"Do I have to pay my DUI fines when I go to court?"

Posted by William H. Sherman on Jan 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Question: I really wasn't that drunk and I don't think I should have gotten a DUI.  I'm not the kind of person who drinks all the time and I'm certainly not an alcoholic.  I work out and I always take my smart pills, so I'm pretty bright.

I was driving in Lawrenceville, Georgia and I was stopped by a Lawrenceville cop.  He said I swerved.  I think I did swerve but that was only because I dropped my iPhone.  He asked me a bunch of questions like could I recite the alphabet form J to W without singing it.  I can't do it without singing it.  Then he made me walk a straight line.  But I fell twice.  I fell not because I was drunk but because my shoes are pretty cheap.

At the jail I took the breath test and it was pretty high; it was .265.  I don't know how the machine showed such a high booze level.  So I think I'm getting a DUI.  I had my first DUI 15 years ago in Gwinnett County.

My question is if I'll need to pay all the fines when I go to court.  I'm going to need some time to get my money together to pay it all off.

E.N. in Lawrenceville

Answer: The Lawrenceville Municipal Court allows defendants to pay off any fines, fees and court costs over a number of months.  In fact, most courts allow defendants to pay fines over a period of time.  (Exceptions to the rule include the Bartow County Probate Court, which demands payment of fines when a plea is entered; the court does not allow for the payment of fines while on probation.)

The judges of the Lawrenceville Municipal Court are (1) the Honorable Dennis T. Still, who is the chief judge; and (2) the Honorable James W. Garner, who is a judge.

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