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March 2014 Archives

Sleeping pills and DUI charges -- a problem in Athens Ga?

Sleeping pills are powerful pharmaceutical drugs, which are frequently taken by Athens GA residents to get a good night's rest. What many people do not realize, however, is that a strong dose of sleeping pills taken late at night to aid in sleep could result in DUI charges the next morning. Indeed, in certain cases, drivers have been reported as engaging in "sleep driving" -- a phenomenon in which an individual drives his or her car while asleep.

Georgia man arrested on 2 counts of DUI manslaughter

Traffic tickets and other kinds of motor vehicle violations are an area of the law where otherwise law-abiding citizens can easily find themselves in trouble. A very simple mistake can lead to death or serious injury on Georgia roadways. Even worse, if the driver who is faulted for the crash also had a small amount of drugs or alcohol in his or her system at the time of the event, the driver could be in danger of a DUI manslaughter conviction, which could mean jail time. If that driver has a criminal record of prior DUI convictions, then he could face even more challenges in court.

Georgia drivers accused of habitual DUI could lose their cars

Georgia drivers who have been convicted of DUI in the past are in danger of becoming classified as habitual violators. When one is considered to be an habitual DUI offender, police officers can actually seize one's vehicle. In fact, reports indicate that officers in Harlem are planning to seize vehicles in this fashion from alleged drunk drivers in an effort to set an example for others.

Apart from a Georgia DUI, could pedestrians be charged with PUI?

After a night of laughs and drinks at the local bar, it is highly discouraged to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. In most cases, the best option is to have a designated driver or to hail a taxi. There are several scenarios in which these individuals might choose to walk instead. Unfortunately, doing do might be costly as well -- in Georgia, it is actually a criminal offense for pedestrians to be impaired or under the influence, an offense similar to a DUI.

Will a DUI cause points on a license and insurance rate hikes?

Most states have a point system with regard to traffic infractions and the state of Georgia is no different. A DUI conviction, however, is different. Points will not be assessed for DUI alone, yet points could be assessed if the individual is also convicted of other traffic offenses in connection with drunk driving -- such as speeding, failing to stop at a stop sign or reckless driving, for example. Nevertheless, even though a drunk driving conviction will not trigger points, it will trigger other criminal punishments and insurance rate hikes.

Ignition interlock devices may be required for DUI first offense

The House of Representatives in Georgia is currently reviewing new legislation that would require an ignition interlock device to be installed in motor vehicles of those convicted of DUI. The law would specifically apply to those convicted of DUI first offense who had blood alcohol levels of 0.15 or more. It would also apply to Georgia drivers who refuse breathalyzer and/or field sobriety tests.

Would Breathalyzer tests in Georgia bars help prevent DUI?

Breathalyzer test devices are being attached to cell phones and being installed in bars throughout the nation. In one state, certain lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require every bar to have an alcohol breath testing device. However, can residents of the state of Georgia really trust these devices to prevent them from getting arrested for DUI?