Flowery Branch DUI Lawyer
DUI charges in Flowery Branch, Georgia
What court will I be in?
A Flowery Branch DUI case may be in Flowery Branch Municipal Court or in Hall County State Court.
Bill Hardman has represents clients in the Flowery Branch Municipal Court. As with every court, Flowery Branch has their own operating procedures so it is helpful to have an attorney who is familiar with the court. If you have been charged with DUI in Flowery Branch, it is important to speak to a lawyer who specializes in DUI cases so that you can aggressively defend your case from the start. One of the very first deadlines that you may encounter in your DUI case is the 30-day letter deadline. You may have read about the 10-day letter online. That is OLD GEORGIA LAW. Now, you have 30 days to appeal the administrative suspension of your license. You may also be able to get an ignition interlock device limited driving/work permit. Generally, you must choose to either appeal the suspension of your license or the interlock device. The 30-day letter sent to the Georgia Department of Driver Services to request a hearing on the administrative suspension of your license. Usually a driver that is arrested for DUI will receive a document entitled "Temporary Driving Permit." At the bottom of the document it should be noted as the GA DDS FORM 1205. One of the most common errors made by individuals that have been charged with DUI in Georgia is to wait until the end of the 45-day temporary permit to speak with a lawyer. Once 30 days have passed after the date of your arrest, it is usually too late to file for an appeal of your administrative driver's license suspension or request an ignition interlock device limited permit.
Challenging your DUI case
You need to have a lawyer who is familiar with the DUI law. It is an area of the law that is constantly changing. Much of the law concerning limited permits and administrative suspensions to your driver's license changed on July 1, 2017. There have been multiple decisions by the Georgia Supreme Court on DUI laws almost every year. Bill Hardman has written appellate briefs in the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court in DUI cases. Bill also appeared in the Georgia Supreme Court as co-counsel where defense counsel argued that a defendant's prior DUI conviction should not be admissible in a current DUI case.