Statesboro DUI Defense Attorney
Guiding You Through Your First and Second Georgia DUI
Whether you are facing a first-time driving under the influence offense or a repeat DUI charge, you need a strong defense. Drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs are serious matters under Georgia law. These charges carry heavy penalties, a social stigma, and a permanent criminal record that can negatively impact your life. Working with a proven defense lawyer should be your priority in seeking the best possible case result. Our Statesboro DUI defense lawyer has proven himself time and time again in DUI courtrooms.
First Offense DUI in Georgia
A first DUI offense in Georgia can result in harsh penalties, many of which you may be unaware of. You should also understand that your license will be suspended and that you have 30 days to file an appeal of the automatic suspension. You will need to file for an ALS Hearing which is an administrative action. First offenses are generally charged as misdemeanors. The Brannen Law Office P.C. brings decades of legal skill and knowledge to drunk driving charges. We stand ready to work diligently to defend you against a conviction.
If convicted, the criminal penalties you could face include:
- One up to 10 days in jail
- Up to 12 months of incarceration
- 12 months of probation
- Fines ranging from $300 up to $1,000
- 40 hours of community service
- Alcohol/drug evaluation and treatment
- Completion of DUI school
Multiple Offender DUI
If you are charged with a second, third, or subsequent DUI, you will be facing a much more serious legal matter. In determining repeat offenses, the court operates under a 10-year “look back” period. If your first DUI was 10 or fewer years previous to your second charge, you will be considered a repeat offender. This will determine the minimum penalties that can be applied.
If your first DUI was more than 10 years ago, your second DUI will be considered a first offense. However, bear in mind that judges can consider your entire DUI history when applying penalties. Penalties for repeat DUI offenses can include 15 days up to a year in jail with fines ranging from $1,000 up to $5,000, as well as the loss of your license, community service, and risk reduction programs. Depending on the severity of your DUI, and whether or not there were injuries to others, you could face felony DUI charges.
While driving impaired from alcohol or drugs or driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent is illegal for those over 21, underage DUI has a stricter definition. You cannot legally drive or be in control of a vehicle with a BAC of .02 percent.
Underage DUI is charged as a misdemeanor punishable by 24 hours up to 12 months in jail, fines of $300 up to $1,000, loss of your license, and 20 hours of community service. Repeat underage offenders will face harsher penalties.
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Is A DUI A Felony?
Whether or not your DUI is a felony depends on a few specific factors. If this is your first or second offense within a 10-year period, then your DUI is typically classified as a misdemeanor. However, if there are specific aggravating factors in your DUI, you may be charged as a felony. For example if you have had multiple DUIs within the last 10 years or if your DUI caused catastrophic injuries or death.
The Brannen Law Office P.C. Offers Skilled Legal Help
When facing any type of DUI, you should rely on a trusted defense lawyer. Legal options may be available with the help of your attorney. Our Statesboro DUI defense lawyer is well-versed in all of the facets of DUI defense and knows how to thoroughly investigate and build the strongest case possible in the protection of your rights.
Don't face these charges alone, go into your legal battle with an experienced Statesboro DUI lawyer on your side. Contact our firm to receive the representation you deserve.
Scott is great a wonderful lawyer that goes above and beyond for his clients!- Crystal
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