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DUI Defense

The best way to avoid a DUI conviction is to monitor your behavior so you are not arrested in the first place. If you are arrested, the best thing you can do is politely decline to answer any questions and request to speak to your attorney at Palmore Boenig & Associates, PC — attorneys experienced in DUI law.

Because you have only 10 business days from the date of your arrest to defend your right to drive, do not delay. Call Palmore Boenig & Associates, PC, at 706-549-6880 now to schedule a free private consultation.

Our attorneys have experience on both sides of the DUI issue. As a former DUI prosecutor, Markus Boenig is intimately familiar with the law and how local prosecutors are applying it. As a former public defender, Malcolm Palmore has the experience needed to navigate the legal process and achieve the best results for your individual situation. They know the details and the inside issues of these charges as well as the evidence needed for a conviction. They will take your case seriously, defend you and help maintain your driving rights and freedom.

Underage DUI

A charge of underage DUI can have serious consequences for young people. Aside from the criminal penalties, UGA students and those attending other colleges may have the added problems associated with dealing with the academic judicial process at their institutions. Our attorneys are experienced with both the criminal and academic process and can help you maneuver through the labyrinth of procedures ahead.

If you are under 21 years old and are charged with DUI, your driver’s license may be in jeopardy. A blood alcohol level of only .02 is necessary for a conviction while a level greater than .08 may result in a license suspension of one year. Currently there are no limited driving permits available for underage drivers. You need an attorney who understands and appreciates the severity of the charges against you and is willing to help tackle the tough decisions ahead.

First DUI

A DUI charge can have real and devastating effects not only on a personal level but also on your career. Under Georgia law, a first-time conviction can result in up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Additionally, if you have a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater or if you refuse to take the breath test, your driver’s license could be suspended. You have a limited time (10 days) after arrest to preserve your driving privileges. Our attorneys will apply for a hearing with the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and can usually keep your driver’s license operational while your case is pending. Further, at this DDS hearing we can question the arresting officer about the facts of your case. This provides valuable information before we ever set foot in the courtroom.

Repeat And Felony DUI

A second DUI charge can be classified as “high and aggravated,” which can have added penalties such as mandatory jail time and longer license suspensions.

A third DUI arrest within a five-year period can be classified as a felony with a mandatory 120-day jail sentence along with increased fines and other penalties.

Our attorneys will investigate, analyze and advocate for you to seek the best resolution for your case. They are as committed to preserving your rights as you are. It is extremely important to have the right attorneys sitting beside you at trial. You need attorneys who have extensive trial experience, understand how to file the right motions, select a jury, do thorough and sifting cross-examinations and make compelling closing arguments. Make sure the attorney you select is knowledgeable about all of these aspects of your case.

Related Charges

We also represent clients on boating under the influence, driving with license suspended and hit-and-run offenses.

If you have been charged with DUI, you need an attorney who not only has extensive experience in the court system but who also has multiple resources and a variety of defense strategies to use in your case. Do not appear in court without an experienced legal professional by your side. Contact the law firm of Palmore Boenig & Associates, PC, and let them use their skills and experience to help you clear your name!

Penalties For Driving Under The Influence In Georgia

For motorists in the state of Georgia, driving under the influence (DUI) can carry stiff penalties. It is essential to have a plan in place for a designated driver or a taxi when you drink to avoid placing yourself or others at risk. However, if arrested for a DUI, you must immediately seek experienced legal counsel to protect yourself and your license. At Palmore Boenig & Associates, PC, our Athens attorneys have 24 years of combined experience in DUI law in Georgia and are ready to help you through this challenging process.

Georgia defines DUI as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. For those under the age of 21, a DUI can occur if you are driving with a BAC of .02 percent or more. In each instance, if pulled over, and your BAC measures at these levels or higher, you will be arrested. First-time DUI penalties in Georgia can often include:

  • Jail time: Anywhere from 24 hours to one year behind bars
  • Fines: Ranging from $300 to $1000, plus surcharges
  • Driver’s license suspension: For a period up to one year
  • Probation: Also, for up to a one-year period
  • Community service: Typically for 40 hours

In instances where you caused a severe injury, damaged property or caused a death, your penalties will be much more severe. Time is of the essence in a DUI case, so please reach out to our team of lawyers today to set up an initial consultation.

Increased Penalties For Repeat Or Felony DUI

If arrested for a second DUI, penalties may include mandatory time behind bars as well as a significantly longer period of license suspension. A third DUI arrest over a five-year period will often be classified as a felony offense and carry a mandatory 120 days behind bars, increased monetary fines and a wide range of additional penalties.

Contact Our Firm Today To Protect Your Rights After A DUI Arrest

Regardless of the circumstances of your arrest for a DUI, you must immediately contact our firm for legal representation. Our lawyers possess extensive trial experience and an intimate knowledge of DUI law in Georgia. As an integral member of the local community, we strive to help individuals overcome legal obstacles to move forward in a positive direction. Pick up the phone and reach a member of our firm today to arrange your free initial consultation. Reach us at 706-549-6880, or contact our office through email.

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Palmore, Boenig & Associates, P.C.
575 Research Dr.
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Athens, GA 30605

Phone: 706-549-6880
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