Even a first DUI conviction in Georgia can easily cost between $5,000- $10,000 by the time you have satisfied all of the court imposed terms in conditions of your sentence. However, the collateral consequences of pleading guilty to a DUI can be much greater. Professional organizations, schools, and current employers are all likely to have tough policies in place for DUI convictions.
For instance, the Georgia Bar, the governing body of all attorneys licensed to practice law in Georgia, has deemed those convicted of DUI ineligible to sit for the bar examination for twelve months from the date their plea was entered. Even if the DUI charges are dropped, and the applicant pled to a lesser offense like Reckless Driving, the bar maintains the twelve month ineligibility window. In real life, this can equate to thousands of dollars in lost income, long term rehabilitative requirements, and the stigma associated with a criminal alcohol-related conviction.
Almost every professional organization now has strict and unwavering policies in place to deal with DUI charges. Military, medical, education, transportation, and those entrusted with fiduciary duties are some of the most common clients I see where a DUI charge in Georgia is almost guaranteed to have devastating and long lasting effects on their career. If you have been arrested for a DUI, or other alcohol or drug related charge, promptly contact my office and I will discuss your situation with you and lay out the best options in defending yourself and protecting your career.