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.
New Year's Day is almost here, which means many folks in Athens might be getting ready to go out this evening to celebrate the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013.
When someone is accused of DUI in Athens, the individual may certainly be worried about facing serious legal penalties for his or her mistake, such as losing one's driving privileges and having a criminal conviction on one's record. But folks are often equally worried about the shame and embarrassment that also comes with a DUI arrest.
In Georgia, any type of DUI conviction often carries harsh penalties. However, repeat DUI offenders and those who have been convicted of felony drunk driving charges may face far more serious consequences that could have a significant impact on their lives for several years to come.
Due to the determined negligence of his duty, a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper has lost his job and nearly 100 motorists charged with drunk driving had their cases dismissed last week. About half of the individuals were charged with first offense DUI. Others faced repeat DUI charges, which would have resulted in major penalties if the individuals would have been convicted.
Earlier this week on our Athens, Georgia, DUI law blog, we mentioned that University of Georgia students and other college students in the area may not always face serious consequences at school for minor alcohol-related offenses if the offense is the student's first criminal charge. However, students could still face legal consequences if they are convicted of underage consumption of alcohol or drunk driving.
Numerous news outlets have reported that earlier this week, Rodney King pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. King, who is notably known for being attacked by four police officers in 1991, was arrested for DUI in July after he was pulled over in Moreno Valley, California. His blood-alcohol content was over the legal limit of 0.08.
A man was charged last weekend with driving under the influence after police found him allegedly driving his riding lawnmower while under the influence of alcohol. This is a new one for the blog, which has covered driving cars, trucks and boats while intoxicated, riding bikes and wheelchairs and even a horse while intoxicated, but never mowing the lawn while intoxicated. This man was arrested over the weekend after a neighbor reportedly called police apparently worried for the 53-year-old man's safety.
According to WALB, Georgia lawmakers are considering proposed legislation that would require a first-time DUI offender to install an ignition interlock device in their car that would prevent them from driving while under the influence of alcohol.