The letters DUI refer to the illegal act of driving under the influence – operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Generally, DUI penalties depend on both the level of impairment indicated by the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the arrest and the number of previous alcohol-related charges on his or her record. Prosecutors will very often push a DUI case even in instances where blood alcohol cannot be determined. In Georgia, even a BAC under 0.08 can result in serious legal consequences and the need for an experienced DUI attorney. If you do experience a DUI arrest, one of the first things you should do is choose an understanding law firm such as the Gage Firm. We will work tirelessly to minimize or eliminate the possible consequences of your DUI charge.
Driver’s License Suspension
Preserving our clients’ driving privileges is a top priority in every DUI case we manage, particularly in the interim period between the initial citation and a court’s final ruling. Suspension of one’s privilege to drive is a collateral consequence of DUI conviction. The amount of time that driving privileges will be restricted normally depends on the defendant’s history of DUI convictions. For a first-time offender, a limited driving permit is available in the event he or she is convicted of DUI whereas a driver with multiple DUI convictions could potentially face a 5 year suspension. We always aim to mitigate the potential suspensions in whatever ways the law allows.
Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device
If you’re familiar with DUI arrests and DUI penalties, you may already know about ignition interlock devices. If not, an ignition interlock device (IID) is a breathalyzer installed in the dash of a person’s vehicle that the driver must blow into before the vehicle will start. The offender must also blow into the IID randomly throughout the duration of the drive. The purpose of the random checks after the initial sample is to prevent someone other than the driver from providing a breath sample. If the breath sample exceeds the ignition interlock’s preset blood alcohol level at any time, the device will also log the event, warn the driver and sound a car alarm until either the ignition is turned off or a clean breath sample has been provided. Those convicted of subsequent DUIs, may be subjected to ignition interlock requirements.
Fines, Penalties and Jail Time
DUI statutes in Georgia mandate minimum service of jail time upon conviction. These minimum periods of incarceration increase with each subsequent DUI within a 10 year period. A reduction of the DUI charge or an acquittal at trial avoids these minimum incarceration requirements. When you work with The Gage Firm after being issued a DUI, we guarantee that we will fight out hardest to bring your case to a favorable (and jail-free) ending. Call today – time is of the essence!