Alpharetta DUI lawyer Ben Sessions discusses what to expect during your Alpharetta DUI case. We have an exceptional track record of defending DUI cases in Alpharetta. Those cases which we are unable to resolve in Alpharetta are bound over to Fulton County State Court for motions and trial.
Every effort should be made to resolve your DUI charge in Alpharetta Municipal Court. If your case is not successfully concluded in Alpharetta, it must be transferred to Fulton County State Court. If the case is transferred to Fulton County State Court, it will remain open for at least another year and cause considerable stress that may be avoided simply by focusing upon the defense early on in Alpharetta.
What You Should Consider in Selecting an Alpharetta DUI Lawyer
Ben Sessions of The Sessions Law Firm has successfully defended clients facing Alpharetta DUI charges, Alpharetta underage possession of alcohol charges, Alpharetta marijuana possession charges, and various other criminal and traffic offenses.
The vast majority of DUI arrests in Alpharetta, Georgia will be processed into the Alpharetta Municipal Court. The Alpharetta Municipal Court is located at:
12624 Broadwell Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30004
What I would like to do in this video is discuss with you the process that most cases take in the Alpharetta Municipal Court. If you’ve been arrested on DUI in Alpharetta, most likely your case will follow a pretty set routine that most of our cases do. First, you’ll have an arraignment date, at the arraignment date, if you hired a lawyer that knows what’s going on in that court, you will not need to appear at that date. After the arraignment date, we will begin our investigations in the case, that is we will collect the incident reports, the calibration records for the breath test machine, videotapes, all of the evidence that we believe might be relevant to the development of defense in your case, we will obtain at that point in time. And you want to act early in order to obtain that evidence of that certain, for example, jail videos are recorded over and become unavailable to you later on.
After that point in time, after we begin the investigation, you’ll probably be scheduled for an administrator license suspension hearing. That’s a hearing where the office in your case attempts to suspend your driver’s license, as a result of you submitted to a breath test that is above the legal limit, or a refusal to submit to the requested blood, breath, and urine tests. After that hearing, you will most likely be scheduled for what’s called a pretrial conference, which is again a date that I will appear on your behalf if you retain my services. And I will attempt to negotiate a resolution that is agreeable to you to resolve the case in Alpharetta Municipal Court. If I can’t negotiate a plea that is favorable to you, and agreeable to you with Alpharetta Municipal Court, I will then transfer the case from Alpharetta to Fulton County State Court through a process that’s called bonding case error.
What are the Penalties for DUI Conviction?
The exact penalties for DUI depend on the number of prior convictions, if any, the driver has, as well as any other relevant circumstances in the case. Generally, state law allows for the following DUI punishments upon conviction.
- First offense: misdemeanor; penalties may include jail time between 10 days and 12 months, fines between $300 to $1,000, community service, and alcohol counseling.
- Second offense: misdemeanor; penalties may include jail time between 90 days and 12 months, fines between $600 and $1,000, at least 30 days of community service, alcohol counseling, and 12 months probation.
- Third offense: high and aggravated misdemeanor; mandatory minimum jail sentence between 120 days and 12 months; other penalties may include fines between $1,000 and $5,000, at least 30 days of community service, alcohol counseling, and 12 months probation.
If You Have Questions Regarding an Alpharetta DUI Charge, Contact the Sessions Law Firm
Ben Sessions of The Sessions Law Firm has a proven track record in the defense of Alpharetta DUI cases. Contact our office today for a consultation.