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If you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), in Georgia, it is important that you understand what you are up against. Due to the number of drivers who are injured or killed in alcohol-related accidents each year, state lawmakers have begun to focus their efforts on preventing DUI—and they’ve passed a number of tough laws to prove it. Indeed, Georgia drivers face some of the toughest penalties on the books if convicted of drunk driving. Here’s what you need to know about DUI in Georgia:

Although federal law prohibits anyone from driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher, Georgia motorists can also be arrested for DUI if they have a BAC below this limit. Under state law, it is a crime to drive with any amount of alcohol in your system if it affects your ability to drive to such an extent that you pose a risk to other drivers. As a result, if you commit a serious traffic offense (such as driving on the wrong side of the road, swerving, or driving erratically) and have even a tiny amount of alcohol in your bloodstream, you can be charged with “less safe” DUI.

On the other hand, if a breathalyzer or other chemical test indicates you have a BAC above the federal limit, you will be charged with a “per se” offense for driving with an illegal amount of alcohol in your system—regardless of your ability to drive. It’s even possible for you to be charged with both per se and less safe DUI if you were driving in an unsafe manner and had a BAC of 0.08% or higher.

Regardless of the charge, a Georgia DUI conviction carries mandatory penalties that include a license suspension, hefty fine, and jail time—and that’s just for your first offense. Fortunately, being arrested for DUI is very different from being convicted of it. As the largest exclusive DUI defense firm in the entire state, Head, Thomas, Webb, and Willis has over 115 years of combined experience in defending drunk drivers.

Our attorneys have helped thousands of drivers just like you obtain a positive outcome for their case—often getting their charges reduced or even entirely dismissed. From calling the officer’s reasons for arresting you into question to challenging your chemical test results, count on us to create a strong argument that supports your defense and helps you avoid the life-altering consequences of a DUI conviction.

To determine the best approach is for your situation, use our online form to request a free, in-person consultation with one of the top DUI defense firms in the state—and during your meeting, be sure to ask how you can get a free license appeal letter and a free copy of “The DUI Book,” the most comprehensive resource on Georgia DUI law you can find, and written by one of our firm’s very own William C. Head.

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