In a DUI proceeding, the Defendant does not have to plead guilty. Even though it does not always feel that way, everyone is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty under the law. In every criminal case, ranging from a speeding ticket to vehicular homicide case or DUI child endangerment felony charge, you are entitled to a trial by jury. In order for the Hall County prosecuting attorneys to convict someone for a DUI, they have to convince a jury that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If just one juror is not sure, or has some doubt as you your guilt, you cannot be convicted of DUI. An experienced DUI lawyer has likely tried dozens of cases and has had great success in winning DUI trials as the Hall County prosecutors cannot prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
A jury trial is the major way to contest your case. However, in some instances, a trial by jury is not the only way to fight for justice. A bench trial, or trial in front of a judge without a jury, is effective in some instances. These are usually shorter in duration and you can be reached for trial possibly months or even years sooner than if you opted for a jury trial. Bench trials tend to be good choices when there are strong legal arguments as to why the DUI charges against you are not justified. It is recommended that you speak with a DUI attorney to discuss your legal options.