Cochran GA DUI Lawyer - Cochran GA DUI Attorney
Richard Lawson and his team of Georgia DUI Attorneys have represented over 5,000 DUI clients throughout Georgia. Richard along with other attorneys in our officer are former prosecutors that understand the ins and outs of DUI defense. We are top rated DUI attorneys in Georgia. Contact our office today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Thirty Day Warning
If you were arrested for DUI in Cochran GA, you only have 30 days to protect your driver's license. Within those 30 days after your arrest, you must either file an Administrative License Hearing (ALS) letter or install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle to prevent your license being suspended. If you choose an ALS hearing, there is a $150 fee that coincides with the letter. A failure to file the letter or install the device on time will result in your license being suspended.
If you refused the chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your driver's license will be suspended for one full year. In addition, you will be unable to have your license reinstated or be eligible for a limited permit.
Steps in a DUI Case
Being arrested for a DUI is a frightening experience. What happens from here? Will I lose my job? How will this impact my family? These are just some of the questions our clients frequently ask us. Having an understanding of the criminal process can help ease some of the confusion you may be feeling. We have included some of the standard steps in a DUI case but calling one of our Cochran DUI Lawyers is the best way to have your questions answered.
- Arrest: A DUI arrest is typically made when the alleged crime is committed or shortly after.
- Arraignment. This will be your first court appearance. However, if one of our Cochran DUI Attorneys is representing you, they will appear on your behalf. They will enter an initial plea of “not guilty.”
- Discovery. The prosecution and defense exchange information and evidence regarding your case during this step.
- Plea Negotiations. A plea agreement is where you plead guilty in exchange for reduced charges or a possible recommended sentence. One of our Cochran DUI Lawyers may negotiate on your behalf if a plea agreement is the best possible outcome for your case.
- Trial. If your case cannot be resolved through negotiations, it will then be bound over to Bleckley County Superior Court. You can choose to have a jury trial or bench trial.
COURT PROCESS IN COCHRAN, GEORGIA
Cochran Municipal Court
Cochran Municipal Court is responsible for handling ordinance and traffic violations that occur within the city limits of Cochran. Court is held every first and third Friday at 1:00 p.m. at 102 N. Second Street, Cochran, Georgia 31014. Lora Knight is the Clerk of Court, and information about
Honorable W. Dennis Mullis is the Municipal Court Judge. Lora Knight is the Clerk of Court and for more information, you can reach the court at 478-934-7776.
Bleckley County Probate Court
If you have been arrested in an area of unincorporated Bleckley County, your case will begin in Bleckley County Probate Court. The Honorable Kenneth Powell is the Bleckley County Probate Judge. Court is held at 112 North Second Street, Cochran, GA 31014 and you can call (478) 934-3204 for more information.
Bleckley County Superior Court
Bleckley County Superior Court is responsible for handling all felony cases (and jury trials) and is part of the Oconee Judicial Circuit, along with Dodge, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, and Wheeler Counties. The Bleckley County Clerk of Superior Court is Dianne C. Brown and may be reached by calling (478) 934-3210. Court is held at 112 North Second Street, Cochran, GA 31014.
Three Superior Court Judges who preside over cases:
Frederick Mullis, Jr.
Post Office Box 4248
Eastman, GA 31023
Judge Sarah F. Wall
Post Office Box 1096
Hawkinsville, GA 31036
Judge C. Michael Johnson
Post Office Box 877
Eastman, GA 31023
District Attorney Timothy Vaughn handles the prosecution of all misdemeanor and felony cases in Bleckley County Superior Court. The DA has the final word on who is charged with a crime and what plea negotiations (if any) are considered. His contact information is:
Timothy Vaughn, District Attorney
Oconee Judicial Circuit
Post Office Box 1027
Eastman, GA 31023-1027
If charged with a DUI in Cochran, you need to contact a Cochran DUI Lawyer immediately. Every one of our attorneys is trained in DUI defense, and we come up with innovative DUI defenses to get our clients the best outcome possible! Even when other attorneys said there was no hope, we have been able to achieve an excellent result for our clients. Let our DUI Attorneys in Cochran assist with your case. Contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week.