Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) can be a frightening and overwhelming experience, especially if it is your first run-in with the law. Although it may be easier said than done, remaining calm and focusing on ways to address the coming legal journey is crucial to the future of your case. In addition to remaining level-headed after a DUI arrest, acting quickly and speaking with an experienced attorney is extremely important.
Retaining legal representation quickly after an arrest should be a priority for any individual charged with any type of crime. In DUI cases, it is a must for anyone looking to protect their rights and certain privileges. At The Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub, P.C., our Atlanta DUI lawyers understand that time is of the essence in DUI cases, which is why we're always available to help clients in need and begin working on their case immediately.
Below are a few reasons why acting fast after a DUI arrest is important:
- The 10 Day Rule – In Georgia, anyone who has been arrested for DUI has only 10 days to request an Administrative License Suspension Hearing (ALS Hearing) with the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). If you do not request a hearing within the 10-day period, you may face an automatic license suspension. Our legal team helps clients through ALS hearings. If you want to protect your driving privileges, you need to act fast.
- Investigations & Intervention – In some situations, authorities may investigate individuals before charging them with a crime, or while a case is pending. By contacting an attorney early on in the process, they can work to keep you informed of what law enforcement and prosecutors are doing. It may also be possible, depending on the facts of a case, for an attorney to intervene and convince prosecutors to drop charges.
- Keeping You Informed – Our DUI lawyers have handled numerous DUI cases for all types of clients. We know how these cases proceed, what complications can arise, and what the "other side" may do. When you come to us quickly after an arrest, we can keep you informed about the progress of your case and what you can expect, from the very beginning to the very end.
- Building a Strong Defense – Perhaps the best reason for contacting a lawyer as soon as possible after a DUI arrest is that it provides the extra time to conduct thorough investigations and build the strongest possible defense. When our lawyers have the time to closely review and prepare a case, it often sets the stage for successful outcomes.
If you or your loved one has recently been arrested for DUI in Atlanta or any of the surrounding communities of Georgia, please remember that time is a critical factor in your case. Take some time today to give us a call to learn more about the charges and penalties you face, and how our firm can help.
To request a consultation, call 404-907-1536.