IF YOU HAVE DUI CHARGES, YOU NEED A DUI LAWYER
Protect Yourself Against the Consequences of a Conviction
Georgia DUI convictions can affect your future. If convicted, you will have:
- A criminal record. A conviction will give you a criminal record with a misdemeanor conviction.
- Your license suspended for a year or more.
A criminal record and losing your license may have life altering consequences. For this reason, you need DUI help from an experienced lawyer.
I Offer Help With Your License Suspension
The police may take your license during a Georgia DUI stop. If this happens, you only have ten days to request an administrative hearing and pay court fees, or your license will be automatically suspended. Call me immediately, as an experienced Georgia DUI lawyer, I can defend you before you lose your license.
The administrative hearing for you license is also an important first step in your case. Even if your license is suspended after the hearing, you will still have the advantage of getting to hear the officers’ statements during the hearing, to get a snapshot of what the case against you will look like.
As a Georgia DUI lawyer, I help you find a way to drive even with a suspended license. I can try to get you a work permit to drive to work, or get reinstatement of your license after completing drug and alcohol class.
I Can Challenge Georgia BAC Tests
Georgia prosecutors rely on Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) readings to get DUI convictions.
Prosecutors use a test result which shows a BAC as .08 or above to support a conviction for a DUI. However, the prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the BAC readings are scientifically accurate. Additionally, you have the right to present a defense to show that the test results are inaccurate. As an experienced DUI lawyer, I often challenge these tests, and know how to fight for you.
Even if a breath tests shows that your BAC was .08 or higher, we can challenge a BAC from a breathalyzer to fight your charges. A breathalyzer must be set up and used properly. That means it has to be properly calibrated as well as administered according to police guidelines. Moreover, a breathalyzer only measures the amount of alcohol in your breath, and as a result, medical conditions and food particles can stop the breathalyzer from properly measuring alcohol. An experienced DUI lawyer can use these methods to challenge a DUI charge.
If charged with a DUI, you need a DUI lawyer to help you understand how to fight these convictions.
Again, just because your blood test may show a BAC of .08 or higher, doesn’t mean you can’t fight your charges. Head-space gas chromatography is a technology used for blood testing in DUI cases. Police use this test for drug related DUIs, in order to test for drugs as well as BAC, or, when someone sustained injury in a DUI accident. However, if police did not follow the proper procedure or you have certain medical conditions, the test could be inaccurate.
If you already had a DUI conviction in the last five years, the consequences for another conviction are much harsher. Considering the severe punishments, the need for an experienced DUI lawyer becomes more important.
For example, for a second DUI you will:
- Spend at least 72 hours in jail;
- Have a minimum of 240 hours of community service;
- A three-year license suspension with a minimum 12 month wait for a work permit and 18 month wait to apply for reinstatement; and
- ALL family license plates will be confiscated and even a hardship plate for on family car will have “DUI” on the plate.
If you drive for work, a DUI could cost you your career. Having a BAC of .04 can support a DUI conviction for commercial drivers operating a commercial vehicle.
You could have your CDL suspended, or even revoked. Even worse, if this is a second DUI, you will be banned for life from obtaining a CDL.
You need a DUI lawyer to protect your CDL, your career, and your criminal record.
After just one drink, a young driver could face DUI charges that will alter their life. In Georgia, a .02 for drivers under 21 can sustain a DUI conviction.
A DUI for a minor or young adult can ruin their future. A criminal record which can hamper their ability to get into school, loans, jobs, or professional licenses.
The state of Georgia treats driving under the influence of drugs similarly to driving under the influence of alcohol. However, unlike someone with a BAC over the legal limit (.08 in most cases), the prosecutor must prove that drug use led to unsafe vehicle operation. This gives an experienced DUI lawyer like me to undermine the prosecutors case by asking the jury two essential questions: Can the DA prove the driving was unsafe? And, can the DA prove that the drug use relates to the unsafe driving? That makes these drug cases harder to win than a case related to alcohol. As a result, an experience DUI attorney works with the prosecutor prior to get a case dismissed or a better plea deal.