Since the city if Johns Creek Incorporated a few years ago, DUI arrests as well as arrests for underage possession or consumption of alcohol ( commonly known as MIP or Minor in Possession) have skyrocketed in the Johns Creek area of Fulton County. Johns Creek now maintains its own police force and municipal court system. For misdemeanor offenses like DUI and MIP, the cases are prosecuted in the Municipal Court (which means the city of Johns Creek gets the fine money). Felony cases are still prosecuted through the Fulton County State Court system in downtown Atlanta. So Johns Creek police officers are always on the lookout for traffic offenses like DUI, reckless driving, hit and run and driving on a suspended license as well as the standard traffic charges.
I have also found that Johns Creek officers prosecute a lot of minors, including local high school students, for MIP and marijuana charges. While these are misdemeanors that are handled in the local court system, a conviction for an MIP or marijuana case stays on someone's record forever and can get in the way of college or career plans. In addition,under 21 drivers are charged with DUI on a very regular basis by Johns Creek officers. An underage DUI is no slap on the wrist. However, there are options available and in many instances we can save a young person's driver's license and keep them out of jail - even if there breath test was several times the legal limit of .02. Of course, all facts are different and each case is evaluated on am individual basis. Our law office routinely fights Johns Creek DUI cases, as well as MIP and marijuana charges and we can help you get the best possible result. Keep in mind that even in an MIP or marijuana case that is not a DUI, the consequences of conviction include a driver's license suspension of one year or more. There are often ways around this, but the prosecutor and judge have no obligation to tell you what will happen to your license if you are convicted. That is one of the ways that our Johns Creek lawyers can help you.
As a former prosecutor, Mr. Lawson knows the ins and outs of the State's position. He can guide you through the process and identify the best defenses with an eye toward a reduction of the charges. If a favorable plea bargain can't be reached, he has the trial experience to fight for you in motions and in front of a jury at trial. Call Mr. Lawson, aJohns Creek DUI lawyer, today to see how he can put his expertise to work for you or for your son or daughter.