Question: I know I need a DUI lawyer in Alpharetta because I got stopped on Friday night. The cop pulled me over because I didn't come to a full stop at a stop sign. I really didn't think I was that drunk because I always drive after a couple of drinks and I've never gotten arrested for DUI. I was drinking at Avalon in Alpharetta. I met some friends there and we had some shots and some beers.
When I was stopped I told the police officer that I am retired from the military and that I served in Japan, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan. I thought he was going to help me so I agreed to all of his tests and I even took the breath test and I blew a .145. I still thought he was going to let me call someone to pick me up or let me go. But he arrested me and now I'm dealing with a DUI charge.
I have some questions about an Alpharetta DUI. Who is the prosecutor? Will I have to be on probation? Can I have a jury trial in Alpharetta because I don't want to go to Atlanta?
V.F. in Alpharetta
Answer: The prosecutor (also known as the "solicitor") in Alpharetta is Ms. Fran Shoenthal, a former assistant district attorney. Occasionally there will be another prosecutor there, but the vast majority of the time Ms. Shoenthal will be handling the prosecutorial duties.
Whether you plead guilty to a DUI or the reduced charge of Reckless Driving, you will be on probation. State law requires probation for a DUI. And in Alpharetta, if the DUI charge is reduced to Reckless Driving, the prosecutor requires that you to be on probation. Sometimes probation can become non-reporting once all of the sentence requirements are completed.
Jury trials are not available in the Alpharetta Municipal Court, nor are they available in any municipal court in Georgia. By law, jury trials are only held in state courts or superior courts.
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