Law Office of Matthew T. McNally Articles About DUI Charges in Atlanta

About DUI Charges in Atlanta

By Law Office of Matthew T. McNally  Jan. 18, 2011 12:00p

One of the most commonly and harshly convicted crimes in Georgia is driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. The legal limit in Georgia, known as the blood alcohol concentration (BAC), is .08 percent. In the event that a driver is stopped by law enforcement and determined to be impaired or to have a BAC that meets or exceeds the legal limit, they can be arrested and charged for DUI. This can potentially lead to a suspension or revocation of their license, and if convicted, they can face penalties that include large fines, probation, mandatory rehabilitation and jail or even prison time in serious or repeat cases. If you have been charged or arrested for DUI, it is vital that you contact an Atlanta criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to find out what your available defense options are.

The urgency of contacting a lawyer immediately if you have been arrested for DUI cannot be adequately expressed. In fact, if you do not contact the Georgia Department of Driver Services within ten days to request a hearing regarding your license, you could automatically lose your license for up to a year, even if you are not convicted of DUI in criminal court.

When you are charged with DUI, the consequences both immediate and long term can be very severe, especially depending upon the circumstances of the crime. In the event that a person is seriously injured or killed in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, that person can face serious criminal charges which could lead them to 20 years or more in prison for intoxication assault or intoxicated manslaughter. For repeat DUI offenders, the punishments are made much more harsh, and upon a third DUI conviction, you can be treated as a habitual violator and forced to submit to serious penalties such as up to five thousand dollars in fees, up to 12 months in jail, community service hours, and a 5 year license revocation.

DUI Lawyer serving Atlanta, GA

If you have been charged or arrested for committing DUI, the consequences you may face are extremely severe. Not only can you face legal penalties, but your career, financial and even education opportunities can be affected by a negative mark on your criminal record. At the Law Office of Matthew T. McNally we are dedicated to aggressively protecting the rights of our clients and ensuring they have a fair trial, and are given every best chance to obtain a successful outcome for their case.

Contact an Atlanta DUI Attorney at our firm today if you are facing DUI charges!

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