DUI Attorneys in Georgia
If you're arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs in Georgia, a DUI attorney can help. A DUI conviction results in several penalties that can be complicated and confusing, which a lawyer can help you understand.
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Hiring a DUI Attorney
Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is a crime in Georgia.
If you're charged with a DUI or a related offense, such as refusing to submit to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test, your case will be handled in a criminal court.
A DUI attorney can help you in several ways. For example, a lawyer can:
- Explain what you've been charged with.
- File required paperwork or forms with the court.
- Help you determine the best plea.
- Go to court for you or with you.
To better understand the seriousness of a DUI charge, it helps to know what penalties you could face (continue reading below).
DUI Penalties in Georgia
If you're arrested and charged with a DUI or refusal to take a BAC test, you could face:
- A driver's license suspension by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).
- A court fine.
- Mandatory completion of an alcohol education program.
- Community service or jail time.
- Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
DUI charges and penalties can be affected by a number of things, including:
- Your age.
- Prior DUI charges.
- Your BAC level.
- Any accidents, property damage, or injuries you cause.
- Having passengers in your vehicle.
By hiring an attorney with expertise in DUI and related cases, you'll have someone who understands not only the letter of the law, but also how your individual circumstances might affect the outcome of your case.
Responsibilities After a DUI Arrest
Many people don't know or think about some of the other consequences of a DUI charge.
Not only will you be arrested, taken to jail, and have your case sent to criminal court, you'll also have to:
- Figure out transportation while your GA driver's license is suspended.
- Schedule time to attend a DUI risk reduction program, a course that lasts 20 hours.
- Appear in court.
- Go to the Georgia DDS to have your driver's license reinstated when you're eligible.
The time required to handle all of the preparation and penalties for a DUI is significant.
A DUI attorney can handle much of that work for you, freeing you up to take care of the things you have to do yourself.