Bartow County DUI Lawyer
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.
What types of evidence does your DUI lawyer evaluate in a DUI case?
Every DUI case in our office begins with an analysis of the evidence obtained by law enforcement on the side of the road. This begins with trying to determine whether there was a reason for the stop. Next, we look at how our client actually stopped their vehicle. Some people refer to this as the stopping sequence. One of the things that we try to determine from the beginning is who the actual stopping officer was. Sometimes the stopping officer is different from the officer that actually arrested the defendant, and we want to first look for inconsistencies in what the officers allege that our client did while driving. Reasons for the initiation of a stop that turns into a DUI investigation can vary widely from case-to-case:
• Is the person alleged to have failed to maintain their lane?
• Did the driver fail to have their headlights properly on?
• Was the driver speeding?
• Was the driver driving below the minimum speed limit?
• Was the driver involved in a car accident?
Whatever that the basis for the stop, we want to know and we want to know whether or not it correlates with what is presented on the video. A critical consideration is whether there is any basis to correlate the alleged driving violation to impairment by alcohol or drugs – your DUI lawyer must know the arresting officer’s training and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s validation studies.
Bartow County is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2018 census, the population was 106,408. The county seat is Cartersville and cities within the county are as below:
If someone you care about has been arrested for DUI in Bartow County, your first step should be bonding them out of jail.
The Bartow County Sheriff is Clark Millsap. The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office and Jail is located at 104 Zena Dr, Cartersville, GA 30121, United States.
Bartow Superior and State court is located at 135 WC Cherokee Ave # 233, Cartersville, GA 30120, United States and current clerk is Melba Scoggins 770-387-5025.
Superior Court judges are:
- David K. Smith (Chief Judge)
- Carey Nelson.
- Scott Smith.
- Suzanne H. Smith.
One of Bartow County’s greatest business advantages is Interstate 75, which runs through the center of the county. This interstate is one of the country’s major north/south transportation arteries, connecting states from Michigan to Florida. Complementing this valuable transportation asset is Atlanta’s Hartsfield/Jackson International and with 295 counts of DUI cases.