Today I'm going to give a closer look into Georgia DUI breath and blood tests.
Bottom line - if the test is positive for being above the legal limit in Georgia, then you will be charged with a DUI in Georgia. The following are the exact delineations for legal limits in Georgia:
- .08 for Georgia drivers 21 and over
- .04 for commercial vehicle drivers
- .02 for drivers under the age of 21
In order to even test a person suspected of DUI, the officer must read the appropriately designated Georgia Implied Consent Notice.
The appropriate notice is based on the delineations set above. Or in other words the notice is based on the age of the driver and his or her driver's license status.
The most common sobriety test is the breath test. This is because breath tests are simply the most convenient tests for officers to use. Georgia uses the Intoxilyzer 9000 as the breath testing machine which actually has many faults and issues.
However, breath tests are becoming increasingly less reliable. This has resulted in officers requesting a blood test instead or in addition to the breath test. But there are potential issues with blood tests as well. These include errors during collection, machine malfunctions, variations in results, possible contaminations, and chain of custody of the sample.
The unreliability of both tests means that they are both open to challenging through Georgia DUI defenses. A skilled and experienced Georgia DUI Lawyer can challenge the accuracy of either test given in Georgia.
A DUI arrest is both embarrassing and confusing, and for some people it is the worst day of their lives. Georgia DUI Penalties can include:
- Court Costs and Surcharges
- Jail Time
- Community Service
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Georgia DUI School
- Georgia MADD Victim Impact Panel
- Georgia Drivers License Suspension
The good news is that our attorneys can help you challenge your DUI charge and avoid severe penalties by looking for alternative sentences and every possible defense. Our firm exclusively works in DUI Defense in Georgia. We work with toxicology experts and understand the methodology of DUI testing, so that we can challenge the validity of all test results.
If you or a loved one have been charged with a DUI in Georgia, contact a Georgia DUI Attorney today.