Written by attorney William C. Head

When to Use Georgia's Statutory Speedy Trial Demand and When to NOT File a Speedy Trial Demand

Georgia is one of many states that offers a person charged with any type of criminal offense (including DUI, hit and run, attempting to elude an officer) the right to seek a statutory SPEEDY trial. Other states do not have this type statute (e.g., South Carolina). The code section is 17-7-170. Don't confuse this type demand with the speedy trial rights of an incarcerated person under the United States Constitution. This constitutional right is used FAR less often than the statutory demand.

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National attorney rating service, ranks Atlanta litigator William C. Head as one of the top attorneys (rated #1) in America for multiple civil law practice areas among the nearly 1.3 million listings, based on multiple rating criteria, when searched either by "AVVO rating" or by "Client Rating". Examples: LITIGATION PERSONAL INJURY CAR ACCIDENTS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE . Mr. Head is also rated #1 in America for CRIMINAL DEFENSE when either "AVVO Rating" or "Client Rating" is the search criteria. He is Board Certified in DUI criminal defense by NCDD, which Mr. Head helped get started in 1994. Mr. Head has authored or co-authored twelve books, chapters of other books, and numerous articles on criminal trial practice and DUI defense trial tactics. Mr. Head and his firm are "av" rated with Martindale-Hubbell [highest possible rating for ethics and for legal ability], and Mr. Head's 11-attorney law firm has been named to Martindale’s Pre-Eminent List of Law Firms (limited to TOP 7% of all law firms in the USA. His books include 101 Ways to Avoid a Drunk Driving Conviction (1991, co-authored with the late Reese Joye), and the Georgia DUI Trial Practice Manual (Thomson-Reuters-West Publishing, co-authored with Frank T. Gomez). He has received Super Lawyers recognition every year that this peer-nominated service has been available in GA. One recent book The DUI Book, is a manual for clients facing a DUI prosecution. It enumerates hundreds of defenses to DUI cases. Mr. Head has been quoted in The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Lawyers Weekly USA, The National Law Journal, Fox TV, MSNBC, CBS, NBC and other media outlets. He was the only DUI-DWI attorney in Georgia ever selected for Best Lawyers in America prior to 2010.

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