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George C. Creal Jr., P.C.,
Cobb County DUI Lawyers | (404) 333-0706
Heading home after a couple of cocktails at Hemingway’s and you’re pulled over for speeding. A Guinness or two at Johnnie McKracken’s after work and all of the sudden there are blue flashing lights in your rear-view mirror. Beers with buds watching the game at Mazzy’s and now you’ve got a DUI. Need an experienced, professional Cobb County DUI attorney? With over 50 years of combined experience defending DUI arrests, George C. Creal, Jr., P.C., Trial Lawyers is the Real Deal Cobb County DUI Law Firm. We’re seasoned in the Cobb County Justice System. We know the Courts, Judges, Prosecutors, and Police, and they know our undying commitment to fight for our clients’ rights. Hiring the right Cobb County DUI Lawyer is a critical step in getting the right result and getting your life back on track. A DUI arrest triggers both an administrative court proceeding regarding the suspension of your driving privileges even before a criminal conviction known as an Administrative License Suspension hearing and criminal proceedings in the Cobb County State Court or one of the many municipal courts in Cobb County such as Marietta, Smyrna, Acworth, Kennesaw, Powder Springs or Austell. Time is of the essence since you will have only 30 calendar days from arrest to request a hearing to prevent an administrative license suspension with the Office of State Administrative Hearings if you received a Georgia Department of Driver Services Form 1205 at arrest or your license was taken by police and not returned. In the criminal court, there are deadlines surrounding your initial criminal court date known as arraignment. Many motions have to be filed before or within ten days of arraignment or they can be waived. Finally, you should never resolve your Cobb County DUI case until you have reviewed both the initial and supplemental police report, viewed any dash camera, body camera or private video surveillance footage. Video footage can disappear so obtaining videos at the earliest possible moment is critical. Finally, witnesses must be interviewed including police officers. You never know what a police officer will say until you put him under oath on the witness stand. This typically means that most cases should be litigated through motions before a plea is entered. Lawyers that do not budget for a motion hearing in their retainer fee are not ensuring that you get the best result possible under the law. We routinely push cases to motion hearings. We rigorously investigate and cross-examiine the State’s witnesses. Our firm is in your case for the best result and not a quick plea. Sometimes the best results can not be obtained until right before a jury is selected, so being will to take your case all the way is sometimes required to get the right result. However, a jury trial is the option of last resort and only should be utilized when all other options have been exhausted.
We use The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHSTA) training protocols in DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Evaluations, the very DUI training manuals use by police, to lay the foundation of your DUI defense. We use their training manuals to expose the flaws and inconsistencies in DUI detection, and to prove our clients’ innocence. For more information, visit our Helpful GA DUI Page.
Dedicated Cobb County DUI Lawyers Determined to Win – Aggressive DUI Representation You Deserve:
We have handled thousands of DUI cases, had hundreds of DUI arrests reduced to non-DUI traffic offenses or reckless driving prior to trial, and won in excess of one hundred DUI Jury Trials. Unlike many DUI firms, we have valuable Not Guilty Jury Trial Experience. Ask other lawyers when was the last time they heard a jury find their client “Not Guilty” in a DUI Case. You will be surprised at how many so-called “expert” DUI Lawyers cannot tell you the last time they tried a case to a not guilty verdict.
1. Refusing a Blood or Breath Test is Not an Admission of Guilt: Georgia law only provides for a presumption of the presence of a prohibited substance in your system if you refuse to take a State-Administered Blood or Breath test in a DUI case.
2. If You Refuse the Test You Will NOT Definitely Lose Your License for One Year: …more
For Our Firm, Communication is Essential:
We do not hesitate to give you our office and cell phone numbers, and 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’re anxious about your Cobb County DUI. With our firm and our experience, you can relax. We represent a diverse group of DUI and traffic clients everyday throughout the State of Georgia and always show our clients the utmost care, respect, and compassion that they deserve. Our goal is that by the end of our representation you feel confident in recommending us to your closest friends and family members. Customer Service is priority number one for our firm.
A Cobb County DUI is Serious and Can Include Fines and Jail Time:
Even for a 1st DUI, you can be fined up to $1000.00 with up to 100% tacked on as court costs. You can spend up to 12 months in jail, do 40-240 hours community service, submit to drug and alcohol testing for one year, and be subject to 12 months of reporting probation including random urine screens for drugs and alcohol comsumption. Your license can be suspended anywhere from 120 days to 5 years. If you are pulled over for DUI with children in the car under 14 years of age, then each child counts as an additional DUI. If someone is seriously injured or killed in an accident and you are charged with DUI or reckless driving for just having alcohol on your breath, it is a felony that can range from one year to twenty years in state prison. Do not try to handle your DUI with an experienced Cobb County DUI Attorney. Call us today at (404) 333-0706, email at email@example.com or go to our website for an Online Case Evaluation.
Advice as to who you decide to hire as your Cobb 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 charge that 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 10-20 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, breath test machine, owner’s and area supervisor’s manuals, reviewed GBI blood test chromatograms undering the conclusory blood alcohol report, which is not actually a blood test result but just an average of two result often rounded up, including control runs for your client, yearly calibration runs, weekly tuning runs. If not, they cannot adequately cross examine DUI police officers, breath test operators or GBI toxicologist who are law enforcement officers and not neutral scientists. 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.
HB 1176, the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Act, has finally been signed into law. On our blog Georgia DUI Law Updates we’ll be covering the reforms and how they’ll come to affect individuals charged with DUI and other misdemeanors. Our first post: Expungement Reform. more
We Take Care of Your DUI So You Can Get Back on Track:
We handle all types of Georgia DUI cases including those with or without breath and/or blood test results, a refusal 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, marijuana possession, felony, and misdemeanor obstruction. There is no set of facts our Cobb County DUI attorneys have not seen at least once. Over our 20 plus years of practicing DUI law, our case procedure has become a fine-tuned, methodical and thorough process that examines every possible DUI defense and has the potential for success in almost any type of Cobb County DUI.
Our initial consultation is always free and we will send a ten-day ALS DUI license hearing request letter for free as long as you pay the State Department of Driver Services $150.00 filing fee.
A Cobb County DUI lawyer is standing by. Call TODAY (404) 333-0706 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to review your case.
Cobb State Court Information:
Cobb County State Court
12 East Park Square
Marietta, GA 30090
The State Court of Cobb County was created in 1970 by the Georgia General Assembly as authorized in OCGA 15-7-2. State courts are criminal and civil trial courts of limited jurisdiction and were created to relieve the superior courts of certain cases. State courts may exercise jurisdiction over all misdemeanor violations, including DUIs, Marijuana Possession less than an ounce, certain domestic violence cases, and traffic cases.
The Court may also hold hearings on applications for an issuance of search warrants, issue bonds and hold preliminary hearings. State court judges are elected to four-year terms in nonpartisan, countywide election. The governor fills vacancies by appointment.
Since it’s inception, the State Court of Cobb County has grown include twelve full time judges, over thirty full time support staff employees, thirty-six part time employees and twenty-one full time employees in a Sentence Enforcement Unit.
In 2007, the State Court of Cobb led all Georgia state courts in total case filings and dispositions with 163,082 filings and 151,802 case dispositions. The State Court of Cobb County is the second largest in Georgia in the number of full time judges and ranks third in population served.
The Judges of the Cobb State Court are
Judge Eric Brewton
Judge Jason B. Fincher
Judge Bridgette Campbell
Judge Marsha Lake
Judge Henry R. Thompson
Judge Jane Manning
Judge John Morgan
Judge Allison Salter
Judge Carl Bowers
Judge David P. Darden
Chief Judge Maria Golick
Judge Toby Prodgers
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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.