Serving Clients Throughout North Georgia
Some things can’t wait. If you have been pulled over at 2:00 a.m. while driving home from a party and arrested on charges of DUI, you need legal advice right now. Waiting until the next day to reach an attorney may prove to be a serious mistake. You need legal counsel immediately to keep you from unwittingly saying something self-incriminating, to answer your questions about processing, and to reassure you about possible pathways to avoiding serious penalties. The Law Office of Carter/Pilgrim, located in Suwanee, Georgia, prides itself on being ready to receive your call at any hour of the day or night in order to answer all of your questions and concerns. Not only will we be able to instruct you and calm your fears, we will be able to get a head start on preparing your defense.
DUI Penalties in Georgia
The penalties for DUI in Georgia are harsh, whether you are impaired by alcohol, drugs, or both. This is why it is so important to contact the sharp, knowledgeable DUI defense attorneys at Carter/Pilgrim before you dig yourself into a deeper hole. Penalties for DUI offenses in Georgia may, depending on the specific details of your case, include heavy fines, incarceration, license suspension or revocation, community service, mandatory drug or alcohol educational programs (for which you must pay), and/or the mandatory use of an ignition interlock device on your car.
Circumstances that Complicate DUI Arrests
One of the reasons it’s so important to be in contact with your defense attorney as quickly as possible after your arrest is so that he/she can find out all the particulars of your case. In some instances, you may be in a more vulnerable position than you are aware of. Your lawyer, once aware of the circumstances, will be able to begin mounting a more focused defense. Actions you may have taken that may complicate your case include:
- Failing to stop for law enforcement
- Fleeing from law enforcement
- Engaging in hit and run behavior
- Having an accident with a school bus
- Having an accident that results in serious injuries or death
- Having a history of DUI offenses
Much depends on how many DUI offenses you have been arrested for. While a first offense is usually categorized as a misdemeanor, a 4th offense, or a DUI that has resulted in “serious injury by vehicle” or “homicide by vehicle” is considered a felony. Your conduct may also have worsened your case if you were driving with a minor child (under the age of 14 years) in the vehicle. In some cases, the presence of the child may even result in charges of child endangerment in addition to DUI charges.
The Importance of Knowing that Help Is Constantly Available
There are many reasons that Carter/Pilgrim is highly regarded for DUI defense throughout Georgia. First of all, our attorneys have outstanding reputations and a superior track record of positive outcomes. In addition, word has spread that our skilled attorneys are on call around-the-clock. Their constant availability demonstrates our steadfast support of our clients and our enduring dedication to their needs.
DUI Defenses in Georgia
Fortunately, in spite of the seriousness with which Georgia law approaches DUI charges, our DUI attorneys are accomplished defenders of your rights, as well as excellent tacticians. They are capable of thoroughly investigating all of the evidence against you, interviewing any witnesses, checking any and all pertinent data and working out the best strategy to protect you from prosecution. Even when awakened by your call, they are alert enough to ask:
- How evidence of your intoxication was obtained
- Whether there was reasonable cause to pull you over
- Whether you were informed of your Miranda rights at the time of your arrest
- Whether you may have been a victim of racial, ethnic, religious, or gender profiling
- Whether you may have a medical or psychiatric condition that may mimic intoxication
- Whether any device used to measure breath alcohol content was properly calibrated
- Whether any blood or urine test may have been contaminated during processing
The sooner you reach our office, the sooner we will be able to prepare your defense. From our convenient location in Suwanee, we serve a great many surrounding areas of Georgia, including Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Jackson County, Barrow County, Dawson County, Cumming, Buford, Lawrenceville, Braselton, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Duluth, Norcross, Hoschton, Jefferson, Commerce, Dawsonville, and Gainesville. If you are arrested for DUI, don’t wait. Ask for our help as soon as you can. Whenever you call Carter/Pilgrim, it’s the right time.