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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.

State law allows prosecutors to rely upon a chemical test, such as a breath test or a blood analysis, to support a DUI charge. A BAC level of 0.08 percent or higher creates a presumption that the person was driving under the influence of alcohol. This is referred to as per se intoxication and eliminates the need for prosecutors to introduce other evidence, such as slurred speech or the smell of alcohol on the person's breath, to prove the drunk driving charges. The BAC level and evidence that the person was driving are sufficient to prove the DUI charge.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consuming four 12-ounce beers could result in a 160-pound man having a BAC level at the legal limit to support a driving while intoxicated charge. A person at that level of intoxication would typically experience impaired muscle coordination, impaired perception and concentration, and might have difficulty controlling a vehicle's speed.

The penalties for a DUI conviction may include fines, imprisonment or jail time, and license suspension. Penalties for drunk drivingcan increase for a motorist whose BAC level is 0.15 percent or higher, so individuals facing a DUI charge might benefit from speaking to a criminal defense attorney to learn more about their rights under the law.

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