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George C. Creal Jr., P.C.,
Clayton County DUI Lawyers | (404) 333-0706
A couple drinks at Irish Bred after work and you’re pulled over for speeding. Coming home down I-75 South after a couple beers at the Braves game and all of the sudden there are blue flashing lights in the rear-view mirror. Drinks at New Quarters in Jonesboro and now you’ve got a DUI. Do you need an accomplished, professional DUI attorney familiar with the Clayton County Justice System? With over 20 years representing clients for DUI arrests in Riverdale, Jonesboro, Forest park and all over Clayton County, George C. Creal, Jr., P.C., Trial Lawyers is the Real Deal Clayton County DUI Law Firm. We know the Courts, the Judges, the Prosecutors, and the Police and they know we are ready to fight for each and every one of our clients’ rights. For contact information, check out our Clayton County directory. We’ve had an office located in Clayton County since 1996. The current address is:
George Creal Jr., P.C.
720 Main Street, Forest Park, GA 30297
We use the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) manuals for DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Evaluations to build your DUI defense. We know the evaluation process and its weaknesses, and we can and will cross examine police officers in order to expose the flaws of sobriety tests and prove your innocence. For more information a solid DUI defense visit our Clayton County DUI Defense Guide.
Focused on Service, Dedicated to Winning, and Committed to Our Clients: The Clayton County DUI Lawyers You Deserve:
We have handled thousands of DUI cases, had hundreds of DUI arrests reduced to non-DUI traffic offenses and reckless driving prior to trial, and won over a hundred of DUI Jury Trials. Unlike other DUI firms, we have Valuable Not Guilty Jury Trial Experience! Ask other lawyers when was the last time they heard a jury say “Not Guilty” in a DUI Case. You will be surprised at how many so-called “experts” cannot give you a straight answer.
Every Georgia DUI Case Has Potential. To truly evaluate your case, a competent DUI lawyer will need to look over the police reports, incident reports, video tape of the arrest, and 911 dispatch tapes, and at least attempt to speak with the police involved, although they are not required to talk prior to taking the witness stand. Here are a few examples of how we’ve built strong DUI defenses in the past: more
For Our Firm, Communication is Essential:
We do not hestitate to give you our office and cell phone numbers. If you call, text or email us about your case, we will contact you as soon as possible and never more than 24 hours. We understand you are anxious about your DUI charge. We represent a diverse DUI and traffic clientele throughout the State of Georgia and provide our clients the utmost care, efficiency, and compassion they deserve. After our representation you should be confident in recommending us to your closest friends and family. This is our standard and our goal. Customer Service is priority one for our firm. Call or click for FREE CONSULTATION – (404) 333-0706 or Online Case Evaluation.
A Georgia DUI is Serious and May Include Serious Jail Time:
Even for a 1st DUI you can be fined up to $1000.00 plus up to 40% tacked on as court costs. You can spend up to 12 months in jail, do 40 to 240 hours of community service, be subject to drug and alcohol testing for one year and serve 12 months of reporting probation. Also, your license can be suspended anywhere from 120 days to 5 years.
Advice as to who you decide to hire as your Clayton County 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.
In May 2007 Teresa Jean Spann was arrested for DUI. She was convicted after a bench trial in August of 2010. She appealed her conviction, contending that the trial court erred in allowing the admittance of similar transaction evidence and in denying her the issuance of an out-of-state subpoena. Though the Court rejected her argument over similar transaction evidence, it remanded the case to the trial court to reconsider the subpoena issue in light of Davenport v. State (2011). The trial court reviewed Spann’s case and again found Spann was not entitled to subpoena an out-of-state witness. In light of the Georgia Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Cronkite v. State, S12C1927 (Nov. 2012) – a similar case to be reviewed in the framework of “’whether the Court of Appeals properly applied Davenport v. State (2012)’” when granting the issuance of an out-of-state subpoena – the Court of Appeals adopted this same framework to address Spann’s second appeal. more
Our DUI Attorneys Help You Get Back on Track:
We will take care of your DUI case so you can have your life back. Our initial consultation is always free and we will send a DPS ALS license hearing request letter for free as long as you pay the State Department of Driver Services $150.00 filing fee.
We’ve handled all types of DUI cases including those with or without breath and blood test results, refusals of blood, breath or urine tests, and cases with and without Standardized Field Sobriety Evaluations. We have handled DUI accidents and DUI fatalities, DUI Drugs, Fleeing and Eluding the police, aggressive driving, marijuana possession, serious injury by accident, felony, and misdemeanor obstruction. There is no set of facts our Clayton County DUI attorneys haven’t seen at least once. Through our experience we have honed our DUI defense skills into a fine-tuned, methodical process that leaves no stone unturned and has the potential to win any type of Clayton County drunk driving case. Do not try to handle your DUI alone.
A Clayton County DUI lawyer is standing by. Call TODAY (404) 333-0706 or email us at email@example.com for a FREE CONSULTATION.
Clayton County DUI Court Information:
The State Court of Clayton County in the Clayton Judicial Circuit is a state level trial court with limited jurisdiction covering misdemeanor criminal cases such as DUI and Marijuana possession less than an ounce and traffic violations. Criminal charges in the Clayton County State Court are prosecuted by the Office of the Solicitor General. The State Court of Clayton County is located at:
The Harold R. Banke Justice Center
9151 Tara Boulevard
Jonesboro, GA 30236.
Tasha M. Mosley, Solicitor General
The Solicitor’s Office is located at 9151 Tara Blvd in Room 3SL01
Telephone (770) 477-3380 Fax (770) 477-3449
Solicitor General – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Judges of the State Court are:
Linda S. Cowen, Chief Judge
Michael T. Garrett, Judge
Tammi Hayward, Judge
Margaret Spencer, Judge
Shalonda Jones-Parker, Judge
Tiki Brown, Clerk of State Court
State Court Calendars are available online as well as a searchable docket at http://www.claytoncountyga.gov/courts/court-case-inquiry.aspx.
Important Steps for a Proper DUI Defense in Clayton County, Georgia:
1.) Obtain a Police and Georgia State Patrol Incident Report:
Copies of Police Incident Reports can be purchased for $.10 a page at the Clayton County Police Headquarters from 8:00AM until 6:00 PM.
Clayton County Police Department
7911 N. McDonough Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: (770) 477-3747
Incident Reports from the Georgia State Patrol can be obtained in person or requested via:
Georgia State Patrol
959 E Confederate Ave Se
Atlanta, GA 30316
2.) Obtain Your Criminal and Driving History:
A seven year driving history from the Georgia State Patrol and criminal history record from the Georgia Criminal Information Center (GCIC) is important in deciding on an appropriate defense strategy. Information on how to obtain a Georgia Criminal history record
For further information regarding GCIC, contact:
Georgia Crime Information Center
P.O. Box 370808
Decatur, Georgia 30037-0808
Email: email@example.com for questions regarding criminal history updates/modifications. Or GAApplicant@gbi.ga.gov for questions regarding employment, licensing, visa (travel), or any other non-criminal justice purpose.
- Option 1: Criminal History Inquiries regarding Expungement or Updates.
- Option 2: Applicant Background Information
- Option 3: Attorney or Public Defender
- Option 4: Livescan or Identification Inquiries
- Option 5: Internet Felon Criminal History
You can obtain a Seven Year Driving History from Georgia Department of Driver Services online, in person, or by mail. A seven year driving history costs $8.00.
Online At: http://www.dds.ga.gov/drivers/dldata.aspx?con=1740840381&ty=dl
In Person: At any customer service location listed here: http://www.dds.ga.gov/locations/LocationList.aspx
Proper identification is required. If obtaining a motor vehicle record other than your own, the following is required:
- A signed authorization from the licensee naming the person authorized to receive the record. Form DDS-18(Request for Motor Vehicle Record [MVR]) available here: http://www.dds.ga.gov/docs/forms/DDS-18%20(1-10).pdf, is available for this purpose, but is not required.
- Authorization form or letter must be original. Faxes or copies are not acceptable.
- The full name, date of birth and Georgia driver’s license number of the licensee.
- The person receiving the report for another individual must show proper identification.
By Mail: You can obtain a copy of your Driving History (MVR) by submitting a letter (or Form DDS-18, available here: http://www.dds.ga.gov/docs/forms/DDS-18%20(1-10).pdf,) requesting a 7-year MVR. The request should include the following:
- Your full name as it appears on your driver’s license
- Driver’s license number
- Date of birth
- Complete mailing address
- Self addressed, stamped envelope
To obtain a copy of a Driving History (MVR) for someone else, please complete Form DDS-18 with all required signatures and information. Requests may be mailed to:
Georgia Department of Driver Services
Post Office Box 80447
Conyers, Georgia 30013
The fee is $6.00 for a 3 year history, and $8.00 for a 7 year history. You may pay by personal or business check, money order, cashier’s check, or credit card. DDS accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express by mail. If paying by credit card, please complete this form: http://www.dds.ga.gov/docs/forms/CreditCardAuthForm.pdf and include with your request: Credit Card Authorization Form, Checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks should be made payable to the Department of Driver Services.
3.) Attend DUI School
For first time offenders, it is a good idea to attend DUI school. A DUI school certificate can be useful in the circumstances of an administrative license suspension. For repeat offenders, immediately attend and document Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation from a qualified psychologist. Information concerning Georgia DUI alcohol and drug evaluations and how to set up an appointment for an evaluation can be found here: http://www.atlantapsych.com/article/georgia-dui-law. Our firm Recommends Darrell Grizzle, Ed. S. He provides all the required drug and alcohol evaluations at reasonable rates.
4.) Revisit the Scene of Arrest.
Photograph the scene of the arrest in order to discover discrepancies in the police report regarding the initial stop and the reasonableness of the field evaluations like the one leg stand and walk and turn.
5.) Request a hearing with the Department of Driver Services:
Requesting a hearing with the Department of Driver Services within ten business days of the arrest may prevent an administrative license suspension. We will prepare and send a license letter to the Department of Driver Services free of charge ($150 DDS processing fee not included) even if you do not retain our firm.
6.) Hire a DUI Lawyer:
Hire a experienced Georgia DUI lawyer. Never attempt self-representation in a DUI case. Georgia DUI law is very complicated, and to ensure a positive case result, is best left to experienced, professional lawyers.
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The police found our client asleep at the wheel with his vehicle stopped and running in the south end of Clayton County. After being roused, our client sat on his rear fender. Reportedly, when asked to approach the police car for field sobriety tests the client staggered back and forth violently enough for the officer to reach out and support him. The client was unable to perform the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test (eye test) and, according to police, had red and glassy eyes. The client was also unable to perform the walk and turn and one leg stand evaluations, so the police decided to do the finger to nose test. Allegedly, when the police explained the evaluation, our client started too soon, but was still unable to perform it correctly and was then arrested for DUI less safe. When read his implied consent rights, our client nodded yes, but refused to submit to a blood test after being transported to jail. more
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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.