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Facing an underage DUI in Georgia

As a person under the age of 21, it is illegal to consume alcohol in Georgia in the majority of circumstances. Therefore, if you are found to be consuming alcohol and you are under the age of 21, you could face certain legal consequences.

Defenses against Breathalyzer refusal

It's extremely common for a driver to get pulled over, perhaps for no particular reason at all, and be ordered to perform a Breathalyzer test. A Breathalyzer test consists of a device in which a person must blow into. The breath of a person is used as evidence and material in order to determine the blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If a person's breath is measured over a certain limit, he or she is likely to face serious consequences.

Getting help for alcohol dependence after your DUI

Getting a DUI can be a wake up call for the way you have been living. Perhaps you have been avoiding the realities of your alcohol dependence for too long and have now realized that your behavior has gotten out of control. If this is the case, then the good news is that there is help available for you in the form of education and support.

When does an ignition interlock device become mandatory?

The first time you're convicted of driving under the influence, you could see between 10 days and 12 months behind bars, anywhere from $300 in fines to $1,000 and a driver's license suspension that lasts for 12 months. You will also need to do community service for at least one standard work week (40 hours) and you'll have to go through a program for drug and/or alcohol use. You may have to go to a substance abuse program, as well, though that is decided by a clinical evaluation.

Understanding involuntary manslaughter

Being involved in a car accident that results in a person's death can be a devastating experience. It may be that the accident was a tragic occurrence that simply could not have been avoided. This can be true for situations where there is extreme weather or when there are external conditions that could have not been avoided by any driver involved.

How will a DUI affect my life?

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is of course illegal in the United States. However, it is the most common criminal offense. That means that many people who have never been involved with the law before can find themselves worrying about what a DUI will mean for their future.

Understanding DUI manslaughter and murder charges

It is well-known that driving after having consumed alcohol is never a good idea. It is illegal and this is for good reason. Alcohol affects your response time and can encourage reckless behavior; therefore, drinking and driving endangers you and the people around you.

Georgia’s penalties are severe for first-time driving offenses

It is very common for a driver to be subject to a ticket for all sorts of traffic violations. This could be something minor like failing to indicate a turn or going over the speed limit by a couple of miles. But certain other offenses can be serious enough to threaten the lives of you and the drivers and pedestrians around you. This is why the penalties for these kinds of offenses can be quite serious.

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