If you have been charged with a DUI in Cobb County, it is important to be aware of your options. One option you may not have considered if you are facing significant jail time is DUI Court. DUI Court is available to those who are charged with their 2nd DUI in 10 years, 3rd DUI or more in their lifetime, or 1st DUI with a history of Reckless Driving convictions. To be eligible for DUI Court in Cobb County, you must also be facing charges sufficient to support a 24-month sentence. This means that you must have at least two charges, such as “DUI” and “Failure to Maintain Lane” or some other offense. There are several other conditions to be met to enroll in DUI Court:
- Participants may not have any prior convictions for violent felonies or current felony charges involving the use of force against another;
- Participants may not have any out-of-state warrants;
- Participants must have a valid immigration status with no immigration holds; and
- Participants must be 17 years of age or older.
It is important to note that DUI Court is an option even if you do not reside in Cobb County. Non-residents of DUI Court who are accepted into Cobb’s DUI Court program may be able to transfer to the DUI Court in their county of residence.
Cobb County is an intensive program; it is not for the feint of heart. It requires multiple weekly meetings and court appearances, and can sanction you if you violate the program rules. So, why would you consider DUI Court? There are several reasons why DUI Court might be right for you:
- DUI Court generally offers less jail time than traditional Court-adjudicated DUIs.
- Court-ordered fines are typically reduced by those who complete DUI Court.
- Folks struggling with alcohol and substance abuse can find support, counseling, accountability, and treatment in DUI Court.
- Cobb County DUI Court can help participants in meeting requirements for license reinstatement.
Cobb County DUI Court can make a big difference in the lives of folks who are struggling with alcohol abuse or who are facing a difficult odds in their case. The decision to enter DUI Court is a big one and you shouldn’t have to make it alone. Call our office for a free consultation, and let us know if you are considering DUI Court so that we can help you make an informed decision. 404-581-0999. Written by Attorney Katherine Edmonds.