Atlanta DUI Lawyers
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a misdemeanor in Georgia. There are two ways in which the State can charge Driving Under the Influence: 1) DUI Per Se – where the State charges that a driver had a blood alcohol concentration greater than 0.08% (0.02 % in underage drivers), and 2) DUI Less Safe – where the State charges that any amount of alcohol or drugs has made a driver less safe to drive. The evidence for a DUI charge is often based on field sobriety test, the observations of the officer, videotapes of the incident, and scientific test results. However, it is important to keep in mind that just because you have been arrested for a DUI, you are not guilty of that crime unless and until the State can prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.
In Atlanta, law enforcement officers are increasingly taking an aggressive approach to arresting citizens for drunk driving offenses. Rather than combating the endemic high crime that threatens the fabric of our city, the Atlanta Police Department and Georgia State Patrol seem content with focusing their scarce resources on traffic enforcement. This has led to a surge in the number of drink driving arrests in recent years.
After arrest, there is a good chance that you could be facing an administrative license suspension that is separate from your criminal case. In order to preserve your license, steps must be taken right away to preserve your right to drive. In addition, a DUI conviction in Georgia carries mandatory jail time, license suspension, a lifetime conviction on your criminal history, alcohol and drug assessment and/or treatment, community service, and steep fines. If you have been arrested for DUI in Georgia, then you need to immediately hire an experienced and aggressive DUI Atlanta lawyer who will protect your rights.
Your case may present issues such as an illegal search and seizure of your person and other defenses that only a lawyer can use to your advantage. At Ghanayem & Rayasam, LLC, we can advise you of your legal defenses and rights. If you have been arrested for a DUI, call Ghanayem & Rayasam, LLC today for your free consultation.