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First Time DUI Charges

Athens DUI Defense Lawyer

Being charged with driving under the influence (“DUI”) is a very scary experience, and has potentially life altering consequences. If you have been charged with DUI, you need an experienced and passionate Athens criminal defense attorney who will fight to get the charges dropped, reduced, or win a trial.

Do not wait to start planning your DUI defense. Call (706) 705-5122 today.

Penalties For A 1st Time DUI In Athens

A conviction for a first time DUI in Georgia means you will spend a minimum of 24 hours in jail, but it can be higher. You will also have your license suspended. The suspension is for 1 year, but if you are over 21 years old, it is possible to have your license reinstated after 120 days by agreeing to take certain state-mandated courses on alcohol safety.

1st time DUI penalties could include:

  • Up to 1 year license suspension
  • License reinstatement fees
  • A 20 hour risk reduction course
  • Heavy DUI fines
  • Community service

Additionally, a conviction for a first DUI offense will influence the charges and sentencing brought against you for a subsequent offense, for up to ten years.

Last, it can lead to other Issues if you attend the University of Georgia, or any of the surrounding colleges.

Athens DUI Defense Lawyer J. Lee Webb Can Help You

What you might not be aware of is that under certain circumstances, your first time DUI charge can be reduced to a reckless driving charge. Athens DUI defense lawyer J. Lee Webb stands ready to help have Dui charges dismissed or reduced to a reckless driving charge or another non-DUI offense. In Georgia, the law allows the prosecutor to reduce DUI charges.

Reduction of DUI charges to a reckless driving charge is more likely if it is your first offense. It is imperative that you enter a not guilty plea to preserve your right to have the charges reduced to reckless driving. It is worth your while to see if this option is possible for you, as future employers will be much less hesitant to hire someone with a reckless driving conviction than a drunk driving conviction. Additionally, the punishment for reckless driving can be lower than those for DUI. If you are convicted or plead to reckless driving, there is no statutory punishment required. The law allows for zero fines up to $1000.00. Of course, the Judge can impose additional requirements. Importantly, there is no license suspension with a reckless driving charge, and if your license has been administratively suspended, it will be reinstated.

You can discuss all the details of a DUI charge by calling (706) 705-5122 and requesting a free case evaluation.

Why Choose Our Firm?

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  • We understand both the procedure of drug & alcohol tests, and the science behind them

  • Attorney Webb has earned numerous awards for his standard of excellence.

  • Clients receive Attorney Webb's personal cell phone & email address.

  • We have over 25 years of legal experience.

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  • Criminal Defense Client

    He is knowledgeable and very professional.

  • DUI Client

    This was a first-time DUI (0.08), first-ever offense of any sort. I was referred to Lee by a lawyer friend. Lee and Alisa (his assistant) did an outstanding job of guiding me through the process from first contact all the way through trial (that never occu

  • Kevin W. / DUI Client

    Lee did an amazing job on my case. He asked me to walk through all of the details of what had happened and then studied the police reports in great detail. Once we went to court it was clear from the beginning that the judges and prosecutors really respect

  • DUI Client

    Once I came into contact with Mr. Webb after facing an arrest for driving under the influence, I knew he was the man I could trust to help me when it came to the law. He simplified the legal process and was successfully able to reduce the charge I was pres

  • DUI Client

    As soon as I was charged with a DUI, I reached out to Lee Webb for representation—and my experience could not be more ideal. He immediately initiated an appeal for my administrative license suspension and reached out to the prosecutors for negotiation. Les

  • DUI Client

    The court kept pushing out my case date, but after three years, Lee was able to get it dismissed. I would recommend Lee to anyone facing criminal charges—even if you think it is an open-and-shut case, there are a number of factors that can change the outco

  • Criminal Defense Client

    I immediately researched defense lawyers and scheduled a free consultation with Lee Webb. As soon as I walked into his office, I felt relieved. While the situation was embarrassing, Lee treated me with respect and helped me through the process. He was alwa

  • Criminal Defense Client

    Lee and his team kept me updated throughout the entire process, and were always available if I had any questions. Lee was brutally honest and was true to his word during my proceedings. I am very satisfied with his representation as well as the results of

  • Criminal Defense Client

    I cannot say enough about Lee Webb. From start to finish, he made a miserable experience tolerable. Each employee I worked with – including with the individual who answered the phone on weekends—was top notch and beyond pleasant. The team kept me informed