What Happens in a DUI: What Can I Do if I Get Pulled Over for a DUI?Written on August 8, 2016
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. However, people make mistakes and DUI charges occur frequently. Receiving a DUI charge has very harsh repercussions, but that doesn’t mean that there are no steps you can take to minimize the effects that it will have on you. Here’s some advice if you start going through the nightmare of dealing with a DUI offense:
If you are convicted of a first-time DUI in Georgia, you can expect to spend at a minimum 24 hours in jail, rarely a month. In addition, a one-year license suspension is usually given. However, if you are over the age of 21, you can generally complete an alcohol/drug risk reduction course, pay the appropriate reinstatement fee, and have a good shot at earning your license back in just 120 days and in the meantime obtain a limited driving privilege on a first offense affidavit that would permit you to drive to work, school, or medical appointments.
Many people ask the question: Can I get my first DUI charge reduced? People want the charge to be reduced because of possible employment repercussions, the effect on their permanent record, the cost of heavy fines, etc. Fortunately, Georgia DOES permit a prosecutor to reduce a DUI charge to reckless driving. While hard to do, filing discovery plus motions to suppress and successful outcomes will generally garner such. Our lawyers have a 98% success rate in achieving this reduction.
Another key thing to remember when facing a DUI charge is exactly how the situation occurred. You need to pay attention when you’re pulled over to be sure that the police followed procedures correctly and that they had a legitimate reason to pull you over. Charges are often reduced, or even dropped, if any of the following occur: no Miranda rights were read, there was no reason to pull you over, or if a test was improperly administered.