By: William C. Head, Atlanta Georgia DUI Attorney (Board-Certified) and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Being arrested for driving under the influence, felony or misdemeanor, creates tremendous stress, sleeplessness and anxiety. Beyond some speeding tickets in the past, most people never had to look for criminal defense attorneys to represent them in a criminal case. Because license suspensions are mandatory for cases involving a DUI conviction, just the thought of losing driving privileges in the DUI case is overwhelming, and the more critical challenge of facing criminal charges creates even more stress.
Searching the Internet is hit-or-miss in providing comprehensive details about state DUI law. In addition, not all DUI attorneys advertise, so is the Internet delivering the names of the best lawyers? In addition to skill level, knowing which DWI lawyer to trust is a far more difficult task. How can an accused citizen select the law office or the drunk driving lawyer who offers him or her the best chance to beat DUI charges?
When you were arrested for DUI in Georgia, it is highly likely that your plastic driver license was confiscated. If so, you were issued a piece of paper (a DDS 1205) that provides temporary driving privileges. The Georgia DDS form says that your license or your privilege to drive in the State of Georgia (for those licensed by another State) will be suspended. Furthermore, the temporary driving permit expires in 45 days, but warns that the arrested motorist must take action within 30 days, or be administratively suspended for a full year.
The license suspension GA form refers to an “administrative” license proceeding that is separate from the criminal defense case, for which I have an upcoming arraignment date. The form also talks about DUI refusal of blood alcohol and has a slot for a breath alcohol test. Plus, as I am reading online information, I see that field sobriety tests are optional, but the police officer never told me that information.
Without question, Atlanta Georgia has the majority of the top-rated DUI lawyers in Georgia. Part of the reason for this fact is that (within a 30-mile radius of the Georgia State Capitol Dome) over 50% of all drunk driving defense law firms have their primary offices. All 4 of the State of Georgia “Board-Certified” DUI attorneys are in this area, as well as far more than half of the Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Martindale-Hubbell 5.0, preeminent “av” rated attorneys for DUI defense.
However, clear value exists in having a local DUI lawyer in many cases. Relationships can be critical to obtaining a negotiated plea deal for the DUI reduced to reckless driving, or even having a DUI dismissed. Our DUI law firm in Atlanta combines the high-level of experience and specialization created by being in metro Atlanta, with the local touch, by associating local counsel in most cases. When you hire any of our Atlanta DUI lawyers, you pay us and (from that fee) we gladly share part of the attorneys’ fees with our local criminal attorney.
Comparing DUI lawyer ratings and credentials takes time, and no weighted “value” is attributed to the various attorney rating services. Some DUI attorney ranking web sites offer individual lawyer reviews, while other legal rating organizations simply list the limited number of DUI attorneys within a particular city or state who have been included for inclusion in the current directory, or in past years. Some drunk driving attorneys are members of the National College for DUI Defense, or DUIDLA, or NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) or GACDL (Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), but these seem to be mostly just online listing services for criminal defense attorneys, with few having held any special position or having obtained unique credentials. Plus, US News and World Report has a best law firm directory, by various practice areas, including DWI-DUI law firm listings.
Why Hire a DUI Lawyer Atlanta to Fight a Drunk Driving Charge
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WARNING: Do not miss your 30-DAY DEADLINE for either appealing your DUI license suspension, or possibly using the ignition interlock option that most Georgia licensees have available to them.
Atlanta DUI attorney Bubba Head and his two highly-rated law partners, Larry Kohn and ex-cop Cory Yager, are criminal defense lawyers who are committed to aggressively fighting for every client facing pending charges for drunk driving (DUI alcohol) or drugged driving (DUI drugs). 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 Atlanta available to you is critically important. Unlike golf, no “mulligans” or “do overs” are given. If your DUI case is lost at trial, then trying to start over after appeal is not a reliable solution. DUI conviction penalties are severe. Once you hire the best DUI lawyer, you can shift the worry, sleeplessness and mental burden off your shoulders and onto the shoulders of our top-rated Atlanta criminal defense lawyers.
In 2003, the members of the National College for DUI Defense voted Mr. Head “Best DUI Attorney” in a national poll. This was the first and only such vote taken by the National College. For four decades he has traveled the nation, teaching other DWI-DUI attorneys how to fight a DUI.
On a national basis, Bubba Head is one of fewer than 70 Board-Certified DUI defense attorneys 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 lawyer ratings.