ELLIJAY DUI LAWYER - ELLIJAY DUI ATTORNEY
If you have been arrested for DUI in Ellijay, it can be stressful and overwhelming. The penalties for DUI are severe, even for those charged with their first DUI. The good news is that we are here to help. Our office has been representing clients with DUI charges for over 20 years. We are extremely familiar with the DUI court process and how to make the law work in your future. Your future may depend on the outcome of your case. Do not trust your case to anyone but the best. Call now for a free case evaluation.
You Only Have 30 Days to Save Your License
When arrested for DUI, you only have thirty days to protect your Georgia driving privileges. You have the option to file a letter requesting a hearing with the Department of Driver Services (DDS) or by getting an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. Unless the hearing is requested or the device installed, your license will be suspended.
Do I Need A Lawyer For My DUI Case?
We talk to people all the time that believe they can handle their DUI case on their own. We hear people rationalize this choice by saying, “it's just a misdemeanor charge.” Even some police officers will tell first time DUI offenders that they do not need an Ellijay DUI Attorney. Georgia DUI laws are strict and highly technical. A DUI conviction can result in a loss of driving privileges, loss of a job, jail time, strain on finances, higher insurance rates, as well as a criminal record. It can also result in a long list of other social and legal problems. A DUI charge is not to be taken lightly even though it is considered a misdemeanor. It is an important, potentially life-altering situation, and you not only need a lawyer, but you need someone with decades of experience in DUI defense.
DUI cases can be challenging to understand because you have two cases against you: the criminal case and an administrative case against the Department of Driver Services. This must be resolved at different times and different hearings. With regard to your criminal case, it is important to remember that you will have a lawyer against you. Their job is to get convictions, not to help you. Even if they offer you a diversion program, it is in your best interest to have that agreement looked over by an attorney. The terms of the agreement will dictate your life, a failure to comply will result in a conviction for the original charge.
Our firm has had numerous clients come to us just before accepting a plea deal or diversion only to achieve a dismissal, acquittal, or return of their driver's license through our representation. We have also helped people deal with the aftermath of inadequate legal representation in DUI cases.
The consequences of a DUI conviction cannot be understated. Losing your driving privileges is a significant penalty because all of us depend on driving. Combine a license suspension with jail time or heavy fines or treatment programs, and your life may be turned upside down. A DUI charge is not a simple traffic violation but a complex legal situation that will have an impact on your future. Do not jeopardize your future by trying to represent yourself. Our Ellijay DUI Lawyers would love to assist with your case and make sure you get the best outcome possible!
Hiring A DUI Attorney For Your Case
When looking for a DUI attorney in Ellijay, you need to do your research and select an attorney with decades of experience. Anyone who graduates from law school and passes the Bar can call themselves a DUI lawyer. You need an Ellijay DUI lawyer that not only calls themselves a DUI lawyer, but that actually has a reputation and track record as a DUI lawyer.
A common mistake we see is hiring a close family friend that does not work in DUI law but is willing to help you out. DUI is a particular area of the law and the lawyer that handled your divorce, wrote your will, or helped you sue someone may not be the right choice for you. Even an attorney that practices general criminal defense may not have the expertise you need.
That is why we tell our clients to do research! We encourage people to become familiar with Georgia DUI laws and be prepared with questions for the attorneys you intend to talk to. Read reviews of the attorneys and get to know whether they have experience handling Ellijay DUI cases. Exploring websites is a useful tool because you can tell whether an attorney adds their own content to a site or whether they are just paying for a generic site.
Our Ellijay DUI Lawyers often hear clients say they hired an attorney based on price. Making the decision about who to hire based on the fee may be a very costly mistake. An attorney that charges a higher fee may do so because of their significant knowledge, skill, and reputation in the community. Investing in effective representation may actually save you thousands over the long term and greatly diminish the impact of a DUI charge on your life.
We also encourage our clients to call multiple lawyers. Ask questions and get to know the person that will be handling your case. Then make your decision based on who you think will best represent you. Try to ignore the price, family ties, or anything else other than who you feel the most comfortable with your life being held.
In sum, we think it is in your best interest to hire an Ellijay DUI Lawyer that has years of experience and has demonstrated success. However, we also want you to research Georgia DUI law and know your options and be able to discern who is the best lawyer for your situation. Please free to contact our office if you have any questions regarding your DUI charge.
Ellijay Municipal Court
If you were arrested within the city limits of Ellijay, you need an experienced Ellijay DUI Lawyer to defend you in Ellijay Municipal Court. The Honorable Robert Sneed is the Municipal Court Judge, and Wyonette May is the Clerk of Court. Court is held at 197 North Main Street, Ellijay, Georgia 30540. Call (706) 635-4711, extension 5 for further information.
Map to Ellijay Municipal Court
Our Ellijay DUI Lawyers have over 50 combined years of DUI experience. We have dedicated ourselves to staying up to date on recent law developments as well as case law. We frequently attend trainings and speak with medical experts about chemical testing. Our goal is always to help our clients obtain a favorable outcome of their case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.