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Auto accidents involving alcohol are responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths annually. In an effort to reduce the number of DUI offenses that take place in our state each year, as well as the accidents that often follow, law enforcement officials and prosecutors are aggressively pursuing and punishing those that do commit DUI crimes.
If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, it is important that you contact a DUI lawyer at Zeliff | Watson who can provide you with legal representation in your case. Our attorneys have over 16 years of experience in practicing criminal defense, and have secured favorable results on behalf of many clients.
By employing aggressive defense strategies in your case, we may be able to help you avoid penalties that include license suspension, probation, community service and possible jail time.
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GA DUI Laws
Drivers in Georgia are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more. The laws addressing DUI call for serious penalties to be levied in the event of a conviction, even for first-time offenders. These penalties increase exponentially for multiple DUI convictions, or offenses that involve an "aggravating" factor, such as an injury accident.
10 Day Warning Rule
If you have been arrested for DUI in our state, and have either tested over the .08% legal limit, or refused to submit to chemical testing, you have only 10 business days to notify the Georgia Department of Driver Services that you will be appealing the planned suspension of your Georgia drivers' license or the planned suspension of your ability to drive in the state.
Multiple DUI convictions can result in a person facing increased penalties. Any person who is arrested for a fourth (or higher) offense will face felony charges that can carry penalties including $5,000 in fines, 60 days of community service, mandatory enrollment in an alcohol treatment program, and up to 5 years in jail.
DUI with Injury
If you are driving while under the influence causes an accident that results in injury, your DUI offense becomes a felony, and you can face penalties that include large fines, restitution to the victim(s), and even time in state prison. You may also be hit with personal injury lawsuits from the injured party or the injured party's loved ones.
Leaving the Scene
If you have been in an auto accident, you are required by law to stop and provide aid (if possible), as well as give your information to law enforcement and the other individuals involved in the accident. If you fail to do this, you can be charged with hit-and-run, which becomes a felony offense when the accident has resulted in death or injury.
Breath & Blood Tests
Breath and blood tests are designed to measure the amount of alcohol in a person's bloodstream. They are administered during or after DUI stops to establish whether or not an individual was driving over the legal limit, which is .08%. Refusal to take a breath or blood test can result in the suspension of one's drivers' license or one's ability to drive within state lines.
BAC stands for "blood alcohol content," which is the amount of alcohol that a person has in their bloodstream. In our state, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC that is higher than .08%. Currently, BAC can be measured by law enforcement in three different ways: a breath test, a blood test, or urine test.
If you are arrested for DUI, it is possible that you will have your license suspended. License suspension can be included in your punishment if you are convicted, or it can occur if you refuse to take a breath test at your DUI stop. It is possible for you to schedule a hearing with the Georgia Department of Driver Services in order to appeal your suspension.
There are two types of DUI violations that you can face in our state: "Per se" and "less safe." If you are charged with a "less safe" violation, prosecutors must be able to prove that you were a less safe driver as a result of your intoxication in order to obtain a conviction.
Sobriety checkpoints are essentially "roadblocks" created by law enforcement in order to catch drivers who are driving while under the influence. These checkpoints are usually set up late at night or very early in the morning. If you have been arrested after being accused of DUI at such a checkpoint, it is recommended that you contact an attorney, as there is a chance that your rights have been violated.
BUI stands for "boating under the influence," and refers to the crime of operating a boat while possessing a BAC that is over the legal limit. As BUI is considered very similar to DUI, many of the same penalties can be applied in the event of a conviction, including fines, mandatory rehabilitation classes, and jail time.
In addition to DUI, there are many traffic offenses that can result in the imposition of serious penalties, including reckless driving, speeding, hit and run, aggressive driving, driving without insurance, driving with a suspended license, following too closely, failure to yield, and passing a stopped school bus.
Why You Need a DUI Attorney
Unlike many other criminal offenses, the laws regarding DUI sometimes seem to be written in a way that facilitates convictions. It takes vigorous defense in a DUI case to clear a defendant of wrongdoing. If you have been arrested for DUI, you do not want to face your charges alone, as you may not have a strong chance of success. You will want to retain an experienced attorney who can utilize effective defense tactics in court in an effort to obtain the reduction or elimination of your charges.
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