DUI Doraville

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 Doraville 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 Doraville 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.   Doraville Municipal Court (from DMC website): *Please Note: The Court has issued a statement as it pertains to decorum in the Court. Please remeber that City Court is a court of law. Please exercise common sense in choosing your attire. Also, keep in mind that certain items are not allowed. Click here to download pdf copy of the notice or scroll down to the section on “What you need to know before coming to Court.” The Municipal Court of Doraville is located at 3765 Park Avenue in Doraville (30340). The Court has jurisdiction over traffic offenses and city ordinances that occur within the city limits of Doraville. This court also hears MARTA and Georgia State Patrol traffic offenses that occur within the city limits of Doraville. The fine for some offenses may be paid without appearing in court on the date listed on your citation, other violations require a mandatory court appearance. Please call the court at (770) 455-1001 to determine if you must appear, or if your fine can be paid in lieu of appearing in court. Please allow a minimum of ten (10) business days from the date you received your citation to allow the court to receive your citation information and input it into our system. If you do not have to appear in court, you may pay your fine in person or by mail, and the payment must be received by the court date indicated on your citation. If you choose to pay your fine prior to the court date in lieu of appearing in court, a judgment of guilty will be entered for your case. In any event, know your rights. *Advisement of Rights (Please download and review this document before appearing in Court) Payment Information Payments must be made in the form of cash, credit/ debit card, money order, or certified check. The City accepts Mastercard, Visa and Discover. When paying in person, you may pay during our regular business hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The court office is closed for court after 12:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When mailing your payment, please make your money order or cashier’s check payable to: Doraville Municipal Court 3765 Park Avenue Doraville, Georgia 30340 PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH PAYMENTS THROUGH THE MAIL.  CASH PAYMENTS CAN ONLY BE ACCEPTED IN PERSON. Please include your citation, or a copy of it, with your payment. Make sure your citation number is written on your payment. Online Payments (click on the tab below to pay a fine online)

Rescheduling Court Dates You are entitled to one (1) reschedule – the Court Clerk may grant one continuance of a scheduled court date. You must contact the court at least two (2) business days prior to your court date to request that. If another continuance is desired after that, you must request it of the Judge in person on your scheduled court date. Failure to Appear If you fail to appear in court on the date indicated on your citation, or if you fail to pay your fine by your court date, a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest, and/or your driver’s license may be suspended. A Contempt of Court fee will also be added to your total fine. Dispositions Certified copies of the disposition of your case are available one (1) week after your case has been disposed of. You may request the certified copy in person at the court house on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Please bring your picture ID. The cost for the disposition is $2.00 per copy. Community Service If you were ordered as part of your sentence to complete community service, you may do so at any non-profit organization. Proof must be turned in to the court by the date indicated to you by the Judge or Solicitor, and must be provided in writing on a letterhead from the agency where the community service work was performed. The letter must include the dates and total hours of work completed, as well as a contact name and number whom the Court Clerk may call to verify such information. Defensive Driving and DUI Schools If you were ordered to complete a Defensive Driving Course or attend a DUI School as part of your sentence, you must bring the original certificate of completion to the court by the date indicated to you by the Judge or Solicitor. For a list of state-approved Defensive Driving and DUI schools, please contact the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services. We do not accept courses completed on-line. FULTON COUNTY STATE COURT The Doraville 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

Fulton County Courthouse

Fulton County Courthouse

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

The State Court Criminal Division is solely responsible for handling misdemeanor cases.

             Shelia Shah, Chief Deputy Clerk, 404-612-5094

       Staff Phone Numbers
Patricia Lewis  404-613-5084
April Champion  404-612-5092
Melissa Grace  404-612-2943
Ketalia Middlebrooks  404-612-2944
Cayce Strong  404-612-5084
Kanika Young  404-612-2942


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 (404) 612-5085

  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. Click Here To Request The 10 Day Letter

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