investigate your case for potential legal and factual defense. Those defenses can lead to the suppression of evidence and the potential dismissal of the DUI charge. Sometimes DUI defenses can lead to the case being reduced to reckless driving.
Administrative License Hearings
Your first hearing is the ALS hearing, initiated by your attorney. The legal professional representing your case will send a "10 day letter." The letter requests an ALS hearing to assure that you will be able to drive. Don't be confused. The ALS hearing is a separate court date with no relation to the court date given to you at the time of the arrest. There will be a different judge called an ALJ, and the hearing will be at t different location. If your attorney does not request this hearing, your driver's license can be suspended for up to a year.
Plea Bargaining – Settling your Ellijay Case:
Your attorney may be able to negotiate a favorable plea bargain in your DUI case. Favorable plea bargains may include reduced punishments and reductions of the DUI to a lessor offense such as reckless driving. In cases where the accused has had multiple prior offenses, a plea bargain may include treatment and home confinement in lieu of jail time. Only a skilled DUI defense lawyer will be able to negotiate a favorable plea bargain in your case.
Some cases cannot be settled. That is a fact of life. In the event the accused driver is innocent of the DUI, they may select a trial by jury. That trial will happen in the Gilmer County Superior Court. Your lawyer will present your best defense in Gilmer County Superior Court. If you have been charged with DUI in Ellijay GA, contact the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson 24/7 for a consultation. Put his 20+ years experience to work for you.