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DUI Laws in Atlanta

When people say that laws are made to be broken, they must have had the DUI laws in mind. Some would argue it is one of most often broken laws in the country. The basic DUI law in Georgia says that if you have a blood alcohol content or “BAC” greater than .08, then do not get behind the wheel. If you do and get caught, you could end up in jail, receive license suspensions or revocations of your driving privileges, as well as hefty fines. If you’re in the unfortunate position of having broken the DUI law, then it might be a good idea to speak to an Atlanta DUI lawyer.

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5 Terrible DUI Excuses Never to Use on a Cop

When trying to get out of a DUI, some excuses work better than others.

Telling the police officer that you were "trying to drive it off"? Not a good DUI excuse.

Here are five other DUI excuses you should never use on a cop:

3 Questions About Alternative Sentences for your DUI Attorney

After taking a look at Georgia's DUI laws, you may have wondered about alternative sentences.

The availability of alternative sentences will hinge on the specific facts of a DUI case, so your best bet is to consult a DUI attorney for an evaluation of your particular case.

Here are three questions about alternative sentences to ask your DUI attorney:

Driving Drunk With Kids: Charges Are Not Childs Play

Drunk driving is bad enough, but drunk driving with kids? An offender's charges and penalties could be taken to a whole new level. This is what Ashok Kapoor, 47, is now waiting to hear back on, after being pulled over for driving drunk with three of his children in the backseat, Atlanta's WSB-TV reports.

It should go without saying that you should never drink and drive. But, if you're caught doing so with your kids in the car, a DUI may not be the only issue you'll have to deal with. Here's a general overview of driving drunk with kids in Georgia:

3 Things to Know About Ignition Interlock in Georgia

How much do you know about ignition interlock law in Georgia? DUI laws vary by state, meaning so do their penalties. Ignition interlock, while it is a rather pesky device, allows a DUI offender to still drive, even if they could be given a suspended license.

The device itself has to be installed by the driver in his or her car. Once it's installed, the driver must then blow into the device every time they get into their car. If the system registers the driver's breath with no trace of alcohol detected, then the engine will start. If there is any alcohol detected over approximately 0.00%, the engine won't start.

In addition to those basics, here are three things you should know about ignition interlock laws in Georgia:

DUI and Employment Background Checks in Georgia

A background check that uncovers a DUI conviction, or even a charge that doesn't end in a conviction, can affect a person's ability to get a job. Depending on how much digging the employer is allowed to do, an applicant's DUI charge or conviction could crop up -- and bring the hiring process to a screeching halt.

Georgia differs from federal law as to when employers can conduct background checks, and whether or not a DUI offense can be taken into account in a hiring decision.

How You Can Be Charged With DUI Child Endangerment

If you've been out with your family and had a little too much to drink, you should think twice before getting behind the wheel -- or you could be charged with child endangerment.

When a driver is charged with a DUI and has one or more children under the age of fourteen in the car, he or she can also be charged with the separate offense of "endangering a child while driving under the influence."

5 Bad Moves That Can Make Your DUI Worse

Getting a DUI is bad enough. But there are a few ways to make it even worse.

The state of Georgia is already known for having some of the toughest DUI laws in the land, according to Yahoo! Voices. Your first drunken driving offense could cause you to lose your license for a whole year.

Under Georgia's DUI laws, it's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%. But that's just a DUI at the most basic level.

Hit-and-Run Can Make a DUI Case Worse

If you're driving drunk and get into a crash, don't make your case worse by fleeing the scene.

If you accidentally hit someone and cause injury, running away won't solve your problems, especially if someone was accidentally killed. In Georgia, you could face charges of hit-and-run, or fleeing the scene of an accident.

A Quick Guide to Georgia's DUI Laws

How do DUI laws work in Georgia?

DUI sentencing and penalties are based on the level of a DUI infraction. The higher up you go on the DUI chain, the stiffer your punishment gets.

Here's a primer on Georgia DUI laws and the levels of DUI offenses in Georgia.

What Are Georgia's BUI Laws?

Driving a car under the influence of alcohol isn’t the only way to get into a fatal accident. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 50 percent of all boating fatalities each year are attributed to alcohol. In fact, the U.S. Coast Guard warns that alcohol is more dangerous on water than it is on land. Anyone who goes boating on Lake Lanier knows these statements to be true.

After last year’s deadly boating accidents, a state legislator has taken it upon himself to introduce a new bill to improve boating safety.