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Suprme Court weighs the constitutionality of breath test laws

Drivers in Georgia who are suspected of DUI do not face separate criminal charges for refusing to submit to a breath or blood test ordered by a police officer, but motorists in Minnesota, North Dakota and 11 other states do. Law enforcement agencies in these states say that mandatory breath test laws deter drunk drivers and save lives, but critics say the measures are unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court weighed the merits of these arguments on April 20 as it heard from attorneys representing North Dakota, Minnesota and drivers from the two states who were charged with crimes after refusing to take a breath test.

Ignition interlocks and first-time offenders

Many states have passed legislation that requires first-time DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle. In April, Maryland became the 26th state to enact such a law, and other states such as California, Massachusetts and North Carolina are considering this type of legislation. Georgia requires such a device only after the second offense, however.

Program offers opportunity to clear misdemeanor warrants

Those in Atlanta who are facing the penalties that accompany a warrant for a misdemeanor need to be cognizant of the various options they have to settle the issue. A misdemeanor charge might not sound like a major problem, but if it is left unchecked it can evolve into one. A traffic ticket is an example.

7 men indicted on charges related to Georgia murder

Seven men were indicted on March 22 by a DeKalb County grand jury on charges related to the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old Georgia man in December 2015. Prosecutors claim the shooting death was the culmination of a violent crime spree that began four months earlier in September 2015.

Just a few drinks can lead to DUI charge in Georgia

A motorist's blood alcohol content level is a key factor in determining whether police charge the person with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop. People should be aware of the effect a couple of drinks at an Atlanta bar or restaurant can have on their BAC level before making the decision to get behind the wheel of a car for the drive home.

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