Question: I got a DUI from a deputy sheriff in Barrow County the other night and I know your firm handles DUI cases in Barrow County. I was on my way home with my girlfriend and we stopped at a couple of bars. We went to a bunch of bars in Winder like Shuffles Bar, FATZ Café, Locos Deli & Pub and Chip's Bar & Grill. It was a long night but we were celebrating graduating from the University of Georgia. I didn't have a drink at each Winder bar, but I guess I had enough beer and gin at a couple of the places.
I got stopped by the Barrow County deputy for speeding and failing to maintain my lane. He said I was going 28 miles above the speed limit and he said I weaved. I really don't think I was going that fast and if I swerved it was because I dropped a drink on my lap (I know that's not a good excuse).
The Barrow cop saw the empty beer bottle and saw that my shirt and pants were wet and said I smelled of alcohol. I took the field sobriety tests and I took the breath test at the jail. I blew a .233 on the breath test and I know that's a high score.
I have to go the court at the Barrow County Probate Court. But I need to buy some time because I just started a new job at a car dealership and this could really mess up my insurance and my new job. What can I do?
Answer: If you need some time then you might consider “binding the case over” to the Barrow County Superior Court. To have a DUI case transferred from the Probate Court to the Superior Court you need to formally request a jury trial. Probate Court is not empowered by Georgia law to conduct jury trials; only state courts and superior courts can have jury trials.
However, before binding the case over to Superior Court, you need to discuss your matter in detail with a Barrow County DUI lawyer who can evaluate your options and make specific recommendations. Sometimes it makes strategic sense to have the matter bound-over, other times that can be a mistake. Relevant issues may include whether or not this is your first DUI, whether or not you have a criminal record and how much time you need for your job. An experienced Barrow County DUI attorney can advise you on your best options.
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