Handling a DUI in Georgia is a complicated matter since the laws are constantly changing and the potential consequences are numerous, ranging from fines and probation to jail time and loss of your drivers license.
If you have been arrested for a DUI, the best thing to do is hire an attorney with knowledge of how to handle the multitude of issues that arise. At Landon Justice Law, LLC, we recognize that every DUI has facts that are specific to each case and help to create the best defense possible for each individual case. We analyze every aspect from the initial stop, including the procedure of the officer in administering the field sobriety test, the type and validity of the test administered, and the condition and demeanor of the off ice and driver to see what defenses are available.
COST OF NOT HIRING AND ATTORNEY
When it comes to a DUI, time is always critical. There are various time limits in which things must be filed and waiting to get an attorney could have major consequences, including:
- Large Fines
- Loss of Drivers License
- Jail Time
At Landon Justice Law, LLC, we fiercely advocate for our clients and seek to have the charges either dismissed or reduced. This is accomplished by remaining current on the ever-changing DUI laws and cases in Georgia and preparing every case as if it was going to trial.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
PRIOR HISTORY – One thing your attorney will need to know will be your prior driving history. The outcome of a case will be very different if this was a first DUI versus a second or third. For example, the first two DUI's are simple misdemeanors. A person's third DUI is an aggravated misdemeanor. If a person receives a fourth DUI it becomes a felony.
DRIVERS LICENSE – To a lot of people, concern over losing driving privileges is the biggest issue when getting a DUI and it's easy to see why. Think about it. How do most people get from one location to another? They drive. Whether it's going to work, school, a friends house, a movie, or just to go pick up a quick bite to eat, most people drive themselves where they need to go. A DUI means potentially losing that privilege. Also, most people don't know that there are two cases when they get charged with a DUI: the criminal case AND the civil case regarding your drivers license and right to drive. This means there are two possible ways to lose your driving privileges when you get a DUI.
INSURANCE – If you are convicted of a DUI, your insurance rates will go up. This is true even if you plead nolo.
JAIL – In Georgia, the maximum amount of jail time for a first offence DUI is 12 months. While this sentence is hardly ever imposed, it means that a judge could sentence a person for any amount of time up to 12 months.