DUI Bench Trial Georgia

DUI Bench Trial Georgia
You may have the option to choose a bench trial or jury trial if you decide to fight your driving under the influence case in Georgia. While a bench trial is heard and decided by a judge, a jury trial is heard by a group of six to twelve jurors.  Each type of trial has its advantages and disadvantages, so you should work with an experienced DUI lawyer to decide which trial is best for your situation.

While most lawyers prefer to go with a jury trial, a bench trial could be recommended depending on the circumstances of your DUI case and is essentially a one-juror trial. Because our lawyers are familiar with the judges throughout Georgia, they understand their tendencies and how they view drunk-driving cases. This knowledge can be beneficial when you opt for a bench trial.

In some cases, choosing a bench trial is the only way to preserve a case. For example, if a client made racial slurs or other offensive remarks to the officer during the traffic stop and/or arrest, we may suggest avoiding a jury trial in order to get an impartial verdict. The judge is also more familiar with the legal intricacies of a DUI and will understand issues that the jury may miss.

Other benefits of a bench trial are that it is not as formal and is much less time-consuming than a jury trial. Your case may also be heard faster because you skip the jury selection step.

The key to winning any trial—whether bench or jury—is preparation. Our attorneys have been trained on the field sobriety tests and breathalyzer, so they know what to look for when collecting evidence for your defense. We also have access to a team of investigators, forensic specialists, and toxicologists who can testify on your behalf.

The trial lawyers at Head, Thomas, Webb and Willis have helped people across the state fight their DUI charges. We are available 24 hours a day and offer affordable rates.

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