By: William C. Head, Criminal Defense Attorney Atlanta GA and ABA Board-Certified DUI Attorney
As the most experienced DUI law firm in Atlanta, a member of our criminal defense law firm is at the Municipal Court of Atlanta every morning for the arraignment calendar. This means that our best Atlanta DUI lawyers are there to help with your case, so you don’t have to worry.
Our lawyers in Atlanta, GA can appear at Atlanta Traffic Court on your DUI case without you having to be present, once a member of our law firm is retained.
The Atlanta Municipal Court schedules you to appear in court immediately, on any traffic offenses (including DUI charges) requiring arrest and bonding. So, following your DUI arrest for driving under the influence for a misdemeanor drunk driving offense, you may be going to court the next morning after your arrest. These Atlanta traffic arrests are made by the Atlanta Police Department or the Georgia State Patrol Nighthawks. So, if your DUI arraignment is set for tomorrow or the next day, CALL US NOW! We answer our phones 24/7 and can help you with a Saturday or Sunday appointment. Our toll free number is 1-888-384-4323. Our Atlanta DUI lawyers have collectively handled over 10,000 cases for DUI in Georgia.
Your arraignment date and time at the Municipal Court of Atlanta is determined by when you were arrested for DUI in the City of Atlanta. If you are arrested Monday through Thursday night, your arraignment will likely be held the next day at 8 a.m. or 3 p.m. However, individuals who are arrested Friday, Saturday, or on a Monday holiday will be arraigned on the next weekday. So, by the time you bond out of the City of Atlanta Detention Center, you typically need to appear in court within the next 24 hours!
We are one of the law firms in Atlanta known for specializing in criminal defense, and particularly, DUI defense. A lawyer from our law firm in Atlanta CAN APPEAR FOR YOU, once we are hired. Call us NOW, so we can save you from this needless Atlanta Courthouse appearance.
During arraignment, Judge Ward, the Municipal Court of Atlanta Chief Judge, will ask the prosecutor (called the Solicitor General), to recite the charges against you and ask how you plead. You have three options: guilty, not guilty or a plea of no contest (nolo contendere). A plea of guilty or no contest means that your DUI case is over and you will be sentenced. This is NOT what you should do, because a DUI conviction in Georgia is FOREVER. It will be on your criminal record for life. Hire a DUI attorney to look for ways to work the case, or get the DUI reduced to reckless driving or other less serious offense.
The good news about arraignment is that a criminal defense attorney in the City of Atlanta Municipal Court from my office can appear on your behalf. In fact, the only court appearance that you will be required to make is at the final plea. Some cases are bound over to the jury trial court, either Fulton County State Court or DeKalb County State Court, depending on which county your arrest was made within the Atlanta city limits. This allows “coverage” of your DUI case by a specialist in drunk driving defense. You are freed up to go to work or school, thus minimizing the impact a driving while intoxicated charge has on your personal and professional life.
Even though we are aware that not all people arrested for criminal charges (like a DUI) can afford to hire private legal counsel, we are willing to review your impaired driving case and help you obtain professional legal help. Public defenders do not have the trial experience that we offer, but we can help you determine if you financially qualify for a public defender without having to publicly answer questions in court. If not, we may have a payment plan or multiple fee alternatives that will help you get the best legal representation for your pending drunk driving or drugged driving case in Atlanta, GA. Like with a medical issue, you need a top Atlanta DUI lawyer for representation in a drunken driving case.
After being arrested for DUI in Georgia, the first thing to do it identify an expert on Georgia DUI law through top attorney ratings. Look at who is BEHIND the law firm, review each of the trial lawyers’ credentials, and check out the criminal defense attorney who leads the law office. Every experienced DUI lawyer in the law firm must have full command of DUI laws and possess training in all aspects of successfully challenging the driving under the influence criminal case.
This successful defense record must include suppressing breath alcohol tests, and knowing every prior appellate decision on the Georgia implied consent law. An increasing number of drugged driving cases require that our criminal defense lawyers know how to challenge a GBI blood alcohol or drugs test. Being an INSTRUCTOR in the three NHTSA standardized field sobriety tests (SFST) is also necessary.
The best DUI attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia will offer you a FREE consultation, explain how their criminal attorneys search for a successful defense in your case, and aggressively represent clients to the maximum extent the law allows. Limit your search to DUI lawyers who have legitimate lawyer ratings and a history of proven results on knowing how to beat a DUI. If we are the criminal defense attorneys for you, ask us about our attorney payment plans.
Call our DUI defense lawyers NOW, 24-7, for an initial case review and FREE legal advice: 404-567-5515, or email our criminal justice attorneys.