Acworth Municipal Court

Acworth Municipal Court

The Acworth Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. Located at 4408 Acworth Industrial Drive, Acworth, GA 30101 this court primarily handles misdemeanor traffic offenses, shoplifting, and marijuana offenses. Felony offenses are not handled in municipal courts. Most cases which involve violation of state law incur a maximum punishment of $1000.00 and/or 12 months incarceration.  If you are being prosecuted pursuant to a violation of a municipal ordinance, typically the maximum punishment will be a $600.00 fine and/or 6 months incarceration. The Chief Judge of the Acworth Municipal Court is Judge Phillip Taylor. His Associate Judges are H. Luke Mayes and Charles Chesbro. All of the judges are part time, holding permanent positons as private attorneys or in some other capacity. The Solicitor or Prosecutor for the City of Acworth is Randal Bentley who is also a part time employee. Court is held one day a week on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm. Misty Day is the Clerk for the Acworth Municipal Court. The Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5:00pm. Most fines can be paid online. To find out your fine amount and whether or not your citation requires a court appearance, you can call (770) 974-0965. More serious misdemeanor offenses such as DUI, Possession of Marijuana, Hit and Run, No Insurance, Reckless Driving, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Passing a School Bus, Racing, and Suspended License require a mandatory court appearance. If you are charged with one of these offenses, you should first seek the advice of an attorney as charges such as these may result in jail time,...
Cobb County DUI Court

Cobb County DUI Court

Alternative Sentencing For DUI In Cobb County, Georgia Many individuals charged with DUI are not aware that Cobb County State Court offers an alternative sentencing program for individuals charged with DUI. When a driver is arrested in Cobb County for a misdemeanor involving a driving under the influence of alcohol offense or driving under the influence of drugs, he or she is randomly assigned to one of the Cobb County State Court judges. Although most Cobb County State Court judges are similar in the way they typically sentence DUI offenders, sometimes sentences can vary depending upon to which judge a defendant’s case is assigned. For this reason, it is important to hire a local Cobb County attorney who is very familiar with each judge’s reputation for sentencing individuals charged with DUI. Under certain circumstances, it may be preferable to apply for DUI Court, which is best suited to those individuals who have been convicted of prior DUI offenses. An individual’s election to participate in the program is voluntary, so one cannot be assigned to DUI court unless and until one applies for admission to it. Once admitted, an individual must complete the entire program which requires a 24-month commitment. This program emphasizes treatment rather than punishment or incarceration, offering counseling which focuses on drug and/or alcohol abuse. To be eligible for the program, applicants must: be charged with their 2nd DUI in ten years or 3rd or more in their lifetime; have sufficient charges to support a 24-month sentence (In other words, the defendant must be charged with at least two misdemeanor charges to which he will be pleading,...
Who Is The Best Attorney In Marietta?

Who Is The Best Attorney In Marietta?

Choosing the Best Criminal Defense Attorney for You Frequently, individuals looking for an attorney pose the following questions to me: “Who is the best attorney in Marietta?” or “Who is the best attorney in Cobb County?” Choosing an attorney who is the best and most qualified to handle your legal issue is very similar to choosing a doctor. Attorneys, like doctors, specialize in particular areas of the practice of law. If you have a heart condition, you would probably not seek the services of an orthopedic surgeon. You want to see a specialist, someone who specializes in the particular ailment or affliction from which you are suffering. The best attorney in defending criminal cases will most likely not be the best attorney to handle your bankruptcy case. The best attorney in Cobb County concerning workers’ compensation matters may not be the best attorney to handle your divorce. You should seek the services of an attorney who specializes in the area in which you require legal assistance. Most attorneys will specialize in one or two areas of the law. If you hope to retain the best attorney to meet your legal needs, you should make sure that your legal issue is one of the areas in which the attorney specializes. To discover how experienced an attorney is in a particular area, you should inquire about the attorney’s experience. When choosing a criminal defense attorney, it is always wise to choose an attorney who is a former prosecutor in the jurisdiction where your charges are pending. The three partners at Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan, Schnatmeier & Collins, L.L.P. who handle criminal...
Are You Properly Insured With Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage?

Are You Properly Insured With Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage?

Georgia Law requires an individual to carry a minimum amount of $25,000 of automobile liability insurance. Liability insurance covers you when you are in an automobile accident, and it is determined that you are the driver found to be “at-fault” or the driver found to be liable for the collision. Assuming you have the minimum liability coverage, this means that your insurance will pay up to $25,000 in damages to the other driver on your behalf. For any amount in excess of the $25,000, you would then be potentially personally liable. With the mounting cost of medical expenses it is advisable to carry more than the minimum coverage of $25,000 in order to protect your assets. A simple fracture of an arm or leg that requires surgery can easily have associated medical expenses of $50,000 to $60,000. As a result, many Georgia drivers carry more than the minimal required coverage. These individuals have taken steps to protect themselves from personal liability and to ensure that the medical expenses and pain and suffering damages of those persons to whom they are liable are fulfilled. While these drivers have taken steps to protect themselves from personal liability, many have not taken that additional step to protect themselves from uninsured or underinsured drivers. Statistics vary, but it is estimated that the national average for uninsured drivers of automobiles is 14%. This means that as you travel on your daily errands, 14% of the vehicles you are passing do not have even the required $25,000 worth of automobile insurance. The figure for Georgia drivers is slightly better at 13%, but our neighboring states...
Georgia Diversion Programs as Alternatives to Criminal Sentences

Georgia Diversion Programs as Alternatives to Criminal Sentences

If you are a first-time offender and have never been arrested before, you may be eligible for one of many diversion programs that are available in your court. Before pleading guilty to any sort of a criminal offense, you should first inquire about the availability of such programs. What is diversion?  Simply put, diversion is an alternative to a criminal sentence, and many courts offer diversion programs but do not always offer it initially. Rather than going before the Judge and pleading guilty to an offense, an offender may have the option of performing community service or perhaps undergoing drug screens or alcohol treatment instead of being prosecuted. Who is eligible for diversion in Georgia? Typically, diversion programs are available to first-time offenders who have not previously been arrested or convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony offense. However, most courts will not disqualify an individual from diversion if his/her prior convictions are for minor traffic offenses.  In addition, some jurisdictions will allow you to participate in diversion even if you were previously arrested but were never convicted of a prior misdemeanor offense. The restriction concerning your eligibility for diversion will vary from court to court. In order to consider all options, you should consult with an attorney who is familiar with the court in which you are charged before assuming that a prior arrest or conviction will prohibit you from participating in such a program. In those jurisdictions where a prior arrest will typically disqualify you from participating in diversion, exceptions are often made depending upon many factors such as how long ago the prior arrest was, what...