Intense Defense - When You Simply Cannot Lose
A DUI conviction in Georgia creates severe and often lifelong consequences. Not only is a DUI staggeringly expensive in terms of fines and fees, it can also impact your credit rating, your job, your ability to rent a car, even your health insurance. When you absolutely have to win your case, you need the Intense Defense offered by Augusta DUI attorney Elmer (Pete) Young.
Here are some of the indirect consequences you may face if you are convicted for a DUI Georgia. The fines and other direct consequences are addressed elsewhere on this website.
DUI Convictions in Georgia remain on your permanent criminal history forever with no provision in law for expungement. That's right. Upon conviction for a DUI, the record of the conviction will remain with you for the rest of your life and nothing can be done to remove this black mark on your permanent record. DUI is the only motor vehicle offense that shows up on the FBI's NCIC database (National Crime Information Center, Quantico, VA). Even if you move to another state, the DUI conviction will follow you to the new state.
Perhaps the best known indirect consequence of a DUI is that your auto insurance carrier will likely either raise your insurance rates by moving you into a high risk category or drop your insurance coverage entirely. A DUI conviction can also affect your eligibility for health insurance and life insurance as well. If you're injured on the job and file for workers compensation, your claim could be denied if proof of DUI (an illegal act) causing your injuries is proven.
Another consequence of a DUI is that many major rental car companies will not rent vehicles to anyone with DUI conviction for a period of three to six years after conviction.
A DUI conviction can also affect your job status. Georgia is an "at will" or "right to work" state which means a private employer can generally fire a person for no reason at all. A DUI conviction -- and in some cases even a DUI arrest -- could get you fired.
And getting a new job might not be so easy. When applying for a job after a DUI conviction you will ALWAYS have to respond that you have been convicted of a DUI. Obviously this information may determine whether you will get the job for which you have applied.
For professions requiring state licenses (Lawyers, Doctors, Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, law enforcement, etc.), the state board in charge of licensing may delay or deny licensure based upon a DUI conviction.
A DUI conviction may also result in the denial of admission into Post-Graduate/Professional Schools such as medical schools, nursing schools, law schools, etc. Teachers and other educators may be terminated from their positions in some Georgia school districts.
Security clearance may be denied or revoked at military bases or businesses that contract with the U.S.. Government on high security clearance issues.
Military personnel could face terrible consequences for driving drunk. In fact a DUI conviction can result in the end of a military career or denial of future advancement. Additionally, soldiers who are scheduled for deployment to combat duty can be removed from deployment status and even discharged from military service either by general discharge or even via dishonorable discharge.
A DUI conviction might also impact your education. Universities may sanction you independently of any criminal or license suspension hearing matters. These sanctions can range from mandatory substance abuse awareness classes to suspension with certain conditions to re-enter classes the following semester, to complete expulsion.
Finally, there is the embarrassment factor. When arrested and charged with DUI you will be taken to jail, fingerprinted, photographed and place in a holding cell. Within a matter of days you arrest picture will likely be posted in one of the tabloids feauriing local arrests and in the daily newspaper. Everyone will know about your misfortune, even if you beat the rap.