DUI Misdemeanor Georgia
If you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in the state of Georgia, you will be charged with a criminal offense for violating the state's drinking and driving laws. Assuming you were not involved in a serious auto accident and have no more than three prior drunk driving convictions on your record, your offense will most likely be classified as a misdemeanor. Although less severe than a felony, a DUI misdemeanor in Georgia can still carry tough penalties if you are convicted in criminal court.
So exactly what is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor? Primarily, the type of penalties associated with the offense. For example, a person convicted of a felony will spend at least one year behind bars and lose many of his or civil liberties—including the right to vote, obtain a passport, or own a firearm. In comparison, the maximum jail sentence for a misdemeanor offense is just one year and a conviction will not result in the loss of any rights.
Of course, despite the less serious nature of a misdemeanor DUI charge, a conviction will remain on your criminal record indefinitely. Unfortunately, this means that anyone who runs a background check will see that you were found guilty of drunk driving. As a result, you may have problems obtaining employment, housing, and auto insurance. In some cases, you may even be ineligible for certain educational opportunities.
Fortunately, being arrested for DUI is not the same as being convicted of it—and the state must first prove you are guilty of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. As a result, it is important to have a strong defense strategy before your case is reviewed and a criminal courtroom.
To discuss your case with one of the top DUI lawyers in the state, contact the Law Offices of Head, Thomas, Webb, and Willis today. We will review all of the evidence to determine the best course of action for your situation and improve your chances of obtaining a successful outcome in court.
Call now to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our firm’s attorneys. If you allow us to represent you, we’ll begin working on your case immediately and prepare a free license suspension appeal letter to help you avoid losing your driving privileges.
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