Fourth of July Weekend Reports From an Atlanta DUI Lawyer

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Atlanta Public Safety Headquarters

Atlanta, Ga. - Most people are unaware that the Department of Public Safety and the Georgia State Patrol compile statistics from every holiday period. This year has been particularly strange regarding the numbers as a result of less people traveling on Georgia roadways because of the pandemic. However, Georgia authorities released the numbers from this past weekend which technically included 54 hours of travel time.

Statistics from state and local law enforcement reported that there were thirteen fatalities as a result of collisions. There were ninety-six people injured from a total of 180 crashes. The staggering numbers came from the amount of citations and warnings issued. Law enforcement reported over 7600 citations were issued and over 8600 warnings were given.

On top of all of that over 320 people were reportedly arrested for driving under the influence. As an Atlanta DUI Lawyer, I will focus today's post on the law behind the offense of DUI as it is defined by Georgia law. Read below.


DUI in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. ยง40-6-391 as:

A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any moving vehicle while:

(1) Under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive;

(2) Under the influence of any drug to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive;

(3) Under the intentional influence of any glue, aerosol, or other toxic vapor to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive;

(4) Under the combined influence of any two or more of the substances specified in paragraphs (1) through (3) of this subsection to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive;

(5) The person's alcohol concentration is 0.08 grams or more at any time within three hours after such driving or being in actual physical control from alcohol consumed before such driving or being in actual physical control ended; or

(6) Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of this Code section, there is any amount of marijuana or a controlled substance, as defined in Code Section 16-13-21, present in the person's blood or urine, or both, including the metabolites and derivatives of each or both without regard to whether or not any alcohol is present in the person's breath or blood.

Practice Note

If arrested for DUI in Atlanta, contact our offices today. Our lawyers can help you with your DUI case and ensure that you have the best representation in the Metro Atlanta area. Call now.

About the Author

Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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