Chamblee DUI Information

What to know if you've been charged with a Chamblee DUI

Driving home up Buford Hwy. after a couple beers at the Braves game and all of the sudden there’s blue flashing lights in the rear-view mirror. One margarita with dinner at La Rumba and you get pulled over for speeding. A few drinks after work at the Tree or Bleachers and now your stuck with a DUI. Do you need an accomplished, professional DUI attorney familiar with the Chamblee Municipal Court and DeKalb County Justice System? With 20 years of experience defending DUI arrests, George C. Creal, Jr., P.C., Trial Lawyers is the Real Deal Chamblee, GA DUI Firm. We know ins and outs of the Chamblee and DeKalb County Justice Systems. We know the Courts, the Judges, the Prosecutors, and the Police, and they know of our unrelenting determination to fight for each and every one of our clients’ rights. If you need to contact the Chamblee Municipal or DeKalb County State Courts click here.


The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHSTA) training manuals in DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Evaluations are used by Police agencies all over the United States. These manuals are central to how we will evaluate your DUI defense and create a strategy to win your case. We have thoroughly studied these manuals and use our knowledge to establish how DUI evaluations are unreliable, inaccurate, and abused by police. We expose the flaws inherent to Georgia DUI investigations in order to prove your innocence. For more information on a strong defense, visit our Chamblee DUI Defense Guide.

Dedicated Chamblee DUI Lawyers Determined to Fight for Your Interests – Aggressive DUI Representation You Deserve

We have handled thousands of DUI cases, had hundreds of DUI arrests reduced to reckless driving and other non-DUI traffic offenses, and tried over one hundred DUI Jury Trials. Unlike other Chamblee DUI lawyers, we have valuable Not Guilty Jury Trial Experience. Ask other lawyers when was the last time they heard a jury say the words “Not Guilty” in a DUI Trial. You will be surprised how many so-called “expert DUI lawyers” cannot give you a straight answer.


Hiring a Chamblee DUI Attorney

For Our Firm, Client Communication is Essential

We do not hesitate to give you our office numbers, cell phone numbers, and email address. If you call, text, or email us about your case, we will contact you as soon as possible and never in more than 24 hours. We understand you are nervous about your Chamblee DUI arrest, but with our firm, you can relax. We represent a diverse group of DUI and traffic clients every single day throughout the State of Georgia and always ensure that our clients receive the care and respect they deserve. Our goal is that at the end of your case you feel confident recommending us to your closest friends and relatives. For our firm, customer service is priority number one.

You can meet us in person at our office or we can start your case over the phone or internet. We know you are busy and we value your time. We will take care of your DUI case so you can get back to what matters in life: work, friends, and family. Our first consultation is always free and we will send a 10-Day ALS DUI license hearing request letter for free as long as you pay the Georgia Department of Driver Services’ $150.00 filing fee. In order to request a hearing, these letters must be sent within ten business days of your arrest, so please contact us quickly if you would like us to send a letter.

We handle all Georgia DUI cases including those with or without breath and/or blood test results, refusals of blood, breath, or urine, and cases with or without Standardized Field Sobriety Evaluations. We have handled DUI accidents and DUI fatalities, DUI drugs, fleeing and eluding police, marijuana possession, and felony and misdemeanor obstruction. Believe us, there is no set of facts our Chamblee  DUI attorneys haven’t seen at least once. Our DUI defense procedure is highly refined and has proven over time to be a formula for success. We do not miss critical facts and seize even the most difficult DUI acquittals.

How to Hire a Lawyer for a Chamblee DUI

An Chamblee DUI is Serious and Can Result in Jail Time, Fines, and Lengthy License Suspensions – DO NOT Try to Represent Yourself

Under Georgia law for a first DUI, you can be fined up to $1000.00 with 40% tacked on as court costs, spend up to 12 months, do 40 hours of community service, be subject to drug and alcohol testing for one year and serve 12 months of reporting probation. Your license can be suspended anywhere from 120 days to 5 years. Do not try to handle your DUI without an experienced Chamblee DUI attorney.

Advice as to who you decide to hire as your Chamblee 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.  

A Chamblee DUI lawyer is standing by. Call TODAY (404) 333-0706 or email us at [email protected] for a FREE CONSULTATION.

With One Click or Call We Can Begin Working on Your Georgia DUI Case

Chamblee Municipal Court Information

The Chamblee Municipal Court is responsible for handling all misdemeanor traffic cases, city ordinance violations and certain state misdemeanor crimes in which prosecution is initiated by the Chamblee Police Department or other police agencies (such as MARTA or the Georgia State Patrol) for violations occurring within the City of Chamblee.

Court Clerk: Allyson Shropshire
Phone: 770-986-5004
Fax: 770-986-5017
Email: [email protected]

Chamblee Municipal Court:

City of Chamblee Municipal Court
3518 Broad Street
Chamblee, Ga. 30341

Phone: 770-986-5004
Fax: 770-986-5017

DeKalb County State Court Information

The DeKalb County State Court was created by the acts of the Legislature of 1951, as amended. The State Court became a Constitutional Court in 1983 and has jurisdiction within the territorial limits of DeKalb County.


The DeKalb County State Court is a court of limited jurisdiction which handles misdemeanors including DUI charges, misdemeanor marijuana possession, domestic violence and traffic violations for which a jury trial is requested at the DeKalb County Recorders Court.

The Misdemeanor Division of the Clerk’s Office is located in Room 240 of the DeKalb County Courthouse

Phone: 404-371-2261

Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

The Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General is located at:
556 N. McDonough St., Suite 500
Decatur, Georgia 30030

Phone: (404) 371-2201
Fax: (404) 371-7048
Email: [email protected]

Dekalb Municipal Court:

556 N. McDonough Street
DeKalb County Courthouse
Decatur, GA 30030-3356

Phone: 404-371-2261

Hiring a DeKalb County DUI Attorney

Chief Judge: Wayne M. Purdom
556 North McDonough Street, Suite 3220
Decatur, GA  30030
Work Phone: 404-687-7180

Judge: Alvin T. Wong
556 North McDonough Street, Suite 2240
Decatur, GA  30030
Work Phone: 404-371-2591

Judge: Johnny  Panos
556 North McDonough Street, Suite 2230
Decatur, GA  30030
Work Phone: 404-371-2354

Judge: J. Antonio DelCampo
556 North McDonough Street, Suite 2210
Decatur, GA  30030
Work Phone: 404-371-2350

Judge: Janis C. Gordon
556 North McDonough Street, Suite 2220
Decatur, GA  30030
Work Phone: 404-687-3999

Judge: Dax  Lopez
556 N. McDonough Street, Suite 3240
Decatur, GA  30030
Work Phone: 404-687-713

Important Steps for a Strong DUI Defense in Chamblee, Georgia:

1. Obtain a Police and Georgia State Patrol Incident Report:

The Chamblee Police Department is located at:

Chamblee Police
3518 Broad Street
Chamblee, Ga 30341

Chamblee police reports may be obtained in person at the Chamblee Police Department Records section Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Police reports will be available two business dates after the filing date.

Reports cost $5.00

To obtain a police report by mail send $5.00 to

Chamblee Police Department Records Section
3518 Broad Street
Chamblee, Ga 30341

Make sure to include your name, date of birth, date of arrest, and charge.

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

Phone: (404) 699-4368

2. Obtain Your Criminal and Driving History:

A seven-year driving history from the Georgia State Patrol and a criminal history record from the Georgia Criminal Information Center (GCIC) is important in deciding on an appropriate defense strategy.

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: [email protected]

for questions regarding criminal history updates/modifications. Or [email protected] 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 the Georgia Department of Driver Services online, in person, or by mail. A seven-year driving history costs $8.00.

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]) is available for this purpose but is not required.
  • The 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) 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 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: 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 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 competent 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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