Athens Alabama DUI Attorney

Athens DUI Defense Attorney

A Message from Athens DUI Defense Attorney Frank Ward

Being charged with DUI is a serious matter. It is important to get legal help as soon as possible, and I want to help. With over 12 years of assisting good people in court, you can rely on my services. I will be here to help you every step of the way. We will fight to get your charges reduced or dropped entirely. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, contact my firm today.

Frequently Asked Questions about Athens, Alabama Municipal Court DUI Charges

Is a DUI charge in Athens Municipal Court a felony or a misdemeanor?

A DUI charge in Athens Municipal Court is typically classified as a misdemeanor. However, certain aggravating factors, such as multiple prior offenses or causing serious injury or death, can elevate the charge to a felony.

Where is the Athens Municipal Court located?

The Athens Municipal Court is located at 951 Hobbs Street East, Athens, Alabama 35611. This central location serves individuals facing municipal charges, including DUI cases.

I am not certain when my Athens Municipal Court DUI court appearance date or time is, where can I find that out?

If you are uncertain about your court appearance date or time, it’s important to refer to the initial documents provided during your arrest or subsequent bail paperwork. You can also contact the Athens Municipal Court Clerk’s Office at (256) 233-8733 to obtain this information.

The Athens police officer who arrested me took my driver's license. Can the police legally do that, and how do I get it back?

Yes, the police can legally confiscate your driver license if you are arrested for DUI. Your driver's license suspension “case” is separate from your Athens Municipal Court DUI criminal charge. To get it back, you will need to request an administrative hearing with the Alabama Department of Public Safety within 10 days of your arrest. Failing to do so could result in a suspension of your driving privileges.

Is a DUI charge in Athens Municipal Court different from a DUI charge by the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department or an Alabama State Trooper in Limestone County District Court?

Yes, a DUI charge in Athens Municipal Court is charged at the municipal level, typically for offenses that occur within city limits. In contrast, DUI charges by the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department or an Alabama State Trooper are charged under Alabama state law. But technically, for the most part the difference does not matter.

Can I get a jury trial on my DUI charge in City of Athens Municipal Court?

No, you cannot get a jury trial for a DUI charge in City of Athens Municipal Court. DUI cases in municipal courts are generally heard and decided by a judge. However, you may have the right to appeal the decision to a higher court and request a jury trial.

Does DUI attorney Frank Ward frequently handle DUI cases in Athens Municipal Court?

Yes, DUI attorney Frank Ward frequently handles DUI cases in Athens Municipal Court. With over 12 years of experience, Frank Ward has successfully represented many clients in this specific jurisdiction. His expertise and familiarity with the local court system make him a valuable advocate for your case.

Call (256) 578-7729 now to schedule your free consultation with our DUI lawyer in Athens.

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Why Choose Ward Law?

  • Experienced
    Attorney Ward has represented clients throughout North Alabama for more than 15 years and tried cases in many courts. He has even co-authored a book for other attorneys on Alabama DUI defense.
  • Focused
    Mr. Ward endeavors to never lose focus on the needs of his clients, and to do his utmost to achieve their goals.  Let him focus on your needs and get you results.
  • Driven
    The practice of law is not just a job for him; it is his passion. He is driven to strive for the best possible outcome he can for each of his clients, and he wants to put that drive to work for you.

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