Any DUI conviction may wreak havoc on a defendant’s life. The consequences of even a first DUI may include incarceration, fines, and the suspension of the defendant’s driving privileges. With subsequent convictions, the jail time, fines, and license suspension may be greatly increased. If you have been convicted of driving under the influence and are facing a repeat DUI charge, you need a strong defense. Athens repeat DUI lawyer Jason Slider at the law firm of Baker & Slider has been handling drunk driving cases, including repeat DUIs, for more than 13 years. With experience as both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer, he has the knowledge and skill to take on even the most challenging cases.
Under Georgia law, a person commits the offense of DUI when they are in actual physical control of a moving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that it is less safe for that person to drive. With regard to blood alcohol content (BAC), Georgia law specifies that it is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 or higher or with a BAC of 0.02 if a person is under 21 years of age. A DUI conviction may also result when a person drives while under the intentional influence of illegal or their prescription drugs, if this substance makes it less safe for the person to drive.Increased Penalties Follow a Repeat DUI in Georgia
A first or second DUI conviction is considered a misdemeanor in Georgia, and a DUI-third is classified as a “high and aggravated misdemeanor.” Fourth-conviction DUIs within a 10 year period and any DUI convictions thereafter are generally considered to be felonies. The period of incarceration for a DUI-second ranges from 90 days to 12 months, with at least 72 hours of actual incarceration to be served by the defendant upon conviction, however, prosecutors usually seek more than the minimum period of jail time. A DUI-second also triggers at least 30 days of community service and a requirement that the defendant complete a DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program. If a person is convicted of four or more DUIs in a 10-year period, they may face a fine of up to $5,000, incarceration of up to five years, and community service of up to 60 days. The length of time that a defendant’s driving privileges will be suspended also increases drastically with each repeat DUI conviction.
In Athens, Georgia, defendants facing repeat DUI charges are often placed in a “fast-track” system designed to speed up the prosecution of the case. This may result in a defendant being held in jail without bond until their appearance before a magistrate court judge. Typically, a repeat DUI defendant is presented with a plea offer from the prosecutor at their first court date, but that “deal” presumes that the defendant is guilty, and it usually has a lengthy jail sentence and other penalties attached. In reality, the defendant may have a viable defense – or even several defenses – available that could potentially affect the outcome of the case.
Because of the increasingly harsh penalties associated with a repeat DUI, and the many ways in which a conviction may adversely affect a defendant’s future employment and educational options, it is very important that a person accused of a repeat DUI talk with a qualified DUI attorney to explore any and all possible defenses to the charges pending against them. It may be that the arresting officer lacked probable cause for the stop, for example, or there may have been improprieties with regard to the breathalyzer test or blood test administered to the defendant.Protect Your Rights by Enlisting a Repeat DUI Lawyer in Athens
Athens repeat DUI attorney Jason Slider has been handling “fast-track” and other repeat DUI cases for many years. He has received multiple client satisfaction awards from the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys and has been named among the top DUI attorneys in the state by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense. If you have been charged with driving under the influence or a related offense, contact us at (706) 208-1514 or online to schedule a free, confidential appointment with a drunk driving attorney. We represent people in Athens, Jefferson, Watkinsville, Danielsville, and other communities in Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, and the surrounding counties.