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Being arrested for DUI is troublesome and anxiety-producing wherever it occurs. If you find yourself in such a predicament in Georgia, you fortunately have the attorneys of Carter Pilgrim Stroud to assist you. Our practice, based in Suwanee, is dedicated to serving clients throughout Metro Atlanta who, we realize, are turning to us at a critical moment in their lives.

We pride ourselves on being able to fight vigorously for their rights and to resolve their cases favorably. Our lawyers have the advantage of having previously worked on prosecuting DUI offenses and so have inside knowledge of what they will be up against in the courtroom. If you have been arrested for DUI in Georgia, don’t waste time worrying -- calling our office promptly will make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

Possible Consequences of a DUI Conviction

DUI is a serious offense with serious consequences. Even as a 1st offense, DUI can result in fines, jail time, license suspension, DUI education (for which you must pay), and public service. As you would expect, if you have a history of DUIs, the penalties will be harsher and include: higher fines, more jail time, more time in community service, longer license suspension or even revocation, and the required use of an ignition interlock device. In the future, if you plead guilty or are convicted, you will also have to deal with the consequences of having a criminal record, including higher insurance rates and more difficulty when applying to a school or for a job.

Ways We Can Help

Although DUI may seem to be a cut-and-dried issue, in fact there is much ambiguity involved. Our attorneys know precisely how to protect you from the charges against you by raising questions about:

  • The validity of sobriety field tests

  • The timing and accuracy of breathalyzer, blood and urine tests

  • The reason the police pulled you over in the first place

  • How your blood or urine samples were handled

  • External road or weather conditions

  • Your past behavior (particularly for a 1st offense)

At times, in a DUI situation, you can be your own worst enemy by, for example, volunteering information about where you’ve been, how much you’ve had to drink, or what prescription medications you take, or by being belligerent. This is why it’s so important to have a knowledgeable attorney to advise you as early as possible in the process.

Implied Consent and the 30-Day Rule

In Georgia, you are considered to have “implied consent” to have your sobriety established if the police pull you over. This means you are required to take the field sobriety test and, if asked, the chemical tests to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) to see if it is over the legal limit -- in most cases 0.08 percent. Many people are not aware that If you refuse to submit to testing, your license will automatically be suspended for 1 year unless your attorney files an appeal within 30 days (the 30-Day Rule). Of course this means that it is essential that you hire a competent attorney quickly.

DUI Charges for Substances Other Than Alcohol

In Georgia, DUI charges can be brought against you if your driving is impaired by substances other than alcohol, such as illegal drugs, prescribed medications, or over-the-counter products. This means that if your blood or urine shows the presence of cocaine, heroin, other street drugs, or too much prescribed or over-the-counter anti-anxiety or sleep medication, cough syrup, painkiller, or inhalant, you can be arrested for DUI. If you are in possession of drugs, or if you have taken drugs and alcohol in combination, you may be subject to further charges and more severe penalties.

Things That Make Matters Worse

Anyone who is charged with DUI needs a capable attorney. There are, however, some things that make matters worse for the client and more challenging for the lawyer. Even (or especially) if you fall into one of the following categories, our team at Carter Pilgrim Stroud is well-prepared to offer you appropriate and excellent legal counsel. When you’re arrested, your situation is more complex if:

  • You BAC is greatly above the legal limit

  • You have a history of DUI convictions

  • You are a commercial driver

  • You are 21 years or younger

  • You have taken drugs as well as alcohol

  • You are found to be in possession of drugs at the time of arrest

  • You have a child under the age of 14 in the car

  • You have injured or killed another person

Even when you find yourself in a more vulnerable position relative to law enforcement, you should keep your wits about you and remind yourself that by contacting our firm you will be putting yourself in safe, steady hands. We are always ready to take over the logistics of your case and provide you with viable options and the best chance for a successful outcome. Contact us today to set up a consultation at our Suwanee office.


The Law Office of Carter Pilgrim Stroud is located in Suwanee, GA and serves Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Cumming, Buford, Lawrenceville, Braselton, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Duluth, Norcross, Hoschton, Jefferson, Commerce, Dawsonville, Gainesville, and other surrounding areas.



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