DUI Defense Attorneys in Forsyth County and Surrounding North Georgia

If you are facing DUI charges, a skilled DUI attorney is your best chance to avoid possible jail time, heavy fines or suspension of your driver’s license.

Call us immediately at 770-887-1209 if you’ve been arrested for DUI. You have just 10 days to request an administrative license suspension (ALS) hearing. If you miss this deadline, you face a minimum one-year driver’s license suspension with no work permit!

Because of Georgia’s 10-Day Rule, you only have 10 days to appeal your driver’s license suspension after a DUI arrest or you will lose driving privileges for up to one year through an administrative license suspension. This hearing is separate than the one for your criminal DUI charges, but our law firm can help you file the necessary paperwork to request an administrative license suspension hearing.

Best DUI attorney ever! Mr. McFarland provided me excellent customer service by keeping me informed and educated The entire process. In the end it was his deep knowledge and experience in these cases that allowed me to achieve the outcome I desired.

- a client

You need an aggressive DUI defense lawyer to protect your rights

Our DUI attorneys, Rafe Banks and Parker McFarland, work hard to investigate your DUI charges, challenge police evidence and put you back on the road, so you can continue to get to work and provide for your family. They are familiar with the many things that can go wrong with your traffic stop and arrest -- and how erratic driving can be mistaken for drunk driving by police seeking “probable cause” to arrest you.

You should speak to a criminal DUI defense lawyer immediately if one of the following factors applies to your drunk driving arrest:

  • Blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher after a breath test
  • Breath test refusal
  • Driver arrested is under 21 with a test result of .02 or higher
  • Professional driver/commercial driver’s license holder with a BAC level of .04 or higher
  • Uncertainty over blood alcohol test level

A pre-existing medical condition, such as an allergy, along with inclement weather and hazardous driving conditions can distort law enforcement’s claim that you needed to be apprehended. A malfunction with your motor vehicle or a dangerous, poorly maintained roadway could cause police to stop you and put your driving privileges at risk.

DUI Penalties in Georgia

The more DUI convictions you have, the more severe the punishment. Refer to the following chart for a quick overview of some of the penalties for multiple DUI drugs convictions within a 10 year period.
Penalty1st DUI Offense2nd DUI Offense3rd DUI Offense4th DUI Offense
Jail Sentence10 days - Up to 12 months190 days - Up to 12 months2120 days - Up to 12 months31 year - Up to 5 years
Probation12 months or more12 months or more12 months or moreUp to 60 months
Fines$300 - $1,000
plus additional fees
$600 - $1,000
plus additional fees
$1,000 - $5,000
plus additional fees
$1,000 - $5,000
plus additional fees

1 The judge has discretion to suspend all but 24 hours of the sentence to be served.
2 The judge has discretion to suspend all but 72 hours of the sentence to be served.
3 The judge has the discretion to suspend all but 15 days of the sentence to be served.

The chart above only includes three categories of penalties for DUI offenses. Additional penalties such as community service hours, license suspensions and other consequences also increase by your number of offenses. Whether you have been arrested for a first DUI or a seventh, you need the legal team of Banks, Stubbs and McFarland to aggressively defend you and work tirelessly to prevent the devastating effects of a DUI drugs convictions.

Don’t let a DUI charge ruin your permanent criminal record. Call 770-887-1209 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our top criminal defense attorneys.

Experienced DUI lawyers who protect your rights after a DUI arrest

You can depend on our criminal defense attorneys for aggressive protection of your rights if you have been arrested for drunk driving in Forsyth County and surrounding areas. We arm you with the facts and legal options that you should be aware of.

Contact Banks, Stubbs & McFarland LLP to arrange your free initial consultation with a DUI defense attorney. We can meet with you at the police station or jail after an arrest. Call 770-887-1209 or use our contact form below.