Arrested for a DUI in Dahlonega
Bill Hardman has represented clients accused of DUI across the State of Georgia. Dahlonega is a beautiful city with an excellent college and many great activities. Whether paddling down the Chestatee River or just eating a good dinner at Shananigan's, it is always nice to be in Dahlonega. Unfortunately, due to the amount of traffic that now proceeds through Dahlonega, the officers have to be on the lookout for DUI drivers. Nobody wants to be in an accident with a DUI driver so the web that is cast by law enforcement is VERY large. Whether you had a few beers on the river or a few beers at karaoke, you may be at risk of being charged with DUI in Lumpkin County.
Important Deadline: You may be subject to an administrative/or implied consent suspension license suspension if you refused a requested blood test or breath test. You may also be subject to an administrative license suspension if you took a blood test or a breath test and the results were above the legal limit. The legal limit for alcohol if you are over 21 years of age is .08 If you are under 21, the legal limit is .02. The important thing to remember is that you only have 30 days from the date of your arrest to appeal these administrative license suspensions or they may go into effect automatically, even though your temporary driver's permit last for 45 days. These license suspensions may also go into effect before you ever go to a court and enter any plea or have the evidence in your DUI case heard by a judge or a jury. To read about these license suspensions and the 30-day letter to appeal these suspensions see here:
Do I Need to send a 30-day letter to save my driver's license?
Penalties for DUI
DUI carries serious penalties in the State of Georgia including mandatory jail time and suspension of your driver's license. Because the the City of Dahlonega is home to many members of the United States Military, there may be additional concerns if a service member receives a DUI charge. Members of the military may be subject to additional penalties that may affect the ability to advance in their careers. Many times our service members have committed years of service to our country that may be jeopardized by a DUI charge.
Bill Hardman has defended DUI cases in Lumpkin County. Our office will be able to give you a free consultation about your DUI charge in Dahlonega, Georgia.
Your DUI case in Dahlonega will start in one of two courts:
If you want to demand a jury trial in your Dahlonega DUI or Lumpkin County DUI case, your trial will be held in the Superior Court of Lumpkin County. It is important that your lawyer make any legal challenges to your DUI charge at every stage of your case. To read about how a DUI case proceeds in Georgia courts click here: