Chattahoochee Hills maintains its own police force, city hall, and municipal court system. So that means in addition to being stopped by a Fulton County officer or a Georgia State Trooper for a traffic violation, you can also be stopped by a Chattahoochee Hills law enforcement officer. The stop begins the process and then the officer will likely ask you to participate in field sobriety tests (which are voluntary). Based on the officer's observations and your scores on the fields, the officer determines if there is probable cause to arrest for DUI. Then he is to read you the required Georgia Implied Consent notice, advising you of his intent to seek a blood, urine or breath sample from you to test for alcohol or drugs and that the result of declining this test (a "refusal") will result in a driver's license suspension. Usually the driver then spends 2-12 hours in jail and is released upon making a bond.
Then you wait. The Chattahoochee Hills DUI officer probably will give you some citations that contain the first court date - known as your arraignment. Prior to this court date and as soon as plausible after your arrest, you will want to retain a Chattahoochee Hills DUI lawyer to discuss saving your license and your defenses. Your license will become suspended 46 days after your arrest if you do not file an appeal within thirty days of your arrest to Georgia's Department of Driver Services. Our attorneys can help you with this process.
A good DUI lawyer can also help you obtain the evidence against you and do plea bargaining. Then you make a choice based on the evidence, the plea offer and after discussion with your DUI lawyer as to whether you want to make a deal in the Chattahoochee Hills Court or if you want to bind the case over to the State Court of Fulton County for trial. The Municipal Court in Chattahoochee Hills is a place to negotiate, but is not a court where you can have a jury trial or motions hearing. If you have defenses but cannot work out a favorable plea bargain, then the State Court is the place to go for Motions to suppress evidence or to dismiss the DUI for no probably cause to arrest or lack of a reason to stop your car to begin with. If you do not prevail at Motions, it is up to a jury to decide whether they think there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving under the influence. This is a high burden for the state prosecutors to meet.
Our DUI lawyers fight cases. While we can help you with plea bargaining in Chattahoochee Hills, we can also help you prepare winning strategies and work with the top experts for a trial by jury. We regularly fight for our clients licenses at the administrative license suspension hearings (ALS ) hearings as well.