City of Atlanta DUI (Driving Under the Influence) (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-391)
Have you been charged with Driving Under the Influence in the City of Atlanta? Did the officer charge you with for violations involving Alcohol, Drugs, Prescription medication, marijuana, Violation of Georgia Controlled Substances Act (V.G.C.S.A.)? Many people think that you can only receive this type of charge for alcohol but that isn’t true. The statute for DUI has five different subsections and only two of them involve alcohol. The other three involve drugs (including prescription medications) glue or aerosol or toxic vapors or any combination of them.
Did you receive a City of Atlanta Driving Under the Influence charge while leaving the Atlanta United Game, Atlanta Falcons Game or Atlanta Hawks Game? Maybe you were enjoying a night out in Buckhead, East Atlanta Village, The Foundry, Midtown, Atlanta High Museum of Art, or The Atlanta Botanical Gardens. You need the assistance of a law firm that is not only familiar with the Municipal Court for the City of Atlanta but is also well known in that court system.
The law offices of Michael D. Barber & Associates has extensive experience defending clients from DUI charges in the City of Atlanta. Our office is well versed in defending and navigating the DUI 30 day suspension letter, the Office of State Administrative Hearings, The Atlanta Municipal Court and many other complicated areas within representation for a City of Atlanta Driving Under the Influence charge.
A City of Atlanta DUI charge is one of the most heavily used and frequently received charges in the City of Atlanta and because of this the charge has its own special court assignments at the City of Atlanta Municipal Court. Many people receive a Atlanta Driving Under the Influence Charge who have never been in trouble. This charge is also the most inadequately represented charge in criminal law for clients. A Criminal Defense Attorney MUST have Proper training to assure that the client receives the representation for which they are not only looking but for which they are paying. That is why you need to find a Criminal Defense Lawyer who has the proper training to help you. If handled improperly, a Atlanta DUI charge can affect your license, your criminal history, time spent in jail, community representation and many other issues with your life.
The most typical, and frequently used, charge for a DUI is alcohol. Officer’s should have extensive training to properly investigate a this type of charge. YOUR Attorney should have the same training as the officers (or more) to properly represent YOU. Proper training assures good and thorough representation for you in court and is another reason that YOU need a experienced DUI Lawyer. Without experience YOU will not be able to properly defend against a Atlanta officer who has not had the proper training and made errors in YOUR arrest.
Officers should have training under Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), or Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) or Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). These three different levels of training are provided to officers by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration that any investigation into DUI is done properly and assure that citizens are properly arrested. Prior to the involvement of the tests crafted by the NHTSA officers would have you recite the alphabet backwards, pick up coins off the floor and do many other tasks that were “unregulated” and not enforceable.
Whenever someone is arrested for a Atlanta DUI, the officer is required by law to arrest them and retain their drivers license. The officer then issues a DDS 1205 form. This form is the officers notice to You of the officers intention to suspend YOUR privileges to operate a motor vehicle. You must write a 30 day response letter to stop the suspension.
Arrests for a Atlanta DUI charge are made by either the City of Atlanta Police Department or a special division in the Georgia State Patrol called the Nighthawks. These Atlanta DUI Charges are heard at the Atlanta Municipal Court. The Atlanta Municipal Court is located at 150 Garnett Street in the city of Atlanta. The Atlanta DUI charges would be heard in one of two courtrooms which are for Judge Gundy and Judge Bey. All charges in the Municipal Court for the City of Atlanta are prosecuted by the City of Atlanta Solicitor’s office.
CAN I GIVE A DEFENSE TO THESE CHARGES?
You need the help of an experienced City of Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney to help you with these charges for Driving Under the Influence. Many people don’t realize that a these charges can affect the rest of their life. The Charge would now be a part of your criminal history when you apply to rent a house, a home loan, and even promotions at work, not to mention applying for a new job. This charge will follow you for the rest of your life and cause issues every time it “pops up.” An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you with this charge both in how the court treats you and how it effects your future. As former prosecutors, our criminal defense attorneys know and understand that the prosecution, or in almost every case – team of prosecutors, are highly skilled and trained to get a conviction on your case. That means it’s time to hire an experienced DUI Atlanta Defense attorney that knows how to evaluate both sides of the case. Our team of lawyers are former prosecutors and know how to mount a proper defense for your City of Atlanta Driving Under the Influence Charge.
For a free consultation and evaluation of your Atlanta DUI charges call our firm. Our Firm has the knowledge and skills to make a proper defense for YOU.
Just because you have been charged with a City of Atlanta DUI does not mean that you have to accept guilt, it means you need to hire a experienced attorney to mount a proper defense for your Atlanta Driving Under the Influence charges.
Our offices have a 24 hour response line (404-445-8494) and someone is available to answer your call and help. Call us now for a free case evaluation.