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Habitual violators in Georgia face higher penalties

Driving under the influence of alcohol is never a good idea. Law enforcement agencies often remind us that drinking with any sort of impairment is some form of DUI. Drivers in Georgia may find themselves facing charges if they consent to a blood alcohol content (BAC) test and the result is .08 or higher.

People arrested for or suspected of DUI in Georgia always have the right to legal counsel at any time during their dealings with police, prosecutors or courts. The Peach State includes several exceptions for DUI cases, such as an emergency situation require driving after a person had been drinking or the possibility that a person began drinking after driving.

Multiple convictions for DUI may result in habitual violator status. A woman accused of driving under the influence near Savannah had been convicted of being a habitual violator two years ago. In the most recent incident, her northbound car allegedly crossed the divider on a road and hit a southbound sport utility vehicle head-on.

The charges were later amended to include misdemeanor obstruction after she apparently attempted to escape from custody while under observation at a local hospital. It is never a good idea to interfere with law enforcement, as legal counsel can challenge the admissibility of evidence if it was collected improperly.

Habitual violator charges could result in five years in prison in Georgia. This is another reason to fight DUI charges with the help of legal representation. It is often best to consult an attorney before and during questioning or any other time while in police custody.

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