DUI in Georgia Now Stricter

If you insist on drinking and driving in Georgia, then you’d better be prepared for the consequences, should you get caught.

The laws in Georgia pertaining to DUI have become stricter in the last year and this doesn’t make it any easier to defend either. Having said that, everyone charged with a DUI is entitled to a criminal defense. This is where a good criminal defense attorney with extensive experience in DUI comes into play.

Georgia’s DUI law states that it is a criminal offense to operate a vehicle if your ability to drive is compromised by drugs or alcohol. This applies to legal and illegal substances and over the counter (OTC) medications such as cold remedies – somewhat notorious for causing dizziness, drowsiness and other strange side effects like blurred vision.

The state of Georgia is able to prove DUI in two ways. The first one is usually the result of a police officer making an “official” note that you were driving your vehicle in an erratic manner. This is applicable even if you only had ONE drink. Or, you may face conviction if you have a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 or over, and this is the case even if you weren’t driving poorly.

If you happen to be pulled over during a routine traffic stop and the officer strongly suspects you have been drinking, he’s likely going to ask you to take a field sobriety test. You have two choices here; make the right one. The first choice is to comply, the second choice is to clam up and call an attorney who has experience in this area of the law. The second choice is the right choice and may save your license or avoid criminal charges. The worst that could happen if you refuse is that you get a free ride to the police station.

If you do choose to comply with the taking the sobriety tests, anything you say will be used against you later in a court of law. So make the smart choice, refuse to comply, don’t say anything or explain anything and call a DUI lawyer. The only person who needs to hear your whole story is your lawyer.

Robert Webb is an Atlanta personal injury lawyer with Webb & D’Orazio. To learn more about Atlanta personal injury lawyer, Atlanta personal injury, Atlanta business law, Atlanta criminal defense visit, Webbdorazio.com.