Georgia takes a hard stance against drinking and driving. Even if you don’t cause an accident or harm, it is a dangerous and irresponsible action. Because of this, strict laws are in place for those suspected of and charged with DUI.
The state of Georgia operates under an implied consent law (like many other states). When you apply for your driver’s license, you consent to field sobriety tests and chemical tests requested by authorities if you are pulled over and suspected of drinking and driving. Failure to submit to these tests can result in consequences, such as license loss and more.
When will you face DUI charges in Georgia?
In Georgia, you are considered over the limit when your BAC is over 0.08%. However, underage drivers are considered intoxicated and can be charged with a DUI with a BAC of just 0.02% because of Georgia’s “zero tolerance” policy. Additionally, those found to have a BAC of 0.15% or higher will face enhanced penalties and Aggravated DUI charges.
Potential penalties for a DUI conviction in Georgia
If you are convicted of a DUI, you will face several potential penalties depending on the situation and your level of intoxication. This includes things like losing your license, fines and even jail time. Other potential penalties include mandatory alcohol education, loss of your vehicle and the requirement to use an ignition interlock device.
Protecting your rights and freedom when charged with DUI
DUI charges in Georgia carry serious penalties. If you are charged with a DUI, it’s important to know and protect your legal rights. There are viable defenses for this charge and learning what they are will help you protect your rights and freedom.