Criminal Defense Attorney in Georgia
Don’t Let One Happy Hour Ruin Your Life
You can have enough alcohol in your bloodstream to blow .08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) after one or two drinks, depending on your body weight, metabolism, and other factors. This means if you are pulled over after an evening at the bar, your whole life can change.
Georgia law enforcement deals harshly with people convicted of DUI violations. If you are convicted, you may face:
- Fines of up to $1,000 plus approximately another $500 in court costs
- License suspension for up to one year
- A minimum of 40 hours of mandatory community service
- Up to one year in jail
- Mandatory 12 months probation, which cannot terminate early
- Mandatory DUI school attendance
- Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Evaluation and any recommended treatments
- $210 license reinstatement fee
In addition, that conviction stays on your record. If you are arrested on suspicion of DUI again, the penalties only get worse. And the conviction shows up on a background check. This can affect your ability to get a job, find a place to live, and apply for school or for a loan. Don’t let one evening damage your future. Talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney about your rights.
At Weaver Law Firm, we understand that good people make mistakes. It is very possible that anyone who drinks could have gotten a DUI sometime during their life. Have you ever driven after drinking (at a social gathering, holiday party, etc.,) because you felt fine, you really didn’t drink that much, you were just driving a short distance home, your companions were in worse shape than you?
No one condones impaired driving—but it does happen. We all know there are degrees of impairment (the person who is slightly “buzzed” versus someone ridiculously intoxicated).
DUI laws, however, do not make that distinction. The person “slightly buzzed” who feels perfectly fine to drive home is just as guilty (if his or her BAC is .08 or higher) as the person intoxicated to the point of being totally out of control.
We are well aware of the serious problems one can face because of a DUI conviction; we have seen it time and time again. We will do everything we can to protect your driver’s license from being suspended and resolve your case in the most positive way possible. Our lawyers offer aggressive defense and quality customer service to clients in Gainesville and throughout North Georgia.
How Can You Help Me Avoid Drunk Driving Charges?
You will sit down with one of our attorneys, who will listen to your story. We will review the evidence the police have gathered against you and compare it to your account of events. We will investigate every detail of the arrest, including:
- The legality of the stop
- The officer’s adherence to the protocol before, during, and after the arrest
- Whether the field sobriety tests were administered properly
- Whether the Breathalyzer machine was properly calibrated
- The arresting officer’s background and experience
A Conviction On Your Record Can Have A Serious Impact
If you are arrested on suspicion of a drug crime, you have more to worry about than time in prison and steep fines. A conviction on your record will stay with you long after you have served your sentence. Every time you look for a job or a place to live or apply for school, that conviction will show up on a background check. If you are ever arrested again, for any reason, you will most likely be treated more harshly by the police and the prosecution because of your record.
At the time of sentencing, it is standard procedure for the judge to inquire with the prosecutor as to a person’s criminal history; a person with a criminal history usually gets a stiffer sentence than one who has no history. When your freedom and your livelihood are at stake, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights. Trust our Georgia criminal defense lawyers.
At Weaver Law Firm, we understand the damage a conviction can do to your life and how it can affect your entire family. Our goal is to mitigate that damage and resolve your case in the best manner possible. Our attorneys have years of experience defending people in Forsyth, Hall, and Gwinnett County, as well as the Metro-Atlanta and North Georgia Area. We are aggressive advocates and will vigorously protect your rights and your freedom.
We offer exceptional criminal defense for these and other drug crimes:
- Distribution or intent to sell
- Prescription drug crimes
Our Georgia Criminal Defense Attorneys Are Here to Protect Your Rights
You must have a lawyer with experience in drug crimes if you want to avoid a conviction. The criminal justice system is vast and complex. Our attorneys know how the system works. We will look for all available solutions in your case, including diversion programs like Drug Court, HELP Court, Family Court, Veteran’s Court, residential rehab facilities, AVITA, RSAT, and many more.
Each case is unique and will vary depending on your age, your criminal history, the type of drug, the amount of drug, and the circumstances under which you were arrested. We will adapt our strategy to your particular situation. We will review the evidence the prosecution has against you and investigate it for ourselves, looking for weaknesses we can exploit.
We will also look at all of your options and explain them clearly so you have the information you need to make smart decisions. Our goal is to help you avoid a conviction by having your case dismissed or the charges dropped. We will take your case before a judge and jury if that is what it takes to protect your rights.
If handled improperly, misdemeanor charges can have serious consequences. Any lawyer will tell you that while the transgression may be minor, such as shoplifting or underage alcohol possession, the outcome could have serious, long-term effects on your life. That’s why it’s vital to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
At Weaver Law Firm, our attorneys will help you understand the charges against you and what options are available. We will answer questions regarding your bond, first appearance, arraignment, plea offers and other steps. While our attorneys are experienced litigators, we may determine it is in your best interest to settle out of court. Regardless, we will guide you through the process to protect your future opportunities.
If you’ve been cited for a traffic violation, lawyers at Weaver Law Firm can help you through the process and minimize the effect on your driving record. While speeding, failure to stop, and texting while driving—to name a few—can impose heavy fines, they can also increase your insurance premiums or even cause your license to be revoked. That’s why before heading to traffic court, lawyer consultation is recommended.
The attorneys at Weaver Lawn Firm can not only help you easily resolve traffic issues, but they can also reduce the short- and long-term effects of many traffic tickets. Our lawyers are highly experienced and know the best way to approach a case in order to reduce charges and minimize the overall effects.
Assault and battery charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony, so contacting experienced attorneys immediately is critical. From the moment you’re arrested, the attorneys at Weaver Law Firm work to protect your rights. Whether you are being charged in relation to a bar fight, road rage, or domestic assault, lawyer representation from the very beginning allows for early information gathering which can contribute to the successful resolution of your case.
Our attorneys will listen to your story, collect and examine the evidence, interview witnesses and then explain all your options based on the facts. We understand that facing assault and battery charges is an incredibly stressful time, which is why, as your attorneys, we keep you well informed at every step. Contact us now to discuss your case. We understand the urgency and will respond without delay.
Bond hearings usually take place within hours of an arrest and determine if bail will be granted and its conditions. The lawyers at the Weaver Law Firm have successfully represented countless clients due to our responsiveness and experience. We understand that timing is crucial to bond hearings, which is why we return your call immediately.
Bond hearings are used to determine eligibility and the conditions for bail based on the defendant and the crime of which the defendant is accused. There are a variety of possible results of a bond hearing including ineligibility, a cash, property or surety bond, or release on own recognizance, meaning release without payment. Securing representation from an attorney is crucial to the success of your bond hearing. The attorneys at Weaver Law Firm will not only guide you through the process toward your desired outcome but we will also be poised to help you immediately with your ensuing case.
Probation & Parole Violations
When probation or parole is granted, a very specific set of conditions are also imposed. A violation of probation or parole conditions can lead to revocation or other consequences such as jail time, fines, community service, and more. If you think you might be facing a violation of probation, it’s important to contact an attorney quickly. In many instances, quick action can keep probation or parole from being revoked.
Some of the most common causes of probation violations are committing or simply being arrested for a new crime, failure to appear in court, failure to report to a parole officer, or failure to comply with imposed rehabilitation or community service. Possession of alcohol or drugs is also often considered a violation of probation or parole and can have significant consequences.