If you have had the misfortune of being arrested for drinking and driving, you know how serious the consequences can be. If this ever happens to you, the first thing you need to do is call a DUI lawyer. Attorney Lopes and The Lopes Law Firm are experienced counsel and have some tips for you to help avoid a drunk driving conviction.


Designated Driver

The first thing that drunk driving attorneys in Marietta recommend is probably the most obvious: always use a designated driver. Having a designated driver when you go out with friends is one of the best ways to make sure that everyone gets home safe. If one sober person drives their drunk friends home, you cannot be arrested for drunk driving. An officer could still cite you or your friends for other violations, including having an open alcoholic beverage in your vehicle, so it is still important to be careful.


Driver’s License Hearing

If you are cited for drunk driving and either refuse the State administered chemical test (breathalyzer) or your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is found to be above the legal limit, you may be able to attend a hearing within 30 days at the Department of Driver Services. However, you must act within 10 days to contact and hire an experienced DUI lawyer at The Lopes Law Firm to protect your right to drive, or it may be lost for an entire year. Attorney Lopes can help you request this hearing, and keep your driver’s license while you wait for the rest of the court proceedings.


Although you can represent yourself at this hearing, The Lopes Law Firm always recommends bringing a lawyer with you. If the officer who arrested you does not show up, it is possible that you may keep your license. Additionally, this hearing gives your attorney a chance to ask the officer questions about your case, and learning more about what the officer who arrested you would say if your case goes to trial. Hiring an attorney at this early stage is one of the smartest things you can do to protect your rights. Call The Lopes Law Firm at (404) 589-9000 or request a consultation.  We’re here to help you.