The Key To Fighting A DUI Charge Is Understanding The Process
When drivers in Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb and DeKalb counties are charged with driving under the influence, panic generally soon follows. Fears of losing their driver’s licenses, paying massive fines and jail time are overwhelming. Fortunately, with the help of my law firm, The Law Office of Robert Alan Glickman, PC, a DUI charge does not have to mean a DUI conviction, and the key to fighting a DUI charge lies in understanding the process.
The DUI Process In Georgia Explained
If you face a first-time DUI charge, it is likely that you do not know what to expect from the DUI process. As an attorney, my job is to educate you and prepare you for what happens after your arrest:
- Jail: In Georgia, first-time DUI drivers whose blood alcohol contents are .08 percent or greater, or who are obviously impaired, are sent to a local jail. Usually, while at the jail, those accused of drunk driving are issued citations that include their arraignment dates, which are basically their first court dates.
- Arraignment: During an arraignment, a defense attorney will, in most cases, enter a not guilty plea. This action allows the defense counsel time to build a plan or determine whether a plea deal is the best option.
- Appealing license suspension: Georgia law gives drivers accused of DUI 10 days from their dates of arrest to appeal the automatic driver’s license suspension that accompanies DUI charges. By sending the letter of appeal within the allowed time period, a driver can request an administrative hearing that will determine whether that driver retains or loses his or her right to drive. The failure to appeal will result in the automatic suspension of driving privileges on the 31st day after an arrest.
- Taking a plea or going to trial: After a DUI arrest, a driver, basically, has two options. The first is to take a plea deal, if one is offered by the prosecution, while the second is to go to trial. As your lawyer, I will help you make the decision about whether a plea agreement or court hearings best fit your unique circumstances.
Afraid Of The Consequences Of A DUI?
If you are afraid of spending more time in jail, paying fines, attending a risk reduction program, losing your license or performing community service, you can get the peace of mind you need during a free initial consultation at my Atlanta law office. Call 678-553-4596 or email me today to learn how I can help you as I have helped so many others.