A driver in Georgia may face penalties for driving with an open can, bottle or container that contains an alcoholic beverage. Georgia law defines an open container as a container with any amount of alcoholic beverage with a broken seal or with a portion of its contents removed. Both drivers and passengers are subject to this law whenever a car is on the road or on the shoulder of a road.
The Georgia State Patrol says that a 54-year-old man was driving under the influence when he lost control of his vehicle near Cave Spring on Aug. 25. State Troopers charged the man as he remained in the intensive care unit of the Atlanta Medical Center. He is facing counts of DUI, failing to maintain a single lane and not wearing a safety belt. The single-vehicle accident took place on Gadsden Road at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Motorists may benefit from learning more about the potential consequences of being charged with a DUI offense in Georgia. People who are convicted of a DUI charge may be required to undergo a DUI Drug or Alcohol Risk Reduction Program and possibly a clinical evaluation as well. Drivers under age 21 who are convicted of exceed the .02 percent BAC limit may receive a 12-month delay in obtaining a graduated license.
A Georgia educator was taken into custody on July 26 on multiple charges including DUI in two counties. Four days later, he resigned his position as Milton High School's principal.
Georgia drivers may wish to be aware of a new statewide program that could expedite the procedure in place for police to force a blood draw when pulling over a person suspected of drunk driving. Through the cooperation of various agencies, the process for receiving a warrant is now quicker than normal.
A Georgia man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence while traveling through Pickens County over Memorial Day Weekend. The arrest occurred when he was out on bond for another related but more serious charge of vehicular homicide in Cherokee County. He was charged after his wife died in a car accident immediately after their wedding reception in December 2013. The man was driving a Pontiac with his wife as a passenger when he lost control on Georgia Route 5. The vehicle flipped and ejected his wife, who was killed.
DUI charges can stem from poor judgment, and they can also be the result of a Breathalyzer machine that was improperly calibrated. Every situation is different, but the one variable that is always the same is that a conviction of a DUI offense -- whether it's the first, second or third -- carries serious consequences. The penalties can range from a suspension or revocation of driving privileges, substance abuse treatment, substantial fines and/or time in jail. The future for one Georgia man is uncertain as he is facing his third DUI arrest.
It appears that a Georgia man has made his DUI conviction exponentially worse. Authorities allege that he appeared drunk in court for his DUI sentencing. The police claim that, after the man was sentenced, he escaped from the courtroom and led officers on a chase.
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.
According to a 72-page report compiled by the Human Rights Watch, numerous courts in Georgia and other southern states are contracting private companies to manage people on probation. These companies are managing people who committed reportedly minor offenses, such as DUI or driving without a valid license. Further, it has been suggested that the companies are not subject to proper oversight and regulation. They collect their fees directly from probationers -- who are often poverty-stricken -- rather than receiving the money for their services from the government.