When you are arrested for DUI in Sandy Springs (or in the greater Atlanta area), the citation you receive from the Atlanta or Sandy Springs police officer acts as a formal accusation charging you with a DUI offense. This stays on your drivers record forever in the state of Georgia. But remember an arrest does NOT mean you are guilty or that you have been convicted of any crime. The Sandy Springs prosecutor, acting on behalf of the City of Sandy Springs or the state of Georgia, has to prove that you are guilty of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol beyond a reasonable doubt if you are to be convicted. This is a challenging burden for them to meet. However, DUI charges in Sandy Springs are contested and won all the time by citizens with the help of diligent DUI attorneys. Every day, people plead guilty to a DUI charge and then years later inquire about getting the conviction expunged from his or her record. If only it were that easy! Impingement is when charges and convictions are stricken from your court and driving records, but a DUI conviction cannot be expunged. Convictions for DUI can have implications for work and school in the future. If you are wrongfully charged with DUI, you do not have to take the charge and plead guilty. You should call a DUI lawyer as soon as possible to discuss the particular facts of your case and any applicable legal defenses. After you enter a plea before a judge and are convicted, very little can be done and you must face the consequences of a DUI conviction for years to come. Call the Law Offices of Richard Lawson 24/7 for a free consultation with attorneys specializing in DUI defense in Sandy Springs.