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What Is a DUI? Georgia DUI Lawyer Explains

What Does It Mean When You Get Arrested For DUI?

By Atlanta DUI Lawyer Bubba Head

First and foremost, a DUI is a criminal offense. It is also a well-known acronym for the crime of “driving under the influence.” With the exception of Wisconsin and New Jersey, which classify a DUI case as a civil infraction, all other states and the District of Columbia make driving while intoxicated a criminal offense.

In all American jurisdictions, a first offense DUI is typically a misdemeanor. However, aggravating special circumstances can change an impaired driving charge to a felony in some states (e.g., Illinois), if a child is in the driver’s vehicle, and is endangered by the person driving drunk. Atlanta DUI lawyer Bubba Head points out that under Georgia DUI laws, having a child in the vehicle is a misdemeanor.

What is DUI?

Some people think that they must be driving to be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is not true in Georgia. A drunken driver or drugged driver can be asleep inside a parked vehicle, with the engine off and the ignition key in his or her pocket, and still be arrested for DUI in Georgia. “This is because Georgia is one of several states in the nation who criminalize ‘being in actual physical control’ of a motor vehicle while being too drunk to drive,” says Georgia DUI attorney Bubba Head, who is part of a DUI law firm with five Georgia DWI lawyers.

What Does DUI Mean?

Being arrested for DUI means that you are likely facing a 10-day deadline to file a DUI administrative license suspension appeal to Georgia DDS. Because a police officer’s arrest is presumptively lawful, Georgia DUI laws provide for sanctions under the Georgia Implied Consent law wherein the person drinking and driving can suffer an administrative suspension of his or her license (or privilege to drive in Georgia) for up to one full year, for a “refusal” to provide a test, or for providing a breath test and being over the legal limit.

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Don’t miss your chance for an appointment with one of the best DUI lawyers in Atlanta. Bubba Head has helped shape GA DUI law for 4 decades, and has spent thousands of hours in Fulton State Court, Cobb State Court, Atlanta Traffic Court, and Athens GA Municipal Court.

Call 42-year veteran Atlanta DUI attorney Bubba Head today and get honest answers to all your questions. Tell us everything that happened and everything you remember about your DUI arrest. The sooner you call us, the better chance we have to win your DUI case and get your charges reduced or dismissed.

Remember, you only have 30 DAYS to file a license suspension appeal or apply for an ignition interlock device, or your driver’s license will be suspended for up to one year! Talk to Bubba Head, Larry Kohn, or Cory Yager now. We are available 24 hours a day, weekends, and all major holidays. (404) 567-5515


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