Hall County DUI Defense
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI in Hall County, you need to contact our office immediately. At The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, our DUI Defense Lawyers in Hall County have over 50 combined years of experience. They have dedicated their lives to defending clients charged with DUI or DUI-related offenses and are waiting to take your call. Do not think that since you have been arrested, you will automatically be convicted. There are numerous steps in between and many ways our lawyers can fight for your fights! Contact us today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Hall County Superior Court
If you are charged with DUI in Hall County, it is important to understand what court your case will proceed in. Hall Court Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all felony DUI cases. DUI charges are generally misdemeanors, but there are certain circumstances where you can be charged with felony DUI. Situations where a person could be charged with felony DUI include:
- Fourth DUI within ten years
- Serious injury by vehicle
- Habitual Violator
- Vehicular homicide
- Serious injury by vessel
- Homicide by vessel
All of these charges are serious offenses and receive the skill and knowledge of a Hall County DUI Lawyer. Hall County Superior Court is part of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, which serves both Hall and Dawson County. Five judges preside over Hall County Superior Court:
- Chief Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin
- Judge C. Andrew Fuller
- Judge Bonnie Chessher Oliver
- Judge Jason J. Deal
- Judge Clint G. Bearden
Hall County GA State Court is located at 225 Green Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. The mailing address for Hall County Superior Court is P.O. Box 1478, Gainesville, GA 30503. Charles Baker is the Clerk of the Superior and State Courts, and his office can be reached at 770-531-7025.
Hall County State Court
Hall County State Court has jurisdiction over DUI cases that originated in an unincorporated part of Hall County. Furthermore, if your case started in one of the Municipal Courts in Hall County and you want a jury trial, your case will be transferred to Hall County State Court. If your case is transferred, you will get a new judge and a new Solicitor for your case.
Hall County State Court is located at 225 Green Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. There are three judges that preside over the Court:
- Chief Judge B.E. Roberts, III
- Judge Larry A. Baldwin, II
- Judge John G. Breakfield.
Stephanie Woodard is the Solicitor General, and her office can be reached at 770-531-7012.
Flowery Branch DUI Lawyer
Flowery Branch Municipal Court presides over all city ordinance violations as well as misdemeanor traffic offenses, DUI, shoplifting, and possession of marijuana offenses. If you have received a DUI in Flowery Branch, you will be required to report to Court at 5410 Pine Street, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. Court is held at 6:00 P.M. The Honorable Judge Graham McKinnon presides over the Court, and Ann Marie Bishop is the Solicitor. Joseph Summer serves as the Public Defender, and the Court Clerk is Kelsey Cash. The Court can be reached with questions at 770-967-6336, or you can email kelsey[email protected].
Gainesville DUI Lawyer
Gainesville GA Municipal Court handles cases involving traffic violations, city ordinance violations, and other misdemeanors, including DUI, that occur within the city limits of Gainesville GA. The Court is located at 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501. The Honorable Judge Hammond Law serves as the Municipal Court Judge. For any questions, contact the Court at 770-531-2668.
Oakwood DUI Lawyer
Oakwood Municipal Court is limited to hearing traffic offenses, including DUI, misdemeanor shoplifting offenses, possession of marijuana charges, and violation of city ordinance charges that originate in Oakwood. Court is held at the Courthouse in the Oakwood City Hall located at 4035 Walnut Circle, Oakwood, GA 30566. Court is always held at 6:00 P.M. The Honorable Hammond Law is the Judge over Oakwood Municipal Court, and Billy Hollingsworth is the Solicitor. The Court can be reached at 770-532-9625.
Boating Under the Influence in Hall County
Under Georgia laws, it is illegal for anyone to operate a boat, sailboat, personal watercraft, water ski, sailboard, or a similar device while intoxicated. A person who does not comply with these laws could find themselves charged with boating under the influence.
Georgia's boating under the influence laws share some similarities with driving under the influence laws. For example, a person over 21 will considered to be under the influence if their blood alcohol level is .08% or more. For a person under 21 years of age, the level is .02% or more.
A person convicted of boating under the influence in Hall County can lose their privilege to operate a boat until they participate in a DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction program. They will also be subject to penalties such as fines, jail, time, and probation.
The penalties are enhanced if a child under 14 years of age is found on the boat. In that situation, the driver may find themselves charged with BUI as well as child endangerment.
If you or a loved one have been charged with BUI in Hall County, contact our office today. The penalties are severe, and it is in your best interest to contact our dynamic team of Hall County DUI Defense Attorneys today.
Serious Injury by Vessel
A boating under the influence conviction in Hall County comes with harsh penalties. However, these penalties are elevated if they coincide with a serious injury by vessel charge.
Georgia law O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12.4 outlines serious injury by vessel as follows:
A person will be found guilty of serious injury by a vessel when without malice, they cause bodily harm to another by depriving him or her of a member of his or her body, by rendering a member of his or her body useless, by seriously disfiguring his or her body or a member thereof, or by causing organic brain damage which renders the body or any member thereof useless through the violation of any of the following actions:
- Operating a boat at greater than idle speed within 100 feet of an anchored vessel, a dock, public swimming area, restaurant, or other public use area;
- Operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Operating a vessel in reckless disregard for the safety of others
There are some additional actions as well that can be found in the statute. In order to be guilty of serious injury by vessel, a person must be guilty of one of the offenses mentioned above. A charge for serious injury by vessel will proceed in Hall County Superior Court. A person convicted of serious injury by vessel in hall county will be guilty of a felony, punishable by a prison term between one and five years. In addition, it will come with a three-year boating license suspension.
Our Hall County DUI Defense Lawyers have decades of experience defending DUI charges. If you or a loved one has been charged with boating under the influence or serious injury by vessel, contact us now.
Contact Our DUI Defense Lawyers in Hall County Today
The time to begin building your case against a Hall County DUI charge is now! Please don't wait until the last minute when evidence can be lost, and we miss the opportunity to file motions to protect your rights. Instead, call our Hall County DUI Attorneys as soon as possible after an arrest to make sure your rights, freedom, and future are protected. Our offices are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your call. You deserve answers to your questions and should not have to wait until the next business day. Call us today and find out how hiring us will make all the difference in your case.