I've heard of places having dui courts for multiple offenders to help solve their true issue with alcohol. Does the city of atlanta or Fulton county have such a court? If so, what are the benefits and how does a person convicted of dui qualify?
The Atlanta Municipal Court does not have a DUI Court. Fulton County State Court does. It is run by Judge Susan Forsling. It requires a new lending DUI case, and that the applicant have at least one prior conviction. The benefit is largely that the state's recommendation on sentencing is reduced substantially - repeat offenses often carry several months in jail. DUI court is focused on rehabilitation, random testing, group therapy classes, and intensive supervision by the court. If a DUI court candidate fails to comply with the terms of the program, he or she will likely go to jail. Also, enrollment in a DUI court allows for earlier reinstatement of a drivers license.
If your case is in a lower court, you can ask to have the case bound over to Fulton State Court to go through the DUI court program. However, I highly suggest you speak to one of the Atlanta DUI attorneys on this website to walk you through this process and to discuss options for avoiding a second conviction altogether.
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