My question involves criminal law for the state of: Georgia
I was charged with a DUI in Georgia. I had a previous in 2000. The state only has a tape, no field sobriety or BAC test. I had drinks with dinner and on the way home failed to yield at a traffic signal. I did not blow because my undestanding of Georgia's "zero tolerance" rule was that if you comitted a traffic offence, then anything above .02 could be DUI. My attorney says I "look good" on tape. However, I can't afford to roll the dice again with my job at stake.
The State of Georgia has offered a plea to reduce the charge to Reckless Driving. I am grateful for that, but the deal seems too much to handle. Here is what the state is offering me in exchange for a guilty plea to Reckless Driving:
100 hrs. community service
1,000.00 fine plus surcharges
Victim Impact Panel
Alcohol and Drug eval with New Hope Counseling and a Personal Recovery Plan
24 hours in jail
24 months probation with no fine on count two. $44 per month probation supervision fee
30 AA meetings in 30 days then 3 meetings a week for the first year
This seems like it may be too much to handle. I am 35 yrs. old and have been at my job for 14 yrs. I work 9 to 9 and average about 55 hrs per week in a remote location. There are no AA meetings anywhere close that fit my work schedule during the weekdays.
Is this a good deal considering my circumstances? It seems to be more catered to someone younger that doesn't have a career. Thank you.