Towns County DUI Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI in Towns County, call our office now. Our founder, Richard S. Lawson, is a former North Georgia Prosecutor. He brings invaluable experience to our firm since he knows how to other side thinks. Richard along with the rest of our experienced DUI Attorneys in Towns County are here to assist with your case. A charge is not the same as a conviction. Let us protect your rights. Call now for a free case evaluation.
DUI School Information
Under Georgia law, any person convicted of one of the following offenses is required to attend DUI school:
- driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI),
- possession of illegal drugs,
- underage possession of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, and
- boating under the influence (BUI).
While these offenses require you attend DUI school, a conviction or plea to another offense may still require your attendance at a DUI school on the order of your sentencing judge. This is especially common for those who plead to the lesser offense of reckless driving or some other related charge. The judge may still impose a requirement that you attend DUI school because he or she is aware that your offense likely stemmed from at least an accusation of the use of drugs or alcohol.
Sometimes the law or your sentencing judge does not require that you attend a DUI school (or has not required it yet). However, some attorneys use DUI school as a legal defense strategy, advising clients to attend it to show the judge you are serious. Some benefits to this strategy include, but are not limited to the following.
- Finishing DUI school before it is ordered by the court will show you are willing to take action to deal with an alcohol or drug problem.
- Completing DUI school will give your Towns County DUI Lawyer leverage going into negotiations with the Georgia prosecutor.
- If DUI school is already completed, it is one less thing to deal with after your case is resolved.
- If you are later found guilty of a DUI charge, your prior completion of the program will give your DUI Attorney in Towns County leverage to ask for a lesser sentence.
Many people even choose to voluntarily attend these classes to help them deal with a true problem with drugs and alcohol. Not only can it help your criminal case, but it can help your life get back on track. Courts want to see a person take responsibility for his or her own life and often reward that person for it.
Where Can I Take DUI Courses?
DUI classes can be taken anywhere within the state of Georgia. So long as your class is with a certified DUI school, as certified by the Department of Driver Services, you may take your classes there. There are hundreds of schools throughout Georgia and a great many in the Atlanta area.
If you are considering taking a DUI class outside of the state of Georgia, you should consult with your Towns County DUI Lawyer first to make sure your class credits will transfer. Otherwise, you may take a class outside the state and then be required to take one in the state of Georgia because the class did not transfer.
Towns County Superior Court
Towns County Superior Court has jurisdiction over all felony DUI cases. Additionally, if your case originated in Probate Court or Municipal Court, and you request a jury trial, you case will proceed to Towns County Superior Court. Towns County is part of the Etowah Judicial Circuit along with Lumpkin, White, and Union county. Court is held at 48 River Street, Hiawassee, GA 30546.
Towns County Probate Court
If you were charged with DUI outside in an unincorporated part of Towns County, your case will proceed to Towns County Probate Court. Court is held at 48 River Street, Suite C, Hiawassee, GA 30546. The Honorable Judge David Rogers presides over the Court. For more information, call 706-896-3467.
Hiawassee Municipal Court
Hiawassee Municipal Court handles cases arising from traffic violations, city ordinance violations, and other misdemeanors, including DUI and shoplifting, that occur within Hiawassee city limits. Municipal Court is held on the second Monday of the month at 11:00 a.m. Court is located at Hiawassee City Hall at 50 River Street, Hiawassee, GA 30546.
Contact Our DUI Attorneys in Towns County Today
When charged with DUI, it is natural to feel scared and overwhelmed. The court process can be intimidating and you may have no idea where to start. There is no need to feel that way! Our Towns County DUI Lawyers understand what you are going through and are prepared to help you through this difficult time. With over 25 years of experience and thousands of clients represented, we promise to protect your rights, freedom, and future. Call now for a free case evaluation.