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Cherokee and Cobb County DUI Defense Attorneys

Cherokee County DUI Lawyer

Whether you or a loved one has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. For many people, DUIs are their first and only experience with the legal system. This may mean you are unsure of what to expect.  Perhaps you are worried about the impacts a DUI charge can have on your career, your college plans, or your future.  You may be worried about whether this situation is going to define you for the rest of your life.  These concerns often might lead you to ask Cherokee County DUI lawyers questions like?

  • Is a DUI a misdemeanor or felony in Georgia?
  • How long does a DUI stay on your record?
  • Do you lose your license immediately after a DUI?
  • Do I need a lawyer for a DUI?

With over 13 years of experience handling DUI cases, we have seen that many of our clients have had these same feelings, concerns, and questions.  We are prepared to answer these questions and any others you have.

“They know what they’re talking about and never skipped a detail. Answered every question I had with full confidence and kept me aware of all options and outcomes.” – Z.S., Client

Whether this case started because of some poor decisions or because an officer arrests an innocent person, these concerns can exist in most DUI cases. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be the best person they can be, without the judgment that can follow individuals with DUI arrests.

Whether you are facing a:

  • DUI Per Se,
  • DUI Less Safe,
  • Underage DUI,
  • DUI Drugs,
  • DUI Marijuana, or a
  • DUI Combination Drugs and Alcohol

our award-winning team has handled these types of DUIs before. Our dedicated legal representatives could assess your case and determine the best strategy moving forward.

Is A DUI A Misdemeanor or Felony in Georgia?

In most cases, a DUI is a misdemeanor charge. However, this shouldn’t lead you to believe the consequences are not serious. A first-time conviction for DUI carries the following mandatory minimum punishments:

  • Mandatory driver’s license suspension
  • Mandatory jail time, depending on the type of DUI
  • 12 months’ probation
  • 40 hours community service work
  • Completion of a DUI Risk Reduction Program
  • Completion of a Substance Abuse Evaluation and any recommended treatment
  • Minimum fine of $300 plus surcharges

These MINIMUM penalties increase if you have prior DUI convictions. Most notably, a fourth DUI conviction in 10 years is a felony.

How Long Does A DUI Stay on Your Record?

Outside of Juvenile Court, if you are convicted of a DUI, it will be on your official state criminal history for the rest of your life. Even if you are convicted of a DUI as a juvenile, it will show up on your state driver’s history.

Do You Lose Your License Immediately After A DUI?

Your driver’s license is not immediately suspended upon an arrest for DUI. However, the officer who arrests you can initiate an administrative license suspension. If the officer does this, your license will be suspended 45 days after your arrest, unless you take steps to challenge that suspension within 30 days of your arrest.

Do I Need a Cherokee County DUI Attorney?

DUI charges are one of the most complex types of misdemeanors a person can face. Proper counsel and defense for individuals charged with DUIs require a thorough understanding of:

  • Different driver’s license suspensions and available permits
  • Administrative license suspension hearings
  • Legitimate and lawful reasons for the police to pull you over
  • What officers are allowed to do during a traffic stop
  • Proper performance of field sobriety evaluation
  • Georgia’s implied consent laws
  • Laws associated with requests for independent chemical tests
  • Search warrants, their legality, and the procedure for obtaining one
  • The various devices that can be used to test an individual’s blood, breath, or urine
  • How to obtain evidence from law enforcement agencies and prosecutors
  • Methods for obtaining an officer’s training records
  • How to properly file motions to challenge the legality of evidence
  • The rules of evidence for presenting cases in front of a judge
  • How to effectively conduct a jury trial.

While anyone can learn all of these things, very few people who are not DUI defense attorneys have the time to truly understand all of the nuances. You generally only have one chance to fight a DUI charge correctly. Given the technical nature of DUIs and the lifetime implications of a conviction, we always recommend hiring our Cherokee County lawyers to to work alongside you in your case.

“I received services from Mr. Ghanouni for a DUI I had obtained by the city of Woodstock. I thought to myself “how can even an attorney help me with such a stuck situation” … He managed to point out things and ways that made the evidence against me dismissible as certain tests were inaccurately performed and administered inappropriately by a veteran of the police force. I will from now on highly recommend him to anyone I hear needing help in any court case.” – A.M., Client

How Do We Defend DUI Charges?

Regardless of the type of DUI you are facing, we start with this five-step process for representing a client:

  • Conduct an initial DUI defense strategy meeting
  • Determine if requesting an Administrative License Suspension Hearing (ALS or 30-Day Hearing) makes sense for you
  • Conduct a fact-gathering and mitigation planning session
  • Investigate both your case and the defense’s
  • Offer an analysis of your options and finalize a defense strategy

Once our seasoned Cherokee County attorneys enact this strategy and make sure you understand the plan, they can get to work on your case.

Through this process, we focus on protecting our clients from both the long and short-term impact of a DUI charge. Typical consequences associated with a DUI conviction include:

  • Reduced ability to care for yourself and your loved ones if your driver’s license is suspended
  • Lost wages or reduced future income due to a lost job or missed college opportunities
  • Little ability to keep your life moving forward, if jail time is a factor.

When you work with our dedicated team, we can focus on developing and executing a plan that minimizes these potential impacts on your life.

Meet With a Cherokee County DUI Attorney

If you were accused of driving under the influence, you deserve high quality legal representation. A Cherokee County DUI Lawyer wants to help you move from being someone who is facing the unknowns of a DUI case and the life-altering impacts that can come with it to someone who has a full understanding of the process and their options. We want you to be empowered to choose the best option to help you minimize the impact this situation has on your life.

Call us today to schedule your Initial DUI Defense Strategy Meeting. If you aren’t ready to schedule your Initial DUI Defense Strategy Meeting, then click here to download our complimentary ebook 5 Things Not to Do When You’ve Been Charged with a Crime to learn what you need to know to start protecting your future immediately.

“I don’t think anyone is really prepared for the day that their child is in trouble with the law and is in need of an attorney. Our legal system isn’t exactly ‘user friendly’ and it’s easy to be overwhelmed. I am so grateful to have found Paul Ghanouni and his firm. … he removed the “fear of the unknown” from the entire process. Their approach is proactive, and they presented us with a plan for court that would maximize our opportunity to reach a positive result in our case.” – M.P., Client’s Father

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