By: Former Cobb County Cop and Roswell Cop, Cory Yager and William C. Head, DUI Lawyers Alpharetta GA
Both the Alpharetta Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) make Alpharetta GA DUI arrests (and issue other traffic tickets) in the city of Alpharetta, GA. A high volume of Alpharetta traffic passes along GA Highway 400 and through part of the police department jurisdiction. Many Alpharetta Traffic Court citations are issued from pullovers initiated on Georgia 400, including DUI arrests.
A DUI citation is the accusation of driving under the influence and is written on a Uniform Traffic Citation (UTC) in almost all instances by Alpharetta police. Under Georgia’s motor vehicle laws, a UTC can be used as the “charging document” for any traffic offense, including a Georgia DUI. So, DUI charges (driving under the influence) are the most serious criminal law misdemeanor offenses accused by law enforcement officers, whether they be accused by Alpharetta police or Georgia State Patrol troopers.
While you may decide to represent yourself on a speeding ticket at Alpharetta Court to save legal fees, you need to hire a top Alpharetta DUI lawyer for any SERIOUS driving offense, like DUI, hit-and-run, attempting to elude, racing, reckless driving, or a similar offense. Don’t go to the City of Alpharetta Municipal Court alone. If you do, you will likely regret the DUI consequences that will follow you for the REST of your LIFE!
When DUI arrests in Alpharetta GA involve a person with a clean criminal history, our law firm’s objectives are clear: don’t put a DUI conviction on that client’s record! Choose one of our firm partners, who are all recognized by Super Lawyers, to be your Alpharetta DUI attorney. Our top lawyers near me know how to fight a blood test, breathalyzer, or even defective field sobriety tests.
Alpharetta DUI lawyers William C. (Bubba) Head, Larry Kohn, and Cory Yager will fight for you in Alpharetta Municipal Court to keep a DUI from ruining your life. Being pulled over by the Alpharetta police, asked to blow into a breathalyzer and do field sobriety tests, and then being handcuffed and driven off to jail is your worst nightmare.
What started out as a casual dinner at South Main Kitchen or Avalon suddenly becomes a harrowing night in jail, with frantic calls to bail bond companies and tow yards. Then, you have finally been allowed to return home. Now, what happens?
The first thing you should do is call us immediately for a FREE consultation at 404-567-5515 and tell us what happened. Lawyers from our law group will listen closely and write down all the facts. Then we will advise you on what to do next.
Even if you ultimately decide not to hire our Alpharetta law firm to defend you, you will learn a lot more about what happens at your first court date, and why you must file an appeal with the DDS within 30 days – or lose your driver’s license for up to one year.
A new option as of July 1, 2017, is to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle in lieu of filing an appeal. This new law can be complicated, so you should talk to an Alpharetta DUI law firm immediately.
Remember, a DUI arrest does not have to become a conviction!
You are innocent until proven guilty. Alpharetta GA DUI attorney Bubba Head has represented thousands of clients over a 43-year career. He and his partners have many ways to beat a DUI.
30-DAY DEADLINE LICENSE SUSPENSION WARNING: Almost every DUI arrest by Alpharetta Police or GSP troopers involve ANOTHER legal proceeding to suspend your driver’s license administratively.
So, in addition to being charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense in Alpharetta Court, you face an even more pressing 10-day deadline to PROTECT your right to drive. If your LICENSE was taken, you should have received a FORM called a GA DDS-1205, which is a temporary driving permit.
YOU MUST APPEAL the proposed ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION by paying a $150 FILING FEE and making a written request to be heard at another non-criminal court overseen by OSAH, the Office of State Administrative Hearings.
So, you can either DELIVER notice of your ALS license suspension appeal within 30 days or possibly be without ANY driving privileges on the 31st day AFTER the day of your DUI arrest. By the time of your first criminal court appearance (arraignment), your driver’s license will be suspended if you do not ACT before this THIRTY-DAY deadline.
Georgia DUI law was amended to now offer an alternative to filing an administrative license suspension appeal to certain groups of arrestees. Starting July 1, 2017, you can elect to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle and NOT file an appeal. Within 30 calendar days of your arrest, you must go to the Georgia DDS to apply for an ignition interlock permit. Then, within ten days of getting the permit, you must have it installed.
The interlock must be on your car for at least 120 days IF you took a breath, blood, or urine test. If you REFUSED chemical testing, the interlock must be on your vehicle for 12 months and cannot be removed for any reason, even if you win your case or it is reduced to another charge such as reckless driving.
The IID option is NOT available to drivers under 21 years of age, CDL license holders, anyone with at least one DUI conviction in the past five years from ANY state, and any out-of-state license holders.
If you do nothing (don’t file an appeal or request an IID) within 30 calendar days, your Georgia license will be suspended for 120 days if you agreed to take a chemical test. You will also be eligible for a temporary restricted permit. If you REFUSED the chemical test, your driving privileges will be suspended for 12 months, and you won’t be eligible for a temporary restricted permit.
At the arraignment hearing, your Alpharetta DUI lawyer typically confers with the Prosecutor, Ms. Fran Shoenthal, who has served in this capacity for over 20 years. Unless your DUI case is being resolved that day by a negotiated plea or being bound over to Fulton County State Court, nothing significant will take place at the arraignment.
Any “final” disposition in Alpharetta Municipal Court usually will not be accomplished by you being arraigned in court. Remember, do not plead guilty and live with a DUI conviction on your permanent record for the rest of your life.
Alpharetta DUI lawyer William C. (Bubba) Head is a master of strategy in the courtroom. His job is to either secure a non-DUI plea arrangement from the prosecutor or to bind the case over to Fulton County State Court. If necessary, he will take your case all the way to trial.
His job is to convince a jury that you are not guilty of DUI. Mr. Head has succeeded in finding resolutions to DUI arrests like yours for over 40 years. He wrote his first book on “How to Beat a DUI” in 1991. Reading all of this, can you see the wisdom of not just hiring ANY DUI lawyer near me, and looking for the best-qualified attorney?
Our Alpharetta criminal lawyers bring 75 years of combined criminal experience to serving our DUI clients in the Alpharetta Court. Our Alpharetta attorneys include Georgia’s most noted legal book author on Georgia DUI laws, William C. (Bubba) Head.
Plus, one of our partners, Cory Yager, was a Roswell GA police officer for about five years, during which time he also attended law school. Interactions and long-term relationships between the Roswell Police Department and the Alpharetta Police Department were commonplace, and Mr. Yager is still close friends with many Alpharetta Police Department officers.
Because our DUI law firm near me covers all metropolitan Atlanta municipal courts and beyond, we maintain several offices near our busiest Municipal Courts. Our Alpharetta satellite office is located at 1001 Cambridge Square, Suite D-2, Alpharetta, GA 30009.
The busiest of our Fulton County Municipal Courts (and nearby courts in adjacent counties) include Alpharetta Municipal Court, Roswell Municipal Court, Woodstock Municipal Court, Milton Municipal Court, Duluth Municipal Court, Norcross Municipal Court, Johns Creek Municipal Court, and Marietta Municipal Court.
Our main DUI office, at the Prado shopping center in Sandy Springs, services all North Fulton County courts in fighting DUI cases in Georgia’s municipal courts. All municipal courts in Georgia are authorized to handle all misdemeanor traffic offenses, including Alpharetta DUIs.
If you want to plead guilty to DUI in Alpharetta, please don’t call us. A quick Google search for a criminal attorney near me will find many who can help you enter a guilty plea. Our careers and reputations in the legal community have been earned fighting DUI cases for our clients – more than 10,000 of them in the past 20 years alone. Our objectives are simple:
1. Keep a DUI OFF your permanent criminal record
2. Keep you driving, so you can support yourself and your family, and perform your job
3. Protect your criminal history by fighting the drunk driving accusation against you, whether at Alpharetta Municipal Court or the State Court of Fulton County (where a jury trial and a new set of prosecutors are available.)
Whether your DUI arrest was for an Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek, or Roswell drunk driving charge, our DUI attorney specialists will go to court for you. Here are brief professional profiles of the Georgia DUI attorneys at our law firm.
William C. Head, Alpharetta DUI Lawyer with over 40 years of drunk driving defense, has been a nationally known DUI book author for the last 28 years. Mr. Head is one of only four Board- Certified DUI Defense Attorneys in Georgia and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America longer than any other Georgia criminal defense lawyer.
Plus, Mr. Head has been named to Super Lawyers EVERY year since the award was started, a distinction that only one other Georgia attorney has earned. Mr. Head also has been honored with a “DUI Lawyer of the Year in Georgia” award for 2012 and 2017 from BestLawyers.com. Plus, in 2003, Mr. Head was voted the “Best DUI Attorney in the Country” by the members of the largest DUI defense lawyer group in the country, NCDD.com.
Lawrence A. Kohn, Alpharetta DUI Attorney, in his 21st year of DUI defense, was recently named to 2017 Super Lawyers.
Cory E. Yager, DUI Attorney Alpharetta Georgia, in his 12th year of DUI defense after 9 ½ years as a Georgia police officer, has been a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” the last five years in a row.
Our DUI law firm answers your calls during the day, at night, on weekends, and even on holidays. Why? People in urgent trouble don’t want to talk to a machine and leave a message. Our DUI lawyers know the stress created by being arrested for drunken driving. Call our DUI defense firm now for a FREE professional case evaluation and get a FREE copy of the 430-page DUI Book that Mr. Head wrote specifically for clients facing criminal charges.
As soon as we speak with you, our highly-trained Georgia attorneys and support staff can help you file your Georgia DDS letter to appeal the pending driver’s license suspension that began when the arresting officer took your license and replaced it with a piece of paper. You only have 30 DAYS to file an appeal or have an ignition interlock installed, so call us now!
DIAL US NOW at 404-567-5515 or 1-888-348-4232 [1-888-DUI-HEAD]. We are here to show you how to BEAT an Alpharetta DUI. When you MUST have a non-DUI disposition, our Georgia attorneys will accept nothing less.
Call veteran Atlanta DUI Attorney Bubba Head today and get honest answers to all your questions. Tell us everything that happened and everything you remember about your DUI arrest. The sooner you call us, the better chance our Georgia attorneys will have to win your DUI case and get your charges reduced or dismissed.
Neglecting to PROTECT your driving privileges means that your driver’s license will be suspended for up to one year! Talk to Bubba Head, Larry Kohn, or Cory Yager now. Our law group is available 24 hours a day, weekends, and all major holidays. (404) 567-5515