DUI Test Georgia
If you are ever pulled over for driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia, the officer who stops you may administer a breathalyzer or other chemical test. This will determine your level of impairment. If the results of this test indicate you have an illegal amount of alcohol in your system, you can expect to be arrested and charged with DUI. In addition, because you are required to perform any type of chemical DUI test under Georgia state law, you will still face criminal charges if you refuse the officer’s request.
Chemical tests are designed to calculate the amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream (also known as blood alcohol content, or BAC) by analyzing his or her breath, blood, or urine. Under federal law, any driver with a BAC of 0.08% or more is legally intoxicated—which means you can be arrested for drunk driving if your chemical test results indicate you have a BAC above this limit. In addition, Georgia’s implied consent law allows officers to arrest any driver who refuses to perform a breathalyzer or other chemical test.
It is important to know that the Department of Driver Services (DDS) will be notified the moment you refuse or fail a chemical test, and this will result in an immediate license suspension. To prevent this suspension from remaining in place, you must request an appeal hearing within 10 business days after your arrest. Most drivers must obtain legal representation in order to avoid losing their license and other penalties that follow the failure or refusal of a DUI test in Georgia.
Fortunately, if you have been arrested for DUI, there are a number of ways to challenge your chemical test results and prevent them from being used against you in criminal court. If you are facing a drunk driving conviction, it is important to discuss your test results with an attorney immediately. Depending on your prior activities, your BAC may have been elevated due to medical disorders, such as heartburn or diabetes, or using harmless substances like breath mints, chewing gum, and mouthwash.
To learn how you can improve your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in court, contact the Law Offices of Head, Thomas, Webb, and Willis today to discuss your test results with one of our experienced trial attorneys.
As an exclusive DUI defense firm, we know everything there is know about strategies for challenging BAC calculations, as our attorneys have undergone the same training as law enforcement.
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