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    Jonathan C. Beard
    Attorney & Partner
    Jonathan joined the firm in 2014 and is a graduate of Reinhardt University, Kennesaw State University, and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University. As a partner at Miles Hansford and Tallant, LLC, Jonathan's practice primary focuses on ...
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    Brian A. Hansford
    Attorney & Founding Partner
    Brian Hansford is one of the founding partners of Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC. With over 15 years of experience, he is the leading criminal defense attorney at the firm and has successfully represented clients facing DUIs, drug violations and felonies, ...
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    Jonah B. Howell
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    Howell joined Miles Hanford & Tallant, LLC in June of 2016. As a Partner with the firm, his primary practice areas are civil and probate litigation, corporate and business representation, estate planning and local government law. Jonah is a native of ...
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    Kevin J. McDonough
    Attorney & Partner
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    Deborah Anice Pittman
    Attorney & Partner
    Deborah Anice Pittman joined Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC in 2016 and is now a Partner in the firm. Her primary practice areas are family law and criminal defense; however, she also handles general civil litigation matters and is a certified civil and ...
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    Joshua A. Scoggins
    Attorney & Partner
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    Kevin J. Tallant
    Attorney & Founding Partner
    Kevin Tallant is a Cumming, Georgia native, and is one of the founding partners of Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC. His primary practice areas include local government law, contract and business litigation, probate litigation, and real property law. Kevin ...
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    J. Ethan Underwood
    Attorney & Partner
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What kind of penalties could I face?

The penalties one faces when charged with DUI depend on the level of intoxication, the number of previous offenses, whether property damage was done in the course of operating the motor vehicle under the influence, whether or not an individual was injured during the DUI, and numerous others.

  • First Offense DUI in Georgia – Misdemeanor
    • Up to one year in jail
    • Monetary fine of up to $1,000
    • Suspension of driver’s license for up to a year
    • Community service
    • Probation
    • DUI education course
  • Second Offense DUI in Georgia – Misdemeanor
    • Up to one year in jail
    • Monetary fine of $1,000 to $5,000
    • Suspension of driver’s license for up to three years
    • Community service
    • Probation
    • Substance abuse treatment or DUI education course
    • Possible installation of an Ignition Interlock System
  • Third Offense DUI in Georgia – Misdemeanor
    • Up to one year in jail
    • Monetary fine of $1,000 to $5,000
    • Suspension of driver’s license for up to five years
    • Community service
    • Probation
    • Substance abuse treatment or DUI education course
    • Possible installation of an Ignition Interlock System
  • Fourth Offense DUI in Georgia – Felony
    • State prison time – one to five years
    • Up to $5,000 in monetary fines

How does law enforcement determine if I am intoxicated?

The officer who stopped you on suspicion of drunk driving will administer a range of tests, called field sobriety tests, that are designed to test your motor function and mental capability at the time of the traffic stop. Some of the common field sobriety tests are:

  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus, where an officer examines the subject’s eyes while he or she looks from side to side.
  • Walk and turn, where a subject is asked to walk heel-to-toe and along a straight line to examine balance and coordination.
  • One-leg stand test, where an officer has the accused stand on one leg so coordination and balance can again be examined.

The officer may also administer a Breathalyzer test at the scene, or have you taken into custody for a blood sample or urine sample to be tested for blood alcohol content (BAC).

Do I have to take a Breathalyzer?

Georgia is a state that utilizes implied consent laws. This means that anyone who holds a driver’s license gives their implicit consent to complying with the request for a Breathalyzer; they are agreeing to take the test by simply having a driver’s license.

While you may refuse the Breathalyzer test, officers may detain you and request that a blood or urine sample be tested for blood alcohol content. You may also face additional criminal punishments if you do not cooperate.

So no, you do not have the take the Breathalyzer, but there are few, if any, ways around law enforcement obtaining your blood alcohol content.

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Call Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, today at (770) 574-6688 or use our 24/7 criminal defense line at (678) 831-5855 to learn what attorney Brian Hansford can do for you.

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