Atlanta DUI: Lawyer: Considerations in Choosing an Atlanta DUI Lawyer
Georgia DUI lawyer Ben Sessions describes some of the considerations you should have in hiring an Atlanta DUI lawyer.
Can the lawyer provide describe what the process will be in Atlanta Municipal Court?If you have been arrested for DUI in Atlanta, you need a lawyer that understands how Atlanta DUI cases are prosecuted and how this court operates. You will not find a lawyer with a better understanding of this court than Ben Sessions of The Sessions Law Firm.
The vast majority of DUI arrests in Atlanta, Georgia, are processed into the Atlanta Municipal Court. Unless you are charged with a felony, if you were arrested by the Atlanta Police Department, the case will originate in the Atlanta Municipal Court. DUI cases that begin in Atlanta take a definite course of action. The process for obtaining incident report, video recordings of the arrest (and there is almost certain a video if the arrest was made by the Atlanta Police Department), and toxicology reports (in the event of a blood or urine test) are almost always the same in this Court. Yes, the process in Atlanta Municipal Court is different than most other metro-Atlanta courts, and it can be difficult for lawyers that do not regularly practice there.
Can the lawyer provide a logical explanation of how your case may be successfully concluded in AtlanYou need to evaluate whether the lawyers you speak with regarding your Atlanta DUI charge can provide a coherent strategy for successfully concluding the case. In order to do this, you need to define what is most important to you. Then, when you speak with various lawyers, see if they can provide a coherent strategy for attaining your goals. Obviously, no lawyer can guarantee you an outcome in your case, but if the lawyer regularly practices in Atlanta he/she will be able to describe what is a reasonable expectation for the resolution of the case in Atlanta Municipal Court.
Will you be comfortable with this lawyer defending you at a jury trial if the case cannot be successUltimately, every decision that you make in the defense of your case Atlanta DUI charge needs to be made after considering the worst-case scenario - however unlikely that outcome may be. In Atlanta Municipal Court, no contested hearings are held on DUI charges. If your case is going to be resolved in the Atlanta Municipal Court, it will be by virtue of a negotiated plea. That means that if your case is going to resolved there, (1) you will be entering a guilty or nolo plea to some charge - whether it is to DUI or some lesser charge, or (2) the prosecuting attorney will be dismissing your charges. No trials or motions hearings on DUI charges are held in Atlanta Municipal Court. In selecting your DUI lawyer for your Atlanta DUI case, you must be mindful that not every case will be negotiated successfully. Sometimes, a jury must decide the case. Ask yourself if you would be comfortable with lawyer representing you before a jury, if necessary.