DUIs & Limited Driving Permits Attorneys in Athens, Georgia
Law enforcement has treated drugs differently than alcohol for decades, especially when it comes to driver's license suspensions and DUIs. At one point in time, if a person was found in possession of any illegal drug, they could lose their license - even if they weren't in a motor vehicle at the time. Finally, in 2015, the law was changed to reduce driver's license suspensions for non-motor-related crimes.
Baker & Slider, LLC wants to help you fight back against unjust drug DUI charges. By meeting with a drug defense attorney in Athens, GA, you can build your case and present it in front of a judge effectively. Plus, a criminal defense lawyer will handle all of the legal paperwork for you.
Get in touch with our law firm today to set up your initial consultation.
Understanding the Consequences of A Conviction
There continues to be a distinction between alcohol DUIs and drug-related DUIs. While both types of DUIs have resulted in license suspensions for a first offense, those convicted of alcohol-related DUIs were able to obtain limited driving permits while drug-related DUI offenders could not. This meant that alcohol DUI offenders could drive to essential places like work, school, and medical appointments, while drug DUI offenders had no access to a vehicle.
In 2020, the law was amended to allow those convicted of illegal drug or prescription drug DUIs to obtain limited driving permits during their suspension periods. This change was important for a lot of people because it finally eliminated the conflict between drugs and alcohol for DUI convictions.
Fighting to Get You Back on the Road.
What This Means in Today's World
Today, if a person is convicted of a DUI for the first time in a five-year period - regardless of the substance - they have the possibility of getting a limited driving permit. By working with a drug defense attorney, you can pursue a limited driving permit that would allow you to drive to...
Work, giving you the opportunity to maintain your livelihood
School, allowing you to continue your education more effectively
Medical appointments, such as checkups, prescription pickups, and therapy
If you've been charged with a DUI and want to pursue a limited driving permit, it's important you speak with a criminal defense lawyer. schedule an appointment with us by contacting us in Athens, Georgia, today. We represent the neighboring areas of Franklin, Oglethorpe, Madison, and Clarke Counties, Georgia, as well.