I am 19 and got my first DUI. What should I do and what will happen to me?
It is difficult to answer the "what will happen to me" portion of your question, as there needs to be an undertaking of the facts of your case in detail. The first thing you should do is immediately seek a qualified opinion from an attorney. This should occur within 10 days of your arrest, as there could be license implications should you not act within that time period. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your options with you.
You need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. There are some things you need to do right away, such as filing the 10-day letter to request a hearing regarding your license. There are some serious consequences to this charge, so don't just go in and plead guilty; there could be many possible ways to fight the case or obtain a reduction to a lesser charge. Finding a lawyer you're comfortable with will give you the best chance to minimize the damage now that you're in this situation. Feel free to call us at 404-987-0245 to discuss your case further at no charge, and best wishes to you.
-Kevin A. Chastine
Contact 2 or 3 attorneys to discuss your case. Most attorneys will meet with you at no cost for about an hour to evaluate your case. I see that you are in Athens, GA. If you are charged in Athens, I recommend Jeff Rothman. I am in Atlanta and I send him all my DUI referrals there. If your case is not in Athens, feel free to contact my office or any of the highly rated DUI attorneys on the AVVO site. Perhaps most importantly in the short run, make sure you get a letter to DDS to protect your drivers license within 10 business days from the date of your arrest. A DUI lawyer can take care of that for you, so I would make an appointment as soon as possible. Good luck.
Please seek an attorney as soon as possible. The fact that you are under 21 and receive a DUI could have dire consequences not only in the Court case, but also to your driver's license, the latter coming potentially before you even go to court. Make sure to take all of the documents, tickets, etc. you received regarding the arrest to the attorney you go to see, and call and set an appointment with an attorney today..
You need to contact a couple of DUI (it is important to contact a lawyer that specializes) attorneys immediately. Your driving privileges are in jeopardy and it is important to react quickly. Hire a lawyer who your are comfortable with and that you communicate well with. Your are facing punishment with jail time involved.
I agree with the other lawyers who have responded advising you to talk to several lawyers who are experienced in this area. You have answers from two very good lawyers in Athens who can hlep you. I am in Athens as well and can help you. Do some research on the web, ask around and set up some free consultations (I do those in DUI cases and other good lawyers will as well) and see if you can find someone you feel good about ....a good lawyer can help you. Good luck.
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