Have you been charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-391) in the City of Decatur? Did the officer charge you with under Alcohol, Drugs, Prescription medication, marijuana, Violation of Controlled Substances Act (V.G.C.S.A.)?

Did you receive this charge while leaving Eddies Attic,  Atlanta United Game, Atlanta Falcons Game or Atlanta Hawks Game? Maybe you were enjoying a night out at Iberian Pig, 246, Leons, Twains or leaving Buckhead, Midtown, Atlanta High Museum of Art, or The Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

You’ll need the assistance of a DUI lawyer who is not only familiar with the City of Decatur Municipal Court, but is also well known in that court system.

The criminal defense law offices of Michael D. Barber & Associates have extensive experience defending clients from DUI charges in the City of Decatur. Our office is well versed in defending and navigating the 30 day suspension letter, the Office of State Administrative Hearings, The Decatur Municipal Court and many other areas within representation for this charge.

A DUI is one of the most heavily used and frequently received charges in the City of Decatur.

Many people receive this charge who have never been in trouble. This charge is also the most inadequately represented charge in criminal law for clients.

An 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 lawyer who has the proper training to help you.

If handled improperly, a DUI charge can affect your license, your criminal history, time spent in jail, community representation and many other issues with your life.

  • Officers should have extensive training to properly investigate a Driving Under the Influence charge. An attorney should have the same training as the officers (or more) to properly represent YOU. This training assures proper representation for you and is another reason that YOU need an experienced DUI attorney.
  • Without an experienced lawyer, YOU will not be able to properly defend against an officer who has not had the proper training and made errors in evaluating your charge.

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 DUI, the officer is required by law to 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 a Driving Under the Influence charge are made by either the City of Decatur Police Department or a special division in the Georgia State Patrol called the Nighthawks. These Charges are heard at the Decatur Municipal Court. The Decatur Municipal Court is located at 420 West Trinity Place in the city of Decatur.

The charges would be heard in the main courtroom in Decatur Municipal Courthouse. The judges who would hear that charge is Rhathelia Stroud, Berryl Anderson and Lyndsay Jones. All charges in Decatur are prosecuted by the City of Decatur Solicitor Larry Steele.

Can my lawyer give a defense against my DUI charges?

You need the help of an experienced attorney to help you with these charges. Many people don’t realize that a DUI charge 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 Decatur DUI 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 criminal defense attorney who 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 DUI charge.”

For a FREE consultation and evaluation, call our firm. Our lawyers have the knowledge and skills for your defense.

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.

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.