How to Beat a DUI - Georgia DUI Lawyers
Driving under the influence has serious consequences, even if a first DUI offense. This State of Georgia website provides you with detailed information about Georgia DUI laws, DUI penalties, and the numerous DUI consequences for ANY conviction in GA. These severe penalties include loss of driver's license and mandatory probation.
Every DUI in Georgia is Serious.
Drunk driving penalties in GA get tougher every year, and a conviction on your criminal record will follow you for the rest of your life. Georgia has no expungement for a DUI conviction. Our DUI attorneys in Atlanta and 19 other Georgia cities will assist you to achieve your best outcome to your DUI arrest.
If your license was taken, you face an administrative license suspension.
If your arresting officer took your driver’s license and gave you a DDS Form 1205, then you need toIMMEDIATELY file an appeal of your pending license suspension. This appeal plus the $150 filing fee must be postmarked NO LATER than 10 business days following your arrest date.
The letter and check go to the Georgia DDS to challenge the State's legal right to suspend your license for up to a year.
DO NOT MISS THIS DEADLINE, or you waive (give up) the right to keep driving. We can file the appeal for you, but you have to call us now toll-free at 1-844-367-4428.
Let us go to court for you. Once you retain a DUI lawyer in Georgia, that criminal attorney can go to court without you needing to be present (for most courts). If you hire us TODAY, we can be in court tomorrow.
Our criminal defense attorneys are ready to fight your case, once we are retained as your drunk driving lawyer.
We will enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf, and will immediately file pre-trial motions to get breath test results and blood test results excluded from trial.
Georgia DUI Lawyer Bubba Head
William C. Head has been a successful DUI attorney for over 40 years. He is known to his close friends as “Bubba”. He has authored or co-authored 12 books, and numerous articles on criminal trial practice and DUI defense trial tactics.
Mr. Head is “AV” rated (highest ethical standards and level of competency) with Martindale-Hubbell, and has been named to its Pre-Eminent List of Law Firms for over 18 years.
In 2003, the members of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) named Mr. Head "America’s Top DUI Lawyer". He has been interviewed for over 100 television and radio programs .
Other attorney rating services have placed Mr. Head at the highest possible ratings, such as SuperLawyers from 2004 to 2016, AVVO, and Best Lawyers in America from 2009 to 2016, which named him their "2012 Lawyer of the Year" in the State of Georgia for DUI Defense.
Georgia DUI Lawyer Cory Yager - an Ex-Cop
Cory Yager was a Cobb County Police officer and City of Roswell, GA Police officer for nearly 10 years. He knows how police officers think and how the legal system works. Cory has cross-examined hundreds of police officers on the witness stand, and knows how to uncover and attack procedural errors made during a DUI or drug possession arrest.
These police errors can lead to a reduction in charges, a dismissal, and even an outright acquittal at trial (when necessary).
Cory has been named as a "Georgia Super Lawyer - Rising Star" for the past 5 years in a row. He joined Bubba Head immediately after law school.
Georgia DUI Lawyer Larry Kohn - Legal Elite
Larry Kohn started working for Georgia top DUI lawyer Bubba Head in 1996 as his law clerk. Larry is now a partner with Mr. Head, and he has handled over 4,000 criminal cases, with the large majority being driving under the influence in Georgia.
Larry received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and graduated magna cum laude with his law degree from the Georgia State College of Law.
He has been named by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia's "Legal Elite" DUI attorneys. Larry has over 300 5-star AVVO client reviews.
Larry is super responsive to his clients’ needs and will keep in close contact with you through text, emails, phone calls, and in person.
TEXT Larry at (404) 538-3373 for instant action.
DUI Penalties in Georgia - Avoid a DUI
1st offense DUI is a misdemeanor in Georgia. Although a misdemeanor conviction, the long-term DUI consequences and impact on your career, your driving privileges, and the cost of insurance can be immense.
If convicted you may face:
- Time in jail
- Hefty fines
- Community service
- Driver’s license suspension
- Random screening
Other DUI consequences will put a dent in your wallet, since you will be responsible for the cost associated with counseling, drug and alcohol evaluation, DUI classes, and monthly probation supervisory fees.
DUI Second Offense - How a 2nd DUI Escalates All Punishment
Georgia DUI punishment has a "lookback" period of 10 years. A "second DUI in 10 years" creates very harsh consequences, including:
- 240 hours of community service
- License suspension
- Ignition interlock (if 2nd in 5 years)
- Lengthy alcohol and drug counseling
- Mandatory jail time
- Restrictions on travel for a second lifetime DUI (Interstate Compact Law)
These DUI penalty fees can cost you up to $20,000 in some instances. If the judge orders you to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car (after a term of total license suspension), you will also be responsible for the installation cost and monthly monitoring fees for a year or longer in Georgia.
DUI Insurance Cost
We have discussed the legal ramifications of a Georgia DUI conviction. You also have to add on higher insurance rates, if your insurance company doesn’t drop you altogether. A sub-standard insurance carrier is very expensive.
A DUI can cost you your job.
Your job also may be at risk. With more and more employers requiring a clean criminal and/or driving record, you may lose the job you currently have, or find difficulty in obtaining future employment.
Do not plead guilty like most people do.
You may be tempted to give up and just plead guilty, thinking that you have no chance of winning your DUI case anyway. However, it you settle for pleading guilty, you will definitely experience all of the criminal sanctions, loss of license, and civil penalties mentioned above.
DUI defense is a criminal law specialty.
Because DUI is one of the most complicated fields of law, you shouldn’t try to fight the charges yourself. You also shouldn’t hire just any law firm. Georgia DUI law is a specialty.
A DUI charge is difficult to defend, which is why you need to hire seasoned Georgia lawyers who have the experience and reputation for winning drunk driving cases: Bubba Head, Larry Kohn, and Cory Yager.Receive a Free Case Evaluation Online Now!
Police can make mistakes during an arrest.
Police officers, believe it or not, tend to make mistakes during a DUI arrest. Our job is to identify these mistakes, and convince the prosecutor to reduce the DUI to reckless driving or a mere traffic offense.
Not every criminal defense lawyer has the knowledge, skill, and reputation for winning that is needed, to convince the prosecuting attorney that a reduction of the drunken driving charge is justified. Experience counts in DUI defense.
Bubba Head, Larry Kohn, and Cory Yager are determined to point out any and all police errors, and file motions to have your breath test results and blood test results excluded from evidence.
Georgia police departments arrest drunk drivers every day. Almost all of them end up as a conviction, because people do not fight their case with a skilled driving while intoxicated attorney.
We will ask about these facts and issues during your free case evaluation:
- Did the officer confront you or stop your vehicle without a firm legal basis for doing so?
- If you were stopped at a DUI checkpoint, was this police checkpoint legally set up and staffed?
- Did the officer merely smell alcohol or see an alcohol container in your car and then place you in handcuffs? Under Georgia DUI law, you must be "impaired" by any alcohol or drugs to make a "legal" arrest for driving while impaired.
- Were field sobriety tests administered properly and scored correctly in strict compliance with NHTSA field sobriety test guidelines?
- Did the officer read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice at the correct time, and FULLY advise you about all of your legal rights and options?
- Of the 3 different Georgia Implied Consent advisements, did the arresting officer read the correct one?
- Were your Miranda rights read at the time of arrest, or any other later time?
- Did the officer try to obtain your consent to search your vehicle, either before your arrest for DUI, or after you were cuffed?
- Does the officer's police report match up with the video of your traffic stop and DUI arrest?
- Did the officer destroy or alter any evidence (e.g., arrest video) to try to destroy favorable evidence in your case?
- What are your daily DRIVING duties, such as getting to and from work, or taking children to and from school and other activities?
- If you lose the right to drive, who else can you count on to take you to and from your place of employment EVERY day?
You'll know you've picked the right Georgia DUI lawyer when they ask you these important questions!
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