When you face DUI charges in Hall County, there are three general ways in which these DUI cases reach completion. These are (1) when the Hall County judge or prosecuting attorney dismisses the case, (2) if the accused enters a plea of guilty, and (3) a trial on the case when the jury finds the defendant not guilty. It is always best if the charges are dismissed as soon as possible. Experienced DUI lawyers know what flaws to look for in the prosecutions case and have been effective in Hall County in getting cases dismissed or reduced to less serious offenses. Prosecuting attorneys in Hall County aggressively pursue DUI cases, but DUI defense attorneys get cases dismissed for no probable cause for the arrest, an overall lack of evidence, mistaken identity, etc.
Early in the DUI court process, a plea of not guilty can be entered and the accused then has their case set for either a bench or jury trial calendar. If the defendant is not found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, he or she is acquitted of all charges and the case is ended. The prosecuting attorney cannot re-charge the case against the person as that would be double jeopardy.
A guilty plea is the most common way in which charges in any criminal case are resolved. A Hall County prosecutor will typically make a plea offer in which the prosecutor recommends a particular sentence in exchange for the defendant to enter a guilty plea to the DUI case. This plea bargain offer is often to the full DUI charge and requires substantial jail time, probation, community service and fines. Even if the Defendant is guilty of DUI and wants to enter a guilty plea, a DUI lawyer is helpful in this process as a skilled and experienced lawyer can help you get a fair plea bargain and save your license.
DUI attorneys have been successful in getting charges reduced to reckless driving, as well as getting fines, jail time, and counseling requirements reduced. Call the Law Offices of Richard Lawson today for a free consultation.