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Drunk driving is a serious problem in Georgia and across the country. Tens of thousands of Americans lose their lives every year as a result of drunk driving, which is why many states have responded with harsh laws punishing driving under the influence.

Here are the relevant legal facts you should know about driving drunk in the state of Georgia:

  • For drivers over the age of 21, the blood alcohol content limit is .08. For those under the age of 21, it is .02
  • A drunk driver can lose his or her license for up to one year after first offense. A second offense can result in a three-year suspension
  • Jail sentences vary widely, though a first offense can result in a sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000. A fourth offense carries a minimum jail sentence of one year and a maximum of five.
  • An ignition interlock device will be required after a third and fourth offense

Drunk driving carries with it serious legal and financial consequences. And drunk drivers also put other drivers at risk.

Our car accident lawyers have helped victims who suffered serious personal injuries in accidents caused by drunk drivers. We stand ready to fight for you and the compensation you deserve if you were hurt by a recklessly negligent driver.

If you need a car accident lawyer with ample experience in the Atlanta, Georgia area, please call Lourie, Chance, Forlines, Carter & King, PC today at 404-760-7400 for a free consultation.