Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Georgia is against the law. If you are pulled over by the police and cited for not following DUI laws, you’ll face being prosecuted and the consequences associated with this illegal act.
Understanding DUI laws
Understanding the laws associated with individuals who have been arrested for driving under the influence can be helpful if you’re in this position.
There are two ways you can violate the DUI laws. The first way is if you are considered to be “under the influence” of drugs, alcohol or both of them and you aren’t capable of driving your vehicle safely.
The second way you can be arrested for violating DUI laws is if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is equal to or more than 0.08. When this level is found, it’s going to be challenging to dispute, and you’ll likely be required to get assistance from a legal professional.
Getting arrested for a DUI means you’ll be facing two separate penalties. The first is associated with your criminal case, and the second is the suspension of your license.
Your license suspension will be handled by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). Criminal penalties will be handled by the criminal court system.
What are the consequences if you are accused of committing a DUI?
Being accused of committing a DUI can come with penalties ranging from public service and fines to serving time in jail, which are all handled by the criminal courts. The severity of the penalty you receive is usually based on your BAC level. The more it goes up from the 0.08 level, the more severe the penalties will likely be. You may even have multiple convictions, depending on your BAC level.
Knowing the consequences, penalties and types of DUI convictions can give you a better idea of what you might be facing if you’re in this position.