I would say that close to 70% of people who walk into my office insist that they weren’t drunk at the time and, guess what, I believe them. That’s because the image in our heads of being “drunk” is usually quite over the top. Stumbling, unable to speak, vomit running down the front of a shirt, aggressiveness, loud….and most people simply don’t get to that state and just like to “keep the buzz going.” The problem is that in Georgia you don’t have to be drunk to get a DUI. You can get a DUI after just a sip of beer. Hell, you can get a DUI after taking a sleep aid. That’s the whole nonsense of the “DUI (Less Safe)” Georgia law. The bad news is it is treated just like any other DUI (isn’t that B.S.? You have one beer and blow a 0.001 and you and the guy who funneled a case and blew a 0.25 get the same sentence)! The good news is that it is much easier to get a DUI (Less Safe) knocked down to a reckless driving or traffic infraction if you have a lawyer. This is why it is important to hire a lawyer who knows the prosecutors and courts well.
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