By: William C. Head, ABA Board-Certified Atlanta DUI Attorney & Criminal Defense Lawyer
Selecting the RIGHT criminal defense attorney for a DUI arrest in Georgia is no easy task. Failure to find top credentials, and haphazardly search for ‘DUI lawyers near me’ is foolhardy. Under Georgia DUI laws, removing a drunk driving conviction from your criminal history is impossible. If a DUI conviction occurs, this creates a lifetime criminal history.
Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most litigated crimes in America. This fact is due to the significant impact a LIFETIME conviction can have in states like Georgia. the Peach State has some of America’s most inflexible and punitive DWI-DUI laws. The State of Georgia lacks an expungement law. Plus, a statutory prohibition against “special treatment” granting the Georgia first offender act to a DUI offender.
Law-abiding citizens at every income level and in every type of employment commit the crime of drunk driving. This included politicians, priests, judges, actors, entertainers, attorneys, military personnel, police officers, doctors and school teachers. The DUI consequences for some accused citizens (e.g., commercial truck driver with a CDL license) can be life-changing, even if a first offense DUI.
That DUI in Georgia may be the first-time traffic ticket ever received. The arrested driver may never have another brush with the law for the remainder of his or her life, but still cannot have that misdemeanor case expunged from the criminal history or have that record restricted. These consequences of a Dui conviction are why thousands of citizens facing a first offense DUI call our DUI law firm for legal advice each year.
In a nutshell, being accused of drunk driving in Georgia means a DUI arrest almost 100% of the time. Although shocking to many people, an arrest and booking at jail is almost universally utilized for every impaired driving case in Georgia. If the accused drunk driver is injured in a car accident associated with the DUI-DWI arrest, he or she may go to the hospital and stay overnight, and not be arrested.
Most DUI arrests in Georgia start when a law enforcement officer observes a motor vehicle violation. If circumstantial evidence points to reasonable suspicion of a drinking driver, or a person possibly impaired by drugs, that driver is about to be arrested. No amount of begging to be let go will help.
An arrest for DUI Georgia occurs because drunk driving is categorized by the Georgia legislature a serious traffic offense, not a simple ticket-and-release citation, like a speeding ticket. For all serious driving crimes, the driver is taken into custody until and unless granted a bond. Then, once bailed out of jail, the accused citizen is freed on bail until the criminal case comes to trial.
So, in Georgia, this type of serious misdemeanor offense calls for an arrest, and (if convicted) Georgia law requires jail time, in most cases. Having to face serving jail time if convicted of DUI in Georgia is only one of more than 100 reasons to fight a driving under the influence charge. The fear of this possibility is what pushes many citizens to seek legal guidance and representation.
Similar to trying to find a surgeon to remove a cancerous tumor, when facing DUI charges, you search “DUI defense lawyers.” Instead of putting in a query for ‘DUI attorney near me,’ you look for DUI lawyers with an impeccable reputation for winning, and stellar professional credentials as being a quality criminal defense attorney Atlanta. In the age of the Internet, impressive-looking websites do not translate into verifying that the Atlanta lawyers is a top DUI defense attorney.
By knowing which credentials are “legit” and sorting through the various Georgia lawyer ratings’ services and legal awards, you can narrow down the possible candidates to hire. This Web page helps identify what credentials and competencies for DUI attorneys you should focus upon, in deciding whom to hire, if you plan to beat a DUI in Georgia. Mr. Head has written a Web page about fake attorney ratings “badges” that you should ignore or avoid.
Being arrested for drinking and driving by a police officer is a jarring experience. The low point of many clients’ lives is the degrading and frightening process of being charged with a DUI in Georgia, being searched, cuffed, fingerprinted, and then having a mug shot taken. 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.
Often, the overwhelming, uneasy feeling that arrested citizens have, after their jailing and booking experience, tends to DISCOURAGE some of them from fighting. The symptoms of accused citizens is universally characterized by talking about the STRESS, or FEELING GUILTY, or BEING TERRIFIED about what is going to happen in their impaired driving case. Fretting about the dilemma will not help, so here is the method our Atlanta DUI attorneys utilize to shift your burden over to us:
Addressing the “driving” issue and taking away the stress of a possible loss of all driving privileges is Job Number One at our law office. Whether your driver’s license was issued from another state, or is a Georgia driver license, you MUST protect your ability to cover your business and personal matters after an arrest for DUI in Georgia. Our Georgia attorneys review many options and ideas with you, not just the two or three things most lawyers in Georgia cover.
A face-to-face meeting allows you to assess us (and members of our staff) and let us evaluate you, as a possible witness in the case. If you “relate” well to what advice our law firm’s attorneys give you, such a direct meeting will make you confident that you have the best candidate as your criminal attorney. Looking a person directly in the eye, getting all of your questions and concerns answered, and being debriefed about key evidence from the arrest and booking (while your memory is fresh), and are the hallmarks of a top-rated law firm.
If a Client’s schedule or distance from our office prevents a personal meeting, our DUI specialists can set up a virtual meeting via smart phone app or video conferencing. Your lawyer for DUI should explain his or her plans for attacking your driving under the influence case. Plus, once retained, he or she most likely will give you certain tasks to complete, to help in your own defense (e.g., clean up all of your unfavorable social media pages, arrange for witnesses to call your DUI defense attorney, obtain a claim number from your insurance carrier and give to your criminal defense lawyers to set up a 3-way call).
The malaise and sick feeling that most Clients suffer (following arrest) is why the best attorneys in Georgia provide a FREE consultation at their law office. By allowing our Georgia lawyers to get the FULL picture of your arrest, testing and booking, our criminal attorneys can tell you how and why your stress must be transferred to our shoulders, so that you can get your life back. You must resume your life and empower a DUI lawyer with the requisite courtroom experience to take command of defending the DUI in Georgia.
From our photographs, it is clear that no one hires our DUI attorneys based on our LOOKS! In our business of defending a DUI in Georgia, one of our criminal defense lawyers is usually hired based upon a prior client referral, or from being told by an Atlanta attorney that our law office is the best place to go for aggressive DUI defense. Plus, about 60,000 visitors a year find our Website or YouTube videos and obtain valuable information about Georgia DUI laws. Then, accused Georgians call our DUI law office for more information.
As you can see on the map below, our main law office location is strategically positioned to be able to reach all courts in the four metro counties (Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County and DeKalb County). Our law firm has satellite offices in Alpharetta, Marietta and Athens, but these locations have no full-time staff. From this prime location on the Fulton County-DeKalb County line, within a few hundred yards from I-285 and Georgia 400, or criminal attorneys can be on the road to court in minutes.
Our attorneys predictably drive to court, park and walk into the courtroom in about 30 minutes or less on most days, unless some glitch in traffic delays our lawyer in Atlanta.
OUR 24-HOUR NUMBER – (404) 567-5515
Our DUI law firm approaches fighting all DUI cases referred to our Atlanta lawyers with the same mindset. Larry Kohn, Cory Yager and firm founder William C. Head all approach DUI in Georgia the same way — seeking to win the case. Being willing to fight all the way to trial is a hallmark of the best DUI lawyers.
In analyzing a DUI arrest, our attorneys in Atlanta 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? Can the breathalyzer test be excluded on implied consent issues, or lack of actual consent? Did our Client ask for an attorney?
Next, our DUI attorneys will ask to see all paperwork from your arrest and the jail and booking process. We focus on the DDS 1205 form (after the Client’s driver’s license was taken) which starts a Georgia DDS administrative DUI suspension. A new ignition interlock option that took effect July 1, 2017 may offer you a better solution to possibly being suspended, but each case must be reviewed before taking the right option.
Reviewing your paperwork from the arrest and booking tells us a great deal about what the officer is claiming you did at the roadside. Plus, our Atlanta lawyers can usually tell what our Client did in response to being asked to do (by the officer, under Georgia implied consent law). Compliance with implied consent law in Georgia involves the arrested driver being asked, after the DUI arrest, to take a breathalyzer (Intoxilyzer 9000) or a blood test.
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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.”
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