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DUI cases in Atlanta Municipal Court
Have you been arrested for a DUI in Atlanta? Atlanta DUI cases are handled differently than DUI cases in some jurisdictions. You will need to have an experienced Georgia DUI lawyer review your case as soon as possible after your arrest. There are time deadlines with regards to the suspension of your driver's license that begin the next day after the date of your arrest. Your first court appearance will typically be in the Atlanta Municipal Court.
As in any DUI case in Georgia, there are several important issues to remember. If you have a received a temporary driving permit (DDS Form 1205), you only have 30 days from the date of your arrest to send in the 30-day letter for the purpose of requesting an appeal hearing on the administrative suspension of your license. You may also have the option to request an Ignition Interlock Device Limited Permit.
Quick Appearance in Atlanta Municipal Court
You may have court only days after you are arrested in the City of Atlanta. The Atlanta Municipal Court may give you a reset at your first court appearance to allow you the opportunity to speak with an attorney. The next hearing/hearings is referred to as an inquiry hearing. The purpose of this hearing to to see whether or not you have decided to retain an attorney, and, if so, if the State responded to any discovery requests. Your last or "Final Hearing" will be the final hearing in Atlanta Municipal Court for your DUI case and you will have to appear at this hearing with your attorney.
Typically, as with other criminal cases, your options are generally: enter a plea of guilty/not guilty, demand a bench trial in front of the Judge, or bind your case over for a jury trial in the State Court of Fulton County. Atlanta Municipal Court does not have jurisdiction over jury trials so if you would like to have a jury trial then your case must be bound over to Fulton County State Court.
Experienced Atlanta DUI Attorney
Bill Hardman has handled many DUI cases in the Atlanta Municipal Court so he is familiar with the court and its procedures. If you have any questions about your Atlanta DUI case please submit an online inquiry form through our website or call our office for a free consultation.
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Atlanta DUI Courts
Atlanta Municipal Court
Below is the map to the Atlanta Municipal Court:
Fulton County State Court
Your Atlanta DUI case may also be in Fulton County State Court. If you are having a jury trial in your Atlanta DUI case, your case will be heard in Fulton County State Court. A map to the Fulton County Courthouse is below: