Everyone knows that a DUI charge in Georgia can threaten your driving privileges, your financial security, and even your liberty. But too often, the emotional stress this kind of charge can cause is overlooked.
The Alpharetta DUI defense team at the Law Office of Scott Miller sees the emotional devastation in the lives of our clients every day. We want you to know that you are not alone.
The Stress of a DUI Charge
One day, you are living your life much as you always have; the next, you may find yourself facing huge fines, loss of driving privileges, jail time, and the loss of respect from your family and community.
At a time like this, you can begin to feel very alone and vulnerable, which, in turn, can lead to tremendous amounts of emotional stress. And this stress can make it impossible for you to deal with your situation rationally.
If you are one of the many DUI offenders who finds all of this to be true, you should definitely find help—from both a defense attorney and through psychological counseling. You must be as strong as possible to face what is ahead.
The Negative Health Effects of Stress
While every person deals with stress differently, everyone shares some common concerns. Consider the following possible results of emotional stress:
- Physical Effects: While the human body is designed to deal with some stress, unrelenting, ongoing, unrelieved stress can lead to “distress,” a very harmful situation. Elevated blood pressure, sleep disruption, and physical pain are not unusual effects. In addition, medical conditions like heart problems, skin conditions, arthritis, and diabetes can all be caused or worsened by distress.
- Mental Effects: Mental disorders can develop in those who experience too much stress. Anxiety, lack of focus, anger, depression, and lack of motivation can all enter the life of a stressed individual. In addition, those under stress often complicate their health by over- or under-eating and abusing drugs and/or alcohol.
Reducing the Stress of a DUI
All the effects of stress, both physical and mental, can work to make it impossible to deal with even the simplest tasks of daily life. So many Georgia DUI defendants are dealing with these problems, but, perhaps due to guilty feelings or shame, do nothing to help themselves.
However, there are things you can do to deal with your problems. And the sooner you get started, the better. One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to seek an experienced defense attorney. Having someone who will stand by your side and work hard to reduce or even dismiss your charges can go a long way towards the impact of the DUI.
Also, it is important to find professional psychological help if you need it. Maintaining a strong mental state is sometimes just as important to your case as the legal defense.
Please contact us at the Law Firm of Scott Miller in Alpharetta today if you are dealing with the stress of a DUI charge. We can help relieve you by helping you understand what will happen next, keeping you “in the loop” about the progress of your case, and standing by your side, no matter what.
Call today at 770-408-1001, or fill out the confidential contact form on this page for a free case consultation.