By: William C. Head, Cobb County DUI Lawyer
We know that being arrested for drunk driving in Cobb County can turn your world upside down, and it can happen when you least expect it.
Cobb County police make arrests and put good people in jail at all hours of the day and night, so our highly-experienced Cobb County DUI lawyers pick up the phone whenever you need us. Call us at (404) 567-5515 24 hours a day.
Our DUI attorneys’ 500+ 5-star lawyer reviews with AVVO.com, and our 160 years of combined criminal defense lawyer experience are what we offer to our DUI clients facing a misdemeanor drunk driving or drugged driving in State Court of Cobb County.
Our three DUI law firm partners are all Super Lawyers, and all have 10.0 attorney reviews, with a cumulative 500+ client 5-star lawyer ratings. Both of our “of counsel” attorneys, who are former criminal court judges, also have perfect 10.0 AVVO attorney ratings.
Our lead Cobb County DUI lawyer is partner William C. “Bubba” Head, Georgia’s most recognized DUI lawyer. Since 1991, he has been a law book author on DUI laws, and a proven winner in Georgia criminal court cases across the State of Georgia for over 40 years.
Over the last 20 years, on multiple occasions and with multiple organizations, Mr. Head has been named the “Best Georgia DUI lawyer” or “Best Atlanta DUI lawyer.” In 2003, he was named the “Best DUI Lawyer in America” by the 600+ members of NCDD.com.
“Mr Head was a great communicator during the entire process. He was very understanding of my needs with the case. I would recommend him, and I have to many friends and coworkers.” (Retired CEO and Former Client)
Bubba Head has been a drunk driving book author for over a quarter of a century, and has authored or co-authored over a dozen books on DUI law. His first book, written in 1991, was written to tell clients how to beat a DUI, because most think that drunk driving cases cannot be won. That book, 101 Ways to Avoid a Drunk Driving Conviction, was the largest selling book on DUI law ever written.
Having spoken at over 300 legal seminars in criminal defense and DUI defense, the Board-Certified DUI specialist has also taken and sponsored multiple intensive, multi-day training courses on breathalyzer test administration, and making legal challenges to the accuracy and reliability of breath test evidence. Twice, Bubba Head, DUI Attorney Atlanta, has been named DUI Lawyer of the year, by one the most selective of lawyer ratings organizations, Best Lawyers in America.
Bubba Head is an expert on both the Intoxilyzer brand of alcohol breath test devices, and the Datamaster brand of breath alcohol test devices.
Cobb DUI lawyer Bubba Head has been a NHTSA field sobriety test instructor since 1999, and he originally took his first standardized field sobriety test practitioner (student) course in July of 1994.
He and the other DUI attorneys at his Cobb County law firm have represented thousands of accused clients, for both misdemeanor DUI and DUI felony charges.
Our Cobb County criminal law firm has an office near the historic Marietta Square:
Another Cobb County DUI lawyer with our office, Cory E. Yager, started his police career as a Cobb County police officer at age 19. At this job, he was given the State’s best police academy training on NHTSA standardized field sobriety tests, breathalyzer tests DUI enforcement, DUI court testimony, and Georgia traffic law.
Mr. Yager served as a Cobb County cop for almost 5 years, before transferring to the Roswell Police Department, so that he could obtain a more flexible work schedule while attending law school, when not on the job as a law enforcement officer.
While with the City of Roswell, Mr. Yager worked full-time as a police officer and attended law school, managing to graduate 2nd in his law school class.
By virtue of almost a decade of police work, and making over 1,000 DUI arrests, DUI Lawyer Cory Yager knows police training, understands how police officers carry out their duties, and appreciates the pressures police are under in complying with police department policies on DUI enforcement.
He went through the same impaired driving training as all regular police officers. Mr. Yager also received special training in three areas of specialized law enforcement that most police officers who make DUI arrests never receive:
Field training officer (FTO) – Mr. Yager was trained at Roswell Police Department to be the “on-the-road” trainer for DUI officers, and overseer of young police officers who are just learning the ropes as a cop, including how to make driving under the influence arrests. Less than one in 1,000 DUI attorneys in America can claim this advanced additional training before attending law school.
NHTSA standardized field sobriety test INSTRUCTOR training – The person who teaches other police officers is called an “instructor.” DUI attorney Cory Yager was trained as a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) field sobriety training instructor.
This multi-day instructor experience equipped him to dissect every step of an arresting officer’s drunk driving arrest, and to be able to point out every error made by your arresting officer, including in the:
This invaluable experience means criminal defense attorney Cory Yager is the best DUI lawyer in GA at spotting DUI arrest errors by police, and identifying any subtle actions (or omissions to act) by an arresting officer at a warrantless or illegal traffic stop, or at DUI checkpoints.
This former Cobb County police officer-turned-lawyer sees field sobriety tests on an entirely different level than attorneys without advanced driving while intoxicated training.
Advanced police computer forensics – While a Roswell Police officer, DUI lawyer Cory Yager was sent to be specially trained in computer forensics at Hoover, Alabama. This is where the national training facility provides training, equipment, and expertise in computer forensics and digital evidence analysis.
This special knowledge permits him to view all DUI cases in a different way, and use his knowledge of police communications and CAD downloads to locate and obtain information that is not readily obtainable in standard criminal defense discovery.
Mr. Yager has been part of an NHTSA training course for which Georgia attorneys receive training from Dr. Lance Platt, Ph.D. of College Station, Texas. Mr. Yager monitored and instructed the students on the proper methods of instructing DUI suspects, and medically clearing and grading the SFST when instructed and demonstrated fully.
Cobb County criminal lawyer Cory Yager attended the multi-day, December 2007 blood and urine laboratory training course sponsored by Mr. Head and conducted at Emory University Conference Center. The course was again given in San Diego, CA in May of 2008, and because a new group of instructors and lectures were being presented, Mr. Yager took a second multi-day training course to reinforce his initial forensic training on fighting blood alcohol tests, and challenging testing for drugs.
This second course covered metrology and in-depth analysis of marijuana testing, and how to beat a DUI where marijuana was the alleged impairing substance. Cory Yager is starting his ninth year as an Atlanta criminal defense attorney.
Cobb County DUI attorney Larry Kohn graduated from Emory University, went to work as a stockbroker, and then returned to law school at Georgia State University. He graduated magna cum laude from law school in 1998, and worked as a law clerk for Atlanta DUI attorney William C. Head during his last two years of law school.
While working at Mr. Head’s firm, Mr. Kohn wrote over 60 appellate briefs on Georgia DUI law for Mr. Head, on a wide variety of criminal law and drunk driving defense issues.
These briefs included Georgia implied consent law challenges, challenging the constitutionality of illegal DUI arrests, and seeking judicial review of trial errors made by prosecutors or judges.
Larry Kohn took the NHSTA standardized field sobriety course immediately after law school, and the INSTRUCTOR course in 1999. This Atlanta criminal defense attorney also completed the Intoxilyzer breath alcohol test multi-day training course in 2004, when top breath alcohol test experts from across America and outside the United States led the instruction.
Additionally, criminal attorney Larry Kohn attended the multi-day blood and urine laboratory training course sponsored by Mr. Head and conducted at Emory University Conference Center in December 2007.
Mr. Head, Mr. Yager, or Mr. Kohn will talk to you day, night, weekend, or holiday. We always pick up the phone, listen to your unique case circumstances, and give you a FREE professional case review.
Our GA DUI law firm also calls upon the criminal law and traffic law experience of a former judge, the Hon. Maurice H. Hilliard Jr., whose 59-year legal career in Georgia includes 33 years as a Municipal Court Judge in Georgia. Mr. Hilliard serves as an “of counsel attorney” to Mr. Head, for both criminal and civil cases.
Before serving as this court’s judge, he had been the Municipal Court of Roswell prosecutor, also called the solicitor-general. While serving as Judge of Roswell Municipal Court, Judge Hilliard presided over more than 150,000 misdemeanor cases, including tens of thousands of DUI misdemeanor cases.
Plus, as the Roswell GA judge, he acted as a magistrate judge, which involved preliminary hearings, issuing search warrants, signing arrest warrants, and (for felony cases), deciding which arrests made by police in Roswell, GA required a bind over to Fulton County Superior Court to be prosecuted as felony cases.
One more former judge is part of Mr. Head’s “of counsel” attorneys. Mickey G. Roberts served as a part-time Judge in both Lilburn Municipal Court until 1997, and at the same time as the Judge of Municipal Court of Suwanee, which he continued to do until the year 2000.
Here, Mr. Roberts oversaw thousands of driving while intoxicated cases at both courts, along with traffic offense cases and other misdemeanor crimes. Part of his job also entailed deciding on warrant issuance, preliminary hearings, motion hearings, and trials.
Cobb County DUI lawyer Mickey G. Roberts is well-known for his acumen in drunk driving defense, and brings 37 years of criminal defense experience to the table.
If you plan to give in immediately and plead guilty to drunk driving or drugged driving in Cobb County State Court, please don’t call us. Our careers and reputations in the legal community have been earned fighting and winning DUI cases – more than 10,000 of them in the past 20 years. Our job is to:
The Cobb County Police Department routinely arrests drivers for driving under the influence in the unincorporated areas of the fourth most populated county in Georgia. Within city limits, a host of police departments patrol the city’s streets, always on the lookout for erratic driving or broken equipment like a burned out headlight.
For example, within the city of Marietta, the Marietta Police Department patrols major roads like Cobb Parkway, Delk Road, and Church Street. If you were arrested for misdemeanor DUI by the Marietta PD, your case will begin in Marietta Municipal Court.
One of our veteran Marietta DUI attorneys will appear on your behalf at your arraignment and enter a plea of not guilty.
Other police departments in Cobb County include:
An arraignment in the State Court of Cobb County is your first court date, and it is scheduled within days of your arrest. This Court is located at 12 E. Park Square directly off Marietta Square. During the arraignment you or your Cobb County DUI lawyer will be informed of your criminal charges.
You do not have to attend your arraignment – we will appear in your place and enter a not guilty plea, plus file relevant motions to obtain as much of the State’s evidence as we can during the discovery phase of your case. This evidence includes a copy of your arrest video, your breath test and blood test results, and police officer reports.
You may be asking, “Is a DUI a felony in Georgia?” The answer is that almost every Cobb County DUI is classified as a misdemeanor. You will know if you have a felony DUI charge by looking on your traffic ticket that you received as you left the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.
Each charge will show as a misdemeanor or felony. A Cobb County felony DUI usually charge means that you caused property damage, injured or killed someone, or you already have multiple DUIs on your record.
Your Cobb County DUI lawyer knows how to get your DUI records from the State so he or she can begin to mount a successful defense. This includes Georgia Dept. of Driver Services records connected to motor vehicle crimes, and Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) records of general misdemeanor and felony arrests and convictions.
Our top Cobb County DUI attorneys regularly appear for clients for both DUI felony and DUI misdemeanor cases in driving under the influence cases, felony DUI drugs cases, and multiple DUI cases (habitual violator) in Cobb.
The Clerk of the State Court is Angie Davis, and Ms. Davis has experienced and helpful deputy clerks and assistant clerks to help anyone facing a DUI.
At the Cobb State Court arraignment hearing, you lawyer will meet you outside the assigned courtroom 15 minutes before the proceedings start, usually at 9:00 A.M. Once you walk into court, you will see other defendants sitting on long benches, some with their attorneys.
But most people show up to court without a criminal defense attorney. It is a fact that the majority of defendants either do not hire a professional Cobb County DUI lawyer who is a DUI expert, or they ask the Court to appoint a public defender.
You may be too broke to pay for a private criminal lawyer. The arraignment is your chance to get a court-appointed lawyer, assuming you qualify. To qualify for a public defender, the judge will instruct you to fill out paperwork to prove your financial need, and order you to pay a $50 processing fee. If you ultimately lose your DUI case, you must pay Cobb County BACK for these legal fees!
Other people arrested for DUI nervously walk up to the judge’s bench and plead guilty to all charges. We do not recommend doing this – ever!
Many tried and true ways exist to win your Cobb County DUI case, beginning with the exclusion of damaging evidence due to a Georgia implied consent law violation, to illegal pullovers and uncovering police procedural errors. Cobb County police make many DUI arrests every week, and they often make mistakes before, during, and after the arrest.
Only a trained DUI expert will find these errors, which happen fairly often. It is our job to uncover and attack police errors by filing motions to suppress, and cross-examining the arresting officer on the witness stand.
Our Cobb County DUI Lawyers Answer Your Call Around the Clock
Call us now at (404) 567-5515 for a FREE professional DUI case evaluation, and get a FREE copy of our 430-page “The DUI Book” that Bubba Head wrote to teach clients what to expect as their case proceeds.
Cobb County DUI lawyer Bubba Head and his law partners are here to show you how to beat a DUI in Cobb County GA. We will accept nothing less, or take your case to trial for you, to let a jury decide the outcome.