According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Georgia police officers and troopers make about 40,000 DUI arrests each year. Although not every arrest is lawful or results in a conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, one could make a safe assumption that there are still thousands of individuals who face serious consequences that could have a lasting impact on their lives after a DUI conviction.
Underage drinking is against the law. So is drinking and driving. The combination of the two can have serious long-term repercussions. With prom season just around the corner, the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety warned student drivers and their parents of the serious consequences that underage drinking and driving can have.
A previous post discussed the high costs of a DUI conviction and why, therefore, it is important to mount a proper defense in the face of any DUI charges. While the tangible costs of fines, alcohol education classes and probation costs can be high, a recent article in The Augusta Chronicle also notes the more intangible costs associated with a DUI arrest and conviction.
Often after receiving a drivers' license suspension in connection with a drunk driving arrest, a person can understandably become frustrated with the legal system. How are you supposed to pay fines associated with your DUI if you're not allowed to drive yourself to work? Many people with drunk driving convictions are normal, upstanding citizens with good jobs who just happened to screw up and drink too much without a designated driver one evening.