Question: I'm writing because I got a DUI charge in Atlanta. I took the breath test and I was definitely over the line. I blew a .197. I realize that makes me pretty drunk although I really felt fine. I thought I could drive. I guess the drinks were more potent than I thought.
It was just a night out with my girlfriend. We ate at Desta Ethiopian Kitchen and made stops at the Red Brick Brewing Company and the Laughing Skull Lounge. It was going great till I got stopped for speeding. I was totally cooperative and did everything the Atlanta police officer asked.
It's my first DUI charge. But I have been in trouble in the past. I have a pot possession charge, a robbery charge, an attempted murder charge from a fight that got out of hand at Georgia State and a federal insider trading charge for some stocks and bonds. I pled guilty to some of the charges. The attempted murder charge was dropped.
I'm kind of freaking out because I have heard that my prior criminal charges can play a role in my sentencing for DUI. All the old charges are well over 10 years old. I'm a different person now and no longer a cocaine and Oxy addict. How bad do the other charges look? Will my DUI punishments be much worse? I live in Buckhead.
Answer: Your prior criminal charges should not have a major impact on your sentencing for the DUI charge because this is your first drunk driving charge. Your DUI lawyer can explain to the prosecutor that not only is this a novel charge for you, but all the other charges are in the distant past. In fact, your attorney can point out that the previous allegations do not involve drinking.
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