WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE STOPPED FOR A DUI IN ATLANTA
If you’re pulled over on a suspected DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol) in Atlanta you face some serious penalties if found guilty.
A police officer may ask you to take a breathalyzer. If you blow over the legal limit of 0.08 BAC, you’ll be given your Miranda rights and taken to jail.
They may ask you to take a field evaluation as well or instead of a breath test. An officer can still arrest you if you blow under the legal limit but “fail” a field test.
Whether you’ve been drinking or not, if you get arrested on suspicion of a DUI is a very serious charge in the state of Georgia. You should retain a defense lawyer before making any statements or speaking with the police.
Police officers are only human, and as such they make mistakes. They may have the public’s best interests in mind, but if you’ve been falsely arrested it’s crucial we correct this lawfully.
If you were over the legal limit, it’s also crucial that you seek professional representation from a DUI lawyer. Here at Arora Law, we have experience representing clients in DUI cases in the Atlanta judicial system.
PROFESSIONAL DUI REPRESENTATION
At Arora law we have former prosecutors with more than 4 decades of combined legal experience. Our attorneys have seen just about everything in regards to DUI cases.
A conviction for a DUI in Georgia stays on your criminal record. It will affect every aspect of your life, from securing credit to applying for new jobs.
Therefore, it’s crucial you are represented by professional DUI lawyers with DUI experience. We have great success securing the best outcome for clients in the state of Georgia.
If you’re facing DUI charges, call us today on (404) 609-4664. Or contact us online for a free initial consultation to find out how we can help you.
WHAT'S THE LEGAL DUI LIMIT IN ATLANTA?
The legal DUI limit in Atlanta, Georgia, is 0.08 percent blood/alcohol (BAC) concentration for a driver of at least 21 years of age.
In terms of how many drinks this relates to, it’s a complicated thing to work out. It depends on a number of factors, from how strong the drink was, to the size of the person consuming the alcohol.
To give you a rough idea, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines a standard drink as half an ounce of alcohol. Such as a 12-ounce beer or a five-ounce glass of wine.
Typically speaking, each drink will raise an average person’s BAC level by 0.02. Meaning it would take around 4 drinks to hit the legal limit.
This can vary a good deal from person-to-person, however. As a general rule of thumb, it’s advisable that you do not drink any alcohol if you’re going to be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
You should also note that for drivers under the age of 21, it’s 0.02 percent blood/alcohol concentration.
For commercial drivers, the limit is 0.04. Although, if you’re operating a commercial vehicle and found to have any amount of alcohol in your blood, you’ll receive a 24-hour out-of-service order.
POTENTIAL PENALTIES FOR A DUI CONVICTION IN ATLANTA
Penalties for a DUI in Atlanta are harsh. With each conviction, the punishments become harsher too.
Depending on the individual circumstances of your case, you could be facing either a minor misdemeanor or a felony.
To ensure you receive the least punishment possible you should speak to a lawyer as soon as you can. Having proper representation from the beginning will have an impact on the outcome of your case.
The charges can be complex and navigating the legal system is difficult without an experienced lawyer.
Here is a look at some of the possible penalties you face when charged with a DUI:
Jail time ranging from 24 hours to 1 year, with a fine of $300 to $1,000, at least $200 for license reinstatement and other penalties that include license suspension up to one year, community service of at least 40 hours and mandatory risk reduction school
Second offense within ten years of first offense
Jail time ranging from 3 days to 1 year, a fine of $600 to $1,000, $210 for license reinstatement and other penalties that include license suspension for one year, community service of at least 30 days and required clinical evaluation
Third offense within ten years of second offense
Jail time of at least 15 days to 1 year, a fine of $1,000 to $5,000, license revoked for 5 years, community service of at least 30 days and the embarrassment of being labeled a habitual violator in local newspapers
If convicted of four or more DUI offenses within a 10 year period, you’ll often face felony charges. This will typically result in a jail sentence of 1-5 years. Your license can also be suspended indefinitely.
RELIABLE REPRESENTATION FOR YOUR DUI CHARGES
A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) becomes part of a permanent criminal record that follows you for the rest of your life. At Arora Law, we understand that serious offenses such as DUI call for serious litigation. Being former prosecutors, with more than 4 decades of combined legal experience, our attorneys know what you’re up against in a DUI case, and that knowledge works to your advantage.
About Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is a densely populated city with more than 500,000 residents. It’s the capital of Georgia, and is seen as the cultural hub of the state.
It’s no surprise that the population has grown rapidly in the last 10 years. Atlanta has lots of opportunities for those looking for work, it’s a great place to live, and there are loads of things to see and do for tourists.
Some of the must-visit attractions include the Centennial Olympic Park, The Carter Center, Autrey Mature Preserve, and the various museums, places to eat, and socialize, etc.
Atlanta is known as one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. The universities and colleges attract people from all walks of life, cultures, countries, and backgrounds.
We’re proud to call Atlanta our home, and even more proud to represent the residents of this magnificent city.
Our Practice Areas
As soon as you are arrested or discover you are under investigation, the clock is ticking. To ensure the best possible outcome in your drug case, you need to act quickly and hire a criminal defense firm that is experienced, knowledgeable and able to protect your rights during even the toughest litigation.
When you decide to launch an appeal, every moment is critical. Criminal statutes have strict time limits on appeals, so you need to act quickly and hire an appellate attorney who is experienced, knowledgeable and willing to efficiently and effectively review the entire court order of your case.
At Arora Law, we handle all criminal law cases that include DUI charges, drug charges — from small-quantity possession to large-quantity manufacturing — and white collar crimes such as fraud and forgery.
A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) becomes part of a permanent criminal record that follows you for the rest of your life. At Arora Law, we understand that serious offenses such as DUI call for serious litigation.
When someone is arrested in Georgia the impact could remain long after the case is closed. If a case is not closed out properly, it could lead to issues with employment, housing, financial loans, educational tuition and the like.
White Collar Crime
At Arora Law, our attorneys have more than 4 decades of combined experience protecting clients’ rights and reputations when they’ve been charged with white-collar offenses. As former prosecutors, we anticipate how the prosecution will build its case, enabling us to build a strong defense against harsh penalties.