Posted by Jim Yeargan in Jim's Blog on August 20, 2018
Recently, a Sandy Springs business was heavily damaged when a pickup truck crashed into it. Law enforcement was then called to the scene of the accident, but left. Law enforcement was then called to the scene of the accident a second time when additional damage was noticed. This is when law enforcement noticed that a truck had driven through bushes and fences after colliding with the building. Fortunately, no one was injured in this accident.
One of the most common questions asked by motor vehicle operators in Georgia who end up in serious DUI accidents is what will happen to the driver after an accident or arrest occurs. This article will attempt to answer the question of what will happen to a motorist after a DUI accident or arrest.
Potential Prison Sentences for DUI Charges
Being charged with DUI in Georgia often means proceeding through the booking process at a local jail. In some cases, you might end up spending an extended an amount of time in jail, but often you will be released after a day or two. Law in the state of Georgia requires a person who is charged with a DUI to spend a mandatory minimum of 24 hours in jail if he or she is convicted of DUI.
Drivers with one or more previous DUIs can expect to face an increased amount of time in jail. For example, a second DUI conviction within five years results in a 72 hour minimum in jail and a third DUI conviction within five years results in a person being sentenced to a minimum of 15 days in jail. Regardless of the jail that you are taken to, it is often a wise idea to quickly contact an experienced Atlanta DUI attorney who can help respond to these charges.
The Penalties for DUI
To a degree, the penalties that you end up facing as the result of a DUI charge depend on the judge associated with your case. Some judges in Georgia make sure that convicted individuals end up serving each second of a mandatory minimum.
Other judges will give credit after half of a person’s time has been served. In an effort to save the city’s money, some judges will require a person convicted of DUI to spend the day in a courtroom rather than a prison cell. Fortunately, an experienced DUI lawyer has relationships with the various judges in the area and knows how to best handle your sentencing.
Speak with a Skilled DUI Lawyer
If you are convicted of DUI in Georgia, you can expect to end up facing serious complications that will affect your education and career. I you are charged with DUI, one of the first actions that you should take is to immediately contact an experienced DUI lawyer like the legal team at Yeargan & Kert LLC. Our firm understands just how serious these accidents can be and will remain committed to making sure that your case resolves in the best possible manner.