Facing Felony DUIs
The stakes go up with each DUI arrest. If you already have a drunk driving conviction on your record, you could be facing your picture in the paper, suspension of your license, 240 hours of community service, fines and jail time if you are convicted again.
At the Cohen & Hirsch, in Atlanta, Georgia, we understand how life changing these allegations can be. Our lawyers work hard to provide a vigorous and ethical defense to drunk driving charges.
Serving clients throughout DeKalb County and the Greater Atlanta area, we represent clients accused of repeat or felony DUI. If you have been accused, you could be facing serious consequences, including a three-year administrative suspension of your driver’s license for a second DUI conviction. We may be able to negotiate on your behalf, helping you to obtain a work permit with an ignition interlock device.
Timing Is Critical In Repeat DUI Cases
Timing is critical in repeat DUI cases, because your second arrest in ten years carries with it more serious consequences. But, as time passes, DUI convictions carry less weight with criminal courts and administrative agencies like the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).
If enough time has passed, an old conviction will not be counted against you. In criminal courts, there is a 10-year look back window for DUI arrests. This means that, when a judge or prosecutor examines your case, he or she will count back 10 years to determine how many previous DUIs you have encountered. DDS uses a five-year look back window.
This calculation can be more complex than you might think because of a July 2008 change in the law. It is best to check with an experienced attorney to learn how the law will apply in your case.
Sometimes people worry that their lawyer is going to judge them. They avoid seeking needed help because they don’t want someone to look down on them. At the Cohen & Hirsch, we don’t look down on our clients. Period. We are on your side after a drunk driving arrest — even if it’s not your first or even your fifth. The things you tell us are confidential. And we always fight hard to protect your rights and your freedom.