If you have been pulled over and arrested or cited with a traffic violation in the City of Dunwoody, Georgia, your case will most likely be heard in the Dunwoody Municipal Court. If you have been charged with a violation of Georgia law, you have the right to a jury trial that would take place in the DeKalb County State or Superior Court. This jury trial right is in place for all Dunwoody DUI charges. However, there are many factors to weigh before making the decision to send a case to DeKalb, as opposed to fight the case in Dunwoody’s court. If you are facing a DUI or other traffic charge in Dunwoody, call or email me today to discuss your best options in fighting your case.
Dunwoody Georgia DUI & Traffic Ticket Laws
Since April 1, 2009, Dunwoody police have been empowered to enforce both the traffic laws of the City of Dunwoody as well as Georgia traffic laws. If a Dunwoody police officer observes any violation of city or state law, they can stop you and arrest you.
The most common Dunwoody traffic offenses that I defend are:
- DUI (test cases and refusal cases)
- Reckless Driving
- Aggressive Driving
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Car accident citations
- Hit and Run
If you are arrested for a traffic offense in Dunwoody, you generally have the option of dealing with the charge in the Dunwoody Municipal Court, or having your case “bound over” to DeKalb County. Very serious offenses like vehicular homicide will be sent to DeKalb County automatically, as the Dunwoody court does not have authority to hear the case.
Misdemeanor offenses in Dunwoody– including Dunwoody DUI charges – can be handled in the Dunwoody Municipal Court and, as a matter of strategy; I find that there are many instances where Dunwoody’s court can offer my clients a faster resolution and advantageous plea terms.
If you have been charged with shoplifting in Dunwoody, please see my information on defending a Dunwoody shoplifting charge.
Choosing to proceed in Dunwoody vs. binding (transferring) the case to DeKalb County for a trial has advantages and disadvantages. I encourage you to discuss the pros and cons with me before making a decision.
City of Dunwoody DUI Charges
If you are arrested and charged with DUI in Dunwoody, you will be booked into the DeKalb County jail (detention center located at 4415 Memorial Drive Decatur, GA 30032) and bail will be set by a judge that handles cases in DeKalb, or by a determined by a pre-determined bail schedule. You will need to find a bonding company approved to post bonds in DeKalb or have the means to make your own bond to be released from jail.
Your DUI arrest is both a criminal charge filed against you by the City of Dunwoody and a ‘civil’ charge regarding your driver’s license filed against you by the Department of Driver Services of the State of Georgia, when initiated by a Dunwoody police officer. While you can and should be focused on the criminal charge, you should not ignore the threat to your driver’s license.
In fact, under Georgia law, within ten (10) days after your arrest, you must send a letter to the Georgia Department of Drivers Services to request a hearing to determine whether you can keep your license. If you do not request this “administrative” hearing, you will lose your license for a minimum of one year. (up to 5 years, depending on criminal history and pending charges)
I regularly speak to new clients in who waited more than 10 days to call me and while I can help those folks with regard to their DUI charges, there is little that can be done to preserve their right to drive for the next year.
If it has been less than 10 days since you were arrested for DUI, please call me now to discuss the steps you need to take to preserve your right to drive.
Entering A Plea on DUI Charges in Dunwoody/Reduced Pleas
Since Driving Under the Influence is a violation of both Georgia state law and Dunwoody municipal law, you generally have the right to have your case decided in either Dunwoody Municipal Court or in DeKalb County state court.
I have tried cases and entered pleas in both Dunwoody Municipal Court and in Fulton County and I would happy to discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages based on the facts of your specific case.
Plea bargains are potentially available both in Dunwoody or in DeKalb County state court. The factors that go into plea bargain negotiations will be very specific to your case. Like every criminal defense lawyer, I have my own approach to these negotiations, and I discuss those strategies only with my clients. I will say that a “successful” resolution of your DUI case can range from an outright acquittal (being found not guilty) to a reduction of DUI charges to a less serious crime like a simple traffic offense or reckless driving.
No matter what the situation we face, my number one goal is to represent you zealously and fight to have you exonerated of the charges you face. Call my office today to take the next steps in defending your case. My satellite office is conveniently located in the heart of Dunwoody at: 1854 Independence Square, Dunwoody, Georgia 30338.
Recent Dunwoody Client Review(s):
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Evan Watson is awesome!! This is someone that works hard for you and I just don’t think that’s easy to find in an attorney. I never did tell Evan but I have been contemplating law school for about 3 years now and to see him represent me in the court room the way he did I am truly inspired to apply to school now! I trusted his judgment without question from the first moment I met him. I could tell he took his job serious and had passion for his cases. He gathered each and every fact he possibly could to represent me. His confidence, preparedness, and knowledge shows in the courtroom. Evan was so factual that it left no room for the opposing counsel to argue and he made such an impression on the remaining audience in court that someone asked for his business card after we left. I already knew that I hired the right person to represent me, but that was just icing on the cake to see someone stop us in the hall on the way out to request his business. Evan Watson is someone that will fight for you with your best interest at heart. Thank you Evan!
(Dunwoody Trial Client, June 2011)