If you have a current license in Georgia, the answer is “Yes.” You can continue to drive after being arrested and charged with DUI. Always remember, you are innocent unless, and until the state of Georgia proves your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are licensed in a state other than Georgia, different rules may apply. Read more in our Article called “Georgia DUI Q&A’s”
It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, if you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher in the State of Georgia.
Georgia also has a zero tolerance policy for any drivers who are not of legal drinking age. Any person under the age of 21 who is found operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .02% or higher will be subject to full DUI penalties.
After you have been arrested and charged with DUI, your first court appearance will be during your arraignment. It is essential to have an accomplished criminal defense attorney, who is well-versed and experienced with DUI cases, representing you from this point forward. At the arraignment the judge will inform you of the charges against you, ask for your plea, set conditions for your release or bond, and set your next court date. If the judge deems it necessary, you may also be ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle and be subjected to random urine tests.
Anyone facing DUI charges know that their freedom and their future are at stake. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, you are advised to contact a Atlanta or Georgia criminal defense lawyer from the Howard Law Group immediately. A Georgia DUI conviction will go on your permanent criminal record. In many cases, it will also have a negative impact on your family, your job and your livelihood. You do have rights, however, and the firm will work with you closely to answer any questions you may have, thoroughly review and evaluate the case against you, and advise you on the best course of action to pursue. The firm prides itself on being responsive to their clients in order to provide them with the insightful, hard-hitting defense they need when facing DUI charges.