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What you should know about DUIs in Georgia

Georgia is tough on drunk drivers -- and there are usually plenty of officers patrolling the roads in search of potential offenders.

Here's what you need to keep in mind:

1. Don't get behind the wheel after drinking.

You don't actually have to be legally drunk, with a blood alcohol of 0.08% or higher, to be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). You can also be arrested if the officer has a reasonable suspicion that you're under the influence based on your driving, your behavior and other factors. It's far smarter -- and cheaper -- to spend the money on an Uber than to risk an arrest.

2. Keep your license, insurance card and registration handy.

You don't want to give the officer any cause to say that you were disoriented, fumbling around or acting peculiar. Have these items with you whenever you drive and know where they are so that you can promptly hand them over to an officer when requested.

3. Be polite, but exercise your right to remain silent.

Police officers will often "fish around" for information that supports a Breathalyzer test or leads to an arrest. Do yourself a favor and stick to the basics about the reason for your stop. Don't discuss where you've been (especially if it's somewhere that may have been serving alcohol), where you are going or why.

4. If you are arrested, don't try to talk your way out of the situation.

If you are arrested on suspicion of DUI, don't try to talk your way out of the situation. Anything you say is likely to end up "evidence" that supports your arrest. Take a deep breath and wait until you can call your attorney before you say anything else.

A conviction for a first-time DUI can lead to up to a year in jail and the loss of your license, so contact an attorney for help right away. Please continue reviewing our website for additional information about Georgia's drunk driving laws and our services.

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