Rincon Criminal Defense Lawyer
Have you been charged with a criminal offense in Rincon? The Schneider Law Firm is proud to offer criminal defense services and DUI defense services to all residents in the community. In recent years the community has seen a 100% population growth. Usually, when cities gain in population they also experience an increase in crime. Rincon currently has a crime rate lower than both Georgia and the national average. The most frequent crimes the city experiences are crimes related to theft such as burglary and robbery.
The Schneider Law Firm has been providing clients with quality counsel and representation for many years. Prior to opening his private practice, founding attorney Cris Schneider worked as a defense attorney in Atlanta for ten years. His practice works to provide criminal defense, particularly DUI defense to individuals in the community. Attorney Schneider frequently handles issues related to drug crimes, theft crimes, violent crimes and sex crimes. He has skillfully defended many clients and is considered the “DUI Daddy.” He has over 15 years of experience in representing individuals with driving under the influence charges.
Rincon, Georgia DUI Laws
The criminal justice system is surprisingly harsh on individuals convicted of driving while intoxicated. The basic sentence is considered a misdemeanor but offenders can be convicted of felony DUI. First time DUI is considered a misdemeanor and is punishable by a $300-$1000 fine, jail time of ten days to 12 months, 40 hours of community service, completion of an alcohol dependence program, probation, and one year of license suspension. This can seem daunting to individuals who have never been involved in the criminal justice system. In comparison, the penalty for a misdemeanor theft crime is a fine no more than $1000 and a jail sentence of 12 months or less. According to state law, those that receive a sentence of six months or less may be allowed to serve the sentence during weekend confinement or during the offender’s nonworking hours. DUI penalties are much harsher on offenders than other misdemeanor crimes.
A felony DUI charge is given when the individual has acquired more than three driving while intoxicated charges within a ten year period. Driving under the influence can also be considered a felony when there are injuries or even a death involved. Penalties for a felony DUI range depending on the circumstances of the case but can result in a $1000-$5000 fine, 12 months to five years in prison, a minimum of 60 days of community service and completion of an alcohol or drug treatment program. When charged with DUI, there are several common defense strategies that can be taken. The two most common strategies are: 1) that the officer lacked probable cause for the arrest and 2) that there was an error in the field sobriety testing or the blood and breath testing. There are many other ways to defend against a conviction of driving while intoxicated including officer failure to read you your Miranda rights. All these strategies and more can be worked out with a defense attorney.
Assistance for DUI Charges
Driving on Highway 21 can be treacherous, especially if an individual has had one too many drinks after a dinner with friends. The Schneider Law Firm offers representation to those who need it most. A DUI conviction can greatly impact an individual’s life. The repercussions are not only limited to the completion of mandated programs or serving jail time but can follow an individual for the rest of their life. The state considers driving while intoxicated a criminal offense and a conviction will remain on permanent criminal records. If you have additional questions, or would like to schedule a consultation with an attorney, please do not hesitate to contact the firm.