McDonough DUI Lawyers
Representation for Drunk Driving Charges in Georgia
A DUI charge can result in license suspension and a variety of possible criminal penalties. If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, you need effective legal representation. The McDonough DUI attorneys at Miller & Key represent clients in courts throughout Georgia. Our attorneys have handled more than 100 jury trials on behalf of our clients.
Types of DUI Charges in Georgia
Most people know that a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher can result in charges for driving under the influence. However, there are situations when a driver can be charged with DUI with a BAC of less than .08. The specific charges and potential penalties an individual may be facing depend on the driver’s classification.
Charges for driving under the influence include:
- DUI less safe – Can be charged with less safe DUI with a BAC of less than .05, if the state can show that driving ability was affected, or for refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test
- DUI per se – A BAC of .08 or above for a driver over the age of 21, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs in more than the prescribed amount
- Underage drivers – A reading of .02 or above for a driver under the age of 21
- Commercial drivers – BAC of .04 for drivers of commercial vehicles
The complexities of Georgia DUI law require knowledgeable legal representation. Our McDonough DUI lawyers evaluate cases for issues involving inaccurate breath testing, the actions of the police officer prior and during your arrest, how evidence was collected, and other issues to ensure that your arrest was legal, and your Constitutional rights were not violated in the process. We assess possible defense strategies to develop the most effective defense for each client.
How Long Does a DUI Stay on Record in GA?
A DUI in Georgia will stay on your record for 10 years also known as the "lookback period". This means that if you got a DUI within the past 10 years, that could elevate a current DUI from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Can a DUI be Expunged in Georgia?
In Georgia, a DUI conviction can never be expunged or removed. If you were not convicted and the case was dismissed, you can apply for a record restriction. Record restrictions are not the same as expungements. In fact, record restrictions can still be seen by:
- Medical Boards
- Police Officers
- Board of realtors
- State bars
Act Now to Save Your Driver’s License
In addition to criminal penalties, your driver’s license is at risk after a DUI arrest. Your license may be immediately suspended if your BAC is above the legal limit for your classification or you refuse to comply with breath, urine, or blood testing. You only have 10 days to appeal this suspension and filing an appeal will allow you to continue to drive until a decision can be made in an administrative hearing.
Please call (770) 629-0004 to discuss your DUI defense in a free consultation.
Getting my case was dismissed was a huge weight off of my shoulders.- Colleen
Ms. Miller is incredibly dedicated and compassionate.- Barry
Susan Miller knows what she's is doing and will not let you down!- Former Client
Mr. Key and his office were very caring and helped our family cope and make it through what otherwise could have been a devastating situation.- Former Client
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