If you’ve been arrested for DUI in Georgia, you must take it seriously. Potential consequences of a DUI conviction include jail time, monetary fines, and the loss of your license. In addition, a DUI conviction can prevent you from finding a job, can make it difficult for you to obtain suitable housing, and can even affect your ability to obtain certain types of loans. Unfortunately, most people who are facing their first DUI charge are unfamiliar with the legal process. This often leads to mistakes, some of which can have devastating effects on your case. Below are some of the most common DUI mistakes that people make in Georgia.
Ignoring the DUI Charge
Besides failing to hire an attorney (discussed below), ignoring your DUI charge is the biggest mistake you can make. Whether this is your first offense or not, a DUI charge is not something to ignore. Often, people think that ignoring a problem will make it go away. While this may sometimes work with minor problems, it simply isn’t how the legal system works. Ignoring your DUI charge is a surefire way to end up with a DUI conviction on your record.
Talking Too Much
A general rule of thumb when dealing with the police is this: keep quiet! Many first-time DUI offenders believe that they can talk their way out of their DUI charges. Whether it’s dealing with the police on the side of the road immediately after being pulled over or facing questioning at the police station, don’t volunteer any information other than personal identifying information, such as your name, address, and phone number. Nothing good comes out of voluntarily giving information to the police, and anything you say can be used against you in court. Keep quiet!
Even if you think you’re guilty, you shouldn’t share this with the police. There are specific legal elements one must meet to be found guilty of DUI. Therefore, despite your belief that you’re guilty, you may actually be mistaken! In addition, the burden of proof lies with the authorities in DUI cases. In other words, the police must prove that you were guilty of DUI in order for you to be convicted. Again, if the authorities are unable to do so, you’ll beat the DUI charge. Admitting guilt is never a good idea!
Failing to Appear in Court
As your case progresses, you’ll be required to appear in court. This includes an appearance in court to plead innocent or guilty to your charge. In addition to making you look bad in front of the judge, missing court dates can actually lead to additional charges! Never miss a court date!
Failing to Hire a Georgia DUI Attorney
Finally, attempting to fight a DUI charge without the assistance of an experienced Georgia DUI attorney is probably the worst mistake you can make. If you are facing a DUI charge in Georgia, you absolutely must have a Georgia DUI attorney on your side. At Carter Pilgrim Stroud, our talented DUI attorneys have a long track record of DUI defense success. We are well known for our courtroom success and our ability to obtain favorable plea bargains and dismissals. Therefore, if you’ve been charged with DUI in Georgia, please contact us for a consultation as soon as possible.