Milledgeville GA DUI Lawyer - Milledgeville GA DUI Attorney
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GCSU DUI Lawyer - GCSU DUI Attorney
Richard Lawson is a former DUI prosecutor and has over 25 years of experience in Georgia DUI Law. He has represented clients throughout the state of Georgia and many students of Georgia College and State University. He knows every facet of DUI law and will use his experience to get you the best outcome possible. Contact our office for a free case evaluation.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Milledgeville, you only have thirty days to protect your driver's license! Your Milledgeville DUI Attorney will file a request for an Administrative License Hearing or an ignition interlock device within 30 days to prevent your license from being suspended. There is a $150 fee associated with filing the ALS hearing request. If the hearing request is not filing within 30 days, your license will be suspended. If you refused the State's chemical test, then your license will be suspended for one year, and a limited use permit will not be granted.
DUI Court Procedure in Milledgeville GA
After your DUI arrest, the court procedure begins. Many people do not understand that when arrested, you have 2 cases against you: the Department of Driver Services (DDS) case and the criminal case. The DDS case requires that you file a 30-day letter to prevent your license from being suspended. This is separate from the criminal case.
After your arrest, a police officer will give you a summons to appear in Court. Failing to appear could result in a warrant for your arrest. When your case is scheduled for court, your Milledgeville DUI Lawyer will appear on your behalf so you do not have to miss school or work. We will meet with the solicitor to discuss the merits of your defense and see if an agreement can be made. If we are unable to reach an agreement with the solicitor, the matter will go before the judge. You have the right to have your case go before a jury. This is a decision that must be weighed carefully with a Milledgeville DUI Attorney.
If an agreement is reached with the solicitor, it is likely that you will have to pay a fine, complete a drug and alcohol treatment program, or probation.
Milledgeville Georgia DUI Attorney
Milledgeville is a college town home to Georgia College and State University. It is known for fun bars, live music, and college parties. Because of this, Milledgeville police are always on the lookout for students who break the law. If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, you need to hire an aggressive, yet experienced GCSU DUI Lawyer immediately.
A DUI Can Have a Big Impact on Your Future
Our office frequently receives calls from parents and students after a license suspension or after a conviction. They did not understand the consequences a DUI conviction would have on their future and now want to change the outcome. Unfortunately, it is too late at that point. Many students hear incorrect advice such as “a DUI is just a misdemeanor, it's not a big deal” or ‘it doesn't even appear on your criminal record”. Based on that advice, the student pleads guilty and then finds out that the DUI will show up on a background check and it has prevented them from getting a job or getting into grad school. That is when you need to call a Milledgeville DUI Attorney from the very beginning. Our experience is unmatched, and we will work to make sure this youthful mistake does not impact the rest of your life!
Milledgeville Municipal Court
The Milledgeville Municipal Court oversees all misdemeanor traffic cases, violations of city ordinances, and some misdemeanor state case. Judge J. David McRee presides over the municipal court and the city court solicitor is Mr. Carl Cansino.
What is inappropriate to wear to court?
- Tank tops
- Clothing displaying profanity
Also, food and drink are not allowed in the courtroom. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed to be used in the courtroom as well.
Municipal Court is held every Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the courtroom at the James Baugh Public Safety Building. The address is 125 West McIntosh Street, Milledgeville, GA 31061. For information about your court date or any other questions, you can contact the City Clerk, Ms. Lisa Brooks or the Deputy Clerk Vickie Waller. They can be reached at 478-414-4004 or 478-414-4077.
Baldwin County State Court
If you are arrested in the unincorporated parts of Baldwin County, your case will be heard in State Court. The state court has exclusive jurisdiction over all misdemeanor cases in Baldwin County, except for ones resolved in municipal court. Additionally, all misdemeanor jury trials are heard in state court.
Baldwin County State Court is held at Baldwin County Courthouse, located at 121 North Wilkinson Milledgeville, GA 31061. The Chief State Court Judge is the Honorable Alan Wayne Thrower. His office telephone number is 478-452-5442. Remember a judge cannot speak to you about your case and cannot talk to any party to any litigation without all of the parties present.
The Solicitor General (prosecutor) is Maxine Blackwell. Her office is Suite 313 of the Baldwin County Courthouse and her phone number is 478-445-4445. She is the chief prosecuting officer for all misdemeanor cases in Baldwin County. She is also responsible for prosecuting all misdemeanor traffic offenses, DUI, shoplifting, and domestic violence. For more information visit the Baldwin County Georgia website.
Baldwin County Superior Court
All felony DUI cases are heard in the Baldwin County Superior Court. In Georgia, the Superior Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all felony cases. In the DUI realm, Felony DUI cases include Fourth Lifetime DUI cases, Habitual Violator, Vehicular Homicide, and Serious Injury by Vehicle. The chief prosecuting official of Baldwin County is the District Attorney. The District Attorney is Frederic D. Bright. His office is located in the Baldwin County Courthouse in Suite 305 and his telephone number is 478-445-5261. He handles prosecuting cases throughout the eight-county Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. The counties in the circuit include Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam, & Wilkinson.
The Superior Court Judges of Baldwin County are also part of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. As circuit judges, they must appear in more than one county and may not always be available. The Superior Court Judges are:
Judge E. Trenton Brown III
Judge James L. Cline, Jr.
Judge Hulane E. George
Chief Judge William A. Prior Jr.
Judge Hugh V. Wingfield, III
The Clerk of Superior Court is the Honorable Rosemary Fordham Phillips. Her office is in Suite 209 at the Baldwin County Courthouse. Her telephone numbers are 478-445-6324 and 478-445-1649.
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If charged with a DUI in Milledgeville, you need to contact a Milledgeville DUI Attorney 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 Milledgeville assist with your case. Contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week.