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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.
Think your case is hopeless? Don’t worry, it’s not. George C. Creal Jr. P.C. has got your back! From falling asleep at the wheel to getting in an accident with a police officer, we’ve seen just about every set of circumstances surrounding a DUI arrest. Our case procedure is simple: we fight tooth and nail for you, your needs, and your rights in order to get the absolute best result whatever the situation. Sometimes we will win over 10 DUI jury trials in a row or go more than a year before we get a guilty verdict in a DUI case. We can’t win them all but we do win a lot of them. Still think your case is hopeless? Remember, with a quality lawyer like George C. Creal Jr., virtually every DUI yields opportunities for a strong, persuasive defense. Check out our Recent Successes page to see for yourself.
Dedicated Atlanta DUI Lawyers Determined to Fight For Your Interests – Aggressive DUI Representation You Deserve.
We have handled thousands of DUI cases and had hundreds of DUI arrests reduced to reckless driving and other non-DUI traffic offenses. We have won and/or tried countless DUI cases whether through bench or jury trial. Unlike many DUI firms, we have real Not Guilty Jury Trial Experience and case records to prove it. 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.
With One Call or Click We Can Begin Your DUI Case – (404) 333-0706 or Free Case Evaluation:
We’ve handled all types of Georgia 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 and marijuana arrests. We have handled DUI accidents and fatalities, DUI drugs, fleeing and eluding the police, marijuana possession, illegal drug searches, and felony and misdemeanor obstruction. There is no set of facts our Atlanta DUI lawyers haven’t seen at least once. Our DUI case procedure is a methodical and thorough process that leaves no stone un-turned and has the potential to win any type of drunk driving case.
It’s disheartening to read about arrest quotas or incentives even if they are legal. But when incentives are based around making specific arrests like DUI, which rely on degrees of subjectivity to provide probable cause and can result in fines, license suspensions and myriad attorneys fees and insurance hikes, there is even more cause for concern. more
An Atlanta 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. Do not try to handle your DUI alone.
Advice as to who you decide to hire as your DUI lawyer: 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.
Now that recreational use of marijuana is soon to be legal in Colorado and Washington, state law enforcement, legislators, and prosecutors have expressed concern about how best to handle marijuana DUI charges. Their concerns are twofold: what is the best way to test for active THC in individuals, and at what threshold of THC should be there be a statutory presumption of impairment. more.
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 Atlanta Municipal Court has a special DUI court division. All DUI arrests are processed through the DUI Division. 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. Ardra Bey
- 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. Herman Sloan
Kiera Potter A – G
Luther Dennis 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 – email@example.com
CHIEF CLERK.: Mark N. Harper – (404) 613-4245 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Justice Center Tower
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: email@example.com 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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Atlanta DUI Lawyer FAQ
What is the average cost of an Atlanta DUI lawyer?
The average cost for an Atlanta DUI lawyer of sufficient training and experience to successfully defend your DUI is about $5000.00. DUI lawyers can range from $2500.00 to $10,000.00 based on reputation and depending on the level of skill and expertise. At the lower end of the price spectrum, you will find “plea lawyers” who charge low fees for quick pleas. They won’t invest time and energy on your case but simply go to court and get you to plea to the first offer. Some even charge extra to review the evidence in your case! Hiring a “cheap” lawyer can be one of most expensive mistakes a person can make.
Who is the Best Atlanta DUI attorney??
The term “Best” is a vague and ambiguous word. Many lawyers call themselves the best when they are in fact the worst. First, “Google” and “Yelp” reviews are great indicators of which lawyer do the best job for their clients. Second, the best DUI lawyers know DUI law inside and out. Our Atlanta DUI attorneys are not generalists then are DUI experts They are on the cutting edge of legal developments in the DUI field in Georgia. George Creal not only knows the law inside out, he makes new law. George has been to the Supreme Court twice on DUI Cases. Another measure of the best DUI lawyer is how many DUI cases that lawyer has taken to verdict in a Jury Trial. George and his team have taken 100s of DUI cases to a not guilty verdicts. If a lawyer claims to be the best but is not taking cases to trial, then he or she is not the best but the worst.
Do you need a lawyer for a first time DUI in Atlanta?
Yes, would you play poker without knowing the rules? If you would, you will surely be giving your money away. Abraham Lincoln said it best when he said, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” There are many areas that a lawyer can help a first time DUI. First, if you are going to fight a DUI, the first DUI is the one you want to fight because if you lose there is less exposure for mandatory minimum punishments. Second, any DUI can be challenged. Illegal stops, improperly executed field sobriety tests, mis-read rights and other constitutional violations that can get a case dismissed or a not guilty verdict are common. Third, a lawyer can help to mitigate or minimize potential punishment. You should never go to court when jail time is a possibility without a lawyer.
Can you get an Atlanta DUI Dropped?
Many times a lawyer can find legal issues with the stop, field sobriety test, or the blood or breath test that can result in a DUI being reduced to a reckless driving or other lesser included traffic offense either in Atlanta Municipal Court or after the DUI case is bound over to Fulton County State Court.
What can a lawyer do for a first time DUI in Atlanta?
An Atlanta DUI lawyer can help his client mitigate or minimize punishment in a DUI plea or fine issues with the traffic stop, field sobriety evaluations, the reading of legal rights or the blood or breath test that can result in the DUI being dismissed entirely or reduced to a non-license suspending lessor included traffic offense.
George C. Creal, Jr. is a trial lawyer with 18 years of courtroom experience. He is one of only 6 Metro DUI lawyers with both an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale.com and a 10.0/10.0 Superb rating on Avvo.com. With over 100 not guilty jury verdicts under his belt, George knows how to convince a jury that the State has not proven his client guilty of DUI beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Eric Bernstein, with over 10 years of courtroom experience representing clients in matters ranging from DUI traffic crimes to murder as a Criminal Defense Attorney, is a top rated Attorney. Currently specializing in DUI defense, he also handles major and minor drug offenses, probation, and felony cases. His unparalleled dedication to those whom he represents is demonstrated by the positive reviews and comments received from former clients. Eric is known as the "Burner" by police and prosecutors for his take no prisoners, scorched earth style in the Courtroom. As an attorney who refuses to be pushed around, Eric Bernstein will stand up and fight for you in a court of law.
As his name suggests, there is no Justice without Justin. Justin Goodman has over nine years experience in the courtroom as a criminal prosecutor. He has handled a wide range of misdemeanor criminal offenses including DUI, traffic, vehicular homicide, and domestic violence in his six years as an Assistant Solicitor General. He also spent three years as an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts where he litigated misdemeanor and felony offenses in one of the nation's most highly respected District Attorney's offices. He has handled thousand of criminal matters and tried over 50 jury trials. Justin's uncommon insight into the prosecution of crimes in Georgia sets him apart from other lawyers. He knows how to get straight to the weaknesses in the State's case. Justin wins cases where others fear to tread.