George C. Creal Jr., P.C.,
Atlanta DUI Lawyer | Click to Call: (404) 333-0706
Heading home after a couple beers at the Braves game and you're pulled over for speeding. Anniversary Dinner in Buckhead and valet turns off your automatic headlights and your are blowing into a police breathalizer. A couple drinks in Little Five Points after a concert and there's blue flashing lights in the rear-view mirror. Driving home after dinner with friends in Midtown or having a pitcher of the finest with some old college buddies at Moe's & Joe's in Virginia Highlands followed by greasy burger at the Majestic Diner and now you've got a DUI. You must have an experienced, professional DUI attorney who knows his way around the City of Atlanta Municipal Court and Fulton County Justice System? George C. Creal, Jr., P.C., Trial Lawyers are the Real Deal Atlanta DUI Attorneys. To receive information on the Municipal Court, or a Judge or Solicitor, click here but remember anything that you say to anyone other than your retained DUI defense lawyer can be used against you. Check out our phenomenal DUI case results and client reviews by clicking here. For more information on a strong DUI defense, visit our DUI Defense Guide.
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DUI arrests in the City are sent to the Municipal Court. The Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction and can not handle jury trials. Requests for jury trials must be sent to either the Fulton County State Court or DeKalb County State Court.
The Municipal Court has a special DUI court division. All DUI arrests are processed through the DUI Division which is held in Courtroom 5A. Most court appearances are at 8:00 A.M. but some are scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Most people accused of DUI in Atlanta will be scheduled for an arraignment date the next morning evening if they bond out of the Atlanta Detention Center. The DUI Court Division of the Municipal Court requires that DUI case be either set for a Judge Trial, Plead out or Bound over for a Jury Trial within 180 days from arrest with some exceptions. There are three types of Court dates Status, Inquiry and Final Plea. All Client are required to appear at Final Plea dates but if you have a lawyer and the lawyer had filed an entry of appearance with the clerk, then the client is excused from Status and Inquiry dates.
The Atlanta Municipal Courthouse is located at:
150 Garnett Street,
Atlanta., GA 30303
The Judges in the Municipal Court, generally, are:
- Hon. Christopher Ward
- Hon. Terrinee L. Gundy, (404) 588-4710
- Hon. Leigh M. DuPre , (404) 954-7905
- Hon. Christopher T. Portis
- Hon. Elaine L. Carlisle, (404) 954-6794
- Hon. Herman L. Sloan, (404) 588-4708
- Hon. Calvin S. Graves, (404) 658-7049
- Hon. Gary E. Jackson, (404) 658-6966
- Hon. Crystal A. Gaines, (404) 954-6763
However, generally speaking, Municipal Court assigns one Judge to handle all the DUI Cases. DUI arrests are generally made by the APD DUI Task Force or the Nighthawks Unit of the Georgia State Patrol. Court is held Monday through Thursday beginning at 8 A.M. DUI Trials are generally held on the 4th week of the month.
The Municipal Court DUI Court Staff:
Judge - Hon. Christopher E. Ward, (404) 588-5909
Amy Durham A - G
Elizabeth Roberts H - N
Hala Carey O - Z
The Office of the Solicitor General is located at:
City Court Building
City Solicitor’s Office
150 Garnett Street, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Jury trials are held at Fulton County State Court located at:
Justice Center Tower
185 Central Avenue
Atlanta., Georgia 30303
Telephone: (404) 613-5002
COURT ADMIN.: Cicely Barber - (404) 613-4245 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Justice Center Tower
CHIEF CLERK.: Mark N. Harper - (404) 613-4245 - email@example.com
185 Central Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
CHIEF JUDGE: Patsy Y. Porter - Division B - Courtroom 2D - (404) 613-4345
JUDGE: John R. Mather - Division G - Courtroom 2E - (404) 613-4110
JUDGE: Eric Richardson - Division F - Courtroom 3C - (404) 613-4510
JUDGE: Jane Morrison - Division E - Courtroom 2F - (404) 613-4311
JUDGE: Myra H. Dixon - Division C - Courtroom 3A - (404) 613-4295
JUDGE: Diane E. Bessen - Division J - Courtroom 3D - (404) 613-7760
JUDGE: Fred C. Eady - Division Y - Courtroom 3B - (404) 613-5410
JUDGE: Susan E. Edlein - Division D - Courtroom 2A - (404) 613-0490
JUDGE: Jay M. Roth - Division A - Courtroom 3F - (404) 613-4330
JUDGE: Wesley B. Tailor - Division H -Courtroom 3C - (404) 613-4497
The Fulton County Solicitor's Office is located at:
160 Pryor St
Atlanta., GA 30303
SOLICITOR GENERAL: Carmen D. Smith - (404) 612-4800
Important Steps for a Proper DUI Defense:
1.) Obtain a Police and Georgia State Patrol Incident Report:
To obtain an Atlanta police report you may call (404) 546-7461, fax or mail an open records request or fill out and submit an electronic records request. The open records contact information is:
Fax: (404) 546-8200
Atlanta Police Department / Open Records
226 Peachtree St. SW
Atlanta., Ga 30303
Incident reports may also be obtained in person at the Atlanta Public Records Department located at the address above.
Incident Reports from the Georgia State Patrol can be obtained in person or requested via:
Georgia State Patrol
959 E Confederate Ave Se
Atlanta., GA 30316
2.) Obtain Your Criminal and Driving History:
A seven year driving history from the Georgia State Patrol and criminal history record from the Georgia Criminal Information Center (GCIC) is important in deciding on an appropriate defense strategy. Information on how to obtain a Georgia Criminal history record
For further information regarding GCIC, contact:
Georgia Crime Information Center
P.O. Box 370808
Decatur, Georgia 30037-0808
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding criminal history updates/modifications. Or GAApplicant@gbi.ga.gov for questions regarding employment, licensing, visa (travel), or any other non-criminal justice purpose.
- Option 1: Criminal History Inquiries regarding Expungement or Updates.
- Option 2: Applicant Background Information
- Option 3: Attorney or Public Defender
- Option 4: Livescan or Identification Inquiries
- Option 5: Internet Felon Criminal History
You can obtain a Seven Year Driving History from Georgia Department of Driver Services online, in person, or by mail. A seven year driving history costs $8.00.
Online At: http://www.dds.ga.gov/drivers/dldata.aspx?con=1740840381&ty=dl
In Person: At any customer service location listed here: http://www.dds.ga.gov/locations/LocationList.aspx
Proper identification is required. If obtaining a motor vehicle record other than your own, the following is required:
- A signed authorization from the licensee naming the person authorized to receive the record. Form DDS-18(Request for Motor Vehicle Record [MVR]) available here: http://www.dds.ga.gov/docs/forms/DDS-18%20(1-10).pdf, is available for this purpose, but is not required.
- Authorization form or letter must be original. Faxes or copies are not acceptable.
- The full name, date of birth and Georgia driver's license number of the licensee.
- The person receiving the report for another individual must show proper identification.
By Mail: You can obtain a copy of your Driving History (MVR) by submitting a letter (or Form DDS-18, available here: http://www.dds.ga.gov/docs/forms/DDS-18%20(1-10).pdf,) requesting a 7-year MVR. The request should include the following:
- Your full name as it appears on your driver's license
- Driver's license number
- Date of birth
- Complete mailing address
- Self addressed, stamped envelope
To obtain a copy of a Driving History (MVR) for someone else, please complete Form DDS-18 with all required signatures and information.
Requests may be mailed to:
Georgia Department of Driver Services
Post Office Box 80447
Conyers, Georgia 30013
The fee is $6.00 for a 3 year history, and $8.00 for a 7 year history. You may pay by personal or business check, money order, cashier's check, or credit card. DDS accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express by mail.
If paying by credit card, please complete this form: http://www.dds.ga.gov/docs/forms/CreditCardAuthForm.pdf and include with your request: Credit Card Authorization Form, Checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks should be made payable to the Department of Driver Services.
3.) Attend DUI School
For first time offenders, it is a good idea to attend DUI school. A DUI school certificate can be useful in the circumstances of an administrative license suspension. For repeat offenders, immediately attend and document Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation from a qualified psychologist. Information concerning Georgia DUI alcohol and drug evaluations and how to set up an appointment for an evaluation can be found here: http://www.atlantapsych.com/article/georgia-dui-law. Our firm Recommends Darrell Grizzle, Ed. S. He provides all the required drug and alcohol evaluations at reasonable rates.
4.) Revisit the Scene of Arrest.
Photograph the scene of the arrest in order to discover discrepancies in the police report regarding the initial stop and the reasonableness of the field evaluations like the one leg stand and walk and turn.
5.) Request a hearing with the Department of Driver Services:
Requesting a hearing with the Department of Driver Services within ten business days of the arrest may prevent an administrative license suspension. We will prepare and send a license letter to the Department of Driver Services free of charge ($150 DDS processing fee not included) even if you do not retain our firm.
6.) Hire a DUI Lawyer:
Hire a experienced Georgia DUI lawyer. Never attempt self-representation in a DUI case. Georgia DUI law is very complicated, and to ensure a positive case result, is best left to experienced, professional lawyers.
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