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DUI Defense In
Bartow County

Bartow County Georgia DUI Defense

REPRESENTING THOSE IN BARTOW, COBB, CHEROKEE, FULTON, PAULDING, AND DOUGLAS COUNTIES.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI in Bartow County Georgia, contact our office at Frye Law Group today to begin your defense. 

As a former prosecutor and lifelong advocate for justice, Kim Frye knows that the State does not always fight fair. That’s why she has dedicated her practice to defending her clients and their rights to the fullest degree.

BARTOW COUNTY GEORGIA DUI DEFENSE

If you get pulled over while driving under the influence in Bartow County Georgia and an officer asks you to take a breathalyzer test, there’s not much use in saying no. Georgia is an implied consent state, which means that by driving on Georgia’s roads, you consent to a blood alcohol test.

Getting convicted of a DUI in Bartow County Georgia is a serious issue. It could affect how much you pay for car insurance, possible jail time, driver’s license suspension, hefty fines and fees, mandatory alcohol programs, increased insurance premiums, loss of employment or future employment, and that conviction will stay on your criminal record forever.

It’s also important to note that this includes first time offenders – Georgia does not have an exception for DUI first offenders. That means that, if convicted, even your first-time DUI can’t be expunged (cleared from your record).

The blood alcohol levels that can lead to a DUI are like those in most states in the US:

  • If you are over the age of 21, driving a passenger vehicle: 0.08 or higher
  • If you are driving a commercial vehicle: 0.04 or higher
  • If you are under 21: 0.02 or higher

THE 30-DAY WARNING FOR DUI ARREST IN BARTOW COUNTY GEORGIA

Anyone arrested in Bartow County Georgia Georgia for a DUI has to appear in two separate courts. First, you’ll appear in criminal court (the State of Georgia v. you). But after that, you’ll also have to appear in a civil court to determine whether your driver’s license will be suspended – also known as an administrative license suspension hearing.

When you are arrested in Bartow County Georgia Georgia, the police officer will fill out a form called DDS (Georgia Department of Driver’s Services) Form 1205. When DDS views your form, they’ll send you what’s commonly known as the 30-Day Letter. That’s because you only have 30 days to request a hearing after you receive the letter. If you don’t request a hearing, your license will automatically be suspended.

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Potential Penalties

1ST TIME RECEIVING A DUI

If you get arrested for a DUI, you may face different penalties depending on your past arrests. If it’s your first time receiving a DUI, the penalties may include any of the following:

  • 1-10 days in jail (sometimes can be waived)
  • 12 months of probation
  • Suspended driver’s license (limited permit is sometimes available, potential to drive with an ignition interlock device)
  • DUI Risk Reduction School (20 hours of class)
  • $300-$1000 fine plus surcharges
  • At least 40 hours of community service
  • Clinical substance abuse evaluation and any recommended treatment
  • Going to a MADD Victim Impact Panel

2ND DUI

If it’s your second time receiving a DUI, the penalties may include any of the following:

  • 3-15 days in jail and up to 12 months of probation
  • 30 days (240 hours) of community service
  • DUI Risk Reduction School (20 hours of class)
  • Suspended driver’s license for 4-18 months (limited permit is sometimes available after 4 months, potential to drive with an ignition interlock device)
  • Photo published in news
  • $600-$1000 fine plus surcharges
  • Clinical substance abuse evaluation and any recommended treatment
  • Going to a MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • Surrender license plate

3RD DUI 

If it’s your third time receiving a DUI, the penalties may include any of the following:

  • High and aggravated misdemeanor
  • 15 days to 12 months in jail
  • 30 days (240 hours) of community service
  • DUI Risk Reduction School (20 hours of class)
  • Minimum 2 year suspended driver’s license with no permit
  • Photo published in news
  • Habitual violator designation
  • $1000-$5000 fine plus surcharges
  • Clinical substance abuse evaluation and any recommended treatment
  • Going to a MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • Surrender license plate

FELONY DUI

Most of the time, being arrested for DUI is considered a misdemeanor offense. People deemed “habitual violators” that are arrested for a 4th DUI within a 10 year period are charged with felony DUI though. Felony DUI convictions carry very severe penalties, including:

  • Minimum 90 days in jail and maximum of 5 years
  • 60 days (480 hours) of community service
  • DUI Risk Reduction School (20 hours of class)
  • Suspended driver’s license with no permit
  • $1000-$5000 fine plus surcharges
  • Clinical substance abuse evaluation and any recommended treatment
  • Going to a MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • All other punishments associated with being a convicted felon

What Should I Do If I Get Stopped For A DUI?

Contact A Bartow County Georgia DUI Lawyer Today

REPRESENTING THOSE IN COBB, BARTOW, CHEROKEE, FULTON, PAULDING, AND DOUGLAS COUNTIES

Because you have such a limited amount of time to contest your suspended license and the seriousness of DUI charges in Bartow County Georgia Georgia, you should call an attorney as soon as you receive notice of your charge. If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, contact our office at Frye Law Group today to begin your defense.

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“”She got my charge reduced to reckless driving and since I had gotten all my requirements done, reduced fine and no probation! Kim is AWESOME!””

– Former Client