Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime in Georgia. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car or truck after having too much to drink, he or she can wind up causing a serious accident. The Georgia laws for DUI create two different ways a driver can be in violation of DUI: DUI and DUI per se. We will explore these violations in today’s post, so you have an understanding of the state law.
When you are in violation of DUI, it happened because a police officer determined you to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while you were driving. When you are in violation of DUI per se, it happened because you were administered a breath or blood test, and it came back that your blood alcohol content (BAC) level was over the legal limit.
Anyone arrested and charged with DUI in Georgia faces two separate penalties. You will need to deal with a criminal case for DUI, and you will also have to deal with the suspension of your driver’s license with the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
The possible penalties that can be assessed when arrested for DUI in Georgia include fines, jail time and being required to perform public service. The penalties become more severe the higher your BAC level is and if you are a repeat offender.
The law for DUI in Georgia is cut and dry. There’s no questioning it. However, you can fight any charges levied against you, even if you are facing a second, third or subsequent DUI charge. The BAC level in Georgia is 0.08.