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You are not required to answer any questions that could incriminate you. You can politely ask to speak with an attorney before you answer the officer’s questions. When you automatically respond with “yes” or “no” you are making yourself vulnerable, and negative consequences could follow.
You have a right to a lawyer when you are given the opportunity to take a breath blood alcohol test or if you refuse to take a chemical sobriety test.
There are three commonly used charges:
- DUI (driving under the influence)
- OWI (operating while intoxicated)
- DWI (driving while intoxicated)
Georgia also has a “per se” offense, which you could be charged with if you are driving with an excessive blood alcohol content greater than 0.08%. You could be charged with “per se” in addition to one of the above-listed charges. You will only receive penalties for one of the charges. Per se does not hold if you refuse a chemical test because of lack of evidence.
General attorneys are rarely of assistance in a DUI case because the drunk driving laws are complex. A DUI defense attorney, on the other hand, can help you improve the situation. This type of attorney is aware of the particulars of your case and how it relates to the law. They have experience negotiating penalties, contesting ALS, and looking for flaws in the case.
Attorneys all charge different fees and rates based on experience, reputation, and practicing location. Fees will range from $500 to $15,000 or more. If you are hiring an experienced DUI attorney and this is your first offense, you can expect it to be from $5,000 to $8,000, but this price could be affected by other factors:
- Expenses, including witness fees, blood analysis, and subpoenas
- ALS procedures and associated costs
- Misdemeanor or felony charges
- Trials and appeals are an extra charge
A lawyer may charge a retainer fee up front. Just make sure to get the financials figured out in writing before you agree to services. For more detailed information regarding the cost of hiring James E. Dangerfield, contact the firm directly.