George C. Creal Jr., P.C.,
Smyrna DUI Lawyers | (404) 333-0706
We are more than DUI lawyers.
We are DUI problem solvers.
Arrested for DUI in Smyrna, Georgia? Need an accomplished, professional DUI attorney familiar with the Smyrna Municipal Court and Cobb County Justice System? With 20 years of experience defending DUI arrests, George C. Creal, Jr., P.C. are the Real Deal Smyrna DUI Attorneys. We know ins and outs of the Smyrna and Cobb County Justice Systems. We know the Courts, the Judges, the Prosecutors, and the Police, and they know we are able and willing to fight for each and every one of our clients’ rights. Smryna Municipal Court Information.
The first step after a Smyrna DUI arrest is to contact an experienced DUI lawyer. When you call our office one of our support staff will take your basic personal contact information and a few general facts about your DUI arrest. You will then be transferred to an experienced DUI attorney who will review the reason for your traffic stop or initial contact with police, your personal interaction with police, your performance on any DUI field sobriety evaluations, your DUI arrest, and the facts and circumstances surrounding any DUI breath tests or DUI blood tests. The are hundreds of different issues that can arise during these four phases of a DUI arrest than can result in a reduction in charges, dismissal of charges or a not guilty verdict. Remember Drinking and Driving is not a crime unless your are less safe to drive because of the alcohol consumed or register over the legal limit of 0.08 on a legally obtained blood or breath test.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHSTA) training manuals in DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Evaluations are used by Police agencies all over the United States. These manuals are central to how we will evaluate your DUI defense and create a strategy to win your case. We have thoroughly studied these manuals and use our knowledge to establish how DUI evaluations are unreliable, inaccurate, and abused by police. We expose the flaws inherent to Georgia DUI investigations in order to prove your innocence. For more information on a strong DUI defense, visit our Helpful GA DUI Guide.
The consequences of a DUI can range from administrative license suspension to fines, community service, probation, court ordered alcohol treatment and jail time. To avoid an administrative driver’s license suspension you have to request a hearing with a civil administrative driver’s license court. You have 30 calendar days from your date of arrest to request this hearing. In some cases, you may avoid an administrative license suspension by installing a ignition interlock device or alcohol breath testing device on your car on your personal vehicle and subjecting yourself to a Georgia only limited permit for one year. This device requires you to blow into it to start your car and sometimes to keep it operation while driving. This device must be kept on your car for one year regardless of the outcome of your case. You must have the device installed and obtain the permit from the Georgia Department of Driver services within 30 days from arrest.
Your criminal punishment is determined at the Municipal Court. Your first court date in the Smyrna Municipal Court is an arraignment which is a fancy word for reading of criminal charges. You will not be tried or convicted on your first court date. You will simply be informed of your charges, given a list of witnesses and given the opportunity to request the evidence from the prosecution such as police reports, scientific tests and police video footage of your arrest and police investigation. Trials are scheduled after arraignment. You may decide to file criminal motions challenging the legality of your traffic stop, your DUI arrest, and the administration of any DUI tests. You can either negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutor to DUI with minimum punishment or to a reduced charge from DUI like reckless driving, choose a trial before a Judge only or demand a jury trial. Municipal court can only hear judge trials. All jury trial must be bound over to the Cobb County State Court in Marietta, Georgia.
Dedicated Smyrna DUI Lawyers Determined to Fight for Your Interests – Aggressive DUI Representation You Deserve:
We have handled thousands of DUI cases, had hundreds of DUI arrests reduced to reckless driving and other non-DUI traffic offenses, and tried over of one hundred DUI Jury Trials. Unlike other Smyrna DUI lawyers, we have valuable Not Guilty Jury Trial Experience, which is rarer than you might realize. Ask other lawyers when was the last time they heard a jury say the words “Not Guilty” in a DUI Trial. You will be surprised how many so-called “expert DUI lawyers” cannot give you a straight answer.
Think your case is hopeless? Don’t worry, it’s not. George C. Creal Jr. P.C. has got your back! From falling asleep at the wheel to getting in an accident with a police officer, we’ve seen just about every set of circumstances surrounding a DUI arrest. Our case procedure is simple: we fight tooth and nail for you, your needs, and your rights in order to get the absolute best result whatever the situation. Sometimes we will win over 10 DUI jury trials in a row or go more than a year before we get a guilty verdict in a DUI case. We can’t win them all but we do win a lot of them. Still think your case is hopeless? Remember, with a quality lawyer like George C. Creal Jr., virtually every DUI yields opportunities for a strong, persuasive defense. Check out our Recent Successes page to see for yourself.
For Our Firm, Client Communication is Essential:
We do not hesititate to give you our office numbers, cell phone numbers, and email address. If you call, text or email us about your case, we will contact you as soon as possible and never in more than 24 hours. We understand you are nervous about your Smyrna DUI arrest, but with our firm you can relax. We represent a diverse group of DUI and traffic clients every single day throughout the State of Georgia and always ensure that our clients receive the care and respect they deserve. Our goal is that at the end of your case you feel confident recommending us to your closest friends and relatives. For our firm, customer service is priority number one.
With One Click or Call We Can Begin Working on Your Smyrna DUI Case: Online Case Evaluation or (404) 333-0706
You can meet us in person at our office or we can start your case over the phone or internet. We know you are busy and we value your time. We will take care of your DUI case so you can get back to what matters in life: work, friends, and family. Our first consultation is always free and we will send an ALS DUI license hearing request letter for free as long as you pay the Georgia Department of Driver Services’ $150.00 filing fee. In order to request a hearing, these letters must be sent within ten business days of your arrest, so please contact us quickly if you would like us to send a letter.
We handle all Georgia DUI cases including those with or without breath and/or blood test results, refusals of blood, breath or urine, and cases with or without Standardized Field Sobriety Evaluations. We have handled DUI accidents and DUI fatalities, DUI drugs, fleeing and eluding police, marijuana possession, and felony and misdemeanor obstruction. Believe us, there is no set of facts our Smyrna DUI attorneys haven’t seen at least once. Our DUI defense procedure is highly refined and has proven over time to be a formula for success. We do not miss critical facts and seize even the most difficult DUI acquittals.
On May 14, 2011 at around 1:47 a.m. the Jonesboro and Clayton County Police Departments were conducting a roadblock on Lake Jodeco Road in Clayton County. Stinson’s pickup truck crested a hill that obscured the roadblock, and upon noticing the checkpoint he “stopped very suddenly and made a very sharp right turn” onto an adjacent road. An officer manning the roadblock pursued Stinson and found the truck parked on the shoulder of the road. Stinson had exited the truck and was staggering on the side of the road. Reportedly, at one point he stumbled into the truck’s rear fender. More officers arrived at the scene and noticed the smell of alcohol on Stinson.more
An Smyrna DUI is Serious and Can Result in Jail Time, Fines, and Lengthy License Suspensions – DO NOT Try to Represent Yourself:
Under Georgia law for a first DUI you can be fined up to $1000.00 with 40% tacked on as court costs, spend up to 12 months, do 40 hours community service, be subject to drug and alcohol testing for one year and serve 12 months of reporting probation. Your license can be suspended anywhere from 120 days to 5 years. Do not try to handle your DUI without an experienced Smyrna DUI attorney.
Advice as to who you decide to hire as your Smyrna DUI lawyer: 1) Don’t hire a DUI lawyer based solely on price. Sometimes the cheapest lawyer–especially if they plea you to a DUI you don’t deserve at the first opportunity–can be the most expensive. Cost per hour is the best way to compare lawyers. If a lawyer charges $1000, but only spends an hour on your case, that’s $1000 dollars an hour! We, unlike bargain basement firms, spend an average of 10 hours on every DUI case. 2) Ask any attorney that you speak with whether he/she has tried any DUI jury trials and how many not guilty verdicts he/she has received in the past 2 years; 3) Ask any attorney that you speak with whether he/she has studied police field sobriety training manuals and breath test machine, owner’s and area supervisor’s manuals. If not, they cannot adequately cross examine DUI police officers or breath test operators. A DUI lawyer who can’t answer these questions is not ready for a real DUI jury trial and is not worth your time and money.
A Smyrna DUI lawyer is standing by. Call TODAY (404) 333-0706 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to for a FREE CONSULTATION.
Smyrna Municipal Court Information:
The Municipal Court of Smyrna is the judicial branch of the City of Smyrna. The Smyrna Court Services Division is responsible for processing all traffic citations, DUI arrests, and misdemeanor marijuana violations issued by the Smyrna Police Department. , including ordinance violations issued by Community Development’s Code Enforcement, and preparing dockets and collecting fines and fees. The Court Services Division holds separate sessions for traffic and environmental court citations. The Environmental Court addresses property maintenance, animal control and other environmental degradation cases before the Court Judge. Other Traffic Court sessions are held for various traffic infractions such as speeding tickets. Rountine Traffic tickets can be paid online. Although you must appear in court is you want to plead no contest or have your ticket reduced to save points. Arraignments are held on Mondays at 9:00 am and Thursday at 1:00 pm. Trials are held on the Thursday of the first full week of each month.
Judge: Phyllis Gingery Collins
Solicitor: Tim Williams
Court Clerk: Cardi McManus
2800 KING ST SE
SMYRNA, GA 30080
Court Phone: 770-431-2804
Directions to the Municipal Court of Smryna are as follows:
From I-20 or 285 Northbound:
Take I-20 East to Exit 51B (285/Chattanooga/Greenville). Continue on 285 to Exit 16 (Atlanta Road). Take a left at the end of exit ramp and continue North on Atlanta Road to traffic light at West Spring Street. Take a left into the Smyrna Market Village. In the Smyrna Market Village, West Spring Street dead-ends into King Street at the Smyrna Municipal Court located in City Hall.
From Top-End 285 (South/West):
Take I-285 to Exit 18 (Paces Ferry Road/Vinings). Bear right onto Paces Ferry Road. Turn right on to Atlanta Road SE (North bound). Continue North on Atlanta Road to traffic light at West Spring Street. Take a left into the Smyrna Market Village. In the Smyrna Market Village, West Spring Street dead-ends into King Street at the Smyrna Municipal Court located in City Hall.
From I-285 East:
Take exit 19 (Dobbins Air Force Base/Cobb Parkway/US Highway 41). Turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto Cobb Parkway/US 41. Take a left onto Spring Road. Turn right onto Atlanta Road. Continue on Atlanta Road to traffic light at West Spring Street. Take a left into the Smyrna Market Village. In the Smyrna Market Village, West Spring Street dead-ends into King Street at the Smyrna Municipal Court located in City Hall.
From I-75 South:
Take I-75 to Exit 260 (Windy Hill Road). Take a right (West) at the end of the ramp and continue on Windy Hill Road west. Take a left on to Atlanta Road SE (at the railroad overpass). Continue on Atlanta Road to traffic light at West Spring Street. Take a left into the Smyrna Market Village. In the Smyrna Market Village, West Spring Street dead-ends into King Street at the Smyrna Municipal Court located in City Hall.
From I-75 North:
Take I-75 to Exit 260 (Windy Hill Road). Take a left at the end of the ramp and continue on Windy Hill Road. Take a left on to Atlanta Road SE (at the railroad overpass). Continue on Atlanta Road to traffic light at West Spring Street. Take a left into the Smyrna Market Village. In the Smyrna Market Village, West Spring Street dead-ends into King Street at the Smyrna Municipal Court located in City Hall.
Parking for Smyrna Municipal Court is on West Spring Street in front of City Hall or turn right onto King Street and look for on-street parking, or continue and turn left onto Bank Street and then left into City Hall Parking in the rear of the building.
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George C. Creal, Jr. is a trial lawyer with 18 years of courtroom experience. He is one of only 6 Metro DUI lawyers with both an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale.com and a 10.0/10.0 Superb rating on Avvo.com. With over 100 not guilty jury verdicts under his belt, George knows how to convince a jury that the State has not proven his client guilty of DUI beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Eric Bernstein, with over 10 years of courtroom experience representing clients in matters ranging from DUI traffic crimes to murder as a Criminal Defense Attorney, is a top rated Attorney. Currently specializing in DUI defense, he also handles major and minor drug offenses, probation, and felony cases. His unparalleled dedication to those whom he represents is demonstrated by the positive reviews and comments received from former clients. Eric is known as the "Burner" by police and prosecutors for his take no prisoners, scorched earth style in the Courtroom. As an attorney who refuses to be pushed around, Eric Bernstein will stand up and fight for you in a court of law.
As his name suggests, there is no Justice without Justin. Justin Goodman has over nine years experience in the courtroom as a criminal prosecutor. He has handled a wide range of misdemeanor criminal offenses including DUI, traffic, vehicular homicide, and domestic violence in his six years as an Assistant Solicitor General. He also spent three years as an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts where he litigated misdemeanor and felony offenses in one of the nation's most highly respected District Attorney's offices. He has handled thousand of criminal matters and tried over 50 jury trials. Justin's uncommon insight into the prosecution of crimes in Georgia sets him apart from other lawyers. He knows how to get straight to the weaknesses in the State's case. Justin wins cases where others fear to tread.