CRIMINAL DEFENSE FAQS
If you have been charged with a crime, If you are being questioned by the police, or If you are under criminal investigation…you need a lawyer.
Yes. Not all lawyers practice criminal law. You will need a lawyer who has the expertise in defending persons charged with the type of crimes alleged against you. Criminal law is an ever-changing law with new court rulings and statutes affecting the rights of citizens.
Yes, you do need to worry. Being innocent is not a legal defense, it is a conclusion. Innocent people are arrested, convicted and incarcerated every day in the state of Georgia.
Our legal system is far from perfect. Persons who are innocent are sometimes convicted.
No. If a lawyer tells you otherwise ask them to put it in writing. If they will not put it in writing, then they have lied to you.
You need an attorney who will be straight and upfront with you, one that will provide you with the bad news up front as well as provide the good news. Remember the lawyer you hire works for you.
Most lawyers will work hard for their client. However, hard work may not be enough. You will need a lawyer with the experience to know where to spend resources and time. You need a lawyer who will stay focused and on track to achieve positive results.
You do have a Constitutional Right to represent yourself. However, going up against an opposing parties attorney who has had many years experience, the average citizen such as yourself will not be able to represent themselves in a criminal case and achieve a positive outcome.
DUI DEFENSE FAQS
If you took a test and failed, a skilled DUI defense lawyer can still work to defend your rights.
Refusing a breath test or blood test will result in the automatic suspension of your driver’s license, regardless of whether you were actually under the influence or had a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher.
In Georgia, after a person has been arrested for DUI (driving under the influence) he/she has only 10 days to schedule an ALS (administrative license suspicion) hearing with the Department of Drivers’ Services, regarding the suspension of his/her driver’s license. The failure to schedule this hearing within 10 days will result in the automatic suspension of his/her driver’s license, on the 31st day after the date of arrest. This suspension will occur regardless of whether the driver is actually convicted of DUI or not.
While having a defense attorney present at your ALS hearing is not mandatory, it is definitely beneficial. Your driving privileges are important,
In some cases, you can apply for and obtain a restricted driver’s license after a DUI conviction. This license will allow you to drive to and from work and school and to perform essential household duties.
Jail time, fines, court fees, driver’s license suspension, DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program, probation and more.