As a local DUI defense attorney with more than 22 years of experience in Gwinnett County, I've literally handled thousands of DUI and serious traffic cases in the Gwinnett court system, including Recorders Court, Lawrenceville Municipal Court, Suwanee Municipal Court, Duluth Municipal Court and others. I know all the judges, prosecutors, and staff who work at the Gwinnett courts. And the way things need to be done.
I know that Gwinnett County has some of the most well-trained and aggressive law enforcement officers in all of Georgia. It’s tough to avoid a DUI charge once you’ve been stopped by the Highway Patrol’s Night Hawks division, who specialize in DUI and aggressive driving along our section of 1-85, or Gwinnett County’s sheriff and town law enforcement officers, who operate road blocks and regular patrols throughout the county. If you’ve been arrested for DUI in Gwinnett, it’s important to find an experienced lawyer who knows how Gwinnett County’s finest operate and the ins and outs of local courts.
Over the years, I’ve seen the penalties for DUI become tougher and tougher. Today, there are more consequences than ever for those convicted of DUI, such as the loss of your driver’s license, being kicked out of school and losing both state and federal scholarships, and even difficulty in renting an apartment. Those who drive for a living or hold commercial driver’s licenses are especially vulnerable to job loss. But they aren’t the only ones. The only way to protect your reputation and avoid these types of heart aches is to fight.
The first thing I do in any DUI case is ensure the validity of your driver’s license. If you have a DUI charge, your license is likely to have been automatically suspended. You only have 10 working days from the date of your arrest to appeal that suspension. So, the first rule of business is to schedule an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing to see if you can get your license back or at least get a work permit. In many cases involving a first time DUI, Jessica Towne can often get that license back.
You’ll notice it immediately when you call: you’ll actually speak to me, if I'm available, not my legal secretary. Then, when you come in for your first meeting (and every meeting after), you’ll meet with me, not a paralegal. I don’t ever pass cases on to secretaries or paralegals. From open to close, I personally take care of my clients' cases.
A "win," of course, is defined in many ways. A win can mean:
Georgia lawmakers take DUI so seriously that they’ve banned all of the “get-out-of-jail-free” resolutions available for most other Georgia misdemeanors from being used in DUI cases. For instance,
Effective DUI defense is costly; however, you can’t avoid a conviction if you plead guilty. Isn’t it worth your time to see if a DUI lawyer can help save your driver’s license or keep your record clean? Don’t write off the cost of fighting your DUI charge without first investigating the costs of being convicted. Fines, DUI school fees, probation fees, ignition interlock devices installation and rental costs, and alcohol counseling are just some of the many items typically required in most DUI sentences and paid for by YOU.
I wrote a book to answer this question. Downloading my book How to Choose a Georgia DUI Lawyer is the first step in the most important part of your DUI case - choosing the DUI lawyer who is right for you and the unique circumstances of your arrest. Once you’ve read the book, you’ll be armed with a list of questions to use when interviewing lawyers.