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Student Legal Services Series 2: Alcohol Laws and Criminal Defense

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Student Legal Services Series 2:

Alcohol Laws and Local Ordinances

 

Stephens & Brown, Athens Georgia’s premier DUI and criminal defense law firm, welcomes University of Georgia, University of North Georgia, Athens Technical College, and Piedmont College students back to Athens.

Continuing in our series of blogs intended to help new and returning students in Athens understand and navigate the legal system, today’s blog will focus on state laws and local ordinances, particularly those pertaining to the consumption of alcohol. If you missed last week’s blog on DUI laws and what to do if you’re stopped, you can access it here.

Remember, if you are charged with a crime or asked to meet with school administrators about alleged crimes, it is essential that you hire an attorney who can provide you with a powerful defense and protect your future. Kim Stephens defends students every day against false or inflated accusations, winning in court, and preventing incidents from impacting students’ education and lives beyond college. He is a nationally ranked defense attorney and has successfully litigated hundreds of cases.

Alcohol Laws and Local Ordinances:

  1. Athens has an open container ordinance, meaning it is illegal to consume alcoholic beverages outside in public spaces, even just outside of some bars and restaurants. The local police enforce the open container law year round, even on football game days on and off campus.
  2. Athens has a noise ordinance and excessive noise at any residence may result in police coming to your residence and attempting to question everyone who is there. If the police show up at your home because of a noise complaint, have someone who has not been drinking and/or is over 21 years of age meet the officers at the door and, above all else, be polite, cooperate and turn the noise down, i.e. lower the decibel level.
  3. Littering violates state law and local ordinances and makes the community an uglier place. Instead of dropping cans, bottles or other trash on the ground or throwing them out the car window, pick up any trash you see and put it in the closest recycle or trash bin. You will feel good about yourself and will avoid unnecessary attention from the police.
  4. If you drink alcohol and are under the age of twenty-one, you may be charged with Underage Possession of Alcohol, i.e. MIP, even if the police don’t perform any test to determine if you have been drinking. Local police departments in Athens changed their policy of arresting first time underage drinkers and branding them as criminals last year; but, police will arrest you and take you to jail if they can charge you with another crime, i.e. obstruction, public intoxication, possession of a fake ID, etc., at the same time. The penalties and sentences in MIP cases and these other types of misdemeanor cases can be unduly harsh and burdensome and can result in you having a criminal record. Please don’t trust your friend’s expert advice just because he or she already had an MIP in Athens or somewhere else. Every case is different. You should always consult with an attorney before you go to court.
  5. If you are stopped and/or cited for MIP, local police will likely ask for or search for fake IDs and, if they find one, they will arrest you and take you to jail. In some cases, Athens and UGA police officers have charged students with felony forgery charges instead of the more appropriate misdemeanor charge of possession of a false or fictitious ID. Possession of a fake ID, even as a misdemeanor charge, can result in serious sanctions including suspension of your driver’s license.
  6. If you urinate in public you are violating both state law and local ordinances. In addition to Public Urination, the police may also charge you with Public Indecency and will definitely check to see if you’ve been drinking. If you have consumed alcohol, they may then also charge you with an MIP and/or Public Drunkenness.
  7. If you are a UGA student, the Honor Code contains specific punishment for violations of the Code that involve alcohol or drugs. Second time violations involving alcohol, even a violation as minor as an RA seeing beer in a dorm room refrigerator, can and often does result in suspension from UGA for a full year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME OR ARE FACING A STUDENT JUDICIARY HEARING, CALL KIM STEPHENS TODAY FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND A POWERFUL DEFENSE. 706.548.3933               s-cd s10-cd s-dui s10-dui cc-dui cc-cd readers_choice_logo_2012 rc13 Top100seal1[1]                          
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Student Legal Services Series 1: DUI

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Stephens & Brown, Athens Georgia’s premier DUI and criminal defense law firm, welcomes University of Georgia, University of North Georgia, Athens Technical College, and Piedmont College students back to Athens. The fall is an exciting time in Athens, with students returning to the city, and football season just around the corner. Former Bulldog All-American and criminal defense attorney Kim Stephens encourages incoming students to study, work hard, have fun, and be careful to avoid being arrested and forever branded as a criminal.

For the next several weeks our blog will focus on educating students about local laws and ordinances and helping them avoid legal problems and academic disputes.

Remember, if you are charged with a crime or asked to meet with school administrators about alleged crimes, it is essential that you hire an attorney who can provide you with a powerful defense and protect your future.  Kim Stephens defends students every day against false or inflated accusations, winning in court, and preventing incidents from impacting students’ education and lives beyond college.

 

Student Legal Services Series 1:

DUI

  1. If you are under the age of twenty-one and drive any vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages (0.02 BAC or 1 alcoholic drink for most people), you may be charged with DUI. Even if you are lucky enough to avoid a DUI charge, your driver’s license would likely be suspended if you are charged with MIP while driving.  Don’t put yourself or others at risk.  Walk (preferably with a friend so that you won’t be a good candidate for being robbed or mugged), call a sober friend, have a designated driver, take a cab, or let Uber help you.
  2. If you are over the age of twenty-one and drive a vehicle (including bicycles, scooters, Segways, golf carts, horses, or any moving vehicle) with a blood alcohol level of .08, you will be charged with DUI in Athens. While television, radio and billboard advertisements call a DUI a $10,000.00 mistake, I know of a DUI conviction costing a person more than $200,000.00 because he lost his job, lost his company car, couldn’t find other work for over a year, almost lost his home, and suffered the more typical DUI I’ve also seen commercial drivers lose their licenses for a year or, for a second DUI permanently taking away their ability to work.  These cases demonstrate the severe impact a DUI can have whether you are a college student or a working adult.
  3. If you drive a vehicle improperly (speeding, failure to maintain lane, etc.) after consuming alcohol or using drugs, you may be charged with DUI less safe even if you refuse the breath or blood test. Often police officers will request that you take “a few tests” to determine if you are impaired.  You are not required to take these field sobriety tests.  Understand that police officers use the test to gather evidence against you, not to help you.  So, in almost every circumstance, you should refuse to do field sobriety tests at the scene of your stop.

2016 Update: Recent Georgia and United States Supreme Court cases have called into question the legality of blood tests to determine blood alcohol level in DUI cases without a valid search warrant.

  1. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident after consuming alcohol or drugs, you may be charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanor reckless driving to felony vehicular homicide. A conviction for vehicular homicide almost always results in many years of prison time though Stephens & Brown has successfully kept clients out of jail in these serious cases including one client recently who caused the death of two elderly people after smoking marijuana.  Don’t take a chance of killing someone, ruining your life, and devastating the lives of family members for you and the person you might injure or kill.

 

IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME OR ARE FACING A STUDENT JUDICIARY HEARING, CALL KIM STEPHENS TODAY FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND A POWERFUL DEFENSE. 706.548.3933

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St. Patrick’s Day Reminders from Criminal Defense Attorney, Kim T. Stephens

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the attorneys and staff at Stephens and Brown. Criminal defense attorney, Kim T. Stephens, urges students and others celebrating tonight to remember the following laws and ordinances while having fun in Athens tonight.

State laws and local ordinances:

a) Athens has an open container ordinance, meaning it is illegal to consume alcoholic beverages outside in public spaces, even just outside of some bars and restaurants. The local police enforce the open container law year round.

b) Athens has a noise ordinance and excessive noise at any residence may result in police coming to your residence and attempting to question everyone who is there. If the police show up at your home because of a noise complaint, have someone who has not been drinking and/or is over 21 years of age meet the officers at the door and, above all else, be polite, cooperate and turn the noise down, i.e. lower the decibel level.

c) Littering violates state law and local ordinances and makes the community an uglier place. Instead of dropping cans, bottles or other trash on the ground or throwing them out the car window, pick up any trash you see and put it in the closest recycle or trash bin. You will feel good about yourself and will avoid unnecessary attention from the police.

d) If you drink alcohol and are under the age of twenty-one, you may be charged with Underage Possession of Alcohol, i.e. MIP, even if the police don’t perform any test to determine if you have been drinking. Local police departments in Athens recently changed their policy of arresting first time underage drinkers and branding them as criminals; but, the penalties and sentences in MIP cases can still be unduly harsh and burdensome and can result in you having a criminal record. Please don’t trust your friend’s expert advice just because he or she already had an MIP in Athens or somewhere else. You should always consult with an attorney before you go to court.

e) If you are under the age of twenty-one and drive any vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages, you may be charged with DUI. Even if you are lucky enough to avoid a DUI charge, your driver’s license would likely be suspended if you are charged with MIP while driving. Don’t put yourself or others at risk. Walk (preferably with a friend so that you won’t be a good candidate for being robbed or mugged), call a sober friend, have a designated driver, take a cab, or let Uber help you.

f) If you are over the age of twenty-one and drive a vehicle (including bicycles, scooters, Segways, golf carts, horses, or any moving vehicle) with a blood alcohol level of .08, you will be charged with DUI in Athens. While television, radio and billboard advertisements call a DUI a $10,000.00 mistake, I know of a DUI conviction costing a person more than $200,000.00 because he lost his job, lost his company car, couldn’t find other work for over a year, almost lost his home, and suffered the more typical DUI penalties. I’ve also seen commercial drivers lose their licenses for a year or, for a second DUI permanently taking away their ability to work. These cases demonstrate the severe impact a DUI can have whether you are a college student or a working adult.
g) If you drive a vehicle improperly (speeding, failure to maintain lane, etc.) after consuming alcohol or using drugs, you may be charged with DUI less safe even if you refuse the breath or blood test. Often police officers will request that you take “a few tests” to determine if you are impaired. You are not required to take these field sobriety tests. Understand that police officers use the test to gather evidence against you, not to help you. So, in almost every circumstance, you should refuse to do field sobriety tests at the scene of your stop.

h) If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident after consuming alcohol or drugs, you may be charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanor reckless driving to felony vehicular homicide. A conviction for vehicular homicide almost always results in many years of prison time though Stephens & Brown has successfully kept a person out of jail in the last few months who caused the death of two elderly people after smoking marijuana. Don’t take a chance of killing someone, ruining your life, and devastating the lives of family members for you and the person you might injure or kill.

i) If you buy alcohol and provide it to someone under the age of twenty-one, you can be charged with providing alcohol to a minor. In addition to criminal sanctions, your driver’s license will be suspended if you are convicted of providing alcohol to a minor.

j) If you have sex with an individual under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you can be charged with rape, aggravated sexual battery, sexual battery, and other serious criminal charges, even if you were also intoxicated. Even more worrisome, students, particularly male students, are being expelled by UGA and other colleges and universities based upon accusations of sexual misconduct where both students involved were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time, WITHOUT A HEARING to determine the truth of the accusation.

Remember, if you are charged with a crime or asked to meet with school administrators about alleged crimes, it is essential that you hire an attorney who can provide you with a powerful defense and protect your future. Kim Stephens defends students, teachers, athletes, and other citizens every day against false or inflated accusations, winning in court, and preventing incidents from impacting the lives of his clients.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME OR ARE FACING A STUDENT JUDICIARY HEARING, CALL KIM STEPHENS TODAY FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND A POWERFUL DEFENSE. 706.548.3933

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Legal Advice for Widespread Panic Fans

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Stephens & Brown, Athens Georgia’s premier DUI and criminal defense law firm, welcomes Widespread Panic fans to Athens, Georgia. Criminal defense attorney Kim Stephens encourages all fans to enjoy the music, to have fun, but also to remain vigilant and safe to avoid being hurt or being arrested and forever branded as a criminal.

Fans should be aware of the following:

State laws and local ordinances:

  1. Littering violates state law and local ordinances and makes the community an uglier place. Instead of dropping cans, bottles or other trash on the ground or throwing them out the car window, pick up any trash you see and put it in the closest recycle or trash bin. You will feel good about yourself and will avoid unnecessary attention from the police.
  2. If you drink alcohol and are under the age of twenty-one, you may be charged with Underage Possession of Alcohol, i.e. MIP, even if the police don’t perform any test to determine if you have been drinking. Local police departments in Athens recently changed their policy of arresting first time underage drinkers and branding them as criminals, instead issuing citations to the alleged offender; but, the penalties and sentences in MIP cases can still be unduly harsh and burdensome and can result in you having a criminal record
  3. If you are under the age of twenty-one and drive any vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages, you may be charged with DUI. Even if you are lucky enough to avoid a DUI charge, your driver’s license would likely be suspended if you are charged with MIP while driving. Don’t put yourself or others at risk. Walk (preferably with a friend so that you won’t be a good candidate for being robbed or mugged), call a sober friend, have a designated driver, take a cab, or let Uberhelp you.
  4. If you are over the age of twenty-one and drive a vehicle (including bicycles, scooters, Segways, golf carts, horses, or any moving vehicle) with a blood alcohol level of .08, you will be charged with DUIin Athens. While television, radio and billboard advertisements call a DUI a $10,000.00 mistake, I know of a DUI conviction costing a person more than $200,000.00 because he lost his job, lost his company car, couldn’t find other work for over a year, almost lost his home, along with suffering the more typical DUI  I’ve also seen commercial drivers lose their licenses for a year or, for a second DUI permanently taking away their ability to work. These cases demonstrate the severe impact a DUI can have whether you are a college student or a working adult.
  5. If you drive a vehicle improperly (speeding, failure to maintain lane, etc.) after consuming alcohol or using drugs, you may be charged with DUI less safe even if you refuse the breath or blood test. Often police officers will request that you take “a few tests” called field sobriety tests (these are not the same as the breathalyzer test that they will ask you to take after they arrest you) to determine if you are impaired. You are not required to take these field sobriety tests. Understand that police officers use the test to gather evidence against you, not to help you. So, in almost every circumstance, you should refuse to do these voluntary field sobriety tests at the scene of your stop.
  6. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident after consuming alcohol or drugs, you may be charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanor reckless drivingto felony vehicular homicide. A conviction for vehicular homicide almost always results in many years of prison time. Don’t take a chance of killing someone, ruining your life, and devastating the lives of family members for you and the person you might injure or kill.
  7. If you buy alcohol and provide it to someone under the age of twenty-one, you can be charged with providing alcohol to a minor. In addition to criminal sanctions, your driver’s license will be suspended if you are convicted of providing alcohol to a minor.
  8. If you have sex with an individual under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you can be charged with rapeaggravated sexual batterysexual battery, and other serious criminal offenses, even if you were also intoxicated. Even more worrisome, students, particularly male students, are being expelled by UGAand other colleges and universities based upon accusations of sexual misconduct where both students involved were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time, WITHOUT A HEARING to determine the truth of the accusation.

Remember, if you are arrested and charged with a crime, it is essential that you hire an attorney who can provide you with a powerful defense and protect your future. Kim Stephens defends individuals every day, winning in court, and arrests from having negative long-term consequences.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME, CALL ATTORNEY KIM T. STEPHENS TODAY FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND A POWERFUL DEFENSE 706-548-3933

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Tips For UGA Students Going To 2015 Georgia – Florida Game

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If you are a UGA student going to the Georgia Florida game this weekend, please keep these important tips in mind to avoid trouble or possible arrest:

  • On your way to and from the game, the Georgia State Patrol, county sheriff departments and local police agencies will be out in full force watching for speeders, drunk drivers, expired tags, improper passing, reckless driving, even tag and tail light violations. Road blocks are likely to be set up as well.  BE CAREFUL!
  • Do not drink and drive. Even if your entire group of friends is over 21, always have a designated driver.
  • If you do get stopped for any reason, politely provide your driver’s license to law enforcement officers. If asked to take field sobriety tests, though, just say “No.”  In other words, do not agree to take the walk and turn test, HGN (following the officer’s finger or flashlight), one leg stand, or any other test at the scene of the stop unless you are completely sober with no alcohol or drugs in your system.
  • If you are under 21, you cannot drink or possess alcohol. Glynn County and other law enforcement officers will be closely watching the beach this year looking for any reason to cite or arrest underage drinkers.
  • Do not urinate in public, even if you believe you are out of sight. Local police may arrest you not just for public urination but also for public indecency if you are spotted.
  • Stay with a friend always. Too many students have died over the years because they became intoxicated and had an accident, including overdosing, falling off parking decks and balconies, etc.  A friend can save your life.
  • Remember the “Amnesty Law.” Whether you are the person suffering from alcohol or drug poisoning or it is your friend or someone else, Georgia and Florida laws grant you amnesty if you seek medical help or call 9-1-1.  You should not be arrested if you “do the right thing.”
  • You cannot possess any drugs if you don’t have a prescription for them. Even one pill in your pocket without a prescription will result in a felony charge against you if found.
  • Possession of marijuana is not legal in Georgia or Florida.
  • Do not draw attention to yourself by being too loud, rude, arguing or fighting.
  • Glass containers are prohibited on the beach. Plastic containers and cups are also prohibited if they are “likely to splinter into sharp pieces.”  Local law enforcement may use this ordinance as a reason to question college students
  • You cannot drive a motor vehicle of any kind on the beach.
  • You cannot store or leave anything on the beach overnight. This prohibition includes boats, motorized vehicles, tents, coolers, etc.
  • Do not build a fire. If you do, you will get burned by local law enforcement.
  • You cannot sell anything, legal or otherwise, without a permit. Obviously, you won’t be able to get a permit to sell illegal products.
  • Don’t have sex with someone if they are intoxicated. The law says they cannot consent, and you may be arrested for rape and risk decades in prison.
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DUI: Choose Your Attorney Wisely

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DUI/DWI MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE THAN ADVERTISED

 

I was speaking to a friend recently when he unexpectedly told me that, before we met, he was arrested and convicted of DUI/DWI several years ago. After some discussion, my friend shared with me that in his case the DUI/DWI conviction was far more costly than the estimates of $10 – $15,000 typically seen in articles and online for the “cost of a DUI/DWI.”  My interest was piqued, so he explained:

 

“I accept full responsibility for my actions.  I drove when I had been drinking more than I should and knew better. . . .  I was driving home when I came up to a roadblock. . . . I knew I was screwed.  I cooperated, took all the Field Sobriety Tests, and took the breathalyzer.  I was arrested and taken to jail.  I posted bond, paid a towing fee, hired an attorney, went to court several times, and was ultimately convicted.

 

The cost of posting bond, paying the towing fee, hiring an attorney, going to court, and paying fines, surcharges, taxes, probation fees, and other direct costs of the DUI/DWI was very expensive.  The estimates I saw before and since I was arrested, though, don’t come close to the actual cost to my family and me.

 

I lost my job.  I lost benefits for my family.  It took more than a year for me to get another job that was anywhere close to my qualifications.  My car insurance skyrocketed.  I can’t afford to get life insurance because it is so expensive.  I still am not making as much money as I would be making if I had not gotten the DUI.  So, my estimate of the cost of a DUI/DWI is much different than what I see online.”

 

Upon further questioning and after reviewing online articles and data, my friend provided me with his estimate of the cost of his DUI/DWI arrest and conviction:

 

Bond/Bail                                                                   $         2,500.00

Tow/Storage Charge for car                                               185.00

Increase in Car Insurance Premiums                               7,500.00

Attorney Fees                                                                        5,000.00

Court Imposed Fines/Surcharges/Fees                          1,730.00

DUI/Risk Reduction School                                              287.00

License Reinstatement Fees                                              210.00

Increase in Life Insurance Premiums                             10,000.00

Lost Income, Wages and Benefits             $ 330,000.00 – 370,000.00

(Caused by DUI/DWI and since my arrest)

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Actual and True Cost of DUI/DWI           $357,412.00 – 407,412.00

 

I know my friend’s story is personal and anecdotal but a DUI/DWI arrest in anyone’s situation is expensive and costly, especially if you hire the wrong attorney. If you are arrested for DUI/DWI, don’t take it lightly or assume the best. Call attorney Kim Stephens at 706-548-3933 so that we can begin to aggressively defend your case.

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Changes in DUI Law

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dui-badges-3Attorneys Kim Stephens and Michael Brown applaud the Georgia Supreme Court for its well-reasoned opinion upholding every person’s right to be free from unlawful searches of his or her body and bodily substances.  In the three weeks since the Court’s ruling in Williams v. State, attorney Kim Stephens successfully convinced prosecutors in Elbert County and Madison County, Georgia to dismiss DUI cases against his clients based on this change in Georgia law.  When choosing a DUI lawyer, it is critical that you hire a criminal defense attorney who specializes in DUI and other criminal law, knows current DUI law, and keeps up with changes in DUI law that will help win your case.

 

Blood Tests Taken Pursuant to Georgia Implied Consent Law May Not Be Voluntary According to Supreme Court
Georgia’s implied consent law may not be around much longer. On March 31, 2015, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously laid the groundwork for a future ruling that could effectively nullify the statute that imposes automatic punishment on motorists who refuse to provide a blood or breath sample upon demand. The implied consent law helps police investigate drunk driving (DUI) cases by allowing what are considered searches under the Fourth Amendment to take place without a search warrant. John Williams learned about this after a Gwinnett County police officer pulled him over for swerving on September 22, 2012.  “Georgia law requires you to submit to state administered chemical tests of your blood, breath, urine, or other bodily substances for the purpose of determining if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” the officer told Williams. “If you refuse this testing, your Georgia driver’s license or privilege to drive on the highways of this state will be suspended for a minimum period of one year.” Williams agreed to the blood draw, thinking he had no choice. The officer called the incident an ordinary DUI and admitted there were no unusual or exigent circumstances with the case. A county judge convicted Williams based on the blood evidence, saying the implied consent law rendered Fourth Amendment concerns irrelevant. The Georgia Supreme Court disagreed. “The state court’s analysis is flawed,” Justice P. Harris Hines wrote for the court. “A suspect’s right under the Fourth Amendment to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures applies to the compelled withdrawal of blood, and the extraction of blood is a search within the meaning of the Georgia Constitution.”  In Missouri v. McNeely (S.Ct., 4/17/2013), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream did not automatically create “exigent circumstances” that absolve police of their duty to obtain a search warrant before drawing a suspect’s blood. The justices required police to either get a warrant or cite a legitimate emergency justification for not doing so. There were no exigent circumstances in the Williams case, so the Georgia high court was left to rule on whether Williams voluntarily consented to having his blood drawn after being read the implied consent notice that told him that he had no choice. The justices said they needed more information. “In considering Williams’s motion to suppress, the state court failed to address whether Williams gave actual consent to the procuring and testing of his blood, which would require the determination of the voluntariness of the consent under the totality of the circumstances,” Justice Hines concluded. “Consequently, the judgments of the state court are vacated and the case is remanded to that court for proceedings consistent with this opinion.”

If you have been charged with DUI, call Stephens and Brown today at 706-548-3933 for a free consultation.

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What You Need to Know About DUI in Georgia

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Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) can lead to serious consequences for the driver and anyone else in the vicinity. According to statistics from the Century Council, more than 30,000 arrests for DUI occurred throughout Georgia in 2011. There were also 277 alcohol-related roadway fatalities.

Simply having been arrested for DUI isn’t definitive proof that you are guilty. Many drivers are falsely accused of DUI every year, especially when the police depend solely on faulty Breathalyzer® tests as evidence. However, a DUI arrest can result in irreversible personal and professional damage. It is critical to hire an experienced defense lawyer to mount a strong defense as soon as possible after a DUI incident.

Blood alcohol concentration

In Georgia, a DUI is determined by testing the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Different BAC levels are allowable for different classes of drivers. Driving with a BAC of .02 percent or more is considered  DUI for a driver under the age of 21. For a commercial driver, the required BAC is only .04 percent. General drivers aged 21 or older can be charged with DUI with a BAC of .08 percent or higher.

Potential penalties

The penalties involved in a DUI case depend on various factors. For refusing to submit to testing under the implied consent law, a driver is subject to license suspension of one year or more, depending on the driver’s history of refusal. If you submit to testing and your BAC is above .08 percent, you will spend at least 24 hours in jail and pay a minimum fine of $300. A second offense results in at least 72 hours in jail and a minimum fine of $600. As a driver charged with DUI, you are also subject to varying lengths and degrees of license suspension.

If you or a loved one is charged with DUI, contact attorneys Michael S. Brown and Kim Stephens as soon as possible to receive comprehensive DUI defense services.

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