Earlier this year on our Athens, Georgia, DUI law blog, we had mentioned that as of Jan. 1, two-time DUI offenders may be granted restricted driving privileges in Georgia after having their licenses suspended for 120 days. However, those who are convicted of a second DUI must first complete a substance abuse treatment program and agree to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles for at least eight months in order to be able to drive again shortly after a repeat DUI conviction.
Before the start of the New Year, we had mentioned on our Athens, Georgia, DUI defense law blog that penalties for convicted drunk drivers would change in the state as of Jan. 1. One change included reducing the number of days repeat offenders must wait before reapplying for a driving permit after having their licenses suspended as a result of a repeat DUI conviction.
Drunk driving is a serious offense that is not to be taken lightly in Athens. However, people do make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes include getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after having one too many drinks.
Many folks understand that it is dangerous and illegal to drive drunk. Drunk driving could result in a DUI arrest after a traffic stop, and it could also lead to the loss of one's life when an intoxicated driver causes an accident. Because drunk driving is so dangerous, DUI charges often carry harsh penalties in Georgia and throughout the country.
According to AOL Sporting News, more than a dozen National Football League players have been charged with drinking and driving this year. Our very own Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner is the most recent NFL player to be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Turner was arrested earlier this week in Georgia.
A DUI conviction in Georgia can carry serious legal consequences, even for a first offense. A convicted drunk driver could have his or her license suspended, the individual could be sentenced to serve time behind bars, and the individual could be required to pay a hefty fine.
One Athens woman may have avoided a felony DUI charge over the weekend, but just barely. The woman still faces several other serious charges for allegedly driving drunk with four children in her vehicle.
Earlier this week on our Athens, Georgia, DUI law blog, we discussed some of the serious charges and consequences intoxicated drivers face if they are accused of causing a motor vehicle accident, especially if the accident results in serious injury or death. But Georgia motorists could soon be facing tougher penalties for first-offense DUI charges, even if they are not responsible for causing a car accident.
Drinking and driving is a serious crime in the state of Georgia. As a result, even individuals who are charged with first-offense DUI could face serious consequences such as a lengthy license suspension or jail time. Additionally, a DUI arrest could have a significant impact on the lives of college students who are beginning to look for jobs after they graduate this year.
Last month, our Athens, Georgia, DUI law blog discussed the legal and social consequences a linebacker for the University of Georgia faced after he was arrested for driving under the influence. Now a college football coach is in a heap of trouble that could cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after he was arrested and charged with DUI earlier this month.