Georgia Drunk Driving Laws

The state has stringent drunk driving laws. The laws are meant to both the curb the menace of drunk driving and protect and safeguard the rights of victims of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.

According to the laws of Georgia, any driver found driving with BAC level of 0.08 percent or more will be considered as driving under the influence of alcohol. He or she may be charged accordingly and if found guilty, will have to face severe consequences.

The penalties for drunk driving in Georgia include fines, possible prison sentences, and suspension of driver’s license for up to five years. Penalties largely depend upon the severity of the crime, that is if the accident caused an injury or death or was a repeat offense within a specified period of time.

For a first offense, drivers face up to a year in jail and a $300 minimum fine up to $1,000. A second offense within five years carries a minimum 48 hours in jail and a $600 minimum fine up to $1,000. For a third offense within five years of the second, drivers face mandatory 15 days in jail and a minimum fine of $1,000 up to $5,000.

In addition to jail time and fines, drivers may also be made to undergo community service, complete a substance abuse program at his or her own expense, and/or have his or her name, photograph, and contact details published in the newspapers.

Legal Help for Drunken Driving Accident Victims in Atlanta

Meanwhile, victims of drunk driving accidents can file for personal injury damages. Seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer who can gather the requisite pieces of evidence and prepare a convincing case. Evidence could include the police report following the accident, evidence of the other driver’s impairment, as well as any documentation of injuries and damages sustained in the accident.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.