Facing DUI Charges in Savannah?
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Attorney Robert F. Pirkle brings
over 30 years of legal experience to every case he takes on. As a seasoned litigator with a wealth of experience
acting as both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer, he has what it takes
to successfully defend clients going through even the most complicated
With the right representation on your side, you may be able to keep your
license, avoid a permanent criminal record, decrease your charges, or
even walk away from this momentary mistake and keep it in your past.
Benefits of hiring The Law Offices of Robert F. Pirkle:
1000's of criminal & DUI cases handled
Proven results in & out of court
Tenacious & customized defense
Experience from both sides of the courtroom
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Like most states in the nation, law enforcement agencies in Savannah adhere
to the belief that driving is a privilege - not a right. Any time a driver
displays behavior that abuses the privilege to drive and puts the public
roads in danger, prosecutors will push hard to penalize the driver to
the highest degree of the law. Georgia's Department of Driver Services
will suspend or revoke a driver's license any time a driver has been
arrested for a DUI, refuses to take a chemical test, or any other DUI-related offenses.
Attorney Pirkle can help you with:
Losing a driver's license can be devastating, especially for professionals
who rely on their license to make a living. In order to save yourself
from getting a permanent criminal record, protect your driving privileges,
and safeguard your freedoms, you must seek help from a skilled
Savannah criminal defense attorney who knows how to dismantle a prosecutor's case and defend your rights
to the end.
What are the grounds for a DUI arrest?
Under O.C.G.A. 40-6-391, it is unlawful to drive under the influence of
alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances. In Georgia, a person
cannot drive while under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it
is less safe for he or she to drive, and the same applies to any type
of drug (even lawfully prescribed prescription medications).
In Georgia, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level established for
adults is .08% and for persons under the age of 21, it is established
at just .02%, meaning a youthful driver can be convicted of DUI after
having just one alcoholic beverage.
What are the penalties for a first offense DUI?
The state of Georgia does not take offenses involving driving while under
the influence (DUI) lightly. Though the intent behind severe penalties
is to discourage dangerous and life-threatening criminal behaviors, the
heavy hand of the law often puts drivers at a disadvantage. Without the
right DUI attorney, even drivers with a spotless criminal record will
be facing serious penalties.
First-time offenders may face the following penalties:
- Jail sentence not exceeding 1 year
- Fines not exceeding $1,000
- Community services hours
- License reinstatement fees
- Probation-related consequences
In addition to the penalties mentioned above, an individual who has been
convicted of a DUI will have a permanent criminal record, and can suffer
other financial consequences, including a dramatic increase in insurance premiums.
What are the penalties for a DUI related accident?
A misdemeanor DUI conviction may result in a 12 month jail sentence, fines
up to $1,000, license suspension, and other penalties. Yet, when an accident
occurs in correlation with a DUI charge, especially if led to another
person’s injuries or death, the penalties are incredibly uncompromising.
Penalties for DUI manslaughter are the following:
- Maximum 20 years in prison
- Fines up to $1,000
- Driver’s license suspension
- Increased insurance rates
In some circumstances, if the plaintiff is able to convey the accident
resulted in your negligent and reckless actions, you may be liable to
pay for punitive damages. There is no cap on these type of damages in
regards to a Georgia DUI car accident, but it can be difficult to prove.
What can your firm do for my case?
The defense strategies available to you are dependent on the details of
your case. Our legal team can help you determine which strategies can work.
Our Savannah DUI attorney can use a variety of defenses, including:
Proving you weren’t driving – if you weren’t driving, you cannot be punished for driving
under the influence. If the police officer did not actually witness you
driving, but instead approached you in an idle vehicle and assumed, the
evidence can be used in your favor.
Inadmissible evidence in your case – if the officer did not have legal justification for pulling you
over or did not follow appropriate protocol, the evidence collected during
the arrest could be deemed “inadmissible” and your case could
Challenging the officer’s testimony – there are ways to challenge an officer’s testimony, such
as bringing witnesses that support your claim and explaining certain behaviors
that might have been misinterpreted for drunkenness.
Failure of chemical tests – challenging the test is also a great defense for your case. If
one thing went wrong, such as the data being tainted or the test was administered
wrong, the analysis from the chemical test could be disregarded from your case.
Our legal team at The Law Offices of Robert F. Pirkle can provide the investigation
and support you need in your DUI case. We have the tools and resources
that can prove what really happened and protect your rights.
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Although you may be facing a stressful time, you do not have to work through
matters on your own. Rest-assured that Attorney Pirkle possesses the skills,
resources, and experience necessary to handle even the most complex DUI cases.
Call the firm today and schedule your
free case evaluation to learn more about your rights and potential legal defenses.