Georgia DUI Defense Attorney
Atlanta GA DUI Defense Attorney
There are serious consequences for a Georgia drunk driving conviction, but with an experienced attorney at your side, you can build a strong DUI defense and protect your rights. As a former Fulton County DUI prosecutor, Atlanta DUI Attorney Douglas B. Chanco provides an aggressive DUI defense for people who want to fight their GA DUI charge after their arrest.
Whether you have been charged with your first DUI or you have been previously convicted, you want to do everything you can to fight. In today’s society, and under Georgia law in particular, the penalties for DUI are very serious. If you are found guilty, you will lose your license and you could even lose your job. Most importantly, the charges will stay on your record forever. Finally it is important to be aware that the penalties increase with each conviction, and your previous DUI convictions can be used to destroy your defenses in your present GA DUI case! By fighting today, you are also taking action to protect yourself in the future.
Did you agree to take the State of Georgia’s DUI test? If the officer took your license and you were issued a notice of license suspension, called a 1205 form, DO NOT DELAY. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY AT ONCE. YOU ONLY HAVE 10 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF YOUR LICENSE BEING TAKEN TO REQUEST A HEARING AS TO YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES. IF YOU DO NOT REQUEST THE HEARING WITHIN 10 DAYS, YOUR GEORGIA DRIVERS LICENSE COULD BE SUSPENDED FOR UP TO 12 MONTHS.
There are many ways to defend a Georgia DUI charge:
First, we will look at the initial traffic stop and determine how your case escalated into a DUI arrest as opposed to just a traffic citation. Second we look to see if there are any constitutional rights violations. Third, we verify how any field sobriety tests and breath tests were administered. In the event any of the arresting officer’s actions were not appropriate, it is possible for you to have test results, including your breath test results, excluded from the evidence The State of Georgia can use against you.
We will also investigate the arresting officer’s record. Do they have a history of bad stops? Do they make many more DUI arrests than other officers? The answers to these questions could be crucial pieces to your GA DUI defense.
In addition to protecting your rights in criminal court, we also handle your DUI related Georgia drivers license suspension and other administrative hearings. Losing your license will have a major effect on your life, but we can help you retain your driving privileges.