Driving home after partying at the Tongue and Groove in Buckhead, and you suddenly notice the flashing blue and red lights in your rearview mirror? Leaving a Hawks game or a concert in Philip’s Arena after a few drinks, and someone hits your car from behind? Headed home after hotdogs and beer in Piedmont Park and you get pulled over for running a red light? These bad events happen to everyone. But if you have been drinking, even just a little, then you could be charged with DUI. If this happens, you need an experienced DUI attorney who concentrates almost exclusively on defending DUI cases.
I am an experienced DUI attorney, devoting 100% of my practice to DUI and related charges. I know the Georgia court system well and practice regularly in both the Sandy Springs Municipal Court and the Fulton County State Court. I 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 Sandy Springs and Fulton County. Through my relationships and experience, I have been able to maneuver through these court systems and consistently negotiate favorable decisions for my clients. View my recent success stories here. When a trial is necessary, I vigorously and aggressively fight for a favorable jury decision.
I offer you a FREE consultation by phone or in person to discuss your DUI case. If you call my firm, you will speak with me directly. I will not hand you off to some junior attorney with whom you have never spoken. I 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.
I wish to highlight the seriousness of this DUI charge and importance of speaking with an attorney. Regardless of how hopeless you think your case may be, you owe it to yourself to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer. I am passionate about working hard to get a favorable result in every case I take on. Call my cell 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. I look forward to hearing from you and helping put your mind at some ease during this difficult time of yours.
Sandy Springs Municipal Court (from Sandy Springs Municipal Court’s website)::
The Sandy Springs Municipal Court considers the fair and timely adjudication of cases among its top priorities. Paramount to our approach is a customer-driven, service-oriented atmosphere in which victims, defendants and all other customers are treated with the utmost respect and concern, by a highly trained, efficient staff.
Principal activities of the Municipal Court include:
- Conduct arraignments for all defendants charged with applicable traffic and criminal misdemeanors in the City of Sandy Springs. This is the defendants’ opprotunity to enter a plea or negotiate a settlement in their cases. Felonies and certain criminal misdemeanors are prosecuted in the Fulton County State Court.
- Hold bench trials for those defendants who have pleaded “not guilty.” A bench trial is heard by a Judge as opposed to a jury. Jury trials are held in Fulton County State Court.
- Adjudicate all alleged violations of Sandy Springs environmental, building and development codes.
- Maintain complete and accurate records of all court proceedings.
- The follow is not appropriate dress for court appearances:
- Ripped or torn jeans
- Baggy pants that fall below the waist
- Tank tops
- Halters or bare midriffs
- Hair curlers or hats
- Bare feet
- Muscle Shirts
- Clothing with emblems that condone illegal or inappropriate activity
- Clothing depicting violence, sexual acts, profanity or illegal drugs
- Items Not Allowed into the Courtroom
- Laptops, Newspapers, Magazines and Large Backpacks
- Books and Tablet Computers will be allowed into the courtroom.
Individuals with City citations (code and traffic violations) should report on their assigned court date to the following location:
Sandy Springs Municipal Court
7840 Roswell Road Building 500
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
If you have questions regarding your citation or court appearance, you can telephone the Court at 770-206-2075 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
- Anyone under the age of 21 must appear in court and bring a parent/legal guardian or proof of emancipation.
- If you are unsure of your court date and/or time please visit the Online Payment system to look up your information.
- Citation payments will be accepted online up to 24 hours before your scheduled court date, on in person by 5:00 p.m.on your court date.
- Payments made after this date must be made in person at the Sandy Springs Municipal Court.
- Accepted forms of payment include: Master Card, Visa, Money Order, or Cash (in person only).
- Personal checks will only be accepted in person
The Sandy Springs 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 Fulton County State Court, as Fulton County State Court has jurisdiction to hear motions and jury trials.
Fulton County Courthouse, 185 Central Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Once transferred to State Court your case could sit in the 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 the 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 courtroom, it is important that your attorney know the nuances and procedures of each judge. Our 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 Fulton County State Court and have good, solid working relationships with them. From the Fulton County State Court website:
The State Court operates under the laws of the State of Georgia to try all criminal cases below the grade of felony. The State Court also tries all civil actions regardless of the amount in controversy. This includes attachments, garnishments, proceedings against tenants, foreclosures, and all other actions in which jurisdiction is not in the Superior Court. The State Court Administrator and the State Court Chief Clerk are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the State Court Judges. The Clerk performs the same duties that are by law required of the Clerk of Superior Court, so far as these duties are applicable to and are not inconsistent with the provision of the laws of Georgia.
State Court – Judges
- Chief Judge John R. Mather – Division G
- Judge Patsy Y. Porter – Division B
- Judge Myra H. Dixon – Division C
- Judge Diane E. Bessen – Division J
- Judge Fred C. Eady – Division Y
- Judge Susan E. Edlein – Division D
- Judge Jay M. Roth – Division A
- Judge Wesley B. Tailor – Division H
- Judge Jane Morrison – Division E
- Judge Eric A. Richardson – Division F
The State Court Criminal Division is solely responsible for handling misdemeanor cases.
Shelia Shah, Chief Deputy Clerk, 404-612-5094
The State Court Criminal Division is solely responsible to handle misdemeanor cases. All felony cases are handled by the Fulton County Superior Court. (http://www.fultoncourt.org/sca200807/.) They can be reached at 404-612-5344 or 404-612-5345.
The Criminal Division of State Court is located in the Charles L. Carnes Building at:
160 Pryor Street, S.W.
First Floor, Room J-150
ATLANTA, GA 30303
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 request 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 Acworth DUI attorneys and Cobb 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.
… Getting a DUI in Atlanta, Fulton County can be nerve racking. A DUI charge in Atlanta, Fulton County can stay with you for life. A Atlanta, Fulton County can affect your insurance. Getting a DUI in Atlanta, Fulton County can affect your employment prospects. If you were to get a Atlanta, Fulton County, it could affect your ability to go to graduate school. Therefore you need to hire a DUI attorney / DUI lawyer to represent you in Atlanta or Fulton County. A DUI attorney or DUI lawyer will have more in depth knowledge of DUI law than just a generalist attorney or lawyer.If you have a DUI charge in Atlanta, Fulton County, then you should contact an attorney / lawyer who knows Atlanta, Fulton County well and handles many cases there. A DUI charge is serious in Atlanta, Fulton County. A first time DUI in Atlanta, Fulton County can result in sever penalties, including jailtime, $1000 fine, community service, DUI school, drug and alcohol evaluation and MADD meetings.
A DUI conviction in Atlanta, Fulton County can alter your life. The DUI conviction will always be on your record. Thus, when you apply for jobs in Atlanta, Fulton County, a potential employer who checks your record, can easily pull up information that you have had a DUI. If you do get a DUI charge in Atlanta, Fulton County, call the Towe Law Firm. Our lawyers and attorneys work often on DUI cases in Atlanta, Fulton County and will word diligently and hard for you. Fulton County.
If you live in Atlanta or Fulton County and get a DUI charge, you need to call the Towe Law Firm. Our attorneys and lawyers work exclusively on DUIs and related charges. The police in Atlanta and Fulton County are tough on DUIs and arrest people for DUI charges all of the time.
The police in Atlanta and Fulton County have really cracked down on DUIs. There are DUI tasks forces with Atlanta and Fulton County police specifically trained for DUI detection. Their main job is to look for possible DUIs in Atlanta and Fulton County. Most of these officers work at night where they patrol the streets of Atlanta and Fulton County looking for potential DUI drivers.
If you are out at a bar in Atlanta or Fulton County and you think you could be a DUI driver, you should have a sober friend drive you home or call a taxi. A DUI will stay on your record for life. Atlanta and Fulton County have strict laws on DUIs. However, if you do get arrested for DUI in Atlanta or Fulton County, call the Towe Law Firm, as we have attorneys who are trained on DUIs in Atlanta and Fulton County.
If you are arrested for DUI in Atlanta or Fulton County, then you need to hire an attorney / lawyer who specializes in DUI defense. At the Towe Law Firm, we have DUI attorneys / lawyers who work extensively defending DUIs in Atlanta and Fulton County