Arrested For Drunk Driving? I Can Help.
The right defense starts with the right attorney. In Summerville and throughout Northwest Georgia, you can find the representation you’re looking for at Robert M. Patten, LLC. I have extensive experience defending clients against drunk driving charges, and I am ready to help you resolve both the criminal charges you are facing as well as the separate administrative case (related to license suspension).
Through it all, I will ensure that you fully understand your rights and legal options and are able to make informed choices that best meet your needs and the needs of your family.
Common Defenses Against DUI Charges
Most DUI cases seem open-and-shut, but the evidence isn’t always as clear-cut as it first appears. There are many ways to contest a DUI charge. Depending on the facts of the case, you may be able to assert that:
- The police officer did not have a valid reason to pull you over
- The police officer made a mistake or deviated from protocol when administering field sobriety tests
- You failed field sobriety tests for medical reasons unrelated to alcohol impairment
- The breath-testing device was not properly calibrated or the test was administered incorrectly
In any criminal case, the details matter. That’s why you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as early in the process as possible.
Ignition Interlock Device Vs. Appealing License Suspension
DUI charges in Georgia are accompanied by the threat of administrative license suspension (ALS), which will automatically occur after 30 days if you take no further action. However, you can choose to either appeal the ALS by requesting an administrative license hearing with the Georgia Department of Driver Services or install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle.
If you opt for the IID, you don’t need to worry about losing your license or your appeal. However, you will be responsible for the costs associated with installation, monthly fees, maintenance fees and eventual removal. You’ll also need to keep it installed for 12 months.
Should you appeal your suspension or have an IID installed? No matter which option you choose, you shouldn’t make the decision without first discussing your case with an experienced attorney. I will take the time to explain the pros and cons of each choice in light of the facts of your case. If you choose to appeal the suspension, I will be ready to guide and represent you at the administrative license hearing.