CRIMINAL DEFENSE AND DUI DEFENSE
We understand that a DUI arrest is a frightening experience that can have a significant impact on your life. A DUI arrest usually occurs when a person least expects it and is unsure of how to deal with it. Our attorneys have extensive experience helping those arrested for DUI get through this extremely difficult time.
Most people do not know that it is not illegal in the state of Georgia to drink and drive. It is illegal however to drive while your normal faculties are impaired by the influence of alcohol or drugs. Call our attorneys today so we may discuss the difference and help you understand the process that you have now been thrust into.
We will meticulously investigate your case and consider all possible defenses and arguments that can be made to effectively defend you at this difficult time.
However, you must act fast because unless we file an objection with the Department of Motor Vehicles on your behalf within 10 days of your arrest, your license can be suspended for a period of 6 months-one (1) year for a first offense.
It is important to understand that when a DUI arrest occurs, two separate, but important legal proceedings take place. First, is the criminal case that is prosecuted by the State Attorneys Office. The second legal proceeding is the “Administrative Review Hearing” in which the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles attempt to administratively suspend your license while the DUI case is pending.
Under Georgia law, DUI can be proven in one of two ways:
(1) proof that an individual’s normal faculties are impaired; and/or
(2) proof that an individual’s blood alcohol or breath alcohol level was .08 or above.
The penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven.
If you plead guilty or no contest to your first DUI charge, the minimum penalties can include an additional 6 month driver’s license suspension, a DUI criminal conviction and various court costs and fines. We have listed some of the possible criminal and administrative penalites and suspensions that you may be subject to should you be arrested for DUI.
Georgia’s DUI / Drunk Driving Laws are complex. It is important to retain competent, knowledgeable and aggressive attorneys to represent you throughout the criminal and administrative process. The attorneys of The Jones Law Firm understand the process and the impact it can have on you life. If you have been accused of DUI, or if you know someone who has been accused of DUI, do not delay in contacting the attorneys at The Jones Law Firm for a free consultation!