Vic Wiegand, DUI Defense Lawyer serving Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega and the North Metro area.
In Georgia, a DUI means driving under the influence. For law enforcement, this typically refers to a driver who is operating a vehicle after consuming drugs or alcohol. It can include being under the influence of even prescribed drugs. If you are charged with a DUI in Georgia, you are likely very worried.
It should be no surprise to you that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious criminal offense in Georgia. DUI cases are some of the most serious charges. Although it is usually a misdemeanor, the penalties can be harsher than some felony sentences.
Georgia laws set penalties for DUI convictions and they can be severe and life-altering for the offender. The severity of the penalties will depend on certain circumstances such as whether the offender has any prior convictions, the level of intoxication, and whether anyone was injured or killed due to the DUI. Penalties can include fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges, required classes, and community service.
The statute makes it illegal for anyone to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For alcohol, the standard for the average driver is if the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08% or higher, then the driver is considered intoxicated. It also provides for a “per se” violation of the law, meaning that a person can be charged with DUI if their BAC is .08% or higher, regardless of whether they were actually impaired.
In Georgia, a felony DUI is punishable by mandatory sentences. A fourth or subsequent DUI conviction within 10 years is considered a felony, and offenders face a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison. Additionally, if a person causes serious injury or death while driving under the influence, they can face felony charges and mandatory minimum sentences ranging from three to 15 years in prison.
Other Punishments for DUI Convictions
In addition to these penalties, if convicted, you may face other problems like increased insurance rates, getting a loan/mortgage, renting an apartment, difficulty finding employment, and damage to your reputation and social standing. These types of consequences can last long after the fines are paid, and the prison sentence is served.
These long-term effects make it even more important for you to take the charges seriously and seek legal counsel as soon as possible.
Located northeast of Atlanta and serving Cumming, Forsyth County, and the surrounding communities, The Law Office of Vic Wiegand, Esq. is a full-service criminal defense law practice. Attorney Wiegand brings his formidable skills and strategies to the defense of his clients.
The practice is focused on client-centered representation with the belief that everyone is entitled to respect, discretion, and an expert defense. He is proud that they’ve defended many clients with tough-minded and determined litigation.
He understands Georgia law when it comes to DUIs. In fact, under-21 DUIs, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) DUIs, Boating Under the Influence (BUI) DUI, and DUI Drugs all involve different laws and pitfalls to be avoided.
A DUI conviction can have a devastating impact on your future. You should put yourself in the strongest possible defensive position you can when facing these charges. Call DUI Defense Lawyer Vic Wiegand today at 770-886-4646.
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