Hoschton DUI Attorney
At The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, our Hoschton DUI Lawyers are devoted to defending those charged with DUI. They have more than 50 combined years of experience and are prepared to assist with your case today. Whether this is your first DUI charge or third within 5 years, your case is not hopeless. Call now for a free case evaluation.
DUI Convictions and Potential Penalties
Georgia law contains provisions detailing the legal process and possible penalties for DUI. There is some variation among particular charges and their punishments; however, make no mistake, the State of Georgia takes DUI convictions very seriously and imposes harsh penalties against offenders.
If you are found guilty of DUI in Hoschton, some of the penalties you may experience include, but are not limited to:
- Fines – The amount varies, but it is not uncommon for fines and fees to be thousands of dollars.
- Time in jail – In addition to any time you spent in jail when you were first arrested for DUI, people are commonly jailed after a DUI conviction. Community service and probation are also common.
- Loss of driving privilege – The State of Georgia will suspend the driver's license of any driver convicted of a DUI.
- Installation of Ignition Interlock Device – To get their license back after a driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drivers may have to install such a device to prevent their vehicle from starting if they have consumed alcohol.
- Substance abuse counseling/treatment – Convicted persons may have to attend classes or programs directed toward preventing abuse of alcohol or other drugs.
The harshness of DUI punishments is widely gauged by whether a person has prior offenses or convictions. For example, an individual who is just above the “legal limit”, and this is their first arrest, is likely to be charged with a misdemeanor crime and avoid any significant time in jail. However, a serious or repeat offender may face felony charges and sentenced to time in prison.
Aggravating circumstances can come into play with the punishments given by the court. For example, a person can be charged with separate counts of DUI for each child in the car under the age of 14 while intoxicated. Our Hoschton DUI Attorney have handled many cases of multiple DUI charges of child endangerment and can give you expert legal advice.
Additional Consequences of a Hoschton DUI Conviction
The possible consequences of a DUI go far beyond what the State of Georgia can impose. Depending on a person's job, it is possible for their employment to be terminated. Those with Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDL) almost always lose their jobs due to the nature of their profession. People working in professions such as doctors, nurses, airline pilots, or other organizations that value a workforce with high character are also at risk of losing employment. Contact the Law Offices of Richard Lawson today to speak with a Hoschton DUI Lawyer if you hold a CDL and are in danger of losing your job.
Losing your driving privilege can significantly impact your life, making it difficult to meet household obligations. Even when your driver's license is finally reinstated, auto insurance premiums can skyrocket in the aftermath of a DUI conviction.
A DUI conviction stays on your record forever, and unfortunately, it can feel like the personal, financial, and professional consequences of a DUI conviction lasts just as long. Choosing an experienced DUI Attorney in Hoschton can help lessen the effects of a DUI conviction.
Hoschton Municipal Court
Hoschton Municipal Court handles cases involving city ordinance violations, traffic offenses, and other misdemeanors, including DUI and shoplifting, that occur with Hoschton city limits. The Court is located at 79 City Square, Hoschton, GA 30548, and the phone number is 706-824-1911.
Contact Our DUI Attorneys in Hoschton Today
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI in Hoschton, call our offices now. Our Hoschton DUI Lawyers pride ourselves on being available to our clients, and that is why we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You deserve to have an answer to your question and should not have to wait until the next business day. Call now.