In the City of Palmetto GA, there is city government complete with a police department, city hall and court of law. Palmetto, GA encompasses parts of both Fulton County and Coweta County. If you are charged with a DUI and it is a misdemeanor, it will go to the City Court of Palmetto first. This is not a jury trial court, but a court for plea bargaining. If attempts to reach a favorable plea bargain don't work out, then depending on where in Palmetto you were actually arrested for DUI, the case will transfer to the Fulton County or Coweta County court for trial.
For a first DUI where there was not child - endangerment or a serious accident resulting in injury, the case will likely be charged as a misdemeanor. However, even a misd. offense will still show up on a criminal record and can result in jail time, probation and a license suspension. That is why consulting with a Palmetto DUI lawyer promptly is important. He or she can help you review defenses and postpone an administrative suspension of your Georgia license following your arrest by submitting an appeal or "10 day" letter. Time is of the essence, so act quickly to preserve your driving abilities by consulting with an attorney.
There are many defenses available to you in a Palmetto DUI case, but the applicable one's depend on the facts. You may have not been driving when the officer found you (i.e. you were asleep in your car with the radio on) or there may not have been a legal basis to pull you over to begin with. Perhaps the officer mis-advised you of the consequences of declining a breath test. This can lead to exclusion of the breath test results in the trial against you. Also leading to suppression of the breath test under GA law is if the officer failed to accomodate your request for a blood test after you submitted to his breath test. Talking to a Palmetto DUI lawyer before you have court can help you identify if you have an issue.
Palmetto DUI lawyer Richard S. Lawson has spent his career defending drivers charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He knows the defenses and how to keep people driving. He is also a skilled trial lawyer, so if you want to fight your case, he can guide you through the trial process and get you the best possible results on your Palmetto DUI case.