There are over 1.5 million people that are arrested for driving under the influence every year. That's over 170 DUI/DWIs per hour.
And while the dangers of drunk driving are real, a DUI/DWI charge does not remove the rights of millions of Americans to a fair trial. If you're facing a DUI/DWI charge, don't let stigma get in the way of protecting your rights.
Georgia law prohibits driving or controlling a vehicle under a variety of conditions, including:
With a B.A.C. higher than 0.08%
For commercial drivers, the legal limit is lower, at 0.04%.
For drivers under the age of 21, any B.A.C. higher than 0.02% will result in DUI/DWI charges.
With any amount of marijuana in your blood or urine.
Under the influence of any drug, controlled substance, or alcohol.
Penalties for drunk driving can be harsh in Georgia. First-time offenders can serve up to a year in jail if convicted. Additional penalties can include mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, fines as high as $5,000, and up to a year of probation.
Driving while intoxicated while transporting a minor also carries additional penalties, and can lead to a second charge of child endangerment. If convicted, the child endangerment charge can add 12 additional months and $1,000 in additional fines to your DUI/DWI penalties.
Refusing to submit to a sobriety test can also lead to a removal of your driving rights, for a period ranging from 12 months to five years depending on prior convictions.
A felony DUI only occurs when specific factors are involved in a DUI/DWI arrest. An individual may face felony charges if they:
have been charged with more than three DUIs within the last ten years
fled from an officer while under the influence
caused serious harm or death while driving intoxicated
Felony DUI/DWIs carry heavier sentences than misdemeanors. Sentences if convicted range from not less than one year to five years incarceration.
We understand the stress and turmoil our clients experience after being charged with driving under the influence. While you may be feeling overwhelmed, it is crucial that you retain a skilled attorney to fight for you. At Baker & Slider, LLC, we are proud to serve the Athens, Georgia, community, and the neighboring areas of Franklin, Oglethorpe, Madison, and Clarke Counties.
Facing a DUI Charge? We Can Help.
We have worked with DUI/DWI cases for almost 20 years, serving the city of Athens, Georgia, and the surrounding counties of Franklin, Oglethorpe, Madison, and Clarke in Northeast Georgia.
Using unique insight gained as a former prosecutor, we have earned a reputation for innovative, clever, and successful strategies to defend the freedom and driving rights of our clients.
At Baker & Slider, LLC, we believe everyone deserves passionate and effective counsel. We are committed to defending and upholding the rights of our clients from start to finish. Don't face your DUI/DWI charge alone. We are here to guide you every step of the way.
We are proud to be one of the top-rated DUI and criminal defense firms. In 2021, we were named a Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney for the state of Georgia and received the Platinum Client Satisfaction Award.
With nearly two decades of experience with DUI cases, we know the best strategies and practices to build solid defenses that strive to protect your rights. If you are in Athens, Georgia, or the neighboring Franklin, Oglethorpe, Madison, or Clarke Counties, contact us to schedule a free consultation to get started today.