DUI Charges Georgia
If you're like most people, you were probably made aware of the dangers of drinking and driving long before you were allowed behind the wheel. Yet despite all those lectures you received, you may still be one of the many drivers who are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia. While this may be your first encounter with our state’s legal system, it is important to be aware of the penalties that go along with DUI charges in Georgia.
Assuming this is the first time you’ve been arrested for drunk driving and there are no extenuating circumstances in your case, your DUI will most likely be classified as a misdemeanor. However, if you are a repeat offender (meaning you have been convicted of one or more DUIs within the last five years) or were involved in a serious auto accident, the offense may be considered a felony crime. As you may guess, the type of penalties you face will be based primarily on how the offense is labeled.
Whether you are charged with a felony or a misdemeanor DUI, the state’s sentencing guidelines are some of the toughest in the nation when it comes to the punishment for a drunk driving conviction. This means that judges have little say when it comes to sentencing you. In fact, under state law, the minimum sentence for DUI includes a fine of $300 or more, as well as a mandatory license suspension and jail time. In addition, the judge may impose additional penalties, such as ordering you to complete a driver’s education program, undergo counseling, or perform community service.
If you think a DUI conviction will not affect your future, it’s time to reconsider. Regardless of how it is classified, driving under the influence is a criminal offense—and that means your conviction will remain on your criminal record for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, this means your arrest will haunt you long after you’ve completed the terms of your sentence.
Of course, a DUI arrest is not the same as a DUI conviction—and there are many ways to challenge your charges in criminal court. From questioning your breathalyzer results to proving that the officer who arrested you did not have probable cause to suspect you of driving under the influence, count on the Law Offices of Head, Thomas, Webb, and Willis to find the loopholes in your case.
After successfully representing thousands of drivers across the state, we know where to look for inconsistencies and we know which defense tactics work and which don’t.
Make sure the odds are in your favor. Contact Head, Thomas, Webb, and Willis today to put one of the most experienced DUI defense firms in the state to work for you.
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