Understanding Atlanta Municipal Court
Representation from a Skilled Atlanta DUI Lawyer
One of the most intimidating aspects of being charged with DUI is suddenly
being expected to participate in a judicial process you may know little
about. Most of this process will take place in the City of Atlanta Municipal
Court. If you have chosen to fight your charges and enter a not guilty
plea, then familiarizing yourself with this court procedure can be instrumental
to arriving at a dismissal or a reduction of your charge.
Thomas & Willis, LLC, we work within Atlanta Municipal Court day in and day out. Not only can
we provide guidance through every step of this process, but even appear
for you during key stages in order to ensure that your life is interrupted
as little as possible.
Time is of the essence.
Contact us today for assistance with your court responsibilities.
The Court Process
After your DUI arrest, your case starts being processed almost immediately.
The arraignment will be your first scheduled court appearance and occurs
8.00 AM the business day after your arrest. That means that arrests that
occur on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are arraigned the following Monday morning.
The stages of Atlanta Municipal Court for your DUI case are as follows:
The arraignment. You appear before a judge to enter a plea.
Our firm is prepared to appear for you on your behalf at this stage. If you plan to fight your charge, then it is perfectly legal to have your
attorney to appear for you. We can enter a not guilty plea and request
discovery to review the evidence in your case.
Status hearing. This will be set by the judge 2-3 weeks after your arraignment. If you
have not retained counsel by the time of your arraignment, this is now
the stage to do so. If you have secured representation, your lawyer can
also appear on your behalf at this stage and inform the court that you
have acquired counsel.
Inquiry date. This is set roughly six weeks from the time of your arraignment. At this
stage, your representation can appear on your behalf to check on the status
of "discovery," or the evidence relevant to your charges.
Final plea. The final plea is set at the time of the inquiry date. Here, all the evidence
has been reviewed by counsel and presented to the judge. From there, your
case can either be dismissed based on issues with the evidence, or move
on to a bench or jury trial. You should be in attendance for the final
plea and your representation can prepare you for the next, appropriate
stage of your case.
As you can see, with vigilant and reliable counsel, you only have to be
in attendance for one of these four stages. At our firm, we appear in
Atlanta Municipal Court on behalf of our clients nearly every day. We
know the procedures, the schedules, the solicitors and other personnel,
and make sure that your case is streamlined towards a favorable resolution.
In the meantime, all you have to focus on what matters most: your schedule
and your life.
Below you will see the updated courtroom assignments for the City of Atlanta
- 1A: Gundy
- 1B: Sloan
- 3A: Ward
- 3B: Gaines
- 5A: Portis
- 5B: Butler
- 5C: Sloan (sometimes)
- 6A: Carslile
- 6B: DuPre
- 6C: Graves
- 6D: Jackson
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for your DUI case. Contact us today for a
free case evaluation.