Question: While driving back to my house in Norcross, I got a DUI charge and I don't know what court to go to. I lost my citations and I'm writing to a Gwinnett County DUI lawyer for some help and advice.
First off, I was drunk. I admit it. But I wasn't really, really drunk. I wasn't falling down drunk and I didn't feel like I had to puke. But I was buzzed, maybe more than buzzed. I had been out with friends from work and we went to a Mexican restaurant and had some nachos, tacos and burritos and, of course, some tequila. I love tequila and have since I visited Mexico for the first time when I was 12 years old. There's no drinking age in Mexico and I got carried away, I guess.
Now it's like 25 years later and I'm a dentist and I like to party sometimes. I've never gotten a DUI and I've only been arrested once, and that was for marijuana possession. I really don't drink all that much but when I do I like good tequila, expensive tequila. You won't catch me drinking bad tequila, no sir.
So after dinner and drinks I got on my motorcycle, I drive a Harley, and I went home. Actually, I started driving home when a cop pulled me over and said I was all over the road. I maybe did swerve once or twice, but my driving on that Harley is usually really good, even when I have too much to drink.
The cop wanted me test me and I did his tests. I took a breath test on the street and he arrested me. He was pissed, I could tell, about me drinking and driving my bike. He took me to jail and I refused to take the breath test at first, but then I took it and I blew a .159.
My girlfriend bonded me out of jail and she took me home. I don't know what happened to my documents so I'm not sure which court to go to and I don't want to miss my court date and I don't want a warrant and I don't want to go back to jail again because it's not fun at all.
My first question is what court do I need to go to?
N.P. in Norcross, Georgia
Answer: Gwinnett County, like many counties in the state of Georgia, has many courts. It has municipal courts, also known as city courts, along with a state court and a superior court. Gwinnett County also has a Recorder's Court.
Cities in Gwinnett County have their own courts. So, for example, there is a City of Lawrenceville Municipal Court, a City of Duluth Municipal Court, a City of Suwanee Municipal Court, a City of Snellville Municipal Court, as well as others. All city courts in Gwinnett are empowered to handle DUI cases, although they are not authorized to hold jury trials.
The Gwinnett County State Court hears DUI cases, as does the Gwinnett County Recorder's Court. All felony DUI charges, by law, are handled in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County.
So there are certainly a number of courts in Gwinnett that could handle your DUI case. As Gwinnett DUI lawyers we can talk to you about each and every court and it works. Please call us directly at 678-215-4106 so we can discuss your matter and we can help locate the proper court where your charges will be addressed.