DUI on Record Georgia
If you are convicted of drunk driving in the state of Georgia, did you know your offense will show up on your criminal record? What's more, because it is almost impossible to get a DUI conviction expunged from your record, it may remain there permanently—causing numerous problems in the future, and jeopardizing countless opportunities throughout your life. Fortunately, obtaining legal representation can often help you avoid these consequences and prevent a DUI from remaining on your record in Georgia.
Although the criminal penalties for driving under the influence are alone enough to terrify anyone who is arrested for the offense, the long-term consequences of a DUI conviction are often the most devastating. The moment you are found guilty of the offense, you can expect problems to arise.
First and foremost, if you are currently employed, you may face punishment or even termination once your employer learns of your conviction. Given the fact that the penalties for DUI often include community service, alcohol treatment, and/or jail time, it will be difficult to keep your conviction secret, as you’ll need to request time off in order to complete many of the terms of your sentence.
Of course, even if your employer is sympathetic toward your plight, that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter problems in the future. Depending on your field, you may be unable to find new employment—particularly if your job requires professional certification, such as a commercial driver’s license or real estate license. You may also be ineligible for many government jobs, as well as a number of positions within the educational industry.
Along with its effects on your employment, having a DUI on your record could also disqualify you from a number of housing and educational opportunities, as well as impact your insurance rates. Once your insurance provider finds out you were convicted of drunk driving, not only will you lose any discounts you may be receiving, but you can also expect your rates to skyrocket—often to two or three times more than what you currently pay. Some companies may even refuse to insure you altogether!
Fortunately, just being arrested for DUI does not mean you will be convicted of the offense in court. With the right legal strategy, you may be able to avoid many of the long-term consequences of your arrest and prevent it from appearing on your criminal record.
As an exclusive DUI defense firm, the Law Offices of Head, Thomas, Webb, and Willis are all-too familiar with the impact a drunk driving conviction can have on a person’s future—and that’s why we do whatever it takes to help our clients avoid a conviction. For years, we’ve successfully helped drivers across the state reduce or eliminate their DUI charges through aggressive defense and compassionate legal counsel.
Remember, the consequences of having a DUI on your record can alter your life forever. As a result, it is more important than ever to have skilled legal representation by your side when the time comes for you to face a judge or jury in DUI court.
For a free consultation on your case, contact Head, Thomas, Webb, and Willis today.
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