Law enforcement will be in full force south of Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia this St. Patrick’s Day. This year the holiday falls on a Friday, and for some it will mark the kick off of a fun three-day weekend. Because many celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by raising a pint (or two) at a local pub, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is partnering with sober driving coalition TEAM Georgia to warn partygoers that while celebrations may include drinking, revelers should plan for a sober driver to get them home.
Here’s what you need to know this St. Patrick’s Day weekend to avoid a DUI conviction:
Make a plan: Arrange for a designated driver, Uber, cab, public transportation or some other means to make it home safely without driving if you plan on drinking alcohol.
Know what to do if you’re pulled over or encounter a police checkpoint: Even sober drivers can be intimidated or confused when encountering law enforcement. Here is valuable advice from an experienced Henry County attorney who also spent six years in law enforcement.
Know what to do if you’re arrested for a DUI: The legal blood alcohol limit is .08 and in the state of Georgia. But did you know that you can be arrested for a DUI even if you refuse the tests or your BAC is below .08? If you are arrested for a DUI under any circumstance, the 10-day rule is in effect in you need to act quickly.
Know the consequences: If not taken seriously, a DUI conviction can have a negative impact on your current employment, your finances, your ability to drive and future job opportunities.
Need help? Experienced DUI attorney Chris Chapman was awarded “10 BEST” in Georgia for Customer Satisfaction by American Institute of DUI Attorneys. Chapman is an accomplished attorney with unique insight into DUI law due to the six years he spent in law enforcement prior to his admission to the bar. Chapman’s experience includes training and service in the DUI Task Force/ Heat Unit, Serious Accident Investigations and Special Operations. Contact Christopher Chapman today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-389-4864.
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