Atlanta DUI Lawyer Bubba Head and His Two Law Partners Cory Yager and Larry Kohn
Our Typical Client. When a person in Georgia is arrested for DUI in GA, he or she is shell-shocked by the dehumanizing processed of being accused of being a criminal, being cuffed and being fingerprinted, required to take a “mugshot,” and then put into a prison population before getting bail and bonding out. After dealing with recovering the citizen’s car or truck, the next step is to find the best criminal defense attorney Atlanta who is a DUI specialist.
DUI lawyers are criminal defense attorneys focused on representing clients facing a criminal charge. Each state has different DUI laws. Experienced DUI lawyers can evaluate the DUI case against you and lay out options on how to best limit the impact of the charges against you. DUI lawyers also handle related cases such as driver’s license suspension, license reinstatement, and DUI appeals of administrative law decisions.
For 82% of our clients, it is their 1st DUI, and our attorneys have been successful in obtaining some reduction of DUI charges. This includes former clients for whom a DUI attorney Atlanta GA from Mr. Head’s DUI law firm won the person’s previous case, or had a prior DUI charge reduced.
Our Atlanta DUI Attorneys. DUI Atlanta Lawyer Larry Kohn has over 435 AVVO ratings from his Atlanta DUI lawyer reviews. No other 3-person DUI law firm in all of Georgia has more AVVO FIVE-STAR lawyer ratings.
Larry Kohn, an Emory University undergrad and former stockbroker, has been working with Bubba Head since he finished his first year of law school in 1996. Mr. Kohn and Mr. Head have been NHTSA instructors for the field sobriety test since 1999. Mr. Head has concentrated on criminal law (with heavy emphasis on DUI in Georgia) since graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1976.
DUI Atlanta Lawyer Cory Yager was born into a farm family in upper state New York. He became a firefighter at age 18, before deciding to move to Georgia to become a police officer. While employed as a policeman, he was also trained at the National Computer Forensics Academy in Hoover, Alabama where he served as a law enforcement officer. He is also is a NHTSA DWI Standardized Field Sobriety Test instructor. What better background could a person possess before starting a legal career fighting DUI criminal cases?
Cory started working with Bubba Head as soon as he passed the Georgia Bar, because (as a policeman) he would have been conflicted out of being a law clerk at our firm. He is a six-time recipient of being named to Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” category for the best Georgia attorneys under age 40. In his 11 years working in DUI defense, he has successfully had over 1,000 Georgia DUI cases reduced to non-DUI dispositions.
Our Atlanta Lawyers’ Legal Publications Educate Other DUI Lawyers. DUI attorney Atlanta GA Bubba Head became nationally famous when he published the first meaningful legal book on “how to beat a DUI” which he co-authored with Reese I. Joye, Jr., the legendary South Carolina DUI guru who terrorized police officers for over 45 years in the Palmetto State.
The DUI Book sold over 12,000 copies, making it the best-selling drunk driving book of its type in America. Mr. Head has authored or co-authored over a dozen other law books on DWI-DUI in Georgia and other states. The Georgia DUI Trial Practice Manual is annually updated and published by the world’s largest legal book publisher, Thomson Reuters. This book is the “bible” of Georgia DUI laws since 1995, and sits on the desks of many judges, prosecutors and other criminal defense attorneys.
Among practicing attorneys in drunk driving defense in Georgia, William Head is often called the best DUI attorney in Atlanta. In 2003, at the 8th Annual NCDD summer program in Austin Hall on the Harvard Law School campus, Bubba was VOTED by the then-800 members of the national organization to be the best DUI lawyer in America.
In 2016, both Larry Kohn and Cory Yager became published legal book authors by writing trial practice chapters that are now used in separate books for trial lawyers across America. Below find a sampling of the books our three law partner authors are featured in.
Our DUI lawyers Atlanta Georgia are all rated among the best in the State and know cutting-edge DUI defensive strategies. For cases our firm fights for clients who opt to go all the way with the fight, the success rate in avoiding a DUI conviction is above 85% of not having a DUI conviction, whether the client took the State’s chemical test or not. Modern DUI cases in Georgia typically have videotape evidence, and if our client (on police video) has exercised his or her legal rights by not participating in voluntary, unscientific field tests, and remained silent, the success rate is at about 95% for a first offense DUI not involving an accident.
DUI Defense, Strategies, and Tactics for Winning. When it comes to GA DUI laws under OCGA 40-6-391, the prior criminal history of the client is considered, for relevant, similar crimes to the current one (e.g., a New York “DWAII” prior conviction). If convicted of a repeat offense, drunk driving convictions from other states can play a huge, devastating role if a new driving under the influence offense in Georgia is now pending. For example, a first offense DUI is defended quite differently in Georgia than a 2nd DUI in GA within the past 5 years.
The type and quality of the evidence (e.g., field sobriety tests, which are 100% optional and are DESIGNED FOR YOU TO FAIL) collected or obtained by the State of Georgia, video evidence, police officer witnesses, citizens who are witnesses, any alleged victims of the crime, forensic evidence from blood tests, urine tests, DNA analysis, drugs kits, breathalyzer tests, or fingerprints, either must be refuted or otherwise contradicted for the case to have a chance for acquittal.
Why Municipal Court of Atlanta, Fulton County State Court, Cobb County State Court, Gwinnett County courts and DeKalb County State Court Are Important
The five courts named above process about half of all trials in Georgia for DUI arrests. This is where our four office locations are in metro Atlanta. If you face a metro Atlanta DUI case, these 5 tribunals are our most regularly-visited courts. The State Court of Fulton County is our busiest jury trial court, but we maintain a satellite office in Marietta GA because the State Court of Cobb County is our second busiest jurisdiction. The two Gwinnett County courts pulling up in third place are the Gwinnett Recorder’s Court and State Court of Gwinnett County.
If you face an Atlanta DUI, the Atlanta Municipal Court is our DUI law firm’s most regularly-visited court. Similarly, Fulton County State Court is our busiest jury trial court. Next in number of cases is Cobb County State Court and the Marietta Municipal Court. Plus, multiple other Cobb County courts like Smyrna Municipal Court, Kennesaw Municipal Court and Acworth Municipal Court are the starting point of many of our Cobb County DUI cases. Our law office maintains a Marietta GA office location that is about 600 feet from the State Court of Cobb County building.
Why Our Georgia DUI-DWI Attorneys Are Rare, If Not Unique
Trials for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is the single most commonly litigated misdemeanor cases in Georgia. A DUI arrest and issuance of a traffic ticket for that offense is merely the allegation by the State of Georgia against you.
Aside from drunk driving, NO OTHER CRIME OF DEGREE exists in America. Adults age 21 and over can DRINK and DRIVE—legally. At some magic point in time during your period of consumption, the person moves from being legal to being illegal by having an unlawful blood alcohol level or ingesting some other substance (like prescription drugs or marijuana) which creates a DUI-drugs charge.
What Is DUI (Driving under the Influence)?
Since no national impaired driving law exists in the United States, the crime is described in various state laws on drunken driving and drugged driving differently. By far the most common, DUI, is Georgia’s acronym. Holding down second place in popularity of intoxicated driving acronyms is DWI, which can be for either driving while intoxicated or driving while being impaired. OUI is the preferred abbreviation in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. OWI (for operating while intoxicated or impaired) is Michigan’s, Iowa’s, and Indiana’s choice. Ohio stands alone with OVI, for operating a vehicle impaired. The State of Oregon uses DUII, for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Wyoming created DWUI for driving while under the influence. Occasionally, OMVI or DUBAL may appear in appellate court opinions.
A DUI conviction has serious consequences, such as loss of driving privileges. To avoid that from occurring, hiring an experienced Atlanta DUI attorney has the best chance (statistically) for reducing charges by negotiated plea or trial (if the client elects to go forward with litigation). Our client’s criminal history, exercise of the right to remain silent, and their behavior caught on police video are key factors that will play into this decision.
The panic, confusion and utter fear that arise from being accused of driving under the influence can be truly overwhelming. What is a DUI less safe? Should I file a Georgia DDS appeal or install the ignition interlock device?
These emotional responses are quite justified, and ridding this problem from your life is the #1 goal in your family’s existence. Your starting point is to hire an experienced, proven criminal defense Atlanta law office, and not just be satisfied with talking to “lawyers near me.” (e.g., license suspension, lifetime criminal record that cannot be expunged).
Under Georgia implied consent law, you are under a deadline to opt for a GA DDS appeal of the administrative driver license suspension, or installing a 12-month interlock device. This critical decision must be made quickly, so ask us for more information about the likelihood of eliminating your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) “numbers” from the chemical test of breath alcohol at the police station, how ignition interlock devices work, and the “pros and cons” of taking the implied consent refusal option when your ability to drive is at risk.
Atlanta DUI Lawyers Serving the Atlanta Georgia Metro Area
The first thing your DUI attorney must address is protecting your right to drive. The accused citizen or a DUI lawyer Atlanta GA needs to take one of two courses of action, if the person’s driver license was confiscated by police and a DDS 1205 form issued as a temporary license. Within 30 days after the date of your arrest most Georgia licensees now have an option for installing and maintaining a 12-month ignition interlock, or filing a traditional DDS appeal.
An important change in Georgia’s DUI laws, OCGA 40-5-64.1, went into effect on July 1, 2017. For an implied consent law “refusal” to blow into a breathalyzer AFTER arrest (or undergo blood extraction) Georgia licensees now have TWO options for resolving administrative license suspension actions.
One path (and the BEST one for most clients) is for your DUI lawyer Atlanta GA to negotiate the best deal available (if acceptable to the client) – or take the case to trial.
Our three experienced Atlanta DUI attorneys will zealously investigate and defend every aspect of your arrest. Our downtown Atlanta office is at 235 Peachtree Street, which is about one mile from our two high-volume courts in Atlanta. A FREE consultation with an award-winning DUI lawyer is available for the asking. Call us today for that opportunity. Our DUI lawyers in Atlanta Georgia are all rated among the best in the State, and each one knows cutting-edge DUI defensive strategies.
With our client’s assistance, our Atlanta attorneys delve into the facts, the witnesses and the possible scientific evidence that supports our theory of defense, or create grounds for convincing a jury of reasonable doubt in your DUI case. And we are prepared to go as far as necessary within Georgia law to protect your rights.
Bubba Head has been representing those charged with DUI (driving under the influence) of alcohol or drugs for over four decades. Mr. Head has personally helped nearly 6,000 clients by giving outstanding legal advice and client service. His two law partners have defended another 4,000 drivers. Our firm has advised thousands of DUI clients, primarily in Metro Atlanta and surrounding counties, but also in Thomasville, Valdosta, Albany, Macon, Columbus, Conyers, McDonough, Douglasville, Carrollton, Savannah, Augusta, Athens, Dalton, Marietta, Roswell, Lawrenceville, Decatur, Duluth, Gainesville, Warner Robins, Perry, and over 200 other cities statewide.
Each DUI attorney Atlanta GA with our Atlanta DUI lawyer group knows the DUI Court system in municipal courts, state courts, recorder’s courts, probate courts and superior courts from the inside out. No Atlanta attorneys have ever litigated more appeals for drunk driving cases than Mr. Head.
Our Atlanta DUI lawyers’ reputations among their peers. for reliability in securing a negotiated plea to a lesser offense, has been recognized by our peers in our statewide DUI-DWI think tank group that Mr. Head helped organize in 1991.
Arrested and Charged With a DUI or DWI?
Who are the best DUI lawyers in Atlanta GA? Like asking to name who the top ten pitchers in major league baseball were in 2018, multiple factors play a role in identifying the true top lawyers in Atlanta. Our Atlanta law firm has three of the top 10, including Mr. Head who ranks at the top, based on his unique, one-of-a-kind accomplishments, honors, recognitions, awards and legal industry achievements:
- Rated by all 4 recognized attorney ratings groups for longer (or at least as long as) any other Atlanta DUI attorneys): Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and U.S. News and World Report for the Best Law Firms in Georgia.
- One of 4 Board-Certified DUI lawyers in all of Georgia for DUI-DWI defense, according to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD.com).
- Twice named to be the best Atlanta DUI lawyer by Best Lawyers in America (2012 and 2017).
- Since 1991, the only invited seminar speaker at over 150 out-of-state or national seminars on DUI-DWI-OWI defense.
- The only Georgia lawyer to ever author or co-author over a dozen books on DUI-DWI laws.
- The ONLY DUI lawyer in America ever named by members of the NCDD for being the Best DUI lawyer in America in 2003 at the Summer Session.
Georgia DUI-DWI Attorneys: What Our Firm Does
Our Atlanta criminal defense lawyers can explain Miranda rights, the Georgia implied consent law, illegal search and seizure at traffic stops, defenses to your criminal charges, and the likely path that the pending criminal accusation or indictment will take. What do you have to LOSE? The appointment and no-cost, initial attorney consultation with an Atlanta Super Lawyer may help you get a good night’s sleep for the first time since your arrest.
Main Practice Areas Handled by Our Criminal Lawyers in Atlanta:
- Domestic Violence (Family Violence)
- H1B Visa
- Juvenile Crimes
- Prostitution or Pandering
- Sex Crimes
- Speeding Tickets
- Student Defense
- Theft Charges, such as Embezzlement, Theft of Services, and Shoplifting
- Traffic Ticket offenses of all types and at all locations in Georgia
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