COHUTTA DUI LAWYER - COHUTTA DUI ATTORNEY
If you have been charged with DUI in Cohutta, GA, or anywhere else in Whitfield County, you need an experienced DUI lawyer to assist with your case. Our Cohutta DUI Attorneys understand the subtle nuances in the criminal justice system that can be the difference between success and failure. Our goal is to make the process smooth for our clients and to obtain an excellent outcome for their case. Contact us now for a free case evaluation.
A skilled Cohutta DUI Attorney can help you avoid the license suspension associated with a DUI. If you do nothing, your license will automatically be suspended for up to 12 months. If you refused to take the blood, breath or urine test the officer in your case directed you to choose, your license suspension will be 12 months with no hope of a restricted license allowing you to drive to and from work or school. Your Cohutta DUI lawyer will request an Administrative License Suspension hearing (ALS Hearing) or an ignition interlock device, increasing the chances that you will not suffer a license suspension at all!
If Charged with DUI in Cohutta, You Have Two Cases To Resolve
In Georgia, there are two separate cases in a driving under the influence (DUI) case. There is an administrative proceeding in which the Department of Drivers Services (DDS) attempts to suspend your license or your privileges to drive in Georgia. The second case is the criminal case where you face the possibility of jail time, a fine, and other penalties.
The DDS proceeding is started once you are arrested. In Georgia, you must request an Administrative License Hearing within 30 days of your arrest. This hearing is separate and distinct from your criminal case! Therefore, even if your criminal case is dismissed, if you failed to request an ALS hearing, your license will still be suspended. The hearing must be requested in writing with the $150 fee. Your Cohutta DUI attorney will explain this process to you and make sure your driving privileges are protected!
The other side of your case is the criminal case. In Georgia, DUI cases can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. This depends on whether one has any prior DUI convictions and whether there was an accident or an injury to another person. If a person has a prior DUI conviction, there are significant jail sentences that a judge can impose.
Defending the DUI
Successful DUI defense combines knowledge, experience, negotiation skills, and advocacy from your Cohutta DUI attorney. While every case is different and results cannot be guaranteed, many of our clients have had their DUI charges dismissed, reduced, had jail time modified to community service, and more.
Attorney Richard Lawson formerly served as a prosecutor but has spent more than 25 years defending those charged with DUI. Because of his experience as a prosecutor, he is able to bring an incredible and rare perspective and knowledge to each case.
Our Cohutta DUI Lawyers will handle your case from start to finish on both the criminal and DDS fronts. It is critical to get an attorney involved immediately in your defense because many opportunities can be waived by failing to meet tight deadlines. Meeting these deadlines can mean the difference between keeping your license or losing it.
Our DUI Attorneys in Cohutta will consider all avenues when defending your case. We will thoroughly examine all the evidence, interview witnesses, obtain police reports, and more to make sure we get the full picture. Once they understand the circumstances surrounding your arrest, we will begin to build your defense. Some of the issues we will look at include:
- the adequacy of the stop
- whether the procedure for implied consent was followed
- whether a lawful arrest occurred
- proper procedure for the breath or blood test
- the chain of command for the testing
- the maintenance log for the breathalyzer test
If there is a defense for your case, we will find it and collect the evidence to support it. We care about your future and will work with you to achieve the goals for your case.
Cohutta Municipal Court
If you were arrested for a misdemeanor DUI or other traffic violations within Cohutta city limits, your case will proceed to Cohutta Municipal Court. Court is held on Mondays (typically the last Monday of the month). Arraignment is at 6:00 p.m. in the Cohutta Town Hall at 5102 Red Clay Road, Cohutta, GA 30710. Judge J. Allen Hammontree is the presiding judge, and the Court Solicitor is Todd Johnson. Jamie Nance is the clerk of court and can be reached at 706-463-8961 for questions about your case or other court information. Contact our office today to speak with a DUI Attorney in Cohutta.
Map to Cohutta Municipal Court
A DUI arrest in Cohutta comes with tense and stressful feelings. Take a step in the right direction of obtaining peace of mind by calling our lawyers now. We take pride in handling each and every DUI case that comes in by making our clients feel at ease. We take the time to thoroughly assess your situation and work to reach the best outcome for your case. As a law firm that specializes in DUI defense, we can better serve you because we practice exclusively in DUI law. Read some of our reviews from clients who have worked with us and can attest to our credentials. Contact us for a free case evaluation.