Since early 2013, all persons arrested for DUI in Atlanta have their initial arraignment the following morning at 8:00 a.m. or at 3:00 p.m. Judge Ward has added Friday arraignments to spread out the cases.
Judge Ward oversees all DUI cases in Atlanta in courtroom 5A. If your arrest occurs over a weekend, your arraignment will be Monday morning, unless Monday is a holiday.
Your Atlanta DUI Attorney can appear at your initial arraignment so that you can return to work, school, or your other responsibilities. If you appear without counsel, you will be asked to return in a few weeks with an Atlanta DUI Lawyer.
Our advice is to retain your attorney over the weekend. Nothing is served when you appear at your initial appearance instead of your attorney.
What about the bond?
Perspective clients asked me five times this weekend, if failing to appear Monday will violate their bond. The complete and unabridged answer is “no, as long as an Atlanta DUI Attorney appears for you.”
When an attorney appears for you, it is as if you appeared yourself. You will eventually have to appear, but your lawyer can make several of the procedural appearance for you, thereby saving you time and inconvenience.
Do not take advice from the folks at the bonding company. The relationship between you and the bondsman is adversarial. Their only interest is the quickest resolution of the case so that their obligation to the court is complete.
There is no legal training to become a bondsman. The only requirement is to have sufficient funds to post a bond with the county and to not be a convicted felon.
Our Atlanta DUI Lawyers are here 24/7 to answer your questions. Call now for your best defense!