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Sunday, February 16, 2014

How a DUI Conviction Can Affect your Life

Need a reason to take a DUI seriously? Here are four good reasons why you need an experienced DUI attorney at your side who can help you successfully navigate through the process, from administrative license suspension appeals through criminal trials and appeals.

A DUI conviction is a serious offense in the state of Georgia that can negatively affect your life in many ways, including:

Your ability to drive:  A DUI convection can result in a suspended or revoked license, affecting your ability to conduct day-to-day tasks and resume normal life with your family and friends.  The duration of a license suspension can range from months to years, depending factors such as the driver’s age and the number of prior offenses. 

Financially:  A DUI conviction results in multiple fees and fines that can range from $300 to more than $5,000 dollars in the state of Georgia.  DUI surcharges include the fines ordered by the court as well as the reinstatement fees required after a drivers’ license has been suspended.  A DUI conviction also results in higher insurance rates.

Your current employment:  A DUI can mean immediate termination in certain jobs. Even if DUIs are simply frowned upon at work, the jail time, court dates or the community service associated with the charge could cause you to miss time at work, negatively impact your professional reputation, relationships at work and your career path. 

Future employment:  Most job interviews include a background check, and a DUI conviction on your record can put you at a major disadvantage - if not entirely eliminating from the pool of candidates. 

DUI law is a complicated area of the legal system and is often subject to change.  You need a legal expert that is up-to-date on the latest breath test equipment and the nuances of Georgia law.  Click here to read more about the new breath test machines being introduced in Georgia, and read more of our blog posts for tips on what to do if pulled over or arrested for DUI. 

For more information on this topic, contact Christopher Chapman at cchapman@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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