Getting pulled over for driving under the influence sucks. It is something everyone hopes to avoid. However, it happens pretty frequently. Many times, people want nothing more than to put the whole thing behind them and move on with their lives. Sometimes they think the best way to do this is to just plead guilty, take whatever sentence comes their way, and have the whole thing be over.
This can sound tempting, especially when compared to dealing with court appearances and trials. However, if you are in this situation, please reconsider. One of the most important things to remember is that if you have been charged with drunk driving in the state of Georgia, a conviction will stay on your criminal record for the rest of your life.
In some other states, a driver facing a first-time DUI has some options. They can complete treatment and/or education programs and get the charge wiped off their record. In Georgia, a conviction for driving under the influence can not be expunged under any circumstances.
This is an excellent reason why anyone who is facing charges of drunk driving should fight these charges. No matter what happened at the time you were arrested, you could have legal grounds to fight conviction. You may think if you gave a breath, blood, or urine sample that demonstrated you were over the legal limit, you have no choice but to plead guilty. This is not the case. An experienced DUI defense attorney knows that there are a great deal of regulations that must be followed and any one of these can be skipped or done improperly, providing grounds for a legal challenge. Give my team a call, and we will work together to develop a game plan for fighting your DUI charges.