You can ask virtually any Atlanta DUI attorney (or ask DUI lawyers anywhere else in Georgia) about Bubba Head, and you will hear praise for his ability and reputation for being a "winning" Atlanta, GA DUI lawyer. For four decades, Mr. Head has been a criminal defense attorney with a reputation for aggressive criminal defense in both misdemeanor cases and felony cases. His reputation as the best DUI attorney in Georgia is based on the number of contested cases that Bubba Head has either negotiated to a reduced plea, or fought successfully at trial over a 40-year career.
Bubba and his team of top-flight driving while intoxicated attorneys have successfully represented clients facing alcohol and drug charges in all of the metro Atlanta municipal courts, including Marietta Municipal Court, Sandy Springs Municipal Court, and Alpharetta Municipal Court. Additionally, in felony criminal cases, Bubba has represented clients as far south as Valdosta and Thomasville, GA, and as far north as Michigan!
William C. (Bubba) Head is a well-established criminal defense attorney. During his four decades of litigating the toughest criminal cases, Bubba has authored several DUI books and hundreds of articles on driving under the influence law and criminal trial practice. More than in any other Georgia jurisdiction, Bubba has fought cases in Atlanta Municipal Court. The Municipal Court of Atlanta, Fulton County State Court, and DeKalb County State Court have been Mr. Head's most common jury trial locations. He has also litigated criminal cases in the other Municipal Courts in Fulton County and across the State of Georgia since 1976. His DUI law firm litigates arrest cases (both misdemeanor and felony DUI) across the entire State of Georgia, from his Atlanta attorney headquarters.
These practice area "firsts" will demonstrate why Bubba Head is the "Best-Known DUI Lawyer in America":
Atlanta DUI lawyer Bubba Head has spoken at hundreds of drunk driving litigation seminars in the United States and abroad, including in:
Mr. Head presents his extensive experience on criminal defense practice, state laws, criminal procedure, jury trials and driver license suspension issues. His most recent DUI defense attorney seminar presentation was in Louisville, KY on April 29, 2016. He has been the recipient of the most prestigious attorney rating service awards and recognitions as a DUI defense attorney, and Mr. Head is rated at the highest possible level.
Indeed, his expertise on the topic of trial law is so extensive that other attorneys often turn to Bubba for his assistance on how to handle difficult criminal cases, especially cases involving a DUI test revealing alcohol, drugs, or for drivers stopped by police at DUI checkpoints. While DUI cases are America's most commonly litigated criminal cases, Mr. Head also has litigated drug possession, drug trafficking, murder, manslaughter, vehicular homicide, domestic violence, and many other criminal cases.
William "Bubba" Head has been a National
DUI Defense Practice Leader for Decades -
Georgia Driving Under the Influence Lawyer
Not Guilty Verdict Obtained for 1st Offense
Fulton County State Court 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 (3 times the DUI alcohol limit) breath test result to reckless driving.
3rd Offense DUI Reduced to Charge of Reckless Driving
A 3rd DUI offense where the Breathalyzer results were successful challenged (and excluded), ending with a reduced charge of reckless driving.
Jury Trial of a DUI Arrest of a Teacher
A jury trial of a DUI arrest of a teacher for "failure to maintain lane" and a DUI test of breath at .244/.249 - NOT GUILTY on All Charges!
In 2003, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bubba was named by NCDD Dean Gary Trichter (on behalf of the 600+ members of NCDD.com) as “The Nation's Leading DUI Defense Attorney.” This is the only time NCDD conducted such a poll of its membership, which now exceeds 2,000 members. Mr. 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 drunk driving lawyers in Georgia.
Mr. Head attended The University of Georgia beginning in 1969. He graduated (with honors) as a history major in 1973. He went directly into UGA's prestigious School of Law. Three years later, he earned his law degree from UGA in 1976. Less than a week later (having taken the February 1976 Georgia Bar), he applied for and was admitted to the Georgia Bar Association on June 10, 1976. After starting his practice in Athens, GA, Mr. Head moved to metro Atlanta in 1990 to become a DUI attorney Atlanta. Today, the name "Bubba Head" has become synonymous with litigation excellence among his DUI attorney peers across the nation.
Mr. Head is an active member of several highly-regarded legal organizations including:
Mr. Head also maintains memberships in several local metro area Bar associations, including Atlanta Bar Association and Cobb County Bar Association.
Mr. Head invited other criminal attorneys across America to help start the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD.com). In 1995, this organization was founded by the twelve Regents and 100 Founding Members. Mr. Head succeeded in organizing the initial DUI law training organization on the campus of Harvard Law School, and was one of the twelve founding NCDD Regents. The NCDD is now the preeminent training association for DUI lawyers 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 a total of 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 drunk driving law training for both criminal defense attorneys and DUI-DWI public defenders. Since the Group's inception, he has served as a Trustee on the non-profit Board of DUIDLA to help oversee legal training for public defenders and other appointed counsel for citizens in all 50 states who cannot pay for their legal representation. This criminal defense attorney training organization now boasts over 700 members, and produces multiple training sessions for criminal defense attorneys ONLY.
Mr. Head has written numerous books on the topic of driving under the influence law and criminal trial practice, and has contributed to several other books on DUI practice area guides. 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 by other attorneys to co-author state-specific editions, and has helped edit and co-author similar books in NY, CA, FL, MI, TN, NJ, VA, and WA.
Mr. Head has also been named to several highly-regarded lists, including:
He also has been one of the top-rated criminal defense lawyers on AVVO.com, and has well over 130 client ratings AND well over 130 attorney recommendations of his skills as a DUI lawyer, as posted on AVVO.com. Bubba Head is a highly regarded Georgia driving under the influence lawyer.
The Georgia State Patrol Nighthawks, who have been the DUI Atlanta workhorses on drunk driving arrests in Atlanta for the last decade, have utilized secondary roads coming from the Buckhead area as a way of “mopping up” late at night, once Atlanta traffic has slowed down. A high percentage of the sobriety checkpoints in Atlanta are made within a 1 mile radius of where Roswell Road splits off northbound Peachtree Road in Buckhead, and the very restricted (and confusing) intersection --- that prevents right turns on red and any left turns--- where West Paces Ferry and East Paces Ferry cross Peachtree Road. The secondary streets nearby such as Pharr Road, Buckhead Avenue, East Andrews Drive and Peachtree Avenue, especially going eastbound toward Piedmont Road are great locations for a DUI check point by the GSP NIghthawks. DUI lawyers in Atlanta who have fought roadblock cases for several decades recall Sidney Marcus being a hotbed of DUI checkpoint activity when the Atlanta DUI Task Force was operational in the 1990s and 2000s. This part of the City of Atlanta is where most Atlanta Municipal Court cases for driving under the influence originate.
Atlanta DUI Lawyer Bubba Head has been featured on news reports in the mid-1990s, as being the Georgia DUI attorney responsible for the trend of winning DUI cases based upon flawed language in the Georgia implied consent law printed warning.
Top 15 Questions About Georgia Driving Under the Influence Cases
1. What are the penalties for driving under the influence?
Depending on whether the conviction is both a misdemeanor and a first offense, a second offense, or a felony DUI, Georgia impaired driving laws have minimum mandatory penalties. This link explains, in detail, those statutory minimums on both the criminal consequences of a misdemeanor DUI, and the driver's license suspension implications. Only 5% of all cases in Georgia are DUI felony cases. Most importantly, a driving under the influence conviction in Georgia will NEVER "age off" your criminal record. Georgia laws have no first offender provisions and no expungement--ever!
2. What is the DUI license suspension penalty for refusal to take the breath or blood test?
In Georgia, a person charged with "refusal" to submit to implied consent testing risks total loss of driver's license for some time period. Typically, a one year loss of driving privileges is the penalty for refusing the DUI test (implied consent test). In Georgia, the refusal "suspension" does not allow for a "work" or limited permit, for an administrative license suspension "refusal". Fortunately, our law firm is successful in the overwhelming majority of our cases, and in AVOIDING a TOTAL LOSS of driving privileges at their DUI administrative hearing for our clients facing driving under the influence charges.
3. What is the Georgia Implied Consent Law?
The Georgia Implied Consent Law started out as legal fiction, when it was enacted over half a century ago. This law states that anyone who drives on Georgia's roads --- by doing so --- implicitly gave permission to test their blood alcohol or breath alcohol content, if he or she is suspected of drunk driving. Any failure to submit to an implied consent breath test or blood test after a lawful arrest can cost you the right to drive.
Additionally, if you are over the legal drunk limit, based upon the DUI test, you may also suffer a license suspension. The current Georgia implied consent laws and related GA driving under the influence laws cover both alcohol AND driving under the influence of drugs.
4. What is the 10 day letter for ALS?
Like the DUI-DWI laws in most other states, when you are arrested in Georgia, your driver's license is confiscated by the arresting officer, 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 avoid an administrative license suspension (ALS) and save your ability to drive. We can assist you with properly and timely filing of this license suspension appeal. Call our specialists immediately to protect your legal rights and your ability to drive, while your DUI in Georgia is pending.
5. Will I need to install an ignition interlock device if I am convicted of impaired driving?
So far, Georgia has not passed a mandatory "interlock" on a first offense DUI, like Tennessee. An ignition interlock device (IID) is a court-ordered sanction that is part of the driver license reinstatement law pertaining to drunk driving repeat offenders, or possibly a condition that is part of your criminal case sentencing. So, if you are a DUI second offense or third offense DUI offender within a 5-year time-frame (from date of arrest to next date of arrest), an ignition interlock device will be required if you are convicted of the new driving while intoxicated charge, in the event you are seeking an early reinstatement of your right to drive in Georgia.
6. Will my driver's license be suspended for a Georgia conviction?
YES. If any drunk driving or drugged driving conviction is reported to the Georgia DDS by the Clerk of Court where your criminal case is pending, your driving privileges will be SUSPENDED IMMEDIATELY. A driver licensed in Georgia who has a first offense DUI-alcohol can get an immediate limited driving permit, assuming that the convicted driver did not lose his or her administrative license suspension (ALS) hearing, based on a refusal of the implied consent testing. However, a person convicted of any drug offense, including a 1st offense DUI, based on any type of drugs, will lose all driving privileges for at least 6 months.
7. How many alcoholic drinks does it take to be "over the legal limit" in GA?
Because the answer depends on the type of alcoholic beverage consumed, and how many ounces of the DUI drink constitute a "standard" drink, more information must be known to determine if the person was driving under the influence (DUI per se). This question is best answered by use of a blood alcohol calculator that takes into account your food intake before drinking, your gender, your body weight, height, and the number and type of alcoholic drinks you consumed. Multiple variables and individual facts will have a bearing on the final driving under the influence alcohol DUI test reading.
8. If suspected of impaired driving, do I have to take a field sobriety test?
NO. Never take ANY field sobriety tests! Unlike an IQ, SAT, or ACT test, these field sobriety test exercises are not really "tests", and they are not based upon true scientific principles. Most critical to any test being reliable is that:
a) Norms have been established first.
(b) That all extraneous variables be controlled (e.g., orthopedic issues, prescription medications, distractions, weight, and age.
c) That high correlation of results must be repeatable and this applies whether the same officer does testing, or different officers administer the "standard field sobriety tests" to a DUI suspect.
No penalty for declining a field sobriety test will occur!
It is your RIGHT TO REFUSE all sobriety tests. In a nutshell, sobriety testing is a "rigged" game wherein a police officer has you attempt 3 standardized field sobriety tests, and then GUESSES whether he or she thinks that you are intoxicated. Even when the officer botches the field sobriety test demonstration or instructions, you likely will STILL have to fight this false sobriety test evidence at trial. Every roadside sobriety test is the same: non-scientific and not reliable!
9. Do I have to take the Georgia breathalyzer test?
People confuse the pre-arrest, handheld, portable breath test with Georgia's OFFICIAL breathalyzer (Intoxilyzer 9000). Mr. Head recommends taking ONLY the OFFICIAL DUI test after your arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Then demand an independent blood test at a location and provider that you choose, and this can be in a nearby county.
Mr. Head recommends NOT taking the roadside, preliminary breath test, because it is your RIGHT to refuse a portable tester, since it is 100% optional and voluntary. In Georgia, these battery-powered meters do not have to be regularly inspected, like the Intoxilyzer 9000 device. Additionally, the portable breath alcohol test machines in Georgia do not print out the breath alcohol results.
10. Will I have to go to jail after I am arrested in GA?
In Georgia, YES, you will be taken to jail in all driving while intoxicated cases. A few exceptions exist for DUI accidents where the accused drunken driver is hospitalized, and blood is collected to be sent to the GBI. So, posting a quick bail bond and being released from jail is very important. DO NOT talk to other inmates at the jail! Anything you say can be used against you in court. Once released, immediately write down all details of the 24 hours prior to your intoxicated driving arrest while this information is fresh on your mind. Once you get home, call our office at 1-888-384-4323 for a FREE consultation, and afterwards get Mr. Head's FREE book and FREE DVD that explain all of your legal rights.
IMPORTANT: Ask us about helping you avoid a driver’s license suspension due to the administrative license suspension (ALS) hearing that is triggered in almost every drunk driving arrest in GA. You only have 10 business days.
11. Can my Georgia charges for driving while impaired be reduced or dismissed?
The answer to this question is, "It depends." Most driving under the influence arrests have several potential defenses that can help you win your criminal case. The key information that any attorney will need includes:
The last and most important variable is to hire a skilled and experienced Georgia driving under the influence attorney to fully investigate all aspects of your criminal charges. Like hiring a skilled surgeon, with years of operating room time under his or her belt, expect to pay more for the best because of supply and demand for the most skilled and successful Georgia drunk driving lawyers.
12. How do I get my DUI reduced to reckless driving (or other lesser offense)?
The answer here is simple: Hire a top drunk driving attorney and trust him or her to find a non-DUI resolution to your criminal case. You need to shift the burden of your drunk driving arrest to the shoulders of your criminal defense attorney, and get back to your NORMAL life. All of our superb-rated lawyers give a FREE case consultation. Once you hire your criminal lawyer, treat this decision in the same manner as you would in hiring a top surgeon.
13. I was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Georgia. Is this constitutional?
Georgia is one of the 38 states that allows the use of DUI checkpoint locations, as long as all “rules” are followed by the police. This means that if no errant driving or other traffic offense was observed to authorize a police pullover, checkpoints in Georgia are NOT legal, unless all prerequisites of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and the Georgia Constitution are met. The government must carry the burden of proof that all DUI check point guidelines and “purposes” have been properly and meticulously followed.
A pre-trial motion filed by your Georgia criminal defense attorney can end the driving under the influence prosecution if your attorney can prove that police errors were made at a safety check or sobriety checkpoint. Your criminal attorney will file this motion at or after your first court date, known as an arraignment. The most likely places to encounter a Georgia checkpoint is in Atlanta (due to all the sports events and “entertainment” locations), plus other statewide checkpoint locations during special seasons (e.g., Oktoberfest in Helen, GA) or holidays (July 4th, Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day, Thanksgiving).
14. How much does a DUI cost?
This question is tricky to answer, because you may be asking about car insurance rate increases in Georgia, or the cost of being convicted of driving under the influence. Or you may only be inquiring about DUI attorney cost. The starting point for any “cost of a DUI” analysis is to realize that most attorneys who handle drunk driving cases never go all the way to trial, and make their income from entering guilty pleas, where a reduction is not offered.
A conviction for drunk driving in Georgia will cost you money for the rest of your life, so a total dollar amount cannot be estimated at the time of a plea or conviction. As far as "How much does a DUI attorney cost?", the answer about lawyer fees will depend on his or her years of experience, his or her case success rate, and whether your defense lawyer has to fight your case ALL THE WAY through trial--and then a possible appeal--if you are found guilty.
Going to most trials for a DUI involves expert witness costs and court reporter costs. Plus, any veteran criminal defense attorney will have a trial fee for this extra time at court, on your behalf. For almost every criminal attorney who handles appeals, a separate appellate fee will be required, if an appeal is taken.
15. Is there a difference between DUI and 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 and most other states. Either abbreviation -- DUI vs. DWI -- stands for "driving under the influence". Similarly, "DWI" stands for driving while intoxicated, or driving while impaired. A conviction for intoxicated driving or DUI drugs is a heavy burden on your financial future and most selected career paths.
Employers will opt for a candidate with a clean record, if two similarly-qualified applicants have applied for an open position.
Prospective employers know that a person with a drinking and driving conviction may pose a higher insurance risk. This knowledge of the criminal history can play into a future accident case for an employee driving for a business purpose, and being drunk again.
In 2012, Best Lawyers in America published a profile of Bubba Head and featured him as the "Georgia DUI Lawyer of the Year". This organization is the most selective and inclusive of all peer-reviewed lawyer rating sites. A small percentage of DWI-DUI lawyers (fewer than 1% of all criminal attorneys in America) are selected to this lawyer rating service list. Even fewer are named “Attorney of the Year.”
Mr. Head is known nationwide for furthering the legal knowledge and trial practice education of other DUI attorneys. In 1994-1995, he orchestrated the start of NCDD.com to create a unique, intensive criminal trial practice training session for DUI lawyers from across America. This annual program is conducted each July at Harvard University's Law School campus, and multiple other attorney training programs across the United States have been added over the last two decades. Attorneys from as far away as Canada have traveled to Georgia to be trained by Bubba Head.
In 1997, through the GACDL (Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), Mr. Head created a “DUI Boot Camp” for Georgia public defenders. This multi-day seminar, focused on drunk driving defense, benefits public defenders, court-appointed legal counsel and pro bono attorneys who step up to assist accused citizens who face DUI charges. The GACDL later called this seminar the "Bubba Head Boot Camp.” The 2016 program is being co-hosted by Atlanta DUI attorney Bubba Head.
To be a successful drunk driving lawyer, it is critical to know the ins and outs of breath testing, police evidence, and fighting field sobriety test evidence. Only those criminal lawyers who master all scientific topics relating to the DUI test have consistent records for winning at trial. Plus, the REPUTATION of a lawyer for winning is what convinces many prosecutors to reduce a case to a lesser offense. First, let's talk about Bubba Head's breath test device knowledge.
Mr. Head was not only certified in 1996 to operate the Intoxilyzer 5000, but he also owns two breath test machines. In 1993, he purchased twenty-seven (27) Intoximeter 3000 machines, plus several wet bath simulators (the tool used to check calibration on a breath machine) from Duke Power Company. The State of Georgia was using this same device at the time. Mr. Head re-sold those testing machines to lawyers as far away as Alaska, to help other drunk driving lawyers win their criminal cases by using the devices in court to demonstrate the shortcomings of the devices.
When Mr. Head handled a felony OWI case in Michigan, he first attended and completed factory training in Mansfield, Ohio (where the manufacturer was located) on the BAC Datamaster device. This level of preparation was needed to fight this brand of breath test machine in a Michigan court. He has also taken training on the Intoxilyzer 8000 from Mississippi DUI lawyer Vic Carmody as well as on the new Intoxilyzer 9000 used in Georgia, which is now the exclusive forensic breath test machine in Georgia since January 1, 2016.
Mr. Head sponsored two 4-day breathalyzer training courses on the Intoxilyzer 5000 in Atlanta. The first was in October of 1996 at the Emory University Conference Center, and the second was in 2004 at the Old Swissotel in Buckhead. During each course, breath test experts from across the USA and from other countries taught sessions on the analytical faults, the known limitations to detect interferants, and weaknesses of the most widely-sold Intoxilyzer breath testing device.
These breath test training courses spawned other similar training courses across the USA, including in Mississippi, South Carolina, and in other states -- and on other brands of breathalyzer devices. As mentioned above, Mr. Head has also taken factory training on the BAC Datamaster device currently used in South Carolina, Michigan, and in many other states.
Because the typical motorist stopped for driving under the influence INCORRECTLY believes that he or she must take sobriety tests, almost all arrest scenarios (for drunk driving) involve a police officer obtaining “evidence” from these roadside tests. Knowing this, Mr. Head sought to obtain training—just like the police—on the proper way to administer the tests. Only by being an expert in the field sobriety tests could he win drunk driving cases.
Mr. Head is NHTSA-trained as a Practitioner (student) and as a Field Sobriety Test Instructor. His first training course was in July of 1994, when he sponsored a course in Atlanta. Florida ex-cop Rick Swope taught this course. 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 their basic training.
Over the last two decades, Bubba has taken or taught over a dozen standardized field sobriety test courses, for both practitioners and instructors. The 1994 course in Atlanta was the first in America and in the world, for DUI defense lawyers. Today, Bubba is a regular speaker for DUI lawyers across the nation on the subject of how to neutralize field sobriety test evidence, and how to convince a jury that field sobriety tests are mere "junk science." On an even more regular basis, he teaches juries about this, as he obtains acquittals for citizens facing a DUI charge.
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 Georgia attorneys familiar with criminal law and DUI defense. This Georgia award for best DUI Lawyer was followed in 2003 by the NCDD.com recognition by the full membership of DUI lawyers from across the United States, as the “Best DUI Attorney in America.” In news stories on Channel 2 Atlanta and Channel 5 Atlanta, Bubba was described as "famed DUI lawyer" and the "Best DUI Lawyer in Georgia."
Mr. Head was recently featured in the cover story of Attorney at Law Magazine, published in March of 2016.
Although he does not publicize his clients' cases (even when they are celebrities), many arrests for DUI, drug possession offenses, and other crimes often get local, national, or international news coverage. While Mr. Head treats ALL clients' cases the same, this publicity about DUI arrests has put Mr. Head in the media spotlight many times. The successful resolution of these high-profile cases, as covered by the news media, has helped establish his reputation as the best DUI attorney in America.
For nearly a quarter of a century, Mr. Head has been rated as having the highest ethical standards and highest practice skill level by Martindale-Hubbell. This organization is America’s oldest rating service, and is over 100 years old. He has also been named to Martindale-Hubbell’s “Bar Registry of Pre-Eminent Attorneys” for over two decades, as well as receiving other legal practice accolades. Few lawyers have consistently achieved such pinnacle recognition for a time period in excess of two decades.
Mr. Head gives back to the community by volunteering with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta -- Children’s Cancer Unit. Mr. Head also was on the initial Board of Directors for the Georgia Innocence Project for over 5 years, and still sponsors the non-profit organization's website. This organization successfully reviewed the cases of thousands of imprisoned Georgia inmates, and helped secure the release of six innocent men from these wrongful convictions.
If you have been recently charged ANYWHERE IN GEORGIA with a criminal offense, including drunk driving, contact us today for a FREE consultation, and get quality legal representation by Mr. Head or one of his partners. Call us anytime day or night at 404-567-5515 or 1-888-384-4323 (1-888-DUI-HEAD). The call is FREE. The consultation is FREE.