After A DUI Arrest, You Must Act Quickly
If convicted, the DUI penalties in Georgia are serious. To complicate matters, you have only 30 days to attempt to avoid an Administrative License Suspension (ALS). It is likely that the Department of Driver Services (DDS) started processing the suspension shortly after your arrest.
To avoid this suspension, you must request an ALS hearing with the DDS. Doing this without the legal guidance of an experienced DUI defense attorney is a grave mistake. There are several layers to contesting or pleading guilty to a DUI charge on the civil and criminal level. Whether it is your first or your third charge, the process should not be viewed lightly, and a knowledgeable lawyer must be consulted.
Get The Serious Drunk Driving Defense You Need
I am Savannah lawyer Lynne Fleming, and I have more than 20 years of experience vigorously defending clients who have been charged with a wide range of crimes — from speeding tickets to homicide. I am also a former prosecutor who has handled more than 120 felony jury and bench trials in four different states.
When you call the Fleming Law, PC, you speak directly to me. Listening with compassion and without judgment, I take my clients’ cases seriously, dissecting the incident in an effort to determine if the arresting officers followed each procedure correctly.
“Thanks for how you resolved my case. At first, I was a little mad because I wanted to get out on that day. But now I realize that this alcohol program that you helped me get into was where I needed to be.” –Michael Wilson
Whether A First Offense Or A Felony DUI, The Penalties Are Significant
If you are convicted of a first-offense DUI in Savannah, Georgia, or elsewhere in Chatham County, you could face:
- Up to 10 days in jail
- Up to 12 months of probation
- $500 to $750 in fines, not including court costs
- Around 40 hours of community service
- Automatic loss of your driver’s license
- License reinstating fees
- Participation in an alcohol assessment program and treatment as needed
- Attending a victim impact panel such as MADD
The consequences only get worse after the second offense, eventually leading to a felony DUI. It is important that you choose a Savannah DUI defense attorney who thoroughly understands the DUI process and will fight aggressively for you in the courtroom. I am passionate about communicating clearly and openly with my clients as regularly as possible. I will clearly answer your questions and explain your options.