Atlanta DUI Lawyer

The Atlanta Police Department takes great pride in identifying and apprehending suspected drunk drivers throughout the city.  The Atlanta Police Department knows that with a somewhat limited public transportation system in MARTA and a social scene that often revolves around drinking, drivers may be tempted to get behind the wheel after indulging in a few adult beverages.

A driver could be coming from a nightclub in Buckhead, a kickball game in Piedmont Park followed by drinks in midtown, a craft beer event in Virginia Highlands, a Braves Game at Turner Field, or a concert at Phillips Arena when he or she sees the dreaded blue lights in the rear view mirror.

Drivers should remain constantly aware that whether they realize it or not, various law enforcement agencies patrol Georgia's capital hoping to spot drunk drivers and to make an arrest for DUI. The Atlanta Police Department employs a DUI Task Force which specializes in the detection of drunk drivers and the enforcement of DUI laws and related traffic offenses.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety's Nighthawks DUI Task Force also covers the city of Atlanta looking for intoxicated drivers – and that intoxication can be from alcohol, prescription drugs or illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine or meth.  The Governor's Office of Highway Safety funds the aggressive Nighthawks DUI task force, which is the most highly trained collection of DUI law enforcement officers in the state.

Atlanta Municipal Court:

DUI cases in the city of Atlanta are heard at Atlanta Municipal Court, which is located at the Lenwood A. Jackson, Sr., Justice Center at 150 Garnett St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303.  The Honorable Lenwood Jackson, for whom the building is named, was a long time City Court Judge and Director of Facility Development for the courthouse construction project.

Atlanta Prosecutors:

The City of Atlanta Solicitor's Office prosecutes cases in Atlanta Municipal Court. Headed by the Solicitor General, the Solicitor's Office aims to represent the interests of the citizens of Atlanta by screening, investigating, and prosecuting all cases within its jurisdiction, and also by providing legal assistance to city departments, schools, local colleges, community organizations, and law enforcement agencies.

Who are the Judges?

The Atlanta Municipal Court Judges are led by Chief Judge Herman L. Sloan, who was appointed to the bench by Mayor Bill Campbell in 2002.  Prior to his appointment, Judge Sloan served as Chief Assistant Solicitor General for the State Court Fulton County, as well as Assistant District Attorney for Fulton County. The complete list of Atlanta Municipal Court Judges and their phone numbers is as follows:

Chief Judge Herman L. Sloan: (404) 588-4708

The Honorable Barbara A. Harris: (404) 588-4708

The Honorable Elaine L. Carlisle: (404) 588-4702

The Honorable Calvin G. Graves: (404) 658-7049

The Honorable Gary E. Jackson: (404) 658-6966

The Honorable Crystal A. Gaines: (404) 954-6763

The Honorable Christopher E. Ward: (404) 588-5909

The Honorable Terrinee L. Gundy: (404) 588-4710

The Honorable Leigh M. Dupree: (404) 954-7905

What is DUI?

Drunk driving is commonly called DUI in Georgia; in other states it is known as DWI, or Driving While Intoxicated. In other states it's called OWI, or Operating While Intoxicated.

In Georgia, it is a crime to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage if it makes you a less safe driver, or with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, or with any amount of any controlled substance in the blood or urine.

The law provides that it is always illegal to drive while your BAC is above is .08 or above. This is commonly thought to mean two drinks or so, but BAC can vary widely and depends on a person's sex, height, weight and many other factors. A person under 21 years of age may face DUI charges if they have a blood-alcohol content of .02 or more.

But you can also be charged if your BAC is below .08, if the police say you were a less safe driver because you were drinking. For instance, even if your test result returns a .07 BAC, the police officer can still say you were slurring your words, seemed disoriented and did poorly on the field sobriety tests, which may be evidence against you.

The law is particularly hard on those charged with DUI and drugs. If a test shows any drugs in your system, you may face DUI charges, despite the fact that some substances stay in a person's system for weeks, long after any effect can be felt.

Can I still fight my DUI charge even if I've failed a field sobriety test?

Yes. Even if you failed a field sobriety test you still may have grounds for a good defense. Officers make mistakes when administering field sobriety tests, including the one-leg stand, the horizontal gaze nystagmus, and the walk-and-turn test.

Even sober people can fail these tests because of nervousness, physical impairments, fatigue, inner ear problems, and other reasons. A strong DUI defense can built when demonstrating that field sobriety test results are incorrect because the tests were administered improperly or there were other reasons why someone performed poorly.

We Are Your Local Atlanta DUI Lawyers

The Atlanta Municipal Court is, as you might expect, is the largest Municipal Court in the state of Georgia.  With its size and massive case load, dealing with the Atlanta Municipal Court requires its own set of tactics and strategies for a successful DUI defense.

At the Sherman Law Group, we know what it takes to get the best possible outcome for our clients in Atlanta Municipal Court. At the Sherman Law Group, we are proud of our reputation as fierce client advocates.  We realize that in their most trying times, people do not need an attorney who is going to judge them for their alleged wrongdoings. What they need is someone who gets results.  William and Valerie Sherman offer straightforward advice to get their clients moving in the right direction. Our results-driven approach to handling DUI cases aims to allow our clients to emerge from their difficult situations with the least possible negative impact on their lives.

We Served as a Former Magistrate Judge, Assistant Attorney General & Senior Assistant County Attorney

As a former Assistant County Attorney and Assistant Attorney General, William H. Sherman knows how prosecutors think.  With years of experience as a DUI defense attorney, Mr. Sherman has used his knowledge and experience in countless successful DUI defenses.  Attorney Valerie Sherman's tenure as a Magistrate Judge and Assistant County Attorney have also proven extremely valuable throughout her time defending clients charged with drunk driving.  When you are in need of an Atlanta DUI lawyer, we are always ready for you.

With experience on both sides, as prosecutors and defense attorneys, William and Valerie Sherman understand how prosecutors think and know what it takes to get the best results for their clients in the Atlanta Municipal Court.  Above all else, however, we are proud that are clients consider us the “best DUI lawyers in Atlanta.”

Call an Atlanta DUI lawyer now at 678-215-4106.  We are always available to help you! 

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