Why Should I Hire a DUI Attorney?
A person who is "under the influence" can be impaired by alcohol, drugs, or even prescribed medication.
A DUI arrest is often perceived as a minor offense or misdemeanor, and most people expect to receive a "slap-on-the-wrist" fine. DUI can, however, result in hefty fines and jail time, depending on the case. Driving privileges can also be seriously compromised or revoked.
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Penalties for DUI Offenses in Georgia
A DUI can have severe consequences that can last for a lifetime. If you are convicted of a DUI for the first time, you could be fined up to $1,000.00 or jailed for up to 12 months. First time offenders also receive 40 hours of community service and a year of drug and alcohol testing. Lastly, you will have your Georgia driver's license suspended for 120 days (you can get a work permit for those 120 days).
Other common penalties for DUI in Georgia include the following:
Minimum jail time for anything between 24 hours and 72 hours
Up to 12 months probation
Completion of DUI and risk reduction programs certified by the Department of Driver Services
The fitting of an ignition interlock device
Temporary or permanent driver's license suspensions
The improper handling of your case may result in far-reaching consequences, such as losing your ability to drive. In addition to being charged higher insurance premiums or being dropped from your insurance altogether, you could also have to pay steep fines and fees.
To mitigate the potential consequences of a DUI charge, it is tantamount that you hire an attorney with extensive experience handling DUI cases. For help with your DUI case, contact us now.
What Defenses are Available for a DUI Charge?
Typically, a DUI charge follows an arrest by law enforcement officers. If this happens, it is essential to consult with a DUI lawyer who can clearly explain your options to you and possibly help you avoid a DUI conviction. There are several defenses against DUI charges, including the following:
Illegal DUI Stop
According to Georgia law, the stop must have been legal. Police officers cannot stop you unless you are breaking the law or driving erratically. Otherwise, you can challenge the stop and have the charges dismissed.
The Arrest Must Have Been Legal
A police officer must have probable cause to believe that you have committed a crime before they can arrest you. All factors that led to the arrest are considered when determining whether probable cause existed or not, including:
The quality of the driving
The arresting officer's observations
Results of the field sobriety tests
If there is no probable cause for a DUI arrest, any evidence obtained from that arrest (physical evidence, breathalyzer or blood test results, confessions, etc.) must be suppressed. You may have your drunk driving charges dismissed if we can show that there was no probable cause for your arrest.
Field Sobriety Test Inaccuracy or Invalidity
Before you are arrested for DUI, the police officer will typically ask you to take a sobriety tests. The tests can be challenged if they are not done to the required scientific standard following a precise procedure.
We are well-versed in how these tests need to be conducted. If the tests were not performed according to the state-mandated procedure, the tests could be dismissed.
The Chemical Blood Alcohol Content Tests Must Have Been to Specification
The tests conducted on your breath, blood, or urine could be invalidated if you can prove that they did not follow a strict scientific protocol.
Why Contact Us For Assistance With Your DUI Case
If you are facing a DUI charge, consulting with a locally-based experienced DUI attorney can only help your DUI case. Hiring a DUI Attorney may make all the difference between a favorable outcome and a jail sentence.
We will aggressively probe all DUI charges against you. Years of successful defenses against hundreds of DUI convictions allow us to build your optimal defense and accompany you to your court appearance.