John M. Israel
Attorney at Law
Criminal Defense ¡DUI ¡General Legal Matters
1874 Piedmont Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324-4971
Our telephone messaging system is monitored 24/7 and we will give you an immediate callback on weekends, holidays and after regular business hours in the event you need immediate help.
Immediate Atlanta DUI Assistance:
If you are arrested for DUI in the City of Atlanta, you will be given a court date for your first appearance in court within days or possibly even the very next day after you are released on bond. Feel free to call my office and I will be happy to meet you and accompany you to court for your first appearance.
Regardless of whether you eventually decide to retain my firm or not, I will gladly answer your questions and make you aware of some of the special procedures in the Atlanta Municipal Court so that you don’t make a mistake that could potentially jeopardize your case.
Can I drive after an DUI arrest?
You will need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after your DUI arrest so he can advise you of what actions, if any, must be taken to allow you to continue to drive without restrictions until your criminal case is eventually resolved.
In almost all DUI cases a written appeal must be filed within ten business days of the arrest date in order to preserve your right to appeal any pending potential license suspension issues.
An appeal may be especially critical in your case if you allegedly refused testing or if you are alleged to have submitted to a breath test that indicated that you were at or above the current legal limit of .08 grams per liter percent at the time you were tested. Call me as soon as possible so we can determine what is the best proper action to take in your particular situation!
Traffic Tickets & Attending Court:
If you received a traffic ticket and cannot appear in court on your scheduled court date, don’t assume that just paying the ticket “on-line” is the best and easiest solution. Many seemingly minor offenses can have some serious hidden consequences if you don’t know the pitfalls. Give me a call if you have any questions or concerns about the consequences of entering a guilty plea by paying the ticket online.
Before you change any of your vacation plans or work schedules just to attend a court date, call me to see if I can attend court for you on your behalf. I frequently attend court for clients who cannot attend personally and can often assist with reducing the charges and/or the fines even if you are not present when I negotiate your case.
Out of State Driver Traffic Tickets:
Out of state drivers must be especially cautious whenever they enter pleas to traffic cases in Georgia. Pleading guilty to even some of the most minor of traffic offenses can lead to your home state suspending your driving privileges! Believe me, it is cheaper to handle your case properly in the first place than to clean up a mess later! Call me and we can discuss your particular situation and what might be best for you.
Other Criminal Cases:
Misdemeanors and Felonies
If you have a friend or family member who has been arrested for a criminal charge and a bail has not set, they likely will be given a date when the Judge will have a hearing to decide if granting a bail is appropriate in the case. This hearing can occur in the jail, by video link, or even at the courthouse depending on where they are being detained. Having an attorney present at this initial hearing can greatly improve the chances of the Judge granting a reasonable bail. If you have a friend or family member in need of assistance, call my office at any time and I will quickly call you back to discuss the situation and see what can be done to help.
I represent clients charged with various misdemeanor and felony offenses in most of Metro Atlanta. As soon as you get out of jail, give me a call. I will be happy to arrange an appointment for you to come in and meet with me personally for a free consultation. The faster we can start working on aggressively defending your case, the better chance I have of helping you beat the charges!
My case seems pretty tough and I am afraid I am going to have to plead guilty. Can an attorney really do all that much to help me?
If you are charged with a criminal offense, never make the mistake of assuming your case is hopeless! The assistance of a good attorney can make the difference between you being convicted of a crime or walking away free with a dismissal of the charges. Our legal process, despite being imperfect, requires fundamentally that the State (the government) must prove your guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt” to convict you of a crime. Making the prosecution really do this is frequently often enough to make many criminal cases literally go away. Don’t give up and sell out! A criminal conviction stays on your record for life and can cause you damage every time you apply for a job or even when you apply for credit.
Call my office for a free consultation before you even think about going to court by yourself without an attorney representing you. If you don’t hire me, please make sure to hire someone to fight for you before your day in court!
John M. Israel, Attorney at Law
I have been practicing law in Georgia, primarily focusing on criminal defense matters, since 1998. I am a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and a member and former President of the Stonewall Bar Association.
My office accepts most credit cards and I will consider payment plans for deserving clients in certain situations. I am personally committed to giving my clients the best, aggressive representation possible under the law.