Savannah DUI Attorney: FAQ
Common Questions regarding DUI Charges
What should I do if I am pulled over under suspicion of driving while intoxicated?
Under no circumstances should you admit that you are intoxicated in any way or even that you had just one drink before deciding to operate your vehicle. Everything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law. With this in mind it is best to refrain from answering any questions until you have a lawyer present. Law enforcement officers will oftentimes employ misleading techniques in order to secure an admission of guilt. A Savannah DUI attorney can help you navigate through a possible DUI conviction so that you do not accidentally incriminate yourself.
What are the penalties for a DUI conviction?
The penalties you may receive as a result of a DUI conviction depend heavily on your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the offense and the existence of any previous DUI convictions. Regardless of the driver's BAC at the time of the offense, a first time offender will have his or her license suspended for up to 1 year and have to attend mandatory alcohol education classes in addition to any fines or jail time. The higher the individual's blood alcohol content was when tested, the more severe punishments like fines and jail time can be. Subsequent DUI convictions will result in longer license suspensions, the revocation of your license, and the confiscation of your vehicle.
What will a defense attorney do for me?
Hiring a defense attorney will greatly increase the likelihood that you will receive a more favorable verdict. The law is often decidedly harsh towards individuals accused of driving under the influence. Without an attorney by your side, you could risk having an unfair or biased trial, after which you will receive the maximum penalties for your offense. The attorneys at the Schneider Law Firm will ensure that you receive a fair trial regardless of the circumstances of your case. Your future is too important to go face a DUI conviction without the guidance and assistance of a skilled defense attorney.
Will I lose my driver's license?
Once someone is arrested on suspicion of DUI, one of their first questions is, "Will I lose my driver's license?" Under Georgia law, one of the administrative penalties for a first DUI conviction (drivers over 21) is a 12 month driver's license suspension. However, under certain circumstances the driver may be eligible to apply for a limited driving permit which will allow them to drive to and from work or school, as well as to and from a drug or alcohol treatment program or classes. In certain cases the driver may also be able to apply for reinstatement after 120 days of their license suspension, providing they meet all applicable requirements and pay the corresponding reinstatement fees.
If you have any questions regarding any aspect of a DUI offense, contact a Savannah DUI attorney to have all your questions answered.