If have been arrested in the State of Georgia for a DUI? There are some very important questions you should be asking an Attorney. It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, if you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. Anyone who is arrested for DUI will be facing mandatory fines, jail time, community service and more upon conviction.
Individuals who are charged with multiple DUI offenses, or who have seriously injured or killed someone as a result of their driving under the influence, can expect to be faced with enhanced, harsher penalties. There will be no leniency from prosecuting attorneys during the DUI process, especially when it comes to prosecuting multiple DUI offenders. Being arrested or charged with DUI can be an extremely difficult and frightening experience. That is why it is important, when you are facing DUI charges, that you know and understand the DUI process
Can I still drive after being arrested for a DUI?
If you have a current license in Georgia, the answer is “Yes.” You can continue to drive after being arrested and charged with DUI. Always remember, you are innocent unless, and until the state of Georgia proves your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are licensed in a state other than Georgia, different rules may apply. Read more in our Article called “Driving after a Atlanta DUI Arrest”
What is a BAC?
It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, if you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher in the State of Georgia.
I’m under 21 what will happen?
Georgia also has a zero tolerance policy for any drivers who are not of legal drinking age. Any person under the age of 21 who is found operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .02% or higher will be subject to full DUI penalties.
What happens after the DUI Arrest?
After you have been arrested and charged with DUI, your first court appearance will be during your arraignment. It is essential to have an accomplished criminal defense attorney, who is well-versed and experienced with DUI cases, representing you from this point forward. At the arraignment the judge will inform you of the charges against you, ask for your plea, set conditions for your release or bond, and set your next court date. If the judge deems it necessary, you may also be ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle and be subjected to random urine tests.
What will the Judge do?
Many judges will order one or more pretrial court dates so that the prosecution can present their evidence against you. This is beneficial as it allows the firm to review the prosecution’s documentation and police reports, challenge the admission of erroneous or illegally-gathered evidence, and help craft your defense.
Will there be a DUI Trial?
Depending on the circumstances of the case, a DUI trial comes next. Your trial will be heard and decided upon by either a jury or a judge. Although the prosecution will exhaust all resources in order to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, the firm is extremely accomplished in defending clients facing Georgia DUI charges and they have the experience and commitment you want defending your rights and protecting your interests. Remember, a DUI Charge in Atlanta or in Fulton County can be just as hard as any other part of the State of Georgia
Can I be found Guilty?
Individuals who the judge or jury find guilty of Georgia DUI charges, are convicted and sentenced. In addition to jail time, fines, community service, license suspension and more, all Georgia DUI convictions are reported to the DMV and go on your permanent driving record.
Do I really need a Lawyer?
Anyone facing DUI charges know that their freedom and their future are at stake. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, you are advised to contact a Atlanta or Georgia criminal defense lawyer from the Howard Law Group immediately. A Georgia DUI conviction will go on your permanent criminal record. In many cases, it will also have a negative impact on your family, your job and your livelihood. You do have rights, however, and the firm will work with you closely to answer any questions you may have, thoroughly review and evaluate the case against you, and advise you on the best course of action to pursue. The firm prides itself on being responsive to their clients in order to provide them with the insightful, hard-hitting defense they need when facing DUI charges.
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