A driving under the influence (DUI) arrest could occur for numerous reasons. You may have had a couple of glasses of wine at dinner with friends and were not aware that even a fairly moderate amount of alcohol could trigger a blood alcohol concentration over the 0.08% legal limit. You could also be struggling with substance abuse issues and made an unfortunate judgment call while impaired. In either case, the consequences will most likely be the same for a first offense in Georgia.
Here are five things to know about being stopped and charged with DUI:
- You may be rigorously questioned, even if you told law enforcement that you had very little to drink. Most likely at that point they will ask you to submit to roadside sobriety tests and request that you submit to a breathalyzer or blood test. You may have been stopped for a routine traffic violation (such as a tail-light out) or passed through a more formal DUI roadblock, but if police officers smell alcohol or see tell-tale signs of inebriation, they may be aggressive about investigating your situation.
- Yes, you may spend some time in jail. For most offenders, this could mean a matter of hours or a couple of days, depending on the bail process— if the arrest takes place on the weekend, it may result in a wait to see the judge on Monday. Consult with a DUI attorney as soon as possible for help in this process.
- Unless other arrangements are made on the scene (such as another available, sober driver), your car will probably be impounded at a facility and you will be directed as to how to find it and pay for the services once you are released from custody.
- Law enforcement will most likely take your driver’s license when you are charged but you may be given temporary privileges for a short period, during which time you should be working with your DUI attorney to see your license reinstated. There are numerous factors that could be at play, beginning with whether you agreed to take a breath, blood, or alcohol test—or not. If your license is given back sooner than 12 months, most likely you will be required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed. For those with second DUI offenses, this is usually a requirement no matter what.
- There will be numerous associated fines, along with the possibility of some jail time or community service, requirements for substance abuse education, and/or possible requirements for rehab.
You probably have many questions if you have been charged with DUI, from wondering whether you will have to go to jail to worrying about getting your license back. Speak with an experienced DUI attorney from the offices of H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. Call now to learn more at 912-764-9616, or contact us online.