Marietta Felony DUI Charges
Legal Guidance from a Criminal Attorney in Marietta
As former prosecutors, the criminal defense lawyers at Henrickson & Sereeburtra have insight into both sides of the law. They understand how prosecutors build their cases and how to anticipate their moves. An important part of DUI defense is challenging DUI evidence at each opportunity in the case. There is no doubt the quality of your defense lawyer could be extremely important with regard to the outcome of your case.
The firm's extensive history serving on "the other side" allows them to have an exceptional understanding of the process, how to operate within the system for our clients, and how to present a compelling case at trial. The legal team does not take on felony DUI charges lightly – they know how difficult life will be for a client who is convicted.
How Can a DUI Become a Felony Offense?
A driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) measure of 0.08 % or higher is legally too impaired to operate a motor vehicle safely, under Georgia state law. The legally allowed BAC limit is lower for drivers under 21 and commercial drivers. A person with blood alcohol content over the legal limit will face arrest and DUI charges. All DUI allegations are serious and there are consequences if the driver is found guilty. A DUI is either a misdemeanor or felony offense.
A first time offender with a clean record may receive a light sentence or dismissal, but will still be required to pay fines, face a period of license suspension, and other hidden costs, including higher insurance rates. For drivers with up to three DUI offenses the penalties increase, but the crime is still in the misdemeanor category. The fourth DUI within 10 years becomes an automatic felony per Georgia House Bill 336. Anyone accused of a DUI needs to seek legal advice and guidance from an experienced Marietta DUI attorney.