Cedartown DUI Lawyer
At The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, we understand the consequences you are facing when charged with DUI. The penalties are severe, but our DUI Attorneys in Cedartown GA are here to help! We over 25 years of experience, we understand what it takes to achieve a successful outcome and are ready to help you. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
A DUI Arrest in Cedartown Starts Two Cases Against You
Many people we talk to are unaware that a DUI arrest triggers the start of two difference proceedings: one administrative proceeding and one criminal one.
When a driver is charged with a DUI, there is a possibility of an administrative license suspension of your Georgia driver's license. This is separate from the DUI criminal proceeding and can affect your ability to drive before your DUI case is resolved.
After the arrest, you have 30 days to file an appeal to prevent the suspension of your license. This is generally referred to as the 30-day letter. You have the option to request a hearing (referred to as the Administrative License Hearing or ALS) or install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. If neither of these are completed within the 30 days, then your license will be suspended for a year.
Cedartown DUI Criminal Proceeding
The DUI case is separate from the ALS hearing. For your 1st DUI conviction, the maximum consequences are a fine of up to $1,000, 1 year in jail, or both. The minimum consequences are 24 hours in jail and a $300.00 fine. Other consequences include 40 hours of community service, 12 months probation, DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Course or a substance abuse evaluation.
The penalties are elevated if this is your second DUI within 10 years. The minimum is 72 hours in jail with a fine of $600.00, 240 hours of community service, 12 months probation, DUI School, and a substance abuse evaluation. The maximum you could receive is a fine of $1,000 and up to 12 months in jail.
A third and subsequent DUI within 10 years becomes a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. The minimum increases to 15 days in jail, $1,000 fine, 240 hours community service, DUI school, 12 months probation, substance abuse evaluation, and anything else the judge orders. The maximum for a third DUI within 10 years in Georgia is 12 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Our Cedartown DUI Attorneys Can Successfully Represent You in Both Cases
Our DUI Lawyers in Cedartown GA have decades of experience helping protect clients' drivers license as well as reducing the criminal penalties they will face. We have the experience you need to reach a successful outcome. Call now to have our lawyers start building your defense today.
Cedartown Municipal Court
If you been charged with DUI within Cedartown city limits, your case will proceed to Cedartown Municipal Court. The Honorable Judge Andrew Roper presides over the Court. For more information contact 770.748.4123. The Court is located at 105 Prior Street, Cedartown, GA 30125.
Contact Our DUI Attorneys in Cedartown GA
Contact Lawson and Berry today if you have been arrested for a DUI or a related offense in Cedartown GA. Our seasoned DUI lawyers in Cedartown GA are waiting to take your call and explain the options for your case. Call today and speak with an attorney who truly cares about your future! We will make sure your rights, future, and freedom are protected!