FRANKLIN SPRINGS DUI LAWYER - FRANKLIN SPRINGS DUI ATTORNEY
If you have been charged with DUI in Franklin Springs, or anywhere else in Franklin County, you need an experienced DUI lawyer to assist with your case. Our Franklin Springs DUI Attorneys understand the subtle nuances in the criminal justice system that can be the difference between success and failure. We offer representation for DUI, drug possession cases, and other related crimes. Contact us now for a free case evaluation.
A skilled Franklin Springs DUI Attorney can help you avoid the license suspension associated with a DUI. If you do nothing, your license will automatically be suspended for up to 12 months. If you refused to take the blood, breath or urine test the officer in your case directed you to choose, your license suspension will be 12 months with no hope of a restricted license allowing you to drive to and from work or school. Your Franklin Springs DUI lawyer will request an Administrative License Suspension hearing (ALS Hearing) or assist you in installing the ignition interlock device, increasing the chances that you will not suffer a license suspension at all!
How to Choose a Franklin Springs DUI Lawyer
DUI cases are complex matters that require specialized knowledge of the most current DUI laws. When deciding who to hire for your case, it is a good idea to bring a list of questions you want to ask. Your future is on the line, and you need to make sure your attorney cares as much about your case as you do and has the skill necessary to achieve a favorable outcome in your case.
Some questions we recommend include the following:
- Do you specialize in DUI law, or are you a general practitioner?
- How many years have you practiced DUI law?
- How many DUI cases have you defended?
- How often do you take your DUI cases to trial?
- How do you think you can help me?
- Who will be handling my case?
- How often do you appear at the courthouse where my case will be heard?
- Have you worked with the prosecutor in my case before?
- What can I expect at the different stages of the process, including arraignment, filing of motions, disposition, and trial?
- How quickly can I expect a response when I call with questions?
- Will I receive regular status updates?
- Do you bill by the hour or with a flat fee?
- What is included in your price? Is there anything not included?
- What other legal expenses will I have to pay?
- Do you have someone where I can read reviews from former clients?
After meeting with attorneys and asking these questions, it is time to decide who you trust with your case. We suggest that you choose the Franklin Springs Attorney that you feel will fight hard for you!
Types of DUI Charges in Georgia
After exclusively practicing DUI for over 20 years, we know that there are many different ways a person can be charged with a DUI. Most people only think a DUI occurs when a driver consumes alcohol and their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over the state limit of .08. While this is one way to be charged with DUI in Franklin, it is not the only way. Some additional ways a person could be charged include:
1. DUI Less Safe Alcohol
A driver can be guilty of a DUI less safe when they drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol to the extent that the consumption makes it less safe for them to operate a motor vehicle. Furthermore, a person can be charged with DUI less safe if their BAC is less than .08.
2. DUI Per Se Alcohol
A person commits DUI per se when they operate a vehicle with a BAC over .08 or more, within three hours of driving. It is also DUI per se when someone under 21 years of age operates a vehicle with a BAC of .02 or more. For a commercial driver, the BAC is .04.
3. DUI Less Safe Drugs
DUI less safe for drugs means that a driver was under the influence of a drug to the extent that it was less safe for them to drive. Drugs include both prescription drugs and illegal drugs. A person convicted of DUI drugs will be unable to get a permit to drive and will suffer a hard suspension of their license.
4. DUI for Glue, Aerosols, or Toxic Vapors
A person can be charged with DUI while under the influence of glue, aerosols, or toxic vapors. This type is not as common but still comes with severe consequences. Similarly to DUI drugs, a conviction will include a hard suspension of their driver's license.
5. DUI for Marijuana or a Controlled Substance
Even though there is a statute for DUI drugs, Georgia has a separate law when the drug is marijuana or another controlled substance. The prosecution has the burden of proving that the marijuana or controlled substance caused you to be an unsafe driver.
6. DUI for a Combination of Two or More Drugs
A driver can be charged with DUI when they are under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol. The drug could be marijuana, a controlled substance, glue, toxic vapors, aerosols, or a prescription drug. Even if the driver's BAC is under .08, evidence of drugs in their system will be sufficient for a DUI charge.
Franklin Springs Municipal Court
If you have been charged with DUI in Franklin Springs, your case will proceed to Franklin Springs Municipal Court. Court is held on the first Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. excluding holidays. The Honorable Dale R. "Bubba" Samuels is the Municipal Court Judge, and Jackie Yearwood is the Chief Clerk. Court is held at 2531 W Main Street, Franklin Springs, Georgia 30639. Call (706) 245-6957 for more information.
Map to Franklin Springs Municipal Court
Contact Us Today
Contact Lawson and Berry today if you have been arrested for a DUI or a related offense in Franklin Springs. Our seasoned DUI lawyers in Franklin Springs are waiting to take your call and explain the options for your case. Call today and speak with an attorney who truly cares about your future! We will make sure your rights, future, and freedom are protected!