Drunk Driving Can Lead To Serious Legal Repercussions
Getting behind the wheel after a few drinks is often a costly mistake. Even if you feel as though you are minimally impaired, you are still vulnerable to a traffic stop, which can net you a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.
A DUI carries severe penalties in Georgia, and if you are a repeat offender you could be susceptible to harsh sentencing. At the Law Offices of Walter L. Lutes, P.C., I can aid you in your defense to help you reach a more beneficial result. I have an extensive background in working with clients in Canton and throughout North Georgia for their criminal defense needs, and I am prepared to work with you as well.
Georgia Issues Several Different Penalties For DUI Convictions
A .08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is generally the floor for a DUI — though you can still be convicted with a lower BAC or if you are found to have been using drugs. Having a BAC of .15 or greater can land you an enhanced penalty, and multiple offenses will escalate your sentencing. The punishments you face for a DUI conviction under Georgia state law include:
- Fines: A first offense alone can garner a $1,000 fine. Repeat offenses can reach as high as $5,000.
- Community service: Forty hours of public service is a common DUI sentence, though it may come in addition to other penalties.
- Ignition interlock device: A second DUI offense can lead to the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
- Jail time: Even first-time offenders can face up to one year in jail, while repeat offenders can see as many as five.
Drunk driving charges are serious offenses that can result in a felony. Having a felony on your record can severely impact your employment and housing prospects. As a DUI charge puts so much at stake, having a committed attorney such as myself on your side is important.
Act Now To Save Your Driver’s License
Georgia law automatically suspends your driver’s license following a DUI arrest. You have the right to appeal and possibly get your license back — but you have just 30 days to respond. Once you have retained me, I will take prompt action to save your license.
A Lawyer Who Can Help You Understand Your Rights
If you are facing a DUI, it is critical that you are aware of your legal rights. To arrange for a free consultation regarding your case, please call the Law Offices of Walter L. Lutes, P.C., today at 770-479-1400. You can also visit my contact page to get in touch with me via email.