Kennesaw Municipal Court
If you were arrested for drunk driving in Kennesaw, your DUI case will be heard in Kennesaw Municipal Court, located in the City Hall complex at 2529 J O Stephenson Ave, Kennesaw, GA 30144. These buildings are just east of Adams Park. The court phone number is (770) 429-4531.
The City of Kennesaw Municipal Court is held on Tuesday of each week starting at 2 pm. The Chief Judge is Philip P. Taylor and two other judges hear cases in this court: Judge Joan Vaughan Bloom and Judge Joel H. Siegel. The court solicitor, or prosecutor, is Randall Bentley.
One of our veteran Kennesaw GA DUI lawyers will represent you at your first court appearance, called an arraignment. At this arraignment you can choose to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. We always enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf, and you do not have to appear in person. We will handle the arraignment for you. Showing up for your arraignment may be hard because you may have just been visiting Kennesaw Mountain but live out of town, or even out of state. One of our attorneys will remain in constant contact with you throughout your case, and our professional legal staff will email all required court appearances to you in plenty of time.
Are Jury Trials Held in Kennesaw Municipal Court?
The short answer is no. This court only has jurisdiction to conduct a bench trial, which means Judge Taylor or one of the other two judges will hear your case and decide if you are guilty or innocent of driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both. If you want a jury trial, which is your legal right under Georgia DUI law, your case will be bound over (moved) to State Court of Cobb County on historic Marietta Square. Your attorney will always advise you on which legal course to take next.
Hearings on motions to suppress police evidence will be conducted in State Court. A motion to suppress will be filed by your attorney as a proven way to suppress your breath test results, blood test results, and your field sobriety test performance. This means that if we can get this damaging evidence excluded, the State of Georgia will have a much harder time proving to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that you were indeed driving while impaired.