The fact is, more people go to jail for DUI than for any other crime!. You can lose your driver’s license for as long as five years. Your costs for community service, probation, alcohol programs, re-education programs, driving schools, interlock devices and other court-ordered punishment can reach the thousands of dollars! Insurance will either be canceled or the premium will be astronomical. A DUI conviction can affect you for the rest of your life!
Until the mid 1990s most any general practice lawyer could handle a DUI. Now, DUIs involve complex issues of chemistry, forensic science, constitutional law and administrative law. And thanks to over-zealous lobbyists and legislators, the laws are constantly changing and becoming even more complex. Only an experienced DUI attorney can adequately handle a DUI these days.
Unless they are specialists in DUI defense, they cannot be informed about DUI law. Unless they practice in front of the same prosecutors and judges on a daily basis, there is no way they know how the case should be handled. The “good ole days” of having a friendly cop or judge dismiss your DUI are gone. Special interest groups such as MADD place extreme pressure on judges and prosecutors to aggressively prosecute DUIs.
The old adage “you get what you pay for” is certainly true when it comes to DUI defense. You need to hire a lawyer and pay a fee that will allow him to aggressively investigate, then defend you! Hiring a lawyer at the lowest fee may simply result in paying a lawyer to stand there while you enter a guilty plea. In the end, the lawyer moves on to another plea, and you move on to jail!
If so, the information provided in the three steps below is the absolute minimum you should know about what are are truly up against. With a clear understanding of these basics, you can help your lawyer help you avoid conviction. Ignore these three links at your own risk! Spend as much time as you wish learning all you can learn on this site, but if you learn nothing else read the three subjects below and let me help you.
Know the Punishment: Find out what you are really facing if you should plead guilty or “no contest” to a DUI charge with Georgia’s mandatory punishment
Get a Free Strategy Session: Get your facts together and have your case reviewed online in your home or office, free! (Think! This is easy and free, why not?)
Request a Hearing: Save your license and extend your driving privileges. You may use this option, even if you refused testing! You do have rights, but you must act within 10 days.