DUI Duluth


Our Duluth and Gwinnett 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 Duluth or Gwinnett County, our experienced Duluth DUI lawyers and Gwinnett County DUI 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 Duluth Municipal Court as well as the State Court of Gwinnett 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 the Duluth Municipal Court and Gwinnett County State Court.  We know many of the judges and prosecutors as well as the police officers and state troopers who are dedicated to the DUI task forces in Duluth and Gwinnett County.

Through our relationships and experience, we have been able to maneuver through the Gwinnett 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 Duluth 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 Duluth DUI attorney and Gwinnett 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 Duluth attorney / Gwinnett 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.


From Duluth Municipal Court’s website:


Mission Statement: 


The Duluth Municipal Court adjudicates cases arising out of alleged violations of local ordinances and certain State laws. The Court is headed by the Chief Judge and Court Administrator, assisted by the Clerk of Court, and other Court staff. It is the Court’s mission to provide efficient, fair resolution of all matters coming before it, and to ensure that all Court users are afforded ready access to the Court. The municipal courts are the largest class of courts in the State of Georgia, managing almost a million cases annually.


Objective: The Municipal Court has undertaken to provide the highest quality service to the public and the City of Duluth. Our staff is dedicated to providing an environment so as to instill confidence in, and respect for, the judicial system in general, and the Duluth Municipal Court. It is the mission of the Court to ensure that due process of law and fundamental fairness are afforded to all who appear before the Court, and that customer service by administrative staff is given the highest priority.


The Court will continue to emphasize public awareness and education, through development of a more detailed website and informational brochures for users.


The Court will continue to examine, refine, and further develop, as appropriate, its procedures, so that the Court may be administered in the most efficient and businesslike manner.


Judge Bio:


Charles Lewis Barrett, III




  • Georgia State College, and graduated in with a Bachelor of Arts (A. B.) 1967

  • Emory University School of Law with a Doctor of Law (J. D.) in 1971.


Public Service:


  • Chief Judge, Municipal Court of the City of Duluth (2006 to Present);
  • Chief Judge, Municipal Court of the City of Lilburn, Georgia (2001 to present);
  • Chief Judge, Municipal Court of the City of Berkeley Lake, Georgia (2012 to present)
  • Presiding Judge, Municipal Court of the City of Duluth, Georgia (2001-2005);
  • President, Council of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia (2003-2004);
  • Vice President, Council of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia (2001-2002);
  • Chair, Legislative Committee of Council of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia;
  • Councilmember, City of Duluth, Georgia (1986-1991);
  • Mayor pro tem, City of Duluth (1989-1991);
  • Chair, City of Duluth Planning Commission (1986);
  • Member, American Arbitration Association, National Panel of Neutrals (1996 to 2006);
  • Mediator and Arbitrator, Gwinnett County Office of Dispute Resolution (1996 to 2006);
  • DeKalb County Hearing Officer (1996 to 2006);





Chief Judge / Court Administrator Charles Lewis Barrett, III


Margaret Gettle Washburn Associate Judge


Lyle K. Porter Associate Judge


Chung H. Lee Associate Judge


Claude Mason Associate Judge
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Solicitor Russell T. Bryant, Esq.


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Clerk of Court Sharon Wallace


Deputy Clerk of Court Ivory Bennett


Administrative Assistant Lori Edelkind


Senior Court Assistant Joseph Bryant


Senior Court Assistant Sherie Brown


Court Assistant Nehemiah Flowers, IV


Senior Court Assistant Kristina Pincus


Court Assistant Melissa Hales

Court Assistant Janet Neill


Gwinnett County Treatment Court Program is a sentencing alternative for person’s charge with DUI and a diversion program for person’s charged with felony drug charges. The program offers participants intensive out-patient treatment, random drug screening, and Court reviews in order to help reduce the recidivism rate among the substance abusing population. To visit our site please click http://www.treatmentcourt.com
State Judges & Administration
Chief Judge Pamela D. South (S5)
Judge Joseph C. Iannazzone (S4)
Judge Carla E. Brown (S3)
Judge John Doran Jr. (S6)
Judge Emily J. Brantley (S1)
Senior Judge Howard E. Cook
Senior Judge Robert W. Mock Sr.


Court Administrator : Philip M Boudewyns
Clerk Of State Court : Richard T. Alexander
Phone: (770) 822-8100


Gwinnett County State Court

Gwinnett County State Court

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 Lawrenceville DUI attorneys and Gwinnett 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