Being pulled over is a stressful event for almost anyone. While many can deal with the nerves and the adrenaline dumping into their system when being pulled over, some can find themselves on the brink of a near panic-attack. The heart begins to hammer, breaths become short and rapid, sweat can form on the hands and brow and hands can being to shake uncontrollably. It’s the same feeling some experience when asked to speak in front of an audience.
Sometimes, combined with the knowledge of having had a glass of wine over dinner, the worry over getting a DUI may actually cause some to act far more incapacitated then they actually are. An officer seeing someone shaking, sweating, unable to stand still or walk a straight line may see all of the tell-tale signs of an inebriated person, but in reality, they are well within the legal limits, just panicked to the point of passing out.
In other cases, a person makes the mistake of thinking they are safe to drive and may be just a tenth of a point above the legal limit and suddenly find themselves in a terrible situation. We live in a society where losing the ability to drive almost certainly means a loss of a job, which can turn into financial tragedy for most families. Having a DUI lawyer on your side is one thing you can do to help mitigate the damage to you and your family.
Although DUI is a misdemeanor in the state of Georgia, it can still have serious implications that will affect you, your life and even another’s life. A DUI conviction could lead to jail time, loss of your driver’s permit, probation, fines of $500 or more, substance abuse classes, DUI risk reduction classes, community service, etc. A DUI on your record could also hinder your employment status.
Whether or not you were truly intoxicated, knowing how to navigate this area of law enforcement and courtroom proceedings is not something to be left to chance. Don’t let a DUI put a damper or your life or your record. Call Blake Scoggins, LLC to set up a free consultation for us to review your case and protect your rights at 770-877-2258.