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Athens GA DUI Law Blog

How to respond when an officer pulls you over

Getting pulled over by an officer is a stressful situation. It’s important to remember to stay calm and obey a few simple rules.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in a hurry, late for an appointment or not feeling well – when you see the police lights behind you, begin to pull over.

Survey: Teens are feeling less pressure to drink, use drugs

Parents may find some relief in a recent survey by Axios that indicates that teens are less likely to consume alcohol, use drugs or engage in sex than their parents were at that age. Researchers attribute the drop in those behaviors to several key factors. These include the fact that people are having fewer children and watching them more carefully than even a couple of decades ago.

Another reason, which could come with its own set of problems, is that teens today are under more pressure to earn grades that will get them into their chosen college. While that pressure can minimize their likelihood of engaging in risky behavior, it also creates a good deal of anxiety in many teens.

How accurate are breathalyzer results?

A DUI arrest can feel like the end of the world. You thought you were okay to get behind the wheel, and then suddenly, you were being pulled over by the police. You told the officer you just had two drinks, but when you took a breathalyzer test, your BAC came back over the legal limit.

You cannot believe the mess you have gotten into. A criminal record could really hurt your future, but you feel helpless. Before you give up, know that you have the right to a defense against these charges. An arrest for a DUI is not the same as a conviction.

How to avoid a DUI on St. Patrick's Day

It started out as a religious holiday in Ireland. However, to most Americans, St. Patrick's Day is a day to have fun, drink and celebrate their Irish roots -- real or imagined. Most St. Patrick's Day celebrations involve drinking -- everything from green beer to the more authentically Irish Guinness and various brands of Irish whiskey.

Law enforcement officers are out in force watching for drunk drivers. Therefore, the best way to avoid having a DUI ruin your day (and the weeks and months after), is not to get behind the wheel after drinking. Even better -- try a sober St. Patty's Day. You'll remember it, and there won't be any embarrassing pictures or videos following you around online.

How to avoid a spring break DUI

Whether you're planning to spend spring break in Florida, skiing in Colorado or at one of Georgia's coastal resorts, you don't need a DUI to mar your good time. Fortunately, with Uber and Lyft available just about everywhere, there's no reason to get behind the wheel if you've been drinking.

However, many college students like the freedom of bringing their cars on spring break and driving to and from parties and other activities. If you're going to do that, be aware that police will be out in force -- particularly in towns that are popular spring break destinations.

Athens man sentenced in DUI crash that followed 7 previous DUIs

An Athens man has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars and another 15 years of probation for a DUI crash that seriously injured members of a family in another vehicle. The crash occurred in May 2017 on Danielsville Road in Athens.

The sentence handed down by the judge after a four-day trial was impacted by the man's record of seven previous convictions for DUI. According to the assistant district attorney (ADA) involved in the case, the judge said that "he could not ignore the defendant's seven prior convictions for driving under the influence" or the fact that "the collision could have easily killed the entire family."

Tips for having an alcohol-free Super Bowl Sunday

Millions of Americans go to Super Bowl parties whether or not they care about either of the teams or even know anything about football. For many people, it's about getting together with others and having fun.

It's also one of our heaviest drinking holidays. Television ads leading up to the big day and throughout the game reinforce the notion that nothing goes better with football than beer -- or maybe the whiskey or vodka a celebrity is promoting.

How to have your driver's license reinstated in Georgia

If you have recently been charged and convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), you very well could wind up having your driver's license suspended. You might be without your license for anywhere from six months to a year or more. You need to go through a process for having your license reinstated after a DUI, and below, we will discuss that process.

The minimum suspension for a driver's license after being convicted of DUI is 120 days in the state of Georgia. The maximum suspension is five years. You could also wind up having your license revoked depending on your record and how many other DUI infractions you have to your name.

Your cold and flu medication can get you a DUI

Even in southern states like Georgia, winter is cold and flu season. Fortunately, there are plenty of over-the-counter (OTC) medications that can ease the symptoms and allow people to go to work and handle their other responsibilities while they're sick. Prescription medications can help with more serious cases.

Whatever kind of cold, flu or cough medication you're taking, it's essential to look at the ingredients. Many contain small (or not-so-small) amounts of alcohol. Some forms of NyQuil are 10 percent alcohol. That's fine if you're trying to get to sleep, but not if you're getting behind the wheel. Enough NyQuil can potentially put your blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit.