By: DUI Attorney Cory Yager, former Cobb County Police Officer turned Criminal Defense Attorney Marietta
Cobb County GA State Court is a familiar place to our three top-rated Cobb County lawyers, who spend many hours successfully defending DUI defendants in a Cobb County court during a very stressful time. Some people confuse this court with the City of Marietta MUNICIPAL Court and call it Marietta State Court. Get to the Marietta Square, and look for the unique government building shown below.
Our criminal defense attorneys appear in Cobb State Court almost every day, prepared to present solid DUI defenses that win cases for our relieved clients. Most of the criminal cases in the State Court of Cobb County GA are for traffic violations, including serious motor vehicle misdemeanor offenses. Hire criminal lawyers near me who know how to beat a charge in Cobb County.
Cobb County Court Information
The elected Solicitor General of Cobb County State Court is Barry Morgan. Mr. Morgan started his prosecutor career at the Cobb County District Attorney’s office in 1988. In 1993, he was asked by Ben Smith, then-Solicitor General, to move over to the Cobb County Solicitor Office to become the Chief Assistant Solicitor General. On March 4, 1998, Mr. Morgan became the Solicitor General and has been re-elected six times, and currently is the Solicitor General of State Court Cobb County.
State Court of Cobb County now has twelve (12) state court judges. Each of these judges has two assistant solicitors assigned to their courtroom. This arrangement permits all 12 courtrooms to operate simultaneously and independently, and all now offer jury trials or non-jury (bench) trials.
Any cases made within the city limits of municipalities in Cobb County that are bound over for jury trial come to the State Court. These municipalities include Smyrna, Austell, Powder Springs, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Marietta.
The Cobb County, Georgia State Court is split into two divisions, Division 1 and Division 2. Previously, the Division 2 judges were known as the Cobb County Traffic Court and did not conduct jury trials. Today, however, all 12 court locations can accommodate a jury trial, or conduct a non-jury trial (bench trial) for criminal (misdemeanor) and traffic cases that are brought before the court.
Appearing for Arraignment
Even if you don’t have your own DUI lawyer at your first court appearance, called a “DUI arraignment,” you will see other Cobb County drunk driving attorneys buzzing about the courtroom, going from client to prosecutor to judge, already building a strong DUI defense and devising a winnable strategy. Every case is different, and each requires a tailored defense strategy.
A Cobb County State Court judge has jurisdiction over misdemeanor crimes like a DUI arrest, reckless driving in GA, hit and run, trying to elude police, and marijuana possession charges. Any felonies are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Superior Court of Cobb County and cannot be heard by the State Court.
Things to Bring to Your DUI Lawyer and Court
Your first court date in Cobb County State Court will be printed on your traffic citation paperwork. This paperwork was handed to you as you left the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. Every piece of paper should be copied and given to your criminal defense law firm, who will review it and put it in your permanent file.
Also, try to write down the name and phone number of anyone who witnessed your arrest so your lawyer can contact each witness as he or she builds your DUI defense. Remember, the prosecutor has a copy of your roadside breath test results, DUI blood test results, police video, and possibly an audiotape of anything you said as you rode to jail in the back of a police cruiser.
You can learn from everyone else’s case as you help your attorney mount a successful defense. Our criminal attorneys also recommend that you take notes as the day progresses and ask your attorney any questions you have. A fully engaged defendant is our best type of client.
The Cobb County State Court location is 12 E. Park Square, Marietta, GA 30090. The phone number for the Cobb County State Court Clerk is (770) 528-1200. Have your traffic citation in front of you if you are asking for your case number or next court date.
Call our three Super Lawyers, 24 hours a day, at 404-567-5515 for a FREE lawyer consultation and FREE legal advice on the initial call. Our lawyers for DUI and serious traffic offenses will give you a FREE face-to-face meeting before talking about legal fees. Plus, we offer attorney fees payment plans. You’ll also receive a FREE copy of Mr. Head’s Drunk Driving Defense Book for Clients.
Important Related Links:
Georgia Supreme Court issues new Rule 22 regulating cell phones in courtrooms, July 19, 2018
Cobb County Case Docket – Daily Update
Our MARIETTA, COBB COUNTY OFFICE LOCATION:
109 Anderson Street
Marietta, GA 30060