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Six Ways to be Charged with DUI in Georgia

By Pierce Blitch

As the holiday season lights up with joy and celebrations across Georgia, it’s crucial to remember the importance of responsible driving. While joining in the festive spirit, it’s essential to be aware of the various ways one can face DUI charges in our state. This guide discusses the six scenarios under which a Georgia resident may be charged with DUI.

1. Alcohol Impairment Beyond Safe Limits

If a driver shows signs of alcohol intoxication and is considered unsafe to operate a vehicle, they are at risk of being charged with DUI. Remember, it’s not just about the amount you drink, but how it affects your ability to drive safely.

2. Under the Influence of Drugs or Controlled Substances

It’s not only alcohol that can land you a DUI charge. Being under the influence of drugs—whether prescription, over-the-counter, or illegal—can impair your ability to safely drive and result in a DUI charge.

3. Use of Other Intoxicants

In Georgia, even less common substances like glues, aerosols, whip-its or other toxic vapors, if inhaled to the point of impairment, can also lead to DUI charges. It’s vital to steer clear of any substance that could compromise your driving ability.

4. Mixed Substances and Increased Risk

Combining alcohol with drugs or other substances increases your risk significantly. If these combinations make you less capable of driving safely, a DUI charge could be imminent.  

5. Strict Limits for Commercial Drivers

Commercial vehicle drivers face even stricter DUI standards. A blood alcohol level of just .04 grams per deciliter can result in DUI charges for commercial drivers, emphasizing the higher expectations placed on professional drivers.

6. Underage DUI Regulations

For drivers under 21, Georgia’s DUI laws are particularly strict. A blood alcohol level as low as .02 grams per deciliter can lead to a DUI conviction, underscoring the zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving.

The Case of Marijuana and Controlled Substances

Regardless of driving ability, the mere presence of a controlled substance in your system can lead to DUI charges. This rule highlights the severity of drug use in relation to driving laws in Georgia.

Driving responsibly is more important than ever the hot days and nights of Summer. Understanding the various ways you can be charged with a DUI in Georgia can help keep you and your loved ones safe. If you find yourself facing such charges, it’s essential to seek competent legal guidance immediately.


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