Chamblee DUI arrests - pleas and trials

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

In a Chamblee DUI case (as well as other criminal or traffic cases in Georgia), the accused never has to plead guilty or accept the charges or a guilty plea. In every case, ranging from a speeding offense or red light ticket, to a driving under the influence and vehicular homicide charge, the driver is entitled to a jury trial.

To convict a person of a DUI, a city of Chamblee prosecuting attorney has to convince a jury that the person is guilty, and this guilt must be beyond a reasonable doubt. Furthermore, the jury's verdict needs to be unanimous. This means that if a juror is not sure, and his or her mind has some doubt, they must acquit the accused of all charges.

A skilled and diligent Chamblee DUI lawyer can prepare winning defense strategies and experienced Chamblee DUI attorneys have had great success in getting "not guilty" verdicts in DUI trials. A Chamblee DUI lawyer should be contacted as early as possible following the DUI arrest by Chamblee or Dekalb County officers in order to preserve evidence and begin building the best defense strategy.

A DUI attorney can also advise you that in some instances, (perhaps your case), a trial by jury is not the only way to contest and beat your charges. A bench trial, or trial in front of a judge instead of a jury, can be enough to win. These are usually shorter and you can be reached for trial much sooner than if you opt for a jury trial, which can take months to be reached. Bench trials tend to be appropriate when there is a good legal or technical argument as to why the DUI charges against you are wrong. Speaking with a Chamblee DUI lawyer as soon as possible is recommended to get the best possible outcome for your case.

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Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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