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Have You Been Charged With Georgia Underage DUI?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Receiving an underage DUI can completely up-end the life of a teenager, affecting their college and employment prospects for the rest of their life, while also putting them face-to-face with the same consequences (including jail time) that adults face for driving under the influence. This seems unfair, particularly because individuals under the age of… Read More »

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Drugged Driving In Georgia

By Hawkins Spizman |

Often when we think of DUIs, we think of drivers under the influence of alcohol. However, DUIs are not limited to alcohol, they also include drugs (even prescription drugs) that impair the person’s ability to drive safely to any degree. Unlike alcohol, which is legal in a person’s system up to a certain level… Read More »

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Is Drunk Driving A Felony In Georgia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Being arrested for a DUI can be a terrifying and life-altering experience. However, not all DUIs are created equal, and regardless of how bad it seems, at the time of arrest the outcome is not written in stone. A DUI can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the specific facts and circumstances… Read More »

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Challenging Sobriety Checkpoints In Georgia

By Hawkins Spizman |

Sobriety checkpoints are permitted in 38 states, including Georgia. However, that doesn’t mean they are always constitutionally or legally executed. In fact, it is understood that sobriety checkpoints represent a de facto fourth amendment violation, as they necessarily require a seizure of a person and their property without cause. However, the supreme court has… Read More »

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Will I Go To Jail For A DUI?

By Hawkins Spizman |

In Georgia, you can be arrested for DUI if you have a blood alcohol level of .08 (or .04 if driving on a commercial license). You can be arrested after taking a field sobriety test, a breathalyzer test, or based on circumstantial evidence and probable cause. For many, being arrested for DUI can be… Read More »

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Different Levels of Intoxication

By Hawkins Spizman |

You can drink multiple alcoholic beverages and function as though you had nothing to drink at all. Your spouse can drink one alcoholic beverage and stumble as they walk. Alcohol affects different people in different ways — or does it? Just because someone seems to have a “high tolerance” for alcohol doesn’t mean they’re… Read More »

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Can I Legally Avoid a DUI Checkpoint in Atlanta?

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you drive regularly and haven’t encountered a DUI checkpoint, count yourself among the lucky. Georgia State Patrol and local police departments will be out in full force this Halloween and on other holidays, meaning your chances of being stopped are much higher. Most drivers have encountered at least one of these checkpoints in… Read More »

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Why Halloween Is a Terrible Time to Be Driving

By Hawkins Spizman |

You may think that the most frightening experiences you’ll have on Halloween will be the costumes and pranks. The truth is that it’s drunk drivers you have to be most concerned with. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the deadliest nights to be on the road. The administration… Read More »

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Everything You Need to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you are convicted of driving under the influence in Georgia, your Atlanta DUI lawyer may inform you that the judge has required you to install an interlock ignition device on your vehicle. You may have questions, and rightly so. There are misconceptions surrounding ignition interlock devices and their use. Here’s what you need… Read More »

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How to Choose a DUI Attorney in Atlanta

By Hawkins Spizman |

Being charged with driving under the influence is not something to take lightly. A DUI conviction in Atlanta can have a lasting negative impact on your life. It’s important that you find an experienced attorney to stand up for you in court. Here are some tips for finding the right DUI attorney in Atlanta… Read More »

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