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You can ask virtually any of the lawyers in Atlanta (or anywhere else in Georgia) about Bubba Head, and you will hear praise for his ability and reputation for being a "winning" DUI Atlanta lawyer.
William C. (Bubba) Head is a well-established criminal defense lawyer. During his nearly four decades of litigating cases, Bubba has authored several books and articles on DUI driving law and practices. More than any other Georgia jurisdiction, Bubba has fought Atlanta Municipal Court cases, at this court and Fulton County or DeKalb County State Court. He has also litigated criminal cases in the other Municipal Courts in Fulton County and across the state.
Not Guilty Verdict Obtained for 1st DUI Offense
Jury returned a not-guilty verdict for first offense DUI case where a prior case witness testified at trial in the court of law.
Reduced .247 Breath Testing DUI/DWI Charge to Reckless Driving
Based on evidence discovered during the case, we were able to reduce a .247 DUI/DWI breath test result to reckless driving.
3rd Offense DUI Reduced to Charge of Reckless Driving
A 3rd DUI offense where the Breathalyzer results were challenged, ending with a reduced charge of reckless driving.
Bubba has spoken at hundreds of drunk driving litigation seminars from Alaska to the Dominican Republic on criminal defense practice, DUI law, criminal procedure, jury trials and driver license suspension issues. He has been included in the most prestigious attorney rating service awards, and is rated at the highest possible level. Indeed, his expertise on the topic is so extensive that other attorneys often turn to Bubba for his assistance on how to handle difficult cases, especially cases involving alcohol, drugs, or for drivers stopped at DUI checkpoints. While DUI cases are America's most commonly litigated criminal cases, Mr. Head has also litigated drug possession, drug trafficking, murder, manslaughter, vehicular homicide, domestic violence, and many other criminal cases.
In 2003, Bubba was named by the 600+ members of NCDD.com, “The Nation's Leading DUI Defense Attorney.” Bubba Head is regularly seen on the nightly news and has defended dozens of high profile criminal cases for entertainers, government officials, celebrities, police officers, judges, and sports figures. In 2015, Georgia Trend magazine again named Bubba Head to its "Legal Elite" list of the top DUI lawyers in the state.
Mr. Head attended The University of Georgia beginning in 1969. He graduated (with honors) as a history major in 1973. He went directly to UGA's prestigious School of Law. Three years later, he earned his law degree from UGA in 1976. A week later, he applied for and was admitted to the Georgia Bar Association. After starting practice in Athens, GA, Mr. Head moved to Atlanta in 1990 to become a DUI attorney. Today, the name "Bubba Head" has become synonymous with litigation excellence among his peers across the nation.
Mr. Head is an active member of several highly-regarded legal organizations including: the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, The American Trial Lawyers Association, the Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers, and the AAJ (American Association for Justice). Mr. Head also maintains membership in several local Metro Atlanta county bar associations.
In 1995, Mr. Head organized and was one of the twelve founding Regents of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD.com), which is now the preeminent training association for DUI attorneys throughout the nation. Mr. Head served as one of the Regents of NCDD. Since its creation in 1995, he has served as the Regent of the College on two separate occasions, covering six years. He is also Board Certified in the field of DUI defense by NCDD.com, a qualification held by less than 3/10th of 1% of all attorneys in the organization.
In 2014, Mr. Head also became a Charter Member of DUIDLA, a national DUI defense attorney's organization that promotes DUI driving law training both criminal defense attorneys and DUI-DWI public defenders. He serves as a trustee on the non-profit Board of DUIDLA to help oversee training of public defenders and appointed counsel for citizens who cannot pay for their legal representation.
Mr. Head has written numerous books on the topic of DUI law, and has contributed to several others. He is the co-author of The Georgia DUI Defense Trial Practice Manual, 101 Ways to Avoid a Drunk Driving Conviction, and author of The DUI Book, which was written for the average citizen who has been accused of driving under the influence. The DUI Book has proven so popular that Mr. Head has been asked to co-author state-specific editions with other attorneys, and has helped edit and co-author books in NY, CA, FL, MI, TN, NJ, VA, and WA.
In 2003, Mr. Head was named the “National DUI Lawyer of the Year” by a nationwide vote of the members of National College for DUI Defense. He has also been named to several highly-regarded lists, including: Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell (AV-Preeminent), Georgia Trend magazine's "Legal Elite", U.S. News & World Report "Best Law Firms", and GTLA (Champion Member). He also has been one of the top-rated DUI lawyers on AVVO.com, and has well over 130 client ratings AND well over 130 attorney recommendations of his skills.
Top 15 Questions About Drunk Driving Cases We Receive
1. What are the penalties for DUI?
Depending on whether the conviction is both a misdemeanor and a DUI first offense, or a second offense DUI misdemeanor or any subsequent conviction, Georgia DUI laws have minimum, mandatory penalties. This link explains, in detail, those statutory minimums on both the criminal consequences of DUI and the driver's license suspension implications.
2. What is the penalty for refusal?
In most jurisdictions, total loss of driver's license for some time period is the DUI penalty for refusing the implied consent test. In Georgia, that refusal "suspension" is for 12 months, with no limited permit, for an administrative license suspension "refusal".
3. What is the Georgia implied consent law?
The implied consent law started out as a legal fiction, which states that anyone who drives on Georgia's roads --- by doing so --- gave permission to test their blood alcohol level, if suspected of drunk driving. Any failure to submit to an implied consent breath or blood test after arrest can cost you the right to drive. Today's implied consent laws and DUI law covers drugs other than alcohol.
4. What is the 10 day letter for ALS?
Like the DUI / OWI laws in most states, when you are arrested for DUI in Georgia, your driver's license is confiscated, and you receive a sheet of paper that acts as a temporary driving permit. You MUST file an administrative license appeal within 10 business days to save your ability to drive. Call a Georgia lawyer who is a DUI specialist immediately.
5. Will I need to install an ignition interlock for a DUI?
Ignition interlock is a court-ordered sanction that is part of the law, pertaining to repeat DUI offenders, or possibly part of sentencing. So, if you are a second offense or third offense DUI offender, then an interlock will be required if you are convicted of the new drunk driving charge.
6. Will my driver's license be suspended for a DUI Atlanta conviction?
YES, if any drunk driving or drugged driving conviction is reported to the DDS, your driving privileges will be suspended. A driver licensed in Georgia who has a first offense DUI can get an immediate limited driving permit.
7. How many alcoholic drinks does it take to be over the legal limit?
Because the type of alcoholic beverage and how much constitutes a "standard" drink, more information must be known. This question is best answered by a blood alcohol calculator that takes into account your gender, body weight, height and number of drinks.
8. Do I have to take the field sobriety tests?
NO. Never take ANY sobriety tests. These exercises are not really "tests", like an IQ or SAT test, and they are not scientific. No penalty --- for declining a field sobriety test --- will occur. It is your RIGHT TO REFUSE.
9. Do I have to take the breathalyzer test?
People confuse the pre-arrest hand held portable breath test with Georgia's OFFICIAL breathalyzer (Intoxilyzer 9000). Mr. Head recommends taking the OFFICIAL test, after arrest, and then demanding an independent blood test at a location that you choose. Mr. Head recommends NOT taking the roadside, preliminary breath test, because it is 100% optional and voluntary.
10. Will I have to go to jail after an arrest?
In Georgia, YES you do. So, posting a quick bond and being released from jail is important. DO NOT talk to others at the jail!
11. Can my DUI be reduced or dismissed?
The answer to this question is, "It depends". Most DUI arrests have several potential defenses that can help you win. The most important variable is getting a skilled and experienced DUI lawyer to fully investigate all aspects of your charge. Expect to pay more for the best, as in all things in life.
12. How do I get my DUI reduced?
Hire the top drunk driving attorney and trust him or her to find a non-DUI solution to your criminal case. All of our superb rated lawyers give a FREE case consultation.
13. I was stopped at a DUI checkpoint. Is this constitutional?
Because no errant driving was observed to authorize a police pullover, DUI checkpoints in Georgia are NOT legal, unless all prerequisites of the Fourth Amendment are met, and proven to have been properly followed in your pretrial motion to suppress hearing. Your attorney will file this motion at or after your arraignment.
14. How much does a DUI cost?
This question is a bit ambiguous, because it may be talking about DUI insurance cost or the cost of being convicted. The question may also be targeted to the issue of lawyer cost. A conviction will cost you for the rest of your life, so this is not estimable. As far as "how much does a DUI lawyer cost?", the answer is based on years of experience, success rate, supply and demand, and whether you plan to fight the case ALL THE WAY through trial.
15. Is there a difference between DUI v. DWI?
Either acronym means "drunk driving" or "impaired driving". Georgia case law (written by appellate judges) uses both DWI and DUI, but "DUI" is the usual acronym in GA. This stands for "driving under the influence".
In 2012, Best Lawyers in America published a profile of Bubba Head and featured him as Georgia's DUI Lawyer of the Year.
Mr. Head is known nationwide for furthering the legal and trial practice education of other DUI attorneys. In 1995, he organized NCDD.com in order to create a unique, intensive criminal trial practice training session for DUI lawyers. This program is conducted each July at Harvard University's Law School campus.
In 1997, Mr. Head created a “DUI Boot Camp” for Georgia public defenders, through the GACDL (the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys). This focused seminar benefits public defenders and pro bono legal counsel who step up to assist accused citizens facing DUI charges.
In order to be a successful DUI lawyer, it is important to know the ins and outs of breath testing and field sobriety tests. First, let's talk about Bubba Head's breath test device knowledge. Mr. Head is not only certified to operate the Intoxilyzer 5000, but he also owns two breath machines. When Mr. Head handled a felony OWI case in Michigan, he took factory training on the BAC Datamaster device, to be prepared to fight that breath test machine at court. He has also taken training on the new Intoxilyzer 9000, which is now the exclusive forensic breath test machine in Georgia after January 1, 2016.
Mr. Head sponsored two week-long breathalyzer training courses on the Intoxilyzer 5000 in Atlanta. The first was in October of 1996 at Emory Conference Center and the second was in 2004 at the Old Swissotel in Buckhead. During the courses, breath test experts taught sessions on the faults and known limitations and weaknesses of the Intoxilyzer breath testing device.
These breath test training courses spawned other similar training courses across the USA, in Mississippi, South Carolina and in other states and on other breathalyzer devices. As mentioned above, Mr. Head has also taken factory training on the BAC Datamaster device used in South Carolina, Michigan and other states.
Mr. Head is NHTSA trained as a Practitioner and as a Field Sobriety Test Instructor. Mr. Head has also organized numerous NHTSA Field Sobriety Test training courses. The instruction taught in these courses is the same as what law enforcement agents learn during basic training. Bubba has taken or taught over a dozen standardized field sobriety test courses, for both practitioners and instructors. The first of these in America was sponsored by Bubba Head and held in Atlanta in July of 1994. Even today, Bubba is a regular speaker to DUI lawyers across the nation on the subject of field sobriety tests and their scientific unreliability.
Atlanta Magazine wrote a cover story on Mr. Head in their March 2001 edition. He was named “Atlanta’s Best DUI Lawyer” after the magazine conducted a survey of his peers. Mr. Head was recently featured in the cover story for "Attorney at Law" Magazine, set to be published in mid-2016.
For over 20 years, Mr. Head has been rated as having the highest ethical standards and highest skill level by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been named to Martindale-Hubbell’s “Bar Registry of Pre-Eminent Attorneys” for over two decades, as well as to other legal practice accolades. Few have passed two decades of holding this lofty rating.
Mr. Head gives back to the community by volunteering with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Children’s Cancer Unit. Mr. Head was also on the initial Board of Directors for the Georgia Innocence Project, and still sponsors the non-profit organization's web site.
If you have recently been charged ANYWHERE IN GEORGIA with a criminal offense, including drunk driving, contact us today for a FREE consultation and quality legal representation by Mr. Head or one of his partners. You can also call us at 404-567-5515 or 1-888-384-4323 (1-888-DUI-HEAD).