If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you may wonder whether you should spend the extra money to hire an attorney, fight your charge on your own, or even worse, plead guilty to the DUI charge. This is one of those times when being pennywise could result in unwanted consequences that might drastically impact your future.
DUI laws in Georgia are complicated. They involve following precise steps, making decisions within the first 30 days following the charge, and, in many cases, attending a hearing on not only the DUI charge but on license suspension as well. Even if you are innocent, a missed deadline could lead to license suspension.
Hiring an experienced DUI lawyer who knows the ins and outs of challenging a DUI charge and who will fight throughout the process for the absolute best results often makes a big difference in the outcome of your case. Having a DUI lawyer on your side can result in less time in court, shorter license suspension, no license suspension, other lessened penalties, or even getting the charges reduced or dismissed. A knowledgeable DUI attorney can make sure you meet deadlines and file the correct paperwork, help you navigate the Department of Motor Vehicles when facing a license suspension and then reinstatement, appear on your behalf in court, work with prosecutors to mitigate penalties, and strategically approach each part of fighting your charge. You may have been wrongly charged, in which case an experienced DUI attorney can identify the error and fight the accusation. A DUI lawyer also knows how and when to use an arresting officer’s record as well as transcripts from the arrest in defense strategies.
Here are five costs or consequences to a DUI to consider when deciding whether to hire a lawyer to defend your DUI charge:
In addition, a DUI in Georgia usually leads to higher insurance rates. The average annual increase for a Georgia driver charged with DUI is $1,236. One bad decision to drive after drinking can cost you money and time, affect driving privileges, and negatively impact your integrity, potentially for life. Hiring a lawyer can mitigate these damages, ease your experience through the process, and lessen the lifetime impact of one bad decision.
If you or your child have been charged with a DUI, the experienced attorneys at Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm can work to minimize the long-term costs and impacts to you. We’ll provide clarity on the options you have, and together we’ll determine if it makes sense to work together. Even if you decide on a different direction, we’ll still help you. Contact us today for a complimentary defense strategy meeting.