The DUI Process in Georgia
Arrested for Drunk Driving in Savannah? Contact Us Immediately!
If you or a loved one are facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges or multiple DUI charges, you will need to understand the DUI process that will begin your near future. Due to the complexities inherent in the system, you should contact a Savannah DUI lawyer from The Schneider Law Firm as soon as possible. With our legal representation, you can begin confidently protecting your legal and constitutional rights.
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Defending Your Rights from Beginning to End
The DUI process begins with a suspected drunk driver being pulled over by a law enforcement official. The officer's suspicions may be as a result of observed reckless driving, speeding, swerving, rapid lane changes or other driving conduct that could be caused by drunk driving. Once you are pulled over, the officer will look for evidence of DUI, such as:
- Open container of alcohol
- The smell of alcohol on your breath
- Slurred speech
- Bloodshot eyes
The officer will more than likely ask if you have been drinking or doing drugs. It is important to note you are not required by law to answer that question and have the right to have an attorney present during any questioning. If the officer suspects DUI, he may ask you to submit to one or more field sobriety tests. Under the law, you are not required to submit to such tests; however you are legally required to submit to breath & blood tests. Refusing to do a breath or blood test will result in a one-year automatic license suspension.
Should the officer have sufficient evidence to indicate you were driving under the influence, you will be arrested and booked for DUI. The moment you are brought to a jailhouse or clerk's office for processing, you should ask to call an attorney from our firm. The sooner you call us, the sooner we will be able to come to your aid.
Challenge the Evidence Against You with Our Help
Even in pretrial hearings, we can present additional facts and evidence that build you a solid defense. Evidence presented by the prosecutor can also be challenged or a request submitted to suppress certain evidence due to procedural mistakes. Common reasons evidence might be deemed inadmissible and dismissed include:
- Improperly maintained and calibrated equipment
- Unjust search and seizure
- Unlawful traffic stops
- Inaccurate field sobriety tests
- Arresting officer failed to read Miranda warning
If possible, pretrial hearings are where your Savannah DUI attorney would be able to enter a plea bargain on your behalf. If your case does proceed to trial, we will work closely with you to ensure you are fully prepared for trial. As a former prosecutor for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's office, Cris Schneider is able to bring a unique insight and unparalleled understanding of litigation into your criminal defense case.
Your Choice of Legal Representation Could Make or Break Your Case
As the DUI process has multiple steps and procedures that could be used to either incriminate or absolve you, you need legal representation that will take the time to address your concerns every step along the way. At The Schneider Law Firm, our team of hardworking Savannah DUI lawyers are committed to providing their clients with excellent service and high quality criminal defense. No case is too minor or too complex for us.
For the top-choice law firm that provides aggressive yet professional criminal defense representation, contact us immediately.