Augusta DUI Defense Attorney
DUI convictions are costly and can have serious consequences like license suspension, jail time, and more. Not only is there the embarrassment of being arrested, but a DUI charge can interfere with your ability to make it to work. You need a knowledgeable defense lawyer who can fight DUI charges.
DUI Defense Lawyer in Augusta, GA
Driving Under The Influence
Have you or a loved one been convicted of driving under the influence? If so, you will need a criminal defense attorney who can aggressively defend you from these charges. Driving under the influence, or DUI, is a serious offense. In the state of Georgia, an elevated blood alcohol level or (BAC) is generally classified by the following:
- For commercial drivers: 0.04% or greater
- For drivers under 21 years of age: 0.02%
- For all other drivers: 0.08%
Facts to consider:
- Are there grounds to suppress a traffic stop?
- Is the officer trained in the field sobriety tests conducted?
- Were the tests conducted properly?
- Are the tests valid and reliable?
- Is there an issue with the implied consent notice?
- Was there a search warrant? Was it done correctly?
Consequences for DUI
Driving while under the influence can have severe consequences. While a first-time offense can result in misdemeanor charges, a second DUI conviction in Georgia can result in a fine and jail time (of at least 72 hours to 12 months). A third DUI in Georgia may carry a much harsher penalty, such as a longer jail time sentence (15 days to 12 months), a fine of up to $5,000, and 12-36 months of probation. Don’t allow a DUI charge to ruin your life. Reach out to J Todd Mitchell Law Firm and let us help you win your case.
If you or a loved one has DUI charges:
- You need a lawyer with experience in getting bad arrests suppressed from evidence.
- You need a lawyer who is knowledgeable in defending against the ever-changing nature of DUI laws.
- And most importantly, you need a lawyer who knows that time is of the essence in a DUI case.
Whether you hire me or go another route, it would be best secure counsel at the earliest possible time to make sure that important deadlines are not missed.
My goal is to considerably reduce the impact that an unfortunate event has on your personal life and your finances.
A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any moving vehicle while: (1) Under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive; (2) Under the influence of any drug to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive; (3) Under the intentional influence of any glue, aerosol, or other toxic vapor to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive; (4) Under the combined influence of any two or more of the substances to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive; (5) The person's alcohol concentration is 0.08 grams or more at any time within three hours after such driving or being in actual physical control from alcohol consumed before such driving or being in actual physical control ended; or (6) Subject to the provisions of subsection (b), there is any amount of marijuana or a controlled substance, as defined in Code Section 16-13-21, present in the person's blood or urine, or both, including the metabolites and derivatives of each or both without regard to whether or not any alcohol is present in the person's breath or blood.
The warnings enacted in O.C.G.A. § 40-5-67.1 require police to give specific warnings regarding asking a DUI suspect for a sample of their blood, breath, urine, or other bodily substance.
The State of this law is being challenged from a number of different angles and is in constant flux. You will need a lawyer who knows how the current state of the law applies to you.
When the stakes are high, the results matter most.
Two counts of Child Molestation- reduced to two counts of cruelty to children.
Aggravated Child Molestation
Six Counts of Aggravated Child Molestation. Case placed on the dead docket. Defendant released from jail.
Possession With Intent
Client charged with possession with intent to distribute Xanax and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Judge Granted Motion to Suppress. Case dismissed.
Possession With Intent
Client charged with possession with intent to distribute Xanax and possession of a firearm. Case dismissed.
Trafficking methamphetamine. Dismissed. Probation on remaining counts.
Possession With Intent
Possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Reduced to disorderly conduct.
Trafficking methamphetamine. Reduced to simple possession of methamphetamine and probation.
Possession of marijuana. Motion to suppress filed. Case dismissed.
Possession of methamphetamine. Motion to suppress granted. Case dismissed.
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DUI Defense FAQs
If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Georgia, you undoubtedly have questions and concerns. The best source of information about the strength or weakness of the case against you and the possible consequences in your specific case will be an experienced local DUI lawyer. The high-level information below will give you a general idea of what to expect.
If you’re facing your first DUI charge, you may think a single misdemeanor conviction isn’t too serious and you should just get the case wrapped up by pleading guilty. But, it’s important that you understand all of the possible consequences, including indirect consequences. And, you may be unknowingly pleading guilty to a charge the prosecution can’t prove. It’s generally best to seek information from an experienced DUI attorney before making any decisions.
The consequences of a DUI conviction vary depending on factors like whether you have had previous convictions. A DUI conviction is a criminal conviction, not simply a traffic offense. That means that in addition to fines, possible jail time, and other direct consequences, the conviction may have a lasting impact. For instance, a DUI conviction may disqualify you from certain employment. Your Augusta DUI attorney can explain the possible consequences of your specific DUI case in greater detail.
As soon as possible after you have been arrested for or charged with DUI. Augusta criminal cases can move quickly, and it’s important to give your attorney an opportunity to investigate, obtain evidence from the prosecution, negotiate, and determine whether pretrial motions are required.
A DUI lawyer can help you in many ways, including identifying flaws and weaknesses in the case against you that may allow your attorney to suppress evidence, negotiate for a favorable plea deal, or even get the charges dismissed. Your attorney can also ensure that you fully understand your options and the possible consequences of a conviction–something the prosecution probably won’t do if they offer you a plea deal.
The cost of hiring a DUI lawyer may vary depending on the attorney you hire, the complexity of your case, whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, and other factors. When you meet with a DUI attorney for your free consultation, the attorney will explain the fees for your type of case. When weighing the costs, consider the fact that a DUI conviction can be very expensive, both directly (in fines and costs) and indirectly (through outside costs such as increased automobile insurance rates).
The best DUI defense attorney will typically be one who has extensive criminal defense experience, specific experience with DUI cases, and experience in the local criminal courts. You’ll also want to look for an attorney who is comfortable with and experienced in both plea negotiations and fighting DUI charges in court, since the best approach for you will depend on the specifics of your case.