Monroe County GA DUI Lawyer
After handling hundreds of misdemeanor and felony DUI cases in Monroe County and throughout GA, the Law Office of Richard Lawson provides a substantial value that is based upon our vast experience in helping past clients with these types of cases. We also have experience helping clients with underage DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident, vehicular homicide, and reckless driving Contact our DUI Lawyers in Monroe County GA for more information on how to proceed with your DUI case.
30 Day Warning
You only have 30 days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative license hearing or to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. If you fail to request a hearing or install the device, your driver's license will be automatically suspended. The hearing request must be submitted by mail and costs $150. It is in your best interest to contact a DUI Attorney in Monroe County GA to discuss whether the ALS hearing or the ignition interlock device is the best option for your case.
Choosing The Right Monroe County GA DUI Attorney
Going through the process of a DUI defense in Georgia is crucial and it is important to have someone represent you who understands Georgia DUI law. When trying to determine who should represent you, we urge you to at least ask the following questions:
- How many years have you practiced DUI law in Georgia?
- What counties are you experienced in?
- How many DUI cases have you defended? How many in the last year?
- Do you work with breathalyzer and/or blood test experts?
- Do you have experience with drug DUI cases?
- Do you have a place where I can review client reviews?
- Do you have experience defending both DUI per se and DUI less safe charges?
Drug Related DUI Offenses
Our Monroe County GA DUI Lawyers have great deal of experience defending DUI cases. Some of our clients have been accused of being under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of drugs and alcohol while driving. In a drug DUI case, it is important to hire an attorney that is familiar with the specialized tests (Drug Recognition Examination- DRE) that law enforcement may use while investigating drug based DUI cases. Drug related DUI case investigations can be complicated because it is based on the officer's observations. There is no legal limit for the amount of drugs in a person's system so it can be more difficult to fight the charges. However, our DUI Attorneys in Monroe County have defended thousands of clients charged with DUI drugs and know what it takes to achieve a great outcome! Contact us today if you have been charged with DUI drugs today.
DUI drug charges are generally misdemeanors, which carry a punishment of up to 12 months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine in Georgia. A first conviction in 10 years will also include 12 months of probation, 40 hours of community service, DUI school, and a clinical drug and alcohol evaluation. You could also face a suspension of your driving privileges. A six-month driver's license suspension is very common in DUI Drug cases.
For a second DUI Drug conviction in 10 years, the minimum sentence will be 72 hours in jail, at least a $600 fine, probation for 12 months, 30 days of community service, DUI school, and a clinical drug and alcohol evaluation. Further, you will have a “hard suspension” of your license, which means that you will be unable to obtain even a limited work permit.
Monroe County GA Superior Court
Monroe County GA Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all felony DUI cases. Furthermore, if your case originated in Probate Court or Municipal Court and you request a jury trial, your case will be transferred to Superior Court. The Court is located at 1 Courthouse Square, Forsyth, GA 31029. Ms. Lindsey Taylor is the Clerk of Court, and she can be reached at 478-994-7022.
Monroe County GA Probate Court
Monroe County GA Probate Court is responsible for handling DUI cases that arise out of unincorporated parts of Monroe County. The Honorable Donna Robins serves as the Probate Court Judge. Court is held at 1 Courthouse Square, Forsyth, GA 31029. For more information, call 478-994-7036.
City of Forsyth GA Municipal Court
Forsyth GA Municipal Court handles cases involving city ordinance violations, traffic offenses, and other misdemeanors, including shoplifting and DUI, that occur within Forsyth city limits. Municipal Court is held in City Hall located at 68 N. Lee Street, Forsyth, GA 31029. For more information, call 478-994-5649.
Contact Our DUI Attorneys in Monroe County Now
During what could be the most stressful time in your life, you need an experienced Monroe County GA DUI Lawyer. Our representation is just 1 phone call away. Our office is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you have.