Indulging in alcoholic beverages, drugs, or other substances can quickly impair your judgment. While you may "feel fine," that doesn't mean you're in the best state to get behind the wheel of a car and arrive at your destination safely.
Whether you were at an intimate dinner party with friends and had "one too many" or were out celebrating a momentous occasion with a night of partying, the law enforcement officer that pulls you over will not care about the reason why you're under the influence. Georgia is one of the strictest states regarding DUI laws, and being pulled over for drunk driving can carry serious consequences.
What is Considered a DUI in Georgia?
While some states differentiate between Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) — Georgia is not one of them. In Georgia, the term DUI is used to cover impaired driving under the influence of any alcohol, drug, or controlled substance.
There are a few different ways that a person can be found in violation of Georgia’s DUI laws:
- Having a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08% or higher
- If the driver’s ability is considered less safe, or clearly impaired, due to the influence of any alcohol or drugs
- Possessing traces of marijuana or illegal drugs in their system
It’s important to be aware that you can be charged with a DUI even if your BAC is below the legal limit. The prosecution would need to prove that you were mentally or physically impaired while operating a moving vehicle.
Regardless of the cause of the charges against you, you’ll want an experienced DUI attorney on your side to help you fight for the best possible outcome for your case. The Law Offices of Harold J. Cronk has represented many clients in Savannah, Georgia, and the surrounding areas, against DUI convictions. We’ll listen to your side of the story and do everything we can to seek fair treatment by the justice system and a favorable result for you.