George C. Creal Jr., P.C.,
Atlanta DUI Lawyers | (404) 333-0706

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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. Do you need an experienced, professional DUI attorney who knows his way around the ATL and Fulton County Justice System? With 20 years of experience defending DUI arrests, George C. Creal, Jr., P.C., Trial Lawyers is the Real Deal ATL DUI Firm. We are veterans of the Justice System. We know the Court, the Judges, the Prosecutor, and the Police, and they know we are ready to fight for each and every one of our clients' rights. For 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.

Dedicated DUI Lawyers Determined to Fight for Your Interests - Aggressive DUI Representation You Deserve:

Our Lawyers have handled thousands of DUI cases, had hundreds of DUI arrests reduced to reckless driving and other non-DUI traffic offenses, and tried over of one hundred DUI Jury Trials. See our Facebook firm page for recent successes. Unlike many DUI law firms, we have valuable “Not Guilty” Jury Trial Experience. We will not hesitate to give you our office and cell phone numbers. If you call, text or email us about your case, we contact you as soon as possible and never in more than 24 hours. Whether the case calls for trial, no trial, rehabilitation or minimized punishment, we always, always keep your interests in mind. We understand you are nervous about your DUI arrest. We will take care of your DUI case so you can focus on what matters in life. For our firm, Customer Service is priority one. Call, email us, or start a free case evaluation 24 Hours a Day/ 7 days a week.


A DUI CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE, EVEN AN EXPERT WITNESS

A man in handcuffs pleadingOn our DUI Hall of Fame page we chronicle the DUI arrests of celebrities and other notable people in order to show that a DUI can happen to anyone and that you can still be successful with a DUI arrest or conviction on your record. Following this story, we may have to create a page chronicling DUI arrests of people who should have known better. more.

With One Call or Click We Can Begin Your DUI Case - (404) 333-0706 or Free Case Evaluation:

We've handled all types of DUI cases including, but not limited to, those with or without breath and/or blood test results, refusals of blood, breath or urine tests, with and without Standardized Field Sobriety Evaluations; even golf cart DUIs, roadblocks and marijuana arrests. We have handled DUI accidents and fatalities, felony vehicular homicide cases involving allegations of DUI, DUI drugs, fleeing and eluding the police, marijuana possession, illegal drug searches, and felony and misdemeanor obstruction. There is no set of facts our DUI attorneys haven't seen at least once. Our DUI case procedure is a methodical and thorough process that leaves no stone unturned and has the potential to win any type of drunk driving case.

A DUI is Serious and May Include Serious Jail Time:

Even for a 1st DUI, you can be fined up to $1000.00 plus up to 40% tacked on as court costs and can spend up to 12 months in jail, 40 hours community service, drug and alcohol testing for one year and 12 months of reporting probation. Your license can be suspended anywhere from 120 days to 5 years. A fourth DUI in 10 years can result in a felony and 5 years in state prison. Do not try to handle your DUI alone.

Advice as to who you decide to hire as your DUI Defense Attorney: 1) Don’t hire a DUI lawyer based solely on price. Sometimes the cheapest lawyer--especially if they plea you to a DUI you don't deserve at the first opportunity--can be the most expensive. Cost per hour is the best way to compare lawyers. If a lawyer charges $1000, but only spends an hour on your case, that's $1000 dollars an hour! We, unlike bargain basement firms, spend an average of 10 hours on every DUI case 2)  Ask any attorney that you speak with whether he/she has tried any DUI jury trials and how many not guilty verdicts he/she has received in the past 2 years; 3)  Ask any attorney that you speak with whether he/she has studied police field sobriety training manuals and breath test machine, owner's and area supervisor's manuals. If not, they cannot adequately cross examine DUI police officers or breath test operators. A DUI lawyer who can't answer these questions is not ready for a real DUI jury trial and is not worth your time and money. 

A DUI lawyer is standing by. Call TODAY (404) 333-0706, or email us at firm@georgialawyer.com or Contact Us Online to review your case.

CASES OF NOTE - CLARK v. STATE - A12A1511:
Georgia Court of Appeals Classic Re-Run - Constitutional Restrictions for Roadblocks Massaged (Again)

The front of the United States Supreme CourtOn May 30, 2010 Justin Clark was stopped at a roadblock in Polk County. The roadblock had been verbally authorized by a sergeant in the Georgia State Patrol. He testified that he implemented the roadblock for the purpose of checking driver's licenses, proof of insurance, and motorist sobriety. Two GSP troopers and two Polk County officers participated in the roadblock. The participating Officers testified that the roadblock was for general crime deterrence. There were two marked PCPD cars and two GSP cars on either side of the three-lane road to in order to alert drivers. No signs identified the roadblock, the police vehicles did not have their emergency lights activated because it was day time, there were no traffic cones and the Officers were not wearing reflective vests.more


Court Information:

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 
(404) 658-6940.
municourt@atlantaga.gov 

The Judges in the Municipal Court, generally, are:

  • Hon. Deborah S. Greene, (404) 954-8122

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  • Hon. Terrinee L. Gundy,  (404) 588-4710

 

  • Hon. Leigh M. DuPre , (404) 954-7905

 

  • Hon. Barbara A. Harris, (404) 588-4702
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  • 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 S. 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

 

Prosecutors:

Timothy Whitley A-J

Jameekia Davis J-P

Stephone Johnson P-Z

 

The Office of the olicitor is located at:

Municipal Court
City Court Building
City Solicitor’s Office
3rd Floor
150 Garnett Street, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Telephone: 404.658.6618
Fax: 404.658.7956

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 - cicely.barber@fultoncountyga.gov

CHIEF CLERK.: Mark N. Harper - (404) 613-4245 - mark.harper@fultoncountyga.gov

Justice Center Tower
185 Central Avenue
Suite TG800
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
Suite J-301
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:

Email: APDOpenRecords@AtlantaGa.Gov

Fax: (404) 546-8200

Mailing Address:

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
(404) 699-4368

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
CCH/Identification Services
P.O. Box 370808
Decatur, Georgia 30037-0808
Fax: 404-270-8417

Email: gacriminalhistory@gbi.state.ga.us 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.

Telephone Helpline:

  • 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
MVR Request
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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