John M. Israel

Attorney at Law

Criminal Defense  -   DUI   -  General Legal Matters

(404) 884-7279

1874 Piedmont Avenue, NE

Suite 595-E

Atlanta, Georgia 30324-4971


My office telephone messaging system is monitored 24/7 and someone will give you a callback on weekends, holidays and after regular business hours in the event you need immediate help outside normal business hours.




If you are arrested for a DUI in the City of Atlanta, most of the cases will be sent to the Atlanta Municipal Court for a first appearance in court within days or possibly even the very next day after you get out of jail.  Feel free to call my office and I will be happy to meet with you and accompany you to court for your first appearance.  Even if you are not ready to retain an attorney, I will gladly answer your questions and tell you about some of the special procedures being followed in the Atlanta Municipal Court so you can avoid making mistakes that could jeopardize your case.





You need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after any DUI arrest to protect your privilege to drive without restrictions or suspensions until your criminal case is resolved.  In almost all DUI cases in Georgia, a written appeal must be filed with the Georgia Department of Driver Services to appeal the potential pending suspension of your driver’s license.  This appeal must be in writing with a $150 filing fee attached and must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of the date of your arrest.


The paperwork triggering the need for this important appeal is often referred to as “your temporary license” by the arresting officer.  It is also, and more importantly, a formal notice that your driver’s license will be suspended automatically if no appeal is filed within the ten (10) day period allowed.  This is what you may have heard as the “ten day rule” from other cases and in the media.


If you are alleged to have refused testing, your license may be suspended with no work permits available for one year if you do not file an appeal within the period allowed.  Make sure to call an attorney ASAP if you refused testing or the officer said that you had refused testing.  It is better to ask than to walk, so make certain to call and ask about your particular situation as soon as possible after your arrest.


If you are from another state and are arrested for DUI in Georgia, special circumstances apply to your case that may require you to do things here in Georgia as well as back in your home state to protect your driving privileges.  Make sure your attorney knows that you have a driver’s license from another state when you ask about your DUI arrest.




I frequently represent people who have been arrested for criminal offenses other than DUI that can range from simple misdemeanors all the way up to serious felonies.  I typically handle drug possession and sale cases, family violence battery and other criminal cases in the Metro Atlanta area.  In the event a bail has not been set, I can represent a person in a bond hearing to help in getting a reasonable bond set.  Having an attorney present at the bond hearing who can make a good presentation to the court about a defendant’s personal history,  occupational history, work in the community and lack of a criminal record can greatly improve the likelihood  that the judge will set a reasonable and affordable bond. 

If you have a friend or family member in need of assistance with having a bond set or with defending a criminal charge, please call to speak with me as soon as possible.


All of my initial consultations are free and I believe that you will find that my fees for representation are quite reasonable.  My office accepts most debit and credit cards for payment and I make payment arrangements with deserving clients in certain situations.  I am personally committed to giving my clients the best, aggressive representation possible.





Hiring an attorney can make a huge difference in the eventual outcome of a person’s case.  The attorney may be able to get the case dismissed or may be able to negotiate a reduction of the charges.  An attorney’s assistance is essential if you need to take your case to trial before a judge or jury.  Trials are procedurally complex and you will need an attorney who “knows the ropes” for you to get the best outcome. 


Despite the many temptations that can arise, don’t even think about going it alone in the event you or a friend is facing criminal charges.  Don’t give up simply because you are short on funds.  Start early after your arrest and most likely you can work out a payment plan with your attorney before your court date. 


Whatever you should decide, If you don’t hire me make sure that you hire someone to assist you before going to court by yourself without representation.