By: William C. Head, Criminal Defense Attorney Atlanta GA and ABA Board-Certified DUI Attorney
Having to locate and hire a criminal defense attorney for an arrest in Georgia for driving under the influence is no easy task. Similar to trying to find a surgeon to remove a cancerous tumor, you search for quality of legal counsel and lawyer ratings. Flashy, colorful websites with a DUI attorney that lacks the best credentials can easily divert your attention.
But you know how important beating a DUI is to your future. Only by making a side-by-side comparison of REAL legal credentials and criminal defense experience can you make the RIGHT decision.
Being arrested for drunk driving by police is a jarring experience. The degrading and frightening process of being arrested, fingerprinted, and having a mug shot taken are the low point of many clients’ lives. The uneasy feeling that arrested citizens have, from their jail and booking experience, is almost universally characterized by STRESS, FEELING GUILTY, and BEING TERRIFIED about what is going to happen in their impaired driving case.
Accused citizens facing driving while impaired (DWI) worry about what is going to happen to their ability to drive. Sleep evades them, and normal functions like eating a meal are of little or no importance. Until a criminal defense lawyer with a “game plan” for winning is hired, these dysfunctional days continue. At our initial FREE consultation, we tell you how and why your stress must be transferred to our shoulders, so that you can get your life back.
When you call our DUI law firm in Atlanta, our DUI defense attorneys’ first step is to send you a massive amount of helpful information, including a PDF copy of one on Mr. Head’s drunk driving books. This book will HELP YOU learn about current GA DUI law, and bring you up to speed on what happens next after an arrest for DUI in Georgia.
In our initial email to you we include numerous attachments, links and video clips, including a short questionnaire created by our DUI specialists, and our one-of-a-kind grid about Georgia DUI penalties for a first offense DUI, 2nd DUI in GA, or any other repeat driving while impaired offense.
As opposed to many Atlanta DUI law firms that want your credit card number on the first phone call, our Atlanta DUI lawyer partners PREFER to sit down face-to-face with you, and help you by answering your questions and listening to your concerns in a FREE DUI lawyer consultation at our law office.
If you cannot get to our office because you live out-of-state or a great distance away, we prefer using Facetime, or other video conferencing method, so that you can see and talk with partners Cory Yager, Bubba Head, or Larry Kohn.
The majority of prospective clients who come to this personal meeting will later tell our DUI attorneys in Atlanta that they obtain great relief from the FREE appointment, and can begin to see a game plan for challenging their pending driving under the influence case.
How to Navigate the DUI License Suspension Action and Criminal Case
After our interview process, prospective clients will fully understand the two types of court proceedings (administrative license suspension and criminal DUI court case) that typically must be handled by a skilled DUI attorney on their behalf.
Criminal defense attorneys from our DUI law firm even draw out simple graphics to help our clients comprehend the relationship between the two types of legal proceedings and courts that are involved.
This meeting helps accused drunk drivers assess their legal options, and it lets us create a personalized action plan, for facilitating the lawful return of our clients’ driver’s licenses ASAP.
Our drunk driving lawyers will also give you some helpful methods of coping with obstacles created by the loss of your plastic driver’s license. You also will receive an “Action Plan” and be instructed to start performing certain tasks for your pending criminal case.
Getting these requirements knocked out ahead of time will help our criminal defense lawyers help you find a GREAT outcome for your DUI case.
The Most Common Client Concern Is Job Impact After a DUI Arrest
At our DUI law firm, our Atlanta DUI lawyers’ initial job in undertaking a FREE lawyer consultation and preliminary legal evaluation of the facts in your criminal case, is to ask you about any employment issues created by your arrest and/or possible conviction.
For many people, a highly-valuable job is “at risk” as a result of an arrest for DUI in Georgia, and an even higher number of clients face immediate termination if convicted.
Related issues like driving a company vehicle or a company-insured vehicle, or traveling abroad on company business, are commonly voiced to our criminal defense attorneys by prospective clients.
Our Second Priority: Protect Your Right to Drive & Fight the Driver’s License Suspension
After bonding out of jail and getting your personal belongings back, you will notice that you no longer have your driver’s license. Instead you have an 8 ½ inch by 11-inch form called a DDS 1205. This is a temporary driving permit, issued by the arresting officer pursuant to Georgia implied consent law.
This form contains information about a 30-day deadline and what happens on the 45th day after arrest. Panic strikes, because YOU NEED YOUR PLASTIC DRIVER’S LICENSE!
In today’s world, being able to drive is often synonymous with being able to work at a high-paying job. Plus, because most families need two incomes to function, the person arrested for driving under the influence typically has child care transportation and custodial responsibilities.
These critical personal issues must be part of our “risk assessment,” and factored in when we discuss your pending DUI license suspension based on Georgia implied consent law. At this stage, we are fully focused on how to get your license back after a DUI arrest and booking.
ASK OUR LAWYERS about the 30-DAY time limit following your date of arrest.
Our DUI law firm approaches all DUI cases referred to our Atlanta lawyers the same. First, we determine if our client was lawfully arrested? Did the police officer see our client drive? Did our client remain silent and refuse all roadside field sobriety tests?
Next, our attorneys will ask to see all paperwork from your arrest and jail booking process, particularly the DDS 1205 form (after your driver’s license was taken) which starts a Georgia DDS administrative DUI suspension.
Our drunk driving defense lawyers want to see exactly HOW your case was charged: alcohol only, drugs only, alcohol and drugs, or child endangerment. Plus we want to see if only a DUI less safe is accused, OR if the client faces an additional DUI per se (for being over the legal alcohol limit) because of a “failed” breathalyzer or blood test.
Our criminal attorneys assess each of the Georgia criminal charges cited in the traffic tickets issued by the municipal, university, federal, county, or state officer, such as the Georgia State Patrol.
FREE Evaluation of Both Your DUI Case and You – IN PERSON
Our DUI defense lawyers also must know the date and TIME of your arrest (printed on your traffic ticket), plus the first court date (arraignment) given to our prospective client after being released on bond. If you are one of the lucky few people who still have their plastic driver’s license (about 5%), we need a copy of that too.
Our best drunk driving lawyers calculate and calendar potential administrative license suspension deadlines to ensure that you don’t lose your driver’s license in GA, or from any other state.
Careful DUI Case Analysis May Get a DUI in Georgia Dropped
Because the DUI defense investigation that our Atlanta criminal defense attorneys provide is so thorough, our criminal lawyers prefer to meet in our law office, face-to-face, with every prospective client. While some Georgia DUI attorneys are quick to ask for your credit card number in an initial phone call, we always prefer to act less like a car salesperson and more like a trusted advisor who will take this legal burden off your shoulders.
Mr. Head even gives prospective clients a FREE 430-page drunk driving book (PDF version), one of the leading criminal defense books on fighting DUI-DWI charges. (See a copy of the cover below, and other state DWI-DUI versions that Mr. Head has co-authored for other states.)
This allows our three Super Lawyer partners to assess both the quality of the DUI case, and each client’s likely courtroom abilities and personal credibility, if ever asked by one of our DUI specialists to testify at a pre-trial motions hearing.
Rarely do our clients have to testify at trial, but that is primarily due to how our DUI defense attorneys endeavor to firmly dominate the evidence in the case – before any trial takes place.
Atlanta DUI lawyer William C. “Bubba” Head has established himself as THE statewide expert on GA DUI laws. Since 1991, Atlanta DUI Defense Attorney Bubba Head has been a drunk driving book author.
In 2003, the members of the National College for DUI Defense voted Mr. Head “Best DUI Attorney” in a national poll. For over thirty years he has traveled the nation to teach other DUI-DWI lawyers how to fight a DUI.
Mr. Head is one of fewer than 70 Board-Certified DUI defense attorneys in America, and has a proven reputation among DUI lawyers across the USA for being one of the best lawyers in Atlanta, as well as being the most highly-awarded Atlanta DUI lawyer, when it comes to overall attorney ratings.
Atlanta DUI attorney Bubba Head and his two partners, Larry Kohn and Cory Yager, are committed to aggressively fighting for every client facing criminal charges for drunk driving or drugged driving. The Atlanta criminal defense attorney and his DUI law firm partners handle a wide array of criminal cases, both felony and misdemeanor, but over 85% of all cases are alcohol and drug cases, and most of those involve driving.
Hiring the best DUI attorney available to you is critically important. You do not get a “do over” if your case is lost at trial. DUI conviction penalties are severe. Once you hire the best DUI lawyer, you can shift this burden off your shoulders and onto the shoulders of our Atlanta criminal defense lawyers.
Georgia DUI lawyer Bubba Head is THE “go to” criminal defense lawyer for “bet the farm” DUI Georgia cases involving driving under the influence, especially for felony or misdemeanor cases involving a DUI accident and a possible felony DUI.
One of Only 4 Board-Certified DUI Attorneys in Georgia
Bubba Head, DUI attorney Atlanta, is a Board-Certified DUI defense attorney and co-author of Georgia’s leading drunk driving book, published by the world’s largest legal book publisher, Thomson-Reuters-West. Mr. Head’s first drunk driving book was published in 1991, and is entitled 101 Ways to AVOID a Drunk Driving Conviction. It remains the leading legal treatise on how to beat a DUI.
Georgia Drunk Driving Book Author of Over 12 Books on DUI Laws
Bubba Head, DUI lawyer Atlanta, has authored or co-authored over a dozen books on drunk driving law. This deep understanding of drunk driving defense and how to beat a DUI is what gives Mr. Head and his law partners, Larry Kohn and Cory Yager, an edge over most other DUI attorneys in Atlanta.
In 2016, both Mr. Yager, DUI attorney Atlanta, and Mr. Kohn, a Georgia DUI lawyer with over 360 AVVO 5-star client DUI lawyer reviews, became authors of chapters in separate national drunk driving lawyer books on DUI trial practice.
Our Drunk Driving Book Authors Travel Statewide for Clients
Atlanta DUI lawyer William C. Head and his law partners, DUI attorneys Larry Kohn and Cory Yager, cover a wide variety of criminal law cases in every corner of Georgia, but DUI defense is our “bread and butter.” Whether for a DUI drugs in Georgia first offense, or a 2nd DUI in GA, we travel to wherever our clients need us.
Mr. Kohn and Mr. Yager have never worked as DUI attorneys anywhere except at the Atlanta law firm of William C. Head, PC. Mr. Head trained them in DUI defense from Day 1 of their legal careers. Plus, in 2016, both partners joined Mr. Head as published DUI law authors.
Our Partners’ Top Lawyer Ratings – Best for Any GA Law Firm
The awards and accolades within the legal industry that Mr. Head has accumulated over more than four decades are unmatched in the field of DUI defense lawyers in America. Twice named Atlanta DUI Lawyer of the Year by BestLawyers.com (2017 and 2012), and National DUI Attorney of the Year in 2003 at the summer session of NCDD, Mr. Head has been listed on all of the top peer-reviewed attorney ratings sites for decades.
As a Life Member of both NACDL and GACDL for over 20 years, he has been involved with the growth and development of both criminal defense attorney organizations. DUI attorneys from every state know Bubba Head, and regularly call upon him to discuss beating a DUI in their state, or for his law firm’s assistance in handling criminal defense cases that are pending in Georgia.
With the rise of AVVO to its current position at the top of lawyer directories, Mr. Head and his partners have garnered well over 540 5-star CLIENT reviews. No other law firm, in any practice area, has its average PARTNER attorney ratings showing an average of over 180 five-star client ratings with AVVO.
In addition, over 130 other practicing attorneys from over 30 states have posted praise for Bubba Head on his AVVO DUI lawyer site.
ALL of our DUI lawyers are listed in 2017 Super Lawyers for their best DUI attorney ratings.
Top-rated among criminal attorneys in Atlanta GA, our criminal lawyers can answer your questions about the Georgia implied consent law, the GA ignition interlock program, GA alcohol laws, GA DUI classes, a 2nd DUI in GA, or a pending license suspension at the GA DMV (Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles).
GA DUI conviction penalties are severe. You need a qualified attorney in Atlanta who has had other DUI charges reduced to reckless, or dismissed altogether.
For a FREE lawyer consultation with Bubba Head or one of his law partners, let one of the best DUI law firms in Atlanta, Georgia guide your path through fighting your pending drunk driving or drugged driving case. CALL 404-567-5515 today.
We are 24-hour lawyers, so expect to talk with us immediately. Your professional GA DUI case assessment is FREE. Once you hire a DUI lawyer, you can shift this burden off your shoulders and onto the shoulders of our Atlanta criminal defense lawyers. Do it today.
Consult with the veteran criminal defense attorney in Atlanta that is a Board-Certified DUI defense lawyer. In 1991, he wrote the definitive book on how to beat a DUI over 25 years ago, and has helped 10,000 people facing DUI charges in Georgia since then.
Then in 2006, he authored a much more detailed 430-page book, The DUI Book, that explains everything a DUI client needs to know about defending his or her DUI case.
Since the DUI lawyer in Atlanta GA published his first drunk driving book in 1991 on how to get out of a DUI, William Head has set a high bar for other Atlanta attorneys who practice criminal defense law. The drunk driving book, “101 Ways to Avoid a Drunk Driving Conviction,” was the first book of its kind to ever be published.
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“I am sure your other clients tell you this all the time… but I’ll repeat it. You are AWESOME! Your great communication gives me a lot of confidence….and I need that right now. I really think you believe in me and that makes a world of difference in my outlook. Thanks again, Bubba. Thank you very, very much!”
– Recent Client Review
“Mr. Head was a tremendous help in our child’s DUI litigation. He was referred indirectly to me by another lawyer. I needed a lawyer but had no clue on who I should use. I began going through the phone book seeking the right attorney. As I interviewed each one on the phone, my frustration mounted. They all seemed the same.
My frustration must have shown through because one lawyer said, “Who do you want, Bubba Head?” I asked him who was Bubba Head and he said supposedly the best DUI lawyer in the state. I hung up and called Mr. Head. I could not have made a better choice!
The journey through the court system is convoluted and perilous. Mr. Head and his team were invaluable in navigating the system. They were supportive and informative as they presented the possible courses of action. It was a long process but they never waivered in their support. Mr. Head was truly a gift from God. I firmly believe the verdict in my child’s favor was an answered prayer from God and that Mr. Head was the messenger.”
– Recent Client Review
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