What Happens after a DUI?

After receiving a DUI conviction, a driver should be aware of the penalties that may arise in the future, as well as the potential options for restoring one’s ability to drive.

Although laws vary from state to state, additional DUI convictions can lead to increased complications, including potential jail time. In the case of a BAC exceeding state-established limits for high levels, child endangerment, chemical or breath test refusal, damage, or injury, a DUI sentence enhancement may be imposed. Sentence enhancements include a longer license suspension, jail time, mandatory classes, and other increased punishments.

Some states offer a provisional hardship license, wherein a driver may, under certain stipulations, drive to work or school following a DUI license suspension. Stipulations may include taking alcohol and safety classes, meeting with a probation officer, consenting to an ignition interlock device, and many other measures to protect the safety of the driver and community.

For more information about specific state regulations following a DUI conviction, visit an attorney or local law office.

About the Author:

Michael Vereen III is an attorney in the Canton, Georgia, area with over 20 years of experience as a sole practitioner. Mr. Vereen focuses particularly on bankruptcy, criminal, and DUI cases, and he is a member of the Georgia Bar Association.

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Pro Bono Opportunities and the Georgia Bar Association

With over 25 years of experience specializing in bankruptcy law, E. Michael Vereen III is an attorney in the state of Georgia. In addition to maintaining a private legal practice in Canton, Mr. Vereen is a member of the Georgia Bar Association.

The Georgia Bar Association serves as a hub of resources and networking for over 35,000 legal professional in the state of Georgia. In addition, the Bar assists lawyers with finding volunteer and pro bono cases through its Pro Bono Project (GeorgiaAdvocates.org).

The association encourages area lawyers to commit to at least 50 hours of volunteer work each year, as well as to make donations of monetary and legal aid to pro bono programs. Through these efforts, Georgia lawyers and their bar association help to provide legal services to individuals who cannot afford representation.

For more information about pro bono programs and how to get involved, visit GABar.org.