Have you been charged with Driving Under the Influence (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-391) in the City of Smyrna?
Did you receive a City of Smyrna DWI charge while leaving the Atlanta United Game, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta, Braves or Atlanta Hawks Game? Maybe you were enjoying a night out at Vinings, Porch Light, Atkins Park, Zucca, Suntrust Park, Buckhead, Midtown, Atlanta High Museum of Art, or The Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
You’ll need the assistance of a law firm that is not only familiar with charges in the City of Smyrna, but is also well known in the Smyrna court system.
Did the officer charge you with a DUI under Alcohol, Drugs, Prescription medication, marijuana, Violation of Controlled Substances Act (V.G.C.S.A.)?
The law offices of Michael D. Barber & Associates have extensive experience defending clients from Driving Under the Influence charges in the City of Smyrna. Our office is well versed in defending and navigating the 30 day suspension letter, the Office of State Administrative Hearings, The Smyrna Municipal Court and many other complicated areas.
- The alcohol version of this charge is one of the most heavily used and frequently received charges in the Smyrna Municipal Court system. Many people receive a DUI who have never been in trouble.
- This charge is also the most inadequately represented charge in criminal law. The 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. This training assures proper representation for you in the court system and is another reason that YOU need an experienced attorney.
- That is why YOU need to find a lawyer who has the proper training to help you.
- If handled improperly, this charge can affect your license, your criminal history, time spent in jail, community representation and many other issues with your life.
As mentioned the most typical, and frequently used, charge is under alcohol. Officers should have extensive training to properly investigate a DUI charge. The attorney should have the same training as the officers (or more) to properly represent YOU in defending YOUR charge. Without an experienced lawyer, YOU will not be able to properly defend against a Smryna officer who has not had the proper training and made errors in evaluating 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 Driving Under the Influence in Smyrna the officer is required by law to arrest them and retain their driver’s license. The officer then issues a DDS 1205 form. This form is the officer’s notice to you of the officer’s intention to suspend YOUR privileges to operate a motor vehicle. You must write a 30 day response letter to stop the suspension.
Arrests for DUI charges in Smyrna are made by either the City of Smyrna Police Department, Cobb County Police Department, Department of Public Safety or a special division in the Georgia State Patrol called the Nighthawks. All Charges are heard at the Smyrna Municipal Court. The Smyrna Municipal Court is located at 2800 King Street in the city of Smyrna. All charges are heard in the main courtroom in Smyrna Municipal Courthouse. The judge who would hear any charge is Chief Judge Phyllis Gingrey Collins. Any charge in Smyrna is prosecuted by the City of Smyrna Solicitor Tim Williams.
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Just because you have been charged with a DUI does not mean that you have to accept guilt. It means you need to hire an experienced attorney to mount a proper defense for YOUR charges.
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