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Athens GA DUI Law Blog

Georgia’s highest court rules against DUI implied consent law

Many states, including Georgia, have what is called an implied consent law. What the law means is that in obtaining a driver’s license, you consent to taking a chemical test to measure the amount of alcohol in your blood, breath or urine after being lawfully arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

Not only must the officer who arrests you have probable cause to believe that you were drunk driving, the officer must also read you an implied consent notice explaining that if you do not consent to chemical testing then you lose your license to drive for at least one year, and your licenses suspension can be used against you in your drunk driving criminal case.

FAQs about DUI charges in the state of Georgia

If you have recently been accused of drunk driving in Georgia, you probably have many questions. Of course, the best way to get all of your questions answered is by speaking with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can provide you with advice specific to the facts of your case.

However, today we will be featuring a few frequently asked questions about DUI charges in Georgia here on our blog:

Are DUIs down because more people are refusing sobriety tests?

Earlier this month, it was reported that drunk driving convictions have dropped significantly over the past five years in Georgia, which seems to suggest that fewer people in the state are driving under the influence of alcohol.

While that may be part of the reason, experts say that it likely isn’t the only reason. They point to data showing that the number of drivers who have refused sobriety tests has shot up over the same period of time.

Is a DUI permanently on my record?

The answer to that question is usually "yes" in the state of Georgia, unless the charges were dismissed or you were otherwise not prosecuted.

What that means is that if you plead guilty to a DUI, you will likely have a “criminal record” for the rest of your life. Having a criminal record can stand in the way of getting a job, qualifying for a loan or finding a place to live. 

Georgia police plan Super Bowl drunk-driving blitz

Super Bowl Sunday (and the early morning hours on the following Monday) has become a popular time for Georgia police to crack down on drunk driving. So if you are planning to have a few drinks while watching the game at a party, bar or restaurant, the best way to avoid a DUI is to plan a sober ride home in advance.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety recently issued a press release stating that those who are caught with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more will be arrested and put in jail since Georgia is a zero tolerance state. 

Why personal breathalyzers aren’t more popular

DUI laws across the nation are getting stricter as lawmakers attempt to combat drunk driving fatalities, which appear to be at a standstill in recent years. In fact, The Atlantic reported that a DUI offense can cost up to $20,000 in fines when everything is said and done.

So why do people continue to drive drunk? In many cases, the problem is that people are unaware that they have had too much to drink. They don’t have any intention of driving drunk or hurting anyone, they just are simply unaware that they are over the legal limit to drive. 

You don’t have to plead guilty after a failed BAC test

As we have been reporting, Georgia law enforcement spent the holidays cracking down on suspected drunk drivers. New Year’s Eve, especially, is known as one of the biggest nights for police to target drunk driving, which is why arrests typically skyrocket.

If you were pulled over and charged with drunk driving over the holidays, chances are you feel somewhat scared and confused, especially if you haven’t been through it in the past. Our last post on “What you need to know after being charged with a DUI in Georgia” can help to put your mind at ease. 

What you need to know after being charged with a DUI in Georgia

The holidays are in full swing and if you plan on celebrating with alcohol, it’s important to avoid driving. As we reported in our last post, Georgia law enforcement will be spending the rest of the month cracking down on drunk drivers.

Because drunk driving arrests are expected to skyrocket over the next couple of weeks, you might be reading this post after being charged with a DUI. Here are a few things that you need to know:

Prepare for increased DUI enforcement in Georgia over the holidays

If you have noticed more squad cards on Georgia's roadways recently it's because the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is in the middle of a holiday safe driving campaign, which includes an increased law enforcement presence.

The GOHS said thousands of state troopers, police officers and sheriff's deputies will be patrolling the state's roadways throughout the busy holiday travel season.

Reasons for license suspensions in Georgia

Many different types of offenses, including DUI and DWI offenses, can result in a suspension of a person's driving privileges in Georgia. People whose licenses are suspended have their rights to drive withdrawn temporarily for a specific length of time. When the suspension period is up, the person can then reapply to have his or her driver's license reinstated after they have fulfilled any additional requirements.