DUI - Frequently Asked Questions

Answers from Our Gwinnett County DUI Lawyer

Although DUIs are common offenses, many people are unsure of how these cases are handled and what to expect. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about DUI. If you have additional questions about your DUI case, feel free to contact our DUI attorney in Gwinnett County.

I tested above the legal BAC limit. Am I automatically guilty?

Not necessarily. Blood and breath tests have been shown to be inaccurate in many ways. A good DUI lawyer will be able to investigate and assess the test results to help you determine if you can effectively challenge the evidence against you.

Will I go to jail if I am convicted of DUI for the first time?

The mandatory minimum jail time for a first-offense DUI is 24 hours while the maximum jail time is 12 months. But it is rare that a person actually receives the maximum penalty. Depending on the circumstances of your case, such as if aggravating circumstances were present, you could face more than the minimum.

How will a DUI conviction affect my life?

A DUI conviction can have far-reaching effects on many areas of a person’s life. In Georgia, DUI convictions cannot be expunged, which means that it will be on your record forever. You may receive points on your driving record, which can lead to license suspension, increase in insurance premiums, or even denied coverage. You may also miss out on employment opportunities if a job requires having a valid license. Some professional licenses may also be revoked if an employee is convicted of DUI.

Why should I hire your firm to represent my DUI case?

We have built a reputation as an office that will fight these cases zealously, but with the professionalism and decorum that maintains positive relationships with those individuals employed by the State of Georgia. We have been able to secure great results for clients both inside and outside of the courtroom. Having handled thousands of DUI cases, we bring deep experience and knowledge of all aspects of DUIs.

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Time is of the essence when you have been arrested. Act now and contact our Gwinnett County DUI attorney at Carter Pilgrim Stroud, Attorneys at Law to get started.

Call our office at (770) 766-5260 or email us.


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