To Blow or Not To Blow: That Is The QuestionWritten on June 11, 2015
Summer days are great for hanging out by the pool, visiting the lake and barbecuing in the backyard. Outdoor events can bring alcohol, and that can bring along trouble. For legal professionals and law enforcement, the summer time creates an increase in driving under the influence (DUI incidents). Anytime of the year, it is a risk to drive after you have been drinking, but the summer time brings more arrests of this nature. Be aware that police will be on the lookout for signs of a DUI impaired driver. That could be weaving in a lane of travel, not stopping for a stop sign or driving with a blinker on for several miles without turning.
Do You Have to Comply If You Are Stopped? If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), the officer will read you Georgia’s Implied Consent. Every person issued a Georgia driver’s license signed a document consenting to a blood, breath or urine test if requested by a police officer. If you refuse, your driver’s license will automatically be suspended for one year. Those who refuse a test do have an opportunity to file for an appeal and plead their case in front of a judge.
The attorneys at The Silverbach Group recommend that you never drink and drive. A conviction for driving under the influence will not only lead to fines and a possible license suspension, but you will be taken to jail. Drinking and driving also endangers everyone on the road. If you are arrested for suspicion of drunk driving, it’s important to remember the consequences of not taking a test. You will lose your license without even being convicted. The state will view your refusal as an admission of guilt.
The penalties for a DUI conviction can include fines, community service, license restrictions or even jail time. If you have been arrested for DUI, your first call should be to The Silverbach Group. We are an experienced law firm here to help. You don’t want to go through the legal system alone.
In a city like Atlanta, driving is an everyday part of life. Whether it’s to work or school, driving for most people is a necessity. Losing your license could have a serious effect on your job, finances and family.
The Silverbach Group can help protect your driving privileges. A restricted license may allow to you drive to work or school. This will protect your livelihood and keep food on your family’s table. Most people who try and handle their charges alone often realize they should have had an attorney, afterwards, when the charges are steep or there is jail time involved. By then it’s too late!