If the police have charged you with DUI in Atlanta, your arraignment will be Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. in courtroom 5A, with Judge Christopher Ward. He is the judge assigned to process and adjudicate all DUI arrests in the City of Atlanta, unless the case is either bound-over to the Fulton County State Court or sent there directly at the time of the arrest.
This week, Judge Ward has made it crystal clear that he will not tolerate unprofessional behavior in his courtroom. His focus this week was at the Solicitor's Office and their inability to be ready on their cases and to appear in court on time. However, his admonition applies to all attorneys in his courtroom. Bravo!
The way DUI cases were prosecuted and processed in Atlanta was a joke before Judge Ward's reforms. I have already written about those issues in the past. Judge Ward has made it clear that Atlanta Municipal Court will no longer be an unprofessional place. Most lawyers did not even consider it a real court prior to these reforms.
Anyone in the defense bar that has any complaints needs to shut up. I do not agree with every single policy, and would like to check my email in court, but these reforms have been a tremendous breath of fresh air. Fellow attorneys, get over the phone issue.
The choice is simple: Do we want a real court where lawyers are treated professionally and where the State's attorneys return phone calls and make the evidence available for our review, or do we want court to drag on and on with no end in site?
If you have been charged with DUI in Atlanta, our Atlanta DUI Lawyers are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Our Atlanta DUI Attorneys can make an appearance for you Monday morning so that you do not miss work, school, or other responsibilities.
Call now, your case will not defend itself!