The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) § 40-6-391 addresses the laws and penalties related to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances in Georgia. This statute lays out the legal implications various situations can create when driving impaired, including blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) limits, drugged driving, and driving after consuming inhalants. The following sections will break down and explain the different sections of OCGA § 40-6-391.
Section (a) of OCGA § 40-6-391 prohibits impaired driving under the following conditions:
Section (b) of OCGA § 40-6-391 addresses the penalties for DUI offenses, which include fines, imprisonment, community service, license suspension, and more. The penalties become more severe with repeat offenses within a ten-year period:
Section (c) addresses the penalties for drivers under 21 years of age, who are found to have a BAC of 0.02% or more. The statute identifies stricter consequences, such as license suspension or revocation, in addition to penalties faced by adult drivers.
Section (d) highlights specific penalties for commercial drivers who commit a DUI offense. These drivers face license disqualification, with even longer disqualification periods for repeat offenses.
Sections (e) and (f) cover boating while intoxicated, restricting boat operators from having a BAC of 0.08% or higher within two hours of operation or being under the influence of drugs or other intoxicating substances.
OCGA § 40-6-391 comprehensively outlines the regulations and penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances in Georgia. Understanding these laws can help prevent tragic accidents, legal repercussions, and ensure safer roads for everyone. If you or a loved one has been affected by a DUI-related incident, don’t hesitate to seek professional legal assistance. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Cohen & Sinowski for a free consultation. Let us help you navigate the legal complexities and protect your rights while ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. Remember, #localmatters, and we’re here to support you.