WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE TO APPEAR WITHOUT A LAWYER FOR MY 1ST APPEARANCE ON A DUI IN ATLANTA MUNICIPAL COURT?
It is not at all uncommon for people to appear at their 1st appearance on a DUI in AtlantaMunicipal Court without an attorney. Do not be discouraged, overwhelmed, or afraid if you are in this situation. Understanding a few basic rules about the process followed in that court can make your appearance go very smoothly.
WHY IS THE 1ST COURT DATE ON YOUR ATLANTA DUI SO SOON AFTER YOUR ARREST?
The Atlanta Municipal Court is really focused on efficiently resolving cases. Most people recognize that part of efficiently resolving cases is getting people to court, informing them of the process, and getting the process going. So, the Court generally gets people arrested for DUI to court the next business day. That is extremely quick in comparison to many other courts that handle DUIs. This short timeline, however, means that many people cannot obtain counsel prior to their 1st appearance. Do not worry about that. I can assure you that nothing substantive is going to happen at your 1st appearance in the Atlanta Municipal Court.
WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT DEADLINES AFTER THE 1ST APPEARANCE FOR YOUR DUI IN THE ATLANTA MUNICIPAL COURT?
- You must file your 10-day letter (the ALS appeal letter) within 10 business days from your date of arrest.
- You need to be working to retain a qualified DUI attorney soon after your 1st appearance in the Atlanta Municipal Court. He/she must get the process going for obtaining discovery in your case.
If you have questions regarding your Atlanta DUI case, contact The Sessions Law Firm today. We have an outstanding track record of providing exceptional results for people charged with DUI in Atlanta. We know the process and how to make the process work for you.