New Year's Day is almost here, which means many folks in Athens might be getting ready to go out this evening to celebrate the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013.
Many folks understand that it is dangerous and illegal to drive drunk. Drunk driving could result in a DUI arrest after a traffic stop, and it could also lead to the loss of one's life when an intoxicated driver causes an accident. Because drunk driving is so dangerous, DUI charges often carry harsh penalties in Georgia and throughout the country.
The holidays are here, and as we mentioned earlier this month on our Athens DUI defense law blog, "Operation Zero Tolerance," is in effect in Georgia through New Year's Day. We hope that everyone traveling has a safe and happy holiday. And we also hope that those who do choose to drink will find a sober ride home.
Earlier this year, former Atlanta Falcons player Jamal Anderson was arrested for allegedly driving drunk in Georgia. A drunk driving arrest often comes with serious consequences, especially when one is later convicted of the charge. However, Anderson will avoid some of the consequences that are often associated with DUI charges. According to reports, the former NFL star has had the DUI charge dismissed.
A freshman at the University of Georgia who was expected to play well during his first baseball season with the Bulldogs this spring is now trying to transfer to another school before the baseball season starts.
Earlier this week on our Athens, Georgia, DUI law blog, we mentioned that drunk driving charges can result in far-reaching consequences that could affect some people's jobs and careers. These consequences are very damaging, but drunk driving can result in more than the loss of a job. One's mistake to drive after drinking could result in the loss of a life.
Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol can have far-reaching consequences for folks in Georgia, especially when one's DUI arrest is highly publicized.
A report released last month by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that underage drinking is a "serious and persistent public health problem" in the United States.
Drunk driving arrests are usually made after law enforcement officers conduct traffic stops or respond to motor vehicle accidents in Georgia.