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The Levels of Intoxication

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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 less affected by it. In fact, several studies have shown that alcohol tolerance is a bit of a myth. Sure, you may take several drinks to feel drunk, while another person may feel drunk after just one shot. When it comes to performing tasks, however, the effects...

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Does Uber Really Reduce DUI Rates?


Reports of Uber having a hand in reducing DUI arrests across the country have been all over the media over the past couple of years. Depending on who you ask, Uber’s impact is real, or it’s just coincidental. While it makes sense on the surface, that ridesharing would decrease drunk driving, the data has been spotty at best. However, a new study recently released does show a direct connection between the entry of Uber in a local area, and the decline of fatal accidents, DUIs and other criminal activity. As Atlanta DUI lawyers, we love investigating new ways drunk driving can...

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Can I Legally Avoid a DUI Checkpoint in Atlanta?


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 their lives, and many aren’t sure what they are legally allowed to do. If you want to avoid contact with the officers running one of these checkpoints, you may be wondering if you can simply turn around before you hit the line. While you technically can turn...

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Why Halloween Is a Terrible Time to Be Driving


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 looked at roadway fatalities over a span of five years on that night, 2009 to 2013, and discovered that 43 percent involved alcohol. Even though Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, many adults will still hold parties on a work night, which could lead to a...

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Everything You Need to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices


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 to know.

How a DUI Case Makes Its Way Through the Atlanta Court System


When a person is charged with driving under the influence in Atlanta, they are understandably overwhelmed, especially if they've never been charged with a crime. It's often the things we don't know or understand that cause us the most anxiety. Being accused of DUI is certainly cause for worry, but you may be able to calm your nerves a bit when you know what to expect. If you have been charged with DUI in Atlanta or the surrounding area, the process of going to court will take a route that is fairly typical. Your path may vary slightly due to the...

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Do I Have to Be In a Car to Get a DUI?


When people think of driving under the influence, they picture a vehicle of some sort. Typically, thoughts turn to a car or truck. People may have read the odd story of someone being charged with DUI while driving a tractor or boat, sometimes even a bicycle, but these stories are few and far between. Many don’t realize that a vehicle, as defined by law, covers a wide range of motorized and non-motorized equipment and machinery. For example, ATV riding is a popular pastime in Georgia and elsewhere. People ride ATVs as a leisure activity, and hunters use them for quick, versatile...

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Can I Drink On My Boat?


A law was passed in 2016 making it legal to "float under the influence." Many boaters and non-boaters alike took this to mean that the state of Georgia had made it legal to drink on one's own boat. This was not the case. The floating while drinking law only pertains to people floating on the water within 100 feet of the shore and using a tube of some type that does not have a motor. It remains illegal to drink alcohol and operate a boat on the waters of the state. According to the state’s Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia...

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Can Kombucha Tea Cause You To Get a DUI?

Can Kombucha Tea Cause You to Get a DUI

In February 2017, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd was convicted of driving under the influence. As part of his sentence, he was given house arrest and ordered to self-administer breathalyzer tests. During his sentence, he failed a breathalyzer test, thereby violating the terms of his house arrest. He mounted what some saw as a surprising defense; he blamed his level of intoxication on a fermented tea drink called kombucha. According to reports in June 2017, Floyd was found in violation of his house arrest with a blood alcohol content of 0.055. He was ordered to serve one day in jail,...

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