DUI Dunwoody

DUNWOODY DUI LAWYERS

Our Dunwoody DUI lawyers and DeKalb County DUI lawyers at the The Law Firm of Travis Towe are available 24 / 7 to discuss your case.  Just call us at 404.993.9172, and you will be able to speak with an experienced DUI attorney directly, not a secretary or paralegal. If you are charged with a DUI in the City of Dunwoody or DeKalb County, our experienced Decatur DUI lawyers and DeKalb County DUI lawyers at the Law Firm of W. Travis Towe  will fight diligently and aggressively to defend you every step of the way.

We are experienced in handling cases in both the Dunwoody Municipal Court as well as the State Court of DeKalb County. We are experienced DUI attorneys, devoting most all of our practice to DUI and related charges that often accompany DUI charges.  We know the Georgia court system well and practice regularly in both the Dunwoody Municipal Court and the DeKalb County State Court.  We know many of the judges and prosecutors in both of these courts as well as the police officers and state troopers who are dedicated to the DUI task forces in Dunwoody and DeKalb County.

Through our relationships and experience, we have been able to maneuver through the Dunwoody and DeKalb County court system and consistently negotiate favorable decisions for our clients.  View our recent success stories here.  When a trial is necessary, we vigorously and aggressively fight for a favorable jury decision.

We offer you a FREE consultation by phone or in person to discuss your DUI case.  If you call our firm, you will speak with an experienced Decatur DUI attorney directly.  We will not hand you off to some junior attorney with whom you have never spoken. We will handle all aspects of your very important case personally. You deserve total representation from the experienced attorney with whom you consulted and hired, not from a junior associate.

We wish to highlight the seriousness of this DUI charge and importance of speaking with a Dunwoody DUI attorney and DeKalb County DUI attorney.  Regardless of how hopeless you think your case may be, you owe it to yourself to discuss your case with an experienced Dunwoody / DeKalb County attorney.  We are passionate about working hard to get a favorable result in every case we take on.  Call us at 404-993-9172 now to set up an appointment at your convenience.  You have nothing to lose by calling and potentially a lot to gain.  We look forward to hearing from you and helping put your mind at some ease during this difficult time of yours.

 DUNWOODY MUNICIPAL COURT (from Dunwoody Municipal Court’s website)


Trina Gallien
Court Administrator

Municipal Court Location
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 103
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Phone: 678-382-6973
Fax: 770-396-4717
dunwoody.courts@dunwoodyga.gov

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

 Probation Services Locations:

Dunwoody

1530 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Suite 206
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Phone:  770-673-8085
Fax: 770-673-8087
www.sentrak.com

Frequently Asked Questions
Click above for a quick reference to commonly asked questions and additional information regarding Municipal Court.

 Dunwoody Municipal Court has jurisdiction over violations of State law and local ordinances that occur within the city limits of Dunwoody, Georgia. These violations include most traffic related violations and various misdemeanors.

Utilizing the most steadfast technology, the Administration of Dunwoody Municipal Court is committed to ensuring the accuracy of all court records, account for all fines and fees receipted in a transparent manner, and strive to provide expeditious, fair and reliable adjudication of all cases while providing courteous customer service to its customers and community in a professional manner.

The City of Dunwoody Municipal Court is holding an Amnesty Program for individuals with past due traffic citations and or active bench warrants for failing to appear in court. The incentive of the program is to promote lawful driving privileges, settle outstanding violations with the court and reduce arrests.

Amnesty will run during the months of June and July, 2014 at the Dunwoody Municipal Court located at 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 103, Dunwoody, Georgia 30346. Individuals may walk-in to the Municipal Court on Mondays as well as Wednesday through Friday during the hours of 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. only, no exceptions.
During that time if individuals pay their fines in full, all contempt fees will be forgiven. If the individual’s offense(s) requires a mandatory court appearance, the individual will be granted a future court date to appear before a Judge and all warrants will be cleared and warrant fees forgiven.

Forms of payments that will be accepted are cash, money order, cashier checks, and credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only) NO PERSONAL CHECKS. For more information, please contact the City of Dunwoody Municipal Court at 678-382-6973.

Arraignments are held:
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday 6:00 p.m

Thursday 1:00 p.m. (Bi-weekly)

Trials are held:
The last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. only

Dressing for Court:

If you are appearing in court, you should dress appropriately and in a manner that shows respect for the court. Not dressing properly for court will delay your hearing and may require you to appear more than once.

You should NOT wear:

· Miniskirts or shorts
· Ripped or torn jeans exposing skin/body parts
· Flip flops
· Sunglasses (unless prescribed)
· Hats inside the courtroom (except those worn for religious purposes)
· T-shirts depicting violence, sexual acts, profanity, or illegal drugs
· Baggy pants that fall below the waist
· Tube or halter tops/spaghetti straps/plunging necklines/midriffs
· Muscle shirts (usually worn as undergarments)

Payments:
Please allow a minimum of 6 to 72 hours from the date of issuance for your citation to be processed. If you are unable to access your citation(s) online after such time, please contact the court.

Hours for Payments
Monday – Friday (excluding major holidays)
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
To avoid late penalties, citation payments must be paid on or before your scheduled court date and time. If you are unable to pay your citation online, you must appear in court on your scheduled court date and time as indicated on your citation. If you have missed your court date, you are now in failure to appear status and payments must be made in person at the Dunwoody Municipal Court.

Accepted forms of payment include: Master Card, Visa, Money Order, or Cash (in person only).
No personal checks accepted. Pay your Citations Online

If you have been issued a citaiton and have questions concerning point violations and/or license suspensions, please click (here) to the Department of Driver Services or contact their offices at 678-413-8400.

 Attorneys of Record

Any attorney representing a defendant in this Court must first file an Entry of Appearance prior to the scheduled court date and time with the Clerk’s office either in person or mail. The Clerk’s office will also accept an E.O.A. via email as a PDF attachment at dunwoody.courts@dunwoodyga.govPlease do not mail or fax dupliciate copies if you have previously submitted them via email.

In areas of conflict, the Court request notice at least 30 days prior to the scheduled court date and time. Concerning newly retained cases, the Court request a courtesy notice at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled court date and time. The Clerk’s office will respond to your request within 24 hours during normal business hours Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

Probation 
Dunwoody Municipal Court has contracted Sentinel Offender Services, LLC to manage the Probation Division which monitors defendants who have been ordered to complete special conditions by the Court, as well as those who must pay fines and fees as assessed by the Court.

Sentinel Offender Services, LLC
1530 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Suite 206
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Phone: 770-673-8085
Fax: 770-673-8087
www.sentrak.com

DEKALB COUNTY STATE COURT

Dunwoody Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction.  Motions to suppress and jury trials cannot be heard here.  Thus, if your case requires motions or a potential jury trial and cannot be settled in Municipal Court, then a good option and strategy is to bind it over (transfer) to State Court, as DeKalb County State Court has jurisdiction to hear motions and jury trials.

DeKalb County Courthouse, 556 N. McDonough Street, Decatur, GA 30030-3356, 404-371-2261

DeKalb County Courthouse

Once transferred to DeKalb County State Court, your case could sit in the DeKalb County Solicitor’s Officer for several months before it gets formally accused.  During this time, your case is in limbo, and you just must wait until it is accused.  Once it is accused, the case get’s a case number and is assigned to one of seven DeKalb County State Court judges and to one of the Solicitors who work in that particular courtroom.

Since each judge has his / her own particular way of handling his / her DeKalb County State courtroom, it is important that your attorney know the nuances and procedures of each judge.  Our DeKalb Count State Court attorneys regularly practice in front of these judges and are well aware of the operations.  We are also familiar with all of the solicitors working in DeKalb County State Court and have good, solid working relationships with them. From the DeKalb County State Court website:

The State Court of DeKalb County consists of seven (7) Court Divisions, the Clerk’s office, the Marshal’s Office and a Probation Office. Each Judge is selected in a county wide election and serves a four (4) year term. Melanie Wilson is the Clerk of DeKalb County State Court.  Information on DeKalb County State Court can be found below (taken from DeKalb County State Court website):

Clerk’s Office: Melanie F. Wilson, Clerk
Location: DeKalb County Courthouse, 2nd Floor, Suite 230
556 N. McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Main Phone Number: 404-371-2261
Contact Us via eMail: eMail
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m
Monday through Friday (Except Holidays)

ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION HEARING If you have been arrested for DUI and blew over the legal limit for someone of your age and drivers license class, then the law requires that the arresting officer give you a temporary license (8.5 x 11 yellow paper).  This temporary license is known as form DS-1205 and also acts to serve notice to you that your license will be suspended 30 days from arrest unless you send in $150 to the Georgia Department of Drivers Services requesting an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Hearing.

An ALS Hearing is a civil action taken by the State of Georgia to try to suspend your license before the adjudication (resolution) of your criminal DUI case.  The administrative license suspension case is an important and, frequently, a critical part of your DUI case. The hearing upon the administrative license suspension action can provide valuable information in the defense of your Georgia DUI charge. With the filing of a request for hearing within 10 days from the date of arrest, your driving privileges are extended beyond the 30 days, which your temporary permit is valid for. The administrative license suspension case can play a crucial role in how you proceed in the criminal portion of your DUI case.

If you received a yellow 30-day temporary license and your license was confiscated, then you have only TEN BUSINESS DAYS from the date of your arrest to send a letter to the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety to request an administrative license suspension (ALS) hearing to try to save your license from being suspended. Otherwise, your license will be automatically suspended once your 30-day temporary license expires. This suspension could be for a full year and could leave you WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF GETTING A LIMITED DRIVING PERMIT.

Our firm will send in this 10-day letter for you for free. You only need to provide us with the necessary information and pay the $150 fee that the State of Georgia requires for submitting a request for an ALS hearing. If you prefer to mail in the letter yourself, you can download this “10 Day Letter” for free. This “10 Day” Letter contains all of the elements needed to preserve your rights to an ALS hearing.

The strategy on how to handle an ALS Hearing is important, as it can dictate how your criminal DUI case proceeds.  Our Decatur DUI attorneys and DeKalb County DUI attorneys know the strategies and tactics necessary to provide you with solid advice on how to proceed with your ALS Hearing.  We will review your case thoroughly and decide on the strategy that best suits your individual and unique case.  Contact the Towe Law Firm at 404.993.9172 to discuss your DUI case and ALS case with experienced DUI attorneys.

In the overwhelming majority of the ALS Hearing cases that the Towe Law Firm has handled, we have been able to prevent our clients’ licenses from being suspended at the hearing.  Therefore, you will be in great hands if we handle your case.  Call us at 404.993.9172 to for a free consultation on your DUI and ALS cases today.

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