City of Atlanta DUI Trials

Posted by Richard Lawson | Sep 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Have you been charged with an Atlanta DUI? If yes, you are not alone. City of Atlanta police officers, as well as Georgia State Troopers, charge thousands with Atlanta DUI offenses each year. In most cases, your first court date is at the City of Atlanta Municipal Court downtown on Garnett Street. There has been an effort by Atlanta DUI prosecuting attorneys in recent months to speed up the process, so they are often making plea offers to those charged with DUI without getting in the evidence - like the police report and audio or video recordings from the DUI stop. If you want to resolve your DUI case quickly, you can do a plea within a few weeks. However, if you want to reduce your charges or beat your case, more work is involved. You can be set to a trial calendar in the City of Atlanta Municipal Court, but it will be a DUI trial before a judge. This is usually not as favorable as a trial before a jury. Most DUI cases are misdemeanors, and the jury for such a charge is 6 people, not 12 as is the scenario for a felony charge. For an Atlanta DUI when the accused requests a jury trial, the case is transferred from the Atlanta City Court to the State Court of Fulton County. It can take many months for the case to be put on a calenar in Fulton County State Court and there is a whole new group of prosecuting attorneys to deal with.

There are often many strong defenses to DUI cases. Contacting a skilled Atlanta DUI lawyer promptly is required to get the best possible results and having the best chance of keeping your license. Call our Atlanta DUI lawyers today to learn more and discuss the unqiue facts of your case. We have helped thousands of DUI clients get great outcomes with their cases. Call today to find out how our Atlanta DUI attorney s can help you.

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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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