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Arrested for DUI in Dekalb County
Bill Hardman is an experienced Dekalb County DUI lawyer. He knows the Dekalb County State Court where DUI jury trials are held in Dekalb County. If you have been arrested for DUI in Dekalb County, it is important to speak to a DUI attorney as soon as you can after your arrest.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Dekalb County or charged with DUI in any city located within Dekalb County it is important to remember these important steps:
10-Day Letter- You only have 10 business days from the date of your arrest to file for an appeal of the administrative suspension of your driver's license. You must send in a letter to the Georgia Department of Drivers Services to request a hearing on the administrative suspension of your license. This is a separate case from your criminal case! This case will be heard in the Office of State Administrative Hearings Court. The main issue or consequence at this hearing is that your Georgia Driver's license may be suspended for a period of one year. Also important is the fact that under any Implied Consent suspension, you will not be eligible for a limited driving permit or a work permit.
ALS Hearing- You should receive a court date in the mail that will let you know when your hearing on the administrative license suspension will be held. This is a crucial part of every DUI case because it allows your attorney to meet with the officer who arrested you in your case to see whether there may be a resolution to your administrative case without a license suspension. Your attorney will also be able to better understand the arresting officer's position in your criminal case as well as determine what some of the evidence may be.
Arraignment- your first court appearance will typically be your arraignment. At this hearing, you will have the right to have your charges formally read aloud in court or you may waive the reading of your charges. At this time you also will either plead guilty, not guilty, nolo, and demand either a bench or jury trial.
Motions- if You or your attorney has filed a motion to suppress your DUI arrest or any other aspect to you DUI arrest, then you may have a motion hearing that is scheduled prior to trial.
Trial- You may have a bench trial or a jury trial in Dekalb County State Court. Dekalb County State Court has jurisdiction over all misdemeanor offense charges in Dekalb County. If you have a bench trial then the Judge determines the facts and the law. If you have a jury trial in Dekalb County State Court, a jury of 6 people will hear your case and determine the facts. A jury trial is one of the most important aspects of being an American citizen. The 6th Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees your right to a speedy and public trial by jury in the district where you have been charged with the crime. It also guarantees that you are able to confront the witnesses against you, call witnesses in your favor and have the right to the assistance of a lawyer in your case. Your trial is your opportunity to challenge the field sobriety tests, any statements made by any witnesses against you, any statements or reports made by the arresting officer, or any other evidence against you. Certain evidence may or may not be admissible in your trial so it is important that you have an experienced Georgia DUI attorney represent you in your case.
Experienced Dekalb County DUI Lawyer
It is important that you speak with a licensed Georgia attorney about your DUI case as soon as possible after your arrest to make sure that you are doing everything to challenge your DUI charge and combat any potential effect on your Georgia Driver's License and your criminal record. If you demand a jury trial in your Dekalb County DUI case, your trial will be held in the State Court of Dekalb County.
Dekalb County DUI If you are arrested for DUI in Dekalb County and would like to ask us questions about your DUI case or your driver's license, please give our office a call or fill out the free and confidential DUI online inquiry form below. If you fill out this form Bill Hardman will call you to discuss your DUI case.
William S. Hardman, Jr., P.C. 210 Washington Street, NW, Suite 104 P. O. Box 438 Gainesville, GA 30503 Phone 770-530-1164 Fax 844-894-2462 No information contained on this website is to be construed as legal advice in your case. Please consult with a licensed Georgia attorney before making any legal decisions in your case.