PINE LAKE DUI LAWYERS
Our Pine Lake DUI lawyers and DeKalb County DUI lawyers at the Towe Law Firm 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 Pine Lake or DeKalb County, our experienced lawyers at the Towe Law Firm will fight diligently and aggressively to defend you every step of the way.
We are experienced in handling cases in both the Pine Lake 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 Pine Lake 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 Pine Lake and DeKalb County.
Through our relationships and experience, we have been able to maneuver through the Pine Lake 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.
PINE LAKE MUNICIPAL COURT
Pine Lake 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
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:|
|Hours of Operation:||8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m|
|Monday through Friday (Except Holidays)|
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.