The Do's and Don'ts of a DUI

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Those flashing lights in your rearview mirror are something no driver wants to see. If you were recently pulled over and arrested for a DUI then there are some important things that you should know that could possibly increase your chances of getting your charges lessened or dropped. Our firm wants you to be better informed of drunk driving laws in Georgia and the steps that you can take in order to strengthen your defense. In Georgia, the penalties for a drunk driving conviction are varying degrees of fines, license suspension and possibly even jail time. Our firm is passionate about helping those facing these charges. One way we do this is by providing some simple "do's" and "don'ts" to follow.

Don't take your charges lightly. Although drunk driving is the most common criminal charge in the United States, it is still something to be taken incredibly seriously. The ramifications of a conviction can dramatically alter your day-to-day life. Your insurance rates will go up, your license could be suspended and most serious of all, you will have a mark on your criminal record.

Do request a DMV hearing. Although this administrative hearing is not required, you will need to request this hearing shortly after your initial arrest if you want a chance at getting your license back. This is different than a criminal hearing, and will strictly evaluate the status of your driver's license. Having a skilled attorney present at this hearing can mean the difference between retaining your driving privileges and losing them.

Don't miss any court dates. Anyone who fails to appear in court is in danger of having a warrant issued for their arrest. It is important to stay informed of your court dates because it does not reflect well upon your case if you are not present for a hearing. An attorney is a helpful asset, because it is their job to keep your case organized and keep their clients informed.

Do choose an attorney based on results. Many people search for a DUI attorney based on who is most affordable. Like most things, it is important to remember that you get what you pay for. If you hire an attorney simply because they promise the lowest prices, you may end up getting a lesser defense. At The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, our case results speak for themselves. We are consistently successful in getting our clients' charges dismissed completely or lessened.

Don't admit fault. It is important that, at no time during your arrest or after your arrest, should you admit guilt. Everyone is entitled to their 5th Amendment rights, because anything you say can and probably will be held against you in court.

Do talk to an attorney as soon as possible. By speaking with an attorney as soon as possible, you will lose no time in taking a step toward your defense. The longer you wait to procure legal representation, the more difficult it may be to get your DUI dismissed or lessened.

Take the Next Step: Call our firm today!

Don't just call any DUI firm after your arrest. Make sure that you contact a firm that you can trust. At The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, you can trust both our experience and skill in the defense of your case. Our firm has the highest possible Avvo rating of 10 out of 10, we have a former DUI prosecutor on our team and we also have more than 20 years of experience. In that time, we have successfully resolved more than 4,900 DUI cases. If you are ready to procure this level of legal representation, then take the first step and contact us today!

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