The holiday season is one that brings loved ones and friends together for festivities. Many of these revolve around alcohol. It’s imperative that you think ahead so you can avoid having to drive home drunk.
Drunk driving is illegal in Georgia, and there are often drunk driving checkpoints around the holidays to try to keep people who are impaired off the roads. Many people realize that the risk isn’t worth trying to go through one of these when they’ve been drinking.
How do you know when you had enough alcohol?
There isn’t any magical number of drinks that a person can handle and still be considered sober enough to drive. For adults who are 21 or older, the legal limit in Georgia is .08 percent for a blood alcohol concentration.
Police officers are vigilant about watching for signs of impairment during the holidays. They can conduct a traffic stop without having to use a sobriety checkpoint. If they see signs of impaired driving, they can initiate a traffic stop because they have reasonable suspicion. This isn’t a high standard, so it’s easy for them to meet.
Nobody wants to spend time in jail during the holiday season because they have to sober up. Anyone who ends up facing this type of charge should ensure they understand their options for a defense. You need to consider the criminal matter, as well as the administrative side of matters. There are strict time limits that may apply to some of the options you have. Working with someone who’s intimately familiar with these cases is important, so be sure to get started quickly.