If you have been charged with driving under the influence in Georgia, you likely have a lot of questions about your case and what this charge can mean for your future. It is easy to feel intimidated by the criminal court system whether this is your first offense or you’ve faced criminal charges in the past. This week’s column will address some of the most common questions criminal defense attorneys hear from clients facing DUI charges.
Question number one is: It is my first offense, is it a big deal? While the penalties associated with a first offense can be a bit lighter than those associated in repeat offender cases, it does not mean that they can’t do a number on your life. First-time offenders may have their licenses suspended, have to spend some time in jail and have to pay fines.
Question number two is: Are sobriety tests accurate? It is believed that sobriety tests are quite accurate; however, they are not foolproof. Errors happen.
Question number three is: Is it possible to successfully fight a DUI charge? Yes, though every case is different and there are no guarantees that your case will be dismissed. With the assistance of legal counsel, you can take the steps to achieve the best outcome possible.
A few more of the most common questions people have about DUI cases can be found on our firm’s website. Here you will also find information about how having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can prove beneficial to you. DUI charges are not treated lightly in Georgia, but with help they do not have to ruin your life.