Decatur DUI Defense Lawyers Serving the Atlanta Area
Since 1960, attorneys at the law firm of Smith, Schroeder & O’Connell have been helping clients throughout Georgia achieve the best possible results in our state's courtrooms. Our record of success began with attorney Billy Joe Smith, who was a magistrate judge in DeKalb County for more than 20 years, as well as a supporter of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). It continues with every new DUI defense case we take on.
What to Expect in a Georgia DUI Case
A drunk driving arrest almost always starts with getting pulled over. Officers administer field sobriety tests and make an arrest. They bring you to jail. After you bond out, you are given a court date for your arraignment.
After talking with your criminal defense lawyer about your options, you may choose to have him work out a plea deal with the prosecutor or enter a guilty plea. But you may also be well advised to fight your case in court.
Consequences of a DUI can be serious in Georgia, so it is important that you work with a skilled attorney. A first DUI requires a minimum of 24 hours in jail. For a second DUI within five years, you may be required to spend 72 hours in jail. Georgia law places harsher consequences on a third DUI conviction, but a seasoned DUI lawyer can help you minimize the penalties you may face.
Save Your License — Contact Your DUI Defense Lawyer as Soon as Possible
When you have been arrested for DUI, contacting an attorney as soon as possible is critical to your success. In Georgia, you have only 20 days from the date of arrest to save your license. If you allow that time period to expire, your driver's license will automatically be suspended for a year.
At Smith, Schroeder & O’Connell, access to skilled attorneys has always been — and continues to be — of primary importance. To talk with us about your DUI arrest, contact us by e-mail or by phone at 404.418.8353 or toll free at 888.524.3986.
Free initial consultations are available for criminal defense matters. Spanish-speaking clients are welcome. Se habla español.