DUI is a common charge. For that reason, some people may be under the impression that it is also a minor charge. However, that is not the case. DUI is a very serious charge with significant and possibly life-altering consequences. If you have been charged with DUI, then you need to take the situation as seriously as the legal system will.
The law will not treat your DUI charge any differently because you are a college student. You will be facing consequences that include:
Depending on your circumstances, your job and car insurance may also be at risk. Students also face additional consequences for a DUI. Your eligibility for financial aid can be impacted by a conviction, and you may lose the opportunity to pursue your chosen career before you have even received your degree.
If you have already taken a substantial amount of coursework in your major, having to change majors in order to pursue a career in a field where background checks are not mandatory can mean years of effort and thousands of tuition dollars down the drain. Seeking out an experienced and aggressive DUI defense attorney is proof that you take your future seriously.
There are multiple types of DUI, also sometimes referred to as DWI or Driving While Intoxicated. You may be charged with DUI/DWI under the following circumstances:
Because Georgia has an implied consent law, you may face additional penalties if you refuse to take chemical test (such as the breathalyzer) to verify your BAC. You may also be charged with DUI drugs, which carries the same potential penalties as a DUI involving alcohol. Additionally, in Georgia there are two types of DUI charges: DUI “less safe,” which does not require a BAC to be on file, and DUI “per se,” which means that a BAC was taken. Individuals charged with a DUI per se may be simultaneously charged with DUI less safe (in fact, this is usually the case).
What does this mean for you? When we are retained on a DUI case, we take action immediately in order to protect your right to drive and to help you avoid some or all of the consequences that a DUI can have on your life. We will investigate the details of your case closely and work tirelessly to provide you with the best outcome possible. We will not treat you like a number, but as an individual. We will take the time to answer your questions and give you the personal attention that you deserve. If you or your child has been charged with DUI, take your future seriously. Contact our firm for a free consultation.