You Can’t Win A DUI Case By Pleading Guilty

If this is your first time facing a criminal charge, you're probably stressed; embarrassed and hoping the whole thing will just go away. You may even think that the evidence against you is insurmountable.

One thing is for certain: You can only win your case if you try.

The Penalties Are Severe

Pleading guilty to a DUI (driving under the influence) is not a good idea. The penalties in Georgia are severe, so neither the prosecutor nor the judge is going to show you mercy simply because it's your first offense.

The True Cost Of A Conviction Is Steeper Than You Think

Are you concerned about the cost of an experienced defense attorney? Consider for a moment some of the hidden costs of conviction (and remember that a guilty plea is the same as a conviction):

  • Your license will be suspended for 12 months. However, you can get that down to 120 days and probation by going to driving school.
  • DUI school costs close to $300 and will require you to miss work for three days.
  • An alcoholism evaluation is required, which costs around $250.
  • Depending on the evaluation's results, you could be required to attend anything from counseling to in-house rehabilitation.
  • Your probation period requires monitoring by a private supervision company, which can charge another $45 per month for 12 months.
  • Fines can range from $300 to a max of $1,000.
  • The state tacks a surcharge onto whatever fine you get of 50 percent, so you will pay an additional $150-$500.
  • Your car insurance costs will skyrocket.
  • You have mandatory community service of 40 hours.

If those costs aren't difficult enough, consider the impact a conviction will have on your career. If you have any sort of professional license, you'll have to disclose the conviction when you're up for renewal. If you're a pilot, a salesperson, use a company vehicle or are covered under fleet insurance, a DUI conviction may end your employment permanently because you are now uninsurable.

Why Hire A Defense Attorney?

It is far more cost-effective to hire an attorney to defend you than it is to take the guilty plea. That cost isn't just measured today, either. If you're ever charged with another DUI, you'll automatically face much more serious penalties.

Our attorneys at Roach, Caudill & Gunn LLP will look for ways to defeat the charges. We will also give you an honest evaluation and candid feedback about the reality of your situation. Please email us or call us at 678-487-7463 or 800-265-1895 to schedule a consultation with one of our Canton, Georgia, lawyers.