FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Basic Courtroom Etiquette Rules
Wear clothing that would be appropriate for business.
Arrive on time.
Turn off electronic devices and cell phones before entering the courtroom.
Be polite to the judge, opposing counsel, and court staff.
Rise when the judge and jury enter and leave the courtroom.
Stand when speaking to the judge, making or meeting an objection, or questioning a witness.
Do not interrupt others while they are talking.
Refer to the judge as “Your Honor.”
Direct all concerns and remarks to the bench and not opposing counsel.
Should I talk to the police?
No. You have a Constitutional right to remain silent, and a Constitutional right to a lawyer. If you are under investigation or being questioned by the police, you should always insist on consulting with a lawyer. Police officers are allowed to lie to you and trick you into making statements that can be used against you. Police officers will often “summarize” your statement, only writing down the parts that make you look bad. While the police will say they are only interested in “your side of the story” they are really just interested making an arrest. Our team knows that your freedom means everything, and our efforts are always centered on keeping you from being behind bars. In certain cases, this can be accomplished by seeking dismissals or not guilty verdicts. In others, reduced charges and sentencing options, as well as alternative resolutions may prove the best available options for keeping you out of jail. Alternative resolutions may include diversionary programs or other alternative sentencing options such as drug/alcohol treatment or community service.
Can I really fight a DUI charge?
Absolutely. Just because you were arrested for driving under the influence D.U.I does not mean that you are guilty. In fact, there are numerous ways in which DUI allegations can be defended against. Violations of procedures, unlawful searches and seizures, inaccurate chemical tests, and other circumstances can be enough to win your case. Using these circumstances to your advantage requires experienced legal eyes, meticulous investigations, and diligent preparation. In order to successfully fight your DUI charges you will need a proven Atlanta DUI attorney on your side. Our legal team is prepared to defend you in both criminal court proceedings and hearings with the Department of Driver's Services.
Do I need an attorney?
Yes. Not only do you need an attorney, but you need one who has experience handling criminal cases. Having a highly experienced attorney by your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. You must consider the fact that your freedom, future, and reputation are at stake. A criminal conviction can subject you to life-altering penalties and collateral consequences that can compromise your personal and financial well-being for years to come. Don’t risk your freedom by trying to represent yourself and don’t hire a lawyer without significant criminal experience and a proven track record.
Will I go to Jail?
Again, the prospect of imprisonment is a matter that depends heavily on the unique facts of your case, including the type and severity of the allegations you face and your prior criminal history. Our Legal team knows that your freedom means everything, and our efforts are always centered on keeping you from being behind bars. In certain cases, this can be accomplished by seeking dismissals or not guilty verdicts. In others, reduced charges and sentencing options, as well as alternative resolutions may prove the best available options for keeping you out of jail. Alternative resolutions may include diversionary programs or other alternative sentencing options such as drug/alcohol treatment or community service.
What should I do after I've been arrested?
Being arrested can be an experience fraught with chaos, fear, and uncertainty. Although this time can be one of tremendous difficulty, what you do after an arrest can have a significant impact on the eventual outcome of your case. One of the most important things you can do after you've been arrested is to keep quiet. As stated above, you have the legal right to not answer any questions asked by law enforcement officers. In fact, we recommend that you say nothing, as saying the wrong thing can be used against you during your case. Remember, just because you were arrested does not mean that you are guilty of the offense. You will have the opportunity to state your side of the story during your case, and with the assistance of an attorney.