Carroll County DUI Lawyer
After a DUI arrest, you may feel uncertain about the future and what you should do next. At The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, our Carroll County DUI Attorneys will help you fight your driver's license suspension and provide a powerful DUI defense. Our office has over 25 years of exclusive DUI experience. As a result, we have a highly skilled team capable of analyzing every aspect of a DUI case and building a robust defense. Call now for a free case evaluation.
Hiring A DUI Attorney in Carroll County
Finding an aggressive and competent Carroll County DUI lawyer can be one of the biggest challenges a person faces after being charged with DUI. It can be difficult to know who is best for your case and who to trust. When you choose to work with our DUI Attorneys in Carroll County at the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, you can rest assured knowing that our team is made up of the following attributes:
- We focus our practice exclusively on DUI cases.
- We have over twenty five years of experience.
- Our lead attorney is a former DUI prosecutor,
- Our lead attorney has handled more than 4,900 DUI cases.
- We have exceptional knowledge regarding blood and breath tests.
- We have ample amounts of resources such as doctors, investigators, former police officers.
- We are skilled in negotiating deals with prosecutors and just as comfortable defending your case at trial.
From understanding the DUI process to obtaining the help you need for your ALS hearing, our Carroll County DUI Lawyers are ready to give you the information you need. No matter what the case may be, our team can defend your rights.
First DUI Penalties in Carroll County
If convicted for a first DUI offense in Carroll County, you could face harsh penalties such as the following:
- Up to one year in jail
- 12 months of probation
- Fine between $300-$100 plus court costs and surcharges
- At least 40 hours of community service
- DUI school
- Driver's license suspension, with a limited permit to drive
- MADD panel
- Substance abuse counseling
Subsequent DUI charges can result in enhanced penalties and fines. A fourth DUI conviction can result in a felony charge as well as the following consequences and penalties:
- Imprisonment for one to five years
- Fines up to $5,000
- License suspension for as long as judge orders
- Mandatory ignition interlock device
DUI Drug Penalties in Carroll County
If you have been pulled over and found to be in possession of recreational or pharmaceutical drugs, you can be charged with a DUI offense. In Georgia, a person can be convicted of drugged driving if they participate in the following:
- Operate a vehicle while under the influence of a drug to the extent that their driving is unsafe
- Operate a vehicle with any amount of marijuana or controlled substance present in the body
Drugged driving cases must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. However, if convicted, a person can face the same penalties as a person driving under the influence of alcohol. However, as stated previously, our Carroll County DUI Lawyers can help you avoid these punishments and move on with your life.
Carroll County Superior Court
Carroll County Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all felony DUI cases. Carroll County is part of the Coweta Judicial Circuit. The circuit is composed of five counties: Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Meriwether, and Troup. Six Superior Court judges serve the Coweta Judicial Circuit: Chief Judge John Simpson, Judge Dennis Blackmon, Judge Jack Kirby, Judge Emory Palmer, Judge Bill Hamrick, Judge Dustin Hightower, and Judge W. Travis Sakrison. The Court is located at 311 Newnan Street, Carrollton, GA 30117, and can be reached at 770.830.5931.
Carroll County State Court
If you were arrested in an unincorporated area of Carroll County, or if you would like to have a jury trial, your case would be heard in Carroll County State Court. Alan J. Lee is the Clerk of Court, and Robert H. Sullivan is the State Court Judge. Court is held at 311 Newnan Street, Carrollton, Georgia 30117. For more information, contact the Clerk's Office at (770) 830-5830.
Bowdon Municipal Court
If you have been charged with DUI within Bowdon city limits, your case will proceed in Bowdon Municipal Court. The Court is located at 136 City Hall Avenue, Bowdon, GA 30108. Ms. Susan Bryant is the Court Clerk, and she can be reached at 770-258-8980. The Honorable Judge Timothy McCreary presides over the Court.
Carrollton Municipal Court
Carrollton Municipal Court handles cases arising from city ordinance violations, traffic offenses, and other misdemeanor charges including shoplifting and DUI. Carrolton Municipal Court is located at 115 West Center Street, Carrollton, GA 30117. The Honorable Judge C. David Mecklin presides over the Court. Call 770.834.4451 for more information.
Mount Zion Municipal Court
Mount Zion Municipal Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor charges including DUI that arise within Mount Zion city limits. Timothy A. McCreary is the Municipal Court Judge, and April Fordham is the Clerk of Court. Court is held at 4455 Mount Zion Road, Mount Zion, GA 30117. Please call (770) 832-1622 for more information.
Temple Municipal Court
If you have been charged with DUI within Temple city limits, your case will proceed in Temple Municipal Court. Court is held in the Temple Police Department located at 184 Carrolton Street, Temple, GA 30179. For more information, call 770.562.3151, ext 105.
Villa Rica Municipal Court
Villa Rica Municipal Court has jurisdiction over city ordinance violations and state traffic offenses. Specific type cases handled by the court include routine traffic offenses; driving under the influence of alcohol; possession and consumption by a minor; possession of marijuana less than an ounce; and misdemeanor shoplifting. The court also is responsible for entering case dispositions and forwarding entries to the Department of Drivers Services (DDS). Villa Rica Municipal court is held in the Holt-Bishop Justice Center located at 101 Main Street, Villa Rica, GA 30180. The Honorable Judge Michael Hubbard presides over the Court.
Whitesburg Municipal Court
**At this time, Whitesburg is not accepting cases. If you are charged with DUI in Whitesburg, your case will be transferred to Carroll County Probate Court.**
Whitesburg Municipal Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor charges including DUI that arise within Whitesburg city limits. The Honorable Timothy A. McCreary is the Municipal Court Judge, and Juanita Howell is the Chief Court Clerk. Court is held at the Whitesburg Police Department at 788 Main Street, Whitesburg, GA 30185. Call (770) 832-1184 for more information.
Contact Our DUI Attorneys in Carroll County Today
At our firm, our former DUI prosecutors understand what strategies must be used when defending the rights of those who have been accused of DUI offenses. Our Carroll County DUI Lawyers understand that each case is unique and requires a complete review. That is why we are here to defend you. These types of charges can carry serious consequences and you should not go through the trial process alone. Call now for a free case evaluation.