Going out for a night on the town with friends is an important way to blow off steam for many Georgia residents. However, people need to be careful when it's time to go home at the end of the night. One wrong decision could result in serious legal consequences if a motorist gets arrested and accused of driving while intoxicated.
In one recent case, a Georgia man was accused of DUI after he drove his vehicle into a mobile home in Catoosa County. State troopers took the man into custody on Oct. 13. He was charged with failure to maintain his lane and DUI. Law enforcement officials say that the man lost control of his car, drove off the road and hit the home.
Fortunately, no one was injured in this crash, which could have elevated the severity of the man's criminal charges. Depending on the property damages caused by a collision, a driver could face heightened penalties if convicted of DUI in connection with property damages.
A driver who is facing DUI and related charges must determine how they're going to deal with them. They might be able to get some of their charges dropped or reduce the severity of punishment in the event of a conviction.
Ultimately -- even if you believe you were intoxicated while driving at the time of your arrest -- you can still benefit from a well-organized criminal defense. In some cases, by applying sound criminal defense strategies, even defendants who are found guilty can mitigate the consequences of the DUI on their lives.