Georgia DUI trial options

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

In Georgia, you never have to plead guilty to a DUI.  You are innocent until proven guilty and the prosecuting attorney on behalf of the state of Georgia must prove your guilt.  Many of those accused of DUI resolve their case through a plea bargain and enter a guilty plea.  If you are wrongfully accused, you should not do this.  You are entitled to a trial where you can be found not guilty, or acquitted, by the jury.  In many instances, you can also have a bench trial, which is a trial before a judge.

A jury trial can be stressful and it can take a long time for your case to be reached as Georgia's courts get backlogged.  However, a jury of citizens can hear the facts and hold the prosecuting attorney to their burden of showing proof beyond a reasonable doubt that you were DUI.  A bench trial is quicker to get reached and can be a proper option when you have a convincing legal argument as to why the judge should find you not guilty or dismiss the charges altogether on a directed verdict. 

If you are facing a DUI charge and are unsure how to proceed, you should consult a Georgia DUI lawyer.  Richard Lawson has a great track record for getting his clients the best possible results in their cases.  Call his office today for a consultation.

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Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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