Need an Experienced DUI Defense Attorney in McDonough, GA?

Attorney Carl Chapman is a Georgia native who received his law degree from Georgia State University College of Law. He is a family man with many years of law experience who will treat your case with empathy, dignity, and care. If you have been Charged With DUI, look no further than the Law Office of Carl Chapman in McDonough, GA. Call (470)728-1725 now for a consultation.

What types of impairment are included in Georgia’s Driving Under the Influence (DUI) laws?

While alcohol is commonly the first substance that comes to mind when it comes to DUI, it is only one of several substances that could lead to DUI arrests. Being under the influence of marijuana, illegal drugs, and many prescription drugs while driving could get you charged with DUI. Of course, the officer making the arrest does not know what substance might be in your system or how much without a chemical test. If you consent to a chemical test, then you will open yourself up to additional charges, called a per se charge. We recommend that you refuse any chemical test unless you are certain you have very little to no substances in your system.

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Results of your test will be used by the prosecution to prove that your alcohol level was above the legal limit of .08 grams. If you had any amount of an illegal or controlled, substance in your system at the time of the arrest, then that can also be used against you by the prosecution. Additionally, the presence of marijuana and/or prescription drugs can also be used to prove you were less safe on the road.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, you need to enlist the help of the Best DUI Attorney around. The Law Office of Carl Chapman will be at your side advising you every step of the way. If you are located in or near McDonough, GA, call (470)728-1725 for a consultation.

What are the possible consequences if I am arrested for DUI in the state of Georgia?

Being arrested for DUI can cause quite a disruption in your everyday life, as it could affect your license, family, and job. The following are possible consequences of a DUI conviction under the current Georgia DUI Law.

Administrative License Suspension. This is a separate hearing from the criminal proceedings of a DUI charge. There is a possibility that there could be an administrative suspension of your Georgia driver’s license. There is a possibility that this could happen before you are even convicted of DUI.

If you refuse to take a state-administered test or if your blood alcohol level was 0.08 or more grams, you could face a license suspension for 12 months beginning 30 days from your arrest. You have the right to file an appeal for up to 30 days.

Criminal Consequences if convicted of DUI in Georgia. For your first DUI conviction in Georgia, you can face a maximum of up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The minimum consequences that you might see are 24 hours in jail and a $300 fine. There are also mandatory consequences of 40 hours of community service, completion of a DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction course, and 12 months of probation.

Your second DUI conviction within 10 years will bring with it a maximum of up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine or a minimum of 72 hours in jail and a fine of $600. You will also serve 240 hours of community service, complete a DUI course, complete a substance abuse evaluation, and have 12 months of probation.

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There are additional consequences if this is your second and/or third DUI conviction within five years. A notice of your conviction and your photograph will be published in your county newspaper, and you will pay a $25 fee. You must also surrender the license plate(s) to any vehicles that are registered in your name for the second conviction. For the third conviction, you will be asked to forfeit your vehicle to the state.

If you are convicted of a third DUI charge within 10 years in the state of Georgia, you will receive the most severe DUI consequences. It carries a maximum of 12 months in jail and a $5,000 fine and a minimum of 15 days in jail with a $1,000 fine. You will also have 240 community service hours, a DUI course, a year of probation, and a substance abuse evaluation with any treatment needed.

If you have been charged with Driving Under the Influence, you need an experienced and trusted DUI Lawyer to help minimize your consequences. The legal professionals at the Law Office of Carl Chapman will guide you every step of the way. If you live in or near McDonough, GA, call (470)728-1725 for a consultation.

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