From the moment that you saw the flashing lights behind you, you may have thought that your life was over. Your head swirling with questions, you began to worry that you would never be allowed to drive again. How many drinks did you have? Would you be able to pass a sobriety test? Will they take your driver’s license away? Will you have to get special license plates? Are you going to lose your job? Is there a way to fight this?
These types of questions are completely normal concerns to have after you have been pulled over for drinking and driving. You may not have started out the night with the intention to get into the driver’s seat after consuming alcohol, but you have now found yourself in a confusing situation that you can’t get out of no matter how much you wish it away. Your focus now needs to be on the next steps and decisions that you are going to have to make.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a very serious offense and can result in serious injury or even death. If you have been charged with a DUI, you should consider your next steps very seriously. Contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney should be the very first thing you do. Your future is on the line, and you need legal help at this critical time in your life. After this, you can take care of other important details.
At Pak and McRae Law, LLC, our criminal defense lawyers are here to help you through this difficult situation. You may feel as if your life is on the line, but we will help you return to your normal life. Drunk driving is a very serious offense, but with the right legal help on your side, you can move forward with the confidence that you are going to walk away from this situation in the best possible position. Read more about the penalties of DUI charges in the Atlanta Metro area.
What It Takes
In the state of Georgia, a person can be charged with “driving under the influence” if he or she operates a vehicle with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 percent or higher, or if his or her ability to drive is impaired by drugs or alcohol. If a person is impaired by drugs or alcohol, that person can be charged with what is called a “DUI Less Safe.” This can occur in three different situations:
- If the driver appears to be drunk but refuses to take a test.
- If the driver exhibits behavior that shows he or she is unable to safely operate a vehicle, even if he or she has a blood alcohol level below .08 percent.
- If the driver is pulled over by the Georgia State Patrol’s Nighthawks DUI Task Force.
If you have been convicted of a DUI previously, subsequent offenses often carry much larger penalties including fines, jail time, community service, and longer license suspensions.
No matter what you have been pulled over for, whether it be your BAC or a DUI Less Safe offense, it is important to contact a lawyer immediately once you are accused. If you test for a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher, or if you refuse a breathalyzer test, under Georgia Administrative License Suspension vehicle code 40-5-67.1 G, you will have your license automatically suspended for 12 months. You have only 10 days to appeal this suspension by requesting a DMV hearing, so it is imperative to act quickly. Acting as soon as possible may prevent you from having your license suspended.
By contacting a criminal defense attorney at Pak and McRae Law, LLC as soon as possible, you are setting yourself up for a better future. We can help assure you that you are making the right decisions from the beginning of the process through the end. Oftentimes, people wait to contact an attorney because either they think the problem will disappear on its own or they are not ready to face the reality. But by contacting an attorney early in the process, that reality can be much easier to face than it would be otherwise.
Keep Ahold of Your Life
While there is a very negative stigma surrounding those who have been arrested for driving under the influence, there is a common misconception that one offense will mean that your entire life will fall apart. While this unfortunately happens to some, being well prepared for the entire defense process can reassure you that you have the best chance possible of regaining the life that you knew before you got behind the wheel.
Having a DUI can not only be life changing but also very embarrassing. However, unless this is not your first offense, the public does not necessarily need to know about your case. If you have been convicted more than once in Georgia, your picture may be published in a local paper. However, no matter how many drunk driving offenses you have, working with an experienced DUI defense attorney can help lessen these consequences.
Nothing is set in stone, so the help of the lawyers at Pak and McRae Law, LLC can greatly help you achieve the best possible outcome. While you may have thought that your life was over when you saw the red and blue lights behind you, with our help, you can feel more positive about what lies ahead.
We all make mistakes, and we understand that. It is very unlikely that you purposely put yourself and others in danger. What is more likely, however, is that you had a lapse of judgment. This one poor decision should not affect the rest of your life or your career. We will fight in order for you to return to your normal life. If you or a loved one has been accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reach out to an experienced Georgia criminal defense attorney at Pak and McRae Law, LLC today.