Seasoned Defense For DUI Charges
Driving under the influence can have serious consequences. In Georgia, a DUI conviction can mean incarceration and hefty fines. A conviction can also appear on background checks and prevent you from gaining employment or housing.
DUI charges are often intimidating, and you may feel overwhelmed. At Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks & McKinnon, LLP, we can help guide you through this daunting time. We routinely aid Northeast Georgians as they confront serious charges, and we can assist you as well.
What Constitutes Drunk Driving?
Many Georgians are familiar with the .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) driving limit. When you have consumed enough alcohol to reach a BAC of .08 or above, you are legally driving drunk.
What many people do not realize is that (1) you may be considered under the influence without having to take the BAC test if you fail field sobriety tests, and (2) there are different standards for intoxication when you are driving a commercial vehicle or are under the legal drinking age.
Understanding Implied Consent
Georgia is an implied consent state, meaning that if you refuse to take a breath test, that refusal may be considered as evidence of your intoxication at trial. Refusal could also result in a license suspension without the ability to get a waiver or limited license.
Implied consent has been brought before the Georgia Supreme Court and many civil rights attorneys object to it as unconstitutional. To find out what this means for you and your case, contact our firm and arrange for a consultation.
Protecting Your Ability To Drive
Even a first-time DUI offense may come with a one-year license suspension. Some limited license and hardship provisions may apply to your case. Our attorneys can help you better understand your options for preserving your license.
Contact An Experienced Attorney Today
An experienced attorney will defend you and have the knowledge to get you the best outcome possible. Our lawyers are former prosecutors and judges, and we understand the criminal justice system.