Jury Trials v. Bench Trials in a Gwinnett County DUI prosecution

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 07, 2011 | 0 Comments

In a DUI case (as well as in any criminal or traffic case), the accused never has to plead guilty or enter a guilty plea of any kind. In each and every case, ranging from a speeding citation or red light ticket, to a DUI and vehicular homicide case, you are entitled to a trial by jury. In order to convict you for a DUI, a Gwinnett county prosecuting attorney has to convince a jury that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The verdict needs to be unanimous. This means that if a juror is not sure, and his or her mind has some doubt that you were DUI, they must acquit you. A skilled DUI lawyer can prepare a strong defense strategy and experienced Gwinnett County DUI attorneys have had great success in winning DUI trials. A  DUI lawyer should be contacted as early as possible following your DUI arrest in order to preserve evidence and build a a defense strategy.

In some cases, a trial by jury is not the only way to full contest your case. A bench trial, or trial in front of a judge instead of a jury, is effective in some instances. These are usually shorter and you can be reached for trial much sooner than if you opt for a jury trial. Bench trials tend to be appropriate when there is a strong legal or technical argument as to why the DUI charges against you are not justified. Talk to a DUI lawyer as soon as possible to discuss what route would be the best way to contest your charges.

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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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