I have a failure to appear. My first DUI was in Fulton county from 2007 and still pending. My second was in 2009 in Dekalb county. For Dekalb county, I entered a program called DUI court. It was a "treatment" program. It had a cost of 50$ a week in which I could not pay. Therefore, I was going to be removed from the program. Therefore, I never went back. I am in the medical field, and having this issues has been preventing me from finding employment. I wanted to turn myself in and handle my issues. I just did not want to go in blind.
In Fulton County, if you get an attorney you can just go to the clerk and sign a waiver of arraignment and they will send a court date in the mail. DeKalb is a different matter. You will likely have to go before Judge Wong who will more than likely throw you out of DUI Court and in jail. You could end up doing the remainder of your probation in jail. You should hire an attorney as soon as possible.
You really do need an attorney for this. Generally, you won't get kicked out of a program for a genuine inability to pay(even though they may threaten you...I worked on the DUI Court panel in Dekalb a few years ago) but you will get kicked out for failing to attend. As the other attorney noted, Judge Wong generally administers DUI court. I have known him for several years and he can be a tough judge. Your maximum exposure on each DUI is 12 months (so 24 months total) since they are each misdemeanors, but you probably have additional traffic violations that likely carry additional jail time. I don't think a Dekalb County judge would max you out, but you can probably expect some jail time. It's going to depend on what your attorney can negotiate with the solicitor (and get the judge to accept).
Because you are charged with 2 DUI's you can face up to 24 months in Jail - 12 months on each. However, it appears that you are most concerned with the Dekald Co. DUI "treatment" program and the fact that you could not pay the weekly fee and stopped attending. I am not personally familiar with the Dekalb Co. program and it's specific requirements. I can tell you that you should RETAIN AN ATTORNEY ASAP that is familiar with this specific court program!!! Handling this issue without an attorney is a VERY BAD idea and could result in you going to JAIL! I hope this information has been helpful to you. Good Luck!!! George McCranie IV www.mccranielawfirm.com
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