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Athens GA DUI Law Blog

What are the consequences for using a fake ID?

Although arriving at the legal drinking age of 21 might seem like light years away, you don't want to let your sense of urgency to be able to legally purchase alcohol cloud your ability to exercise sound judgment. Just like drinking and driving, using a fake ID can have longstanding consequences for your life, especially when as it relates to putting your future livelihood at risk.

The person you offer your information to that's supposed to create that fake ID for you is doing something illegal him or herself. Therefore, if you provide your real information to another individual to make a fake ID for you, then you risk having your personal data ending up being sold off to someone else who may then impersonate you. This identity theft can, in turn, result in your image and credit both being put at risk.

Georgia DUI arrests are decreasing. Is that good news?

The number of arrests in Georgia for DUI has decreased by almost half since 2008 -- almost 50,000 according to police departments throughout the state. DUI arrests by Georgia state troopers have been dropping as well. To what can that trend be attributed?

A big factor is the availability of ride-sharing services. Uber and/or Lyft are not available to people in all counties throughout the state. Both services have apps that can be easily downloaded to your phone. Tens of thousands of people throughout the state have done that. While the apps are particularly popular with young people, Georgia residents of all ages are using these services when they know that they'll be going out for the evening and having a few drinks or if they realize that they aren't in any condition to drive home.

How much do DUI penalties jump for a second offense?

You already got one DUI. It happened six months ago, after you'd been out at the bar with your friends. You had a glass of water and thought you were safe to drive, but you blew just over the legal limit when you were pulled over.

Now you're wondering what happens if you get a second DUI. How much do the penalties jump?

Singer arrested in Georgia on DUI, marijuana charges

Singer Aaron Carter may be known best for his song "I Want Candy" by some or as the younger brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter by others. Carter was arrested on July 15 in Georgia on suspicion of DUI as well as drug possession. His girlfriend, who was with him, was also taken into custody.

The two were arrested by sheriff's deputies at an AutoZone store in Habersham County. According to an officer with the sheriff's department, a motorist called 911 because Carter was allegedly "driving all over the road and driving into the median" before entering the store's parking lot. The couple was arrested inside the store.

Underage drivers should be taught about the dangers of DUIs

There are many college and high school students who live in or visit Athens, Georgia (Clarke County). Some of them, unfortunately, engage in underage drinking. When they drink and drive, those students may find themselves facing DUI charges and in need of legal defense.

When underage students are wrapped up in the excitement of social situations, they often accept alcohol because everyone around them is drinking. They may not, however, consider the ramifications of drinking for the drive home that they'll need to make later. This results in an extremely dangerous situation that can result in those underage student drivers, their passengers, people in other vehicles and pedestrians getting injured or killed in crashes.

Parents aren't powerless to prevent underage drinking

Underage drinking spikes in the summer as kids have more free time and less supervision. It's also the season when teens are most likely to engage in underage drinking for the first time -- up to twice as many as in other months.

Of course, drunk driving is one of the primary dangers of underage drinking. Almost double the number of teens are killed in crashes between May and August than in other months.

DUI charges can come with criminal and administrative penalties

The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner. This means that there are going to be ample parties going on. If you are going to partake of alcoholic beverages at these parties, make sure that you find a way home before you take that first sip. You don't want your Fourth fun to end with you sitting in a jail cell for drunk driving.

We know that everyone makes mistakes. There isn't any good reason why one mistake should change your life in a dramatic manner. If you are facing charges for driving drunk, there is a very good chance that you are going to face some penalties for this.

What is a hardship drivers license?

For some people convicted of a DUI, in addition to dealing with potential jail time and costly penalties, one of most difficult aspects of their punishment may be the suspension of their drivers license. If you require your vehicle to get to work, school, medical appointments or to an alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatment program, not having a license for months or longer can endanger your ability to make a living, your health and your recovery from substance abuse.

That's why the Georgia Department of Driver Services offers something called a hardship drivers license. Those who qualify for a hardship license can use it to drive to work and/or school and for medical purposes (including to pick up needed prescription drugs). They can also use it to drive to and from any court-ordered treatment.

Know your defense options for an underage DUI charge

Underage drinking is a serious problem, but it isn't something that should be the end of the world for the underage drinker. Many college students choose to ignore the minimum drinking age in an effort to have fun socially and seem more mature. Even though this is common, it is something that must be addressed, especially if the person is drinking and driving.

We know that no college student wants a single mistake to ruin their future. We can help underage drinkers to find ways to address the criminal charges that result from an underage drunk driving charge.

University of Georgia player back on track after arrests

Jonathan Ledbetter, a defensive lineman for the University of Georgia, nearly had his college career, potential football career and possibly his entire life derailed by two alcohol-related arrests.

Ledbetter was arrested in March of last year at an Athens bar for underage drinking and having a fake ID. Because of potential problems with the way the evidence against him was obtained, the charges were dropped.