Gwinnett County prosecuting attorneys are tough on alleged DUI offenders. Most Gwinnett DUI cases do not begin in the State Court of Gwinnett County. Typically, when you are charged with a DUI, the Gwinnett County DUI officer will issue you citations. Those citations will have a court date. This is usually for the Gwinnett County Recorders Court or for a Gwinnett city municipal court - a like the City of Duluth, Snellville, or Suwanee. The accused DUI driver will have an arraignment where they will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Their Gwinnett DUI lawyer will have an opportunity to pre-try the case with the prosecuting attorney and negotiate a plea bargain. But if the plea bargain is not favorable, or there is no way you want the DUI charge on your record, a trial may be the way to go. The decision to plea bargain vs. trial is a big one and you should speak to a skilled Gwinnett DUI lawyer right away to make an informed choice.
If you want a trial, the case will be bound over to the Gwinnett County State Court. The State Court will have a different set of DUI prosecuting attorneys to negotiate with. If the charge cannot be dismissed, reduced, or resolved, then it will be placed on a trial calendar. At a jury trial, the state of Georgia attorneys will have to prove that you were guilty of driving under the influence beyond a reasonable doubt. For a misdemeanor DUI case, there are 6 jurors. For a felony DUI case in Gwinnett County, there is a jury of 12. You have the right to testify or remain silent as well as the right to confront the witnesses against you with cross examination and to present evidence and witnesses of your own. Consulting with a Gwinnett DUI lawyer as soon as possible to discuss trial strategy is essential.
If you are facing Gwinnett County DUI charges, call an experienced DUI lawyer. Richard Lawson has tried and won many Gwinnett DUI trials. Call him today to discuss your particular case and find out how you can get the best results. He is proudly serving the entire Gwinnett area including, Duluth, Snellville, and Suwanee.