Defending You Against DUI Charges

If you have been accused of drunk driving, you could be facing hefty fines and even prison time. You need an experienced lawyer to navigate the confusing world of Georgia DUI law, and J Thomas Salata can help. We defend motorists in Alpharetta, Roswell and other communities in north Fulton County.

In every state, it is illegal to drive a vehicle or watercraft while under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs and/or certain prescriptions. Charges are typically called DUI (driving under the influence), but are also known as DWI (driving while intoxicated) or BUI (boating under the influence).

Driving while impaired is always illegal, but states have different laws determining what constitutes impairment. In Georgia, impairment means having a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or over .08 percent, but individual officers have the discretion to determine impairment without a blood test. If you are an underage driver, the legal limit is much lower. If your ability to operate a vehicle safely, responsibly and effectively is deemed impaired, you may be charged with DUI.

So What Determines DUI?

If you are operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or higher, you are considered DUI or DWI. If you are under the legal drinking age of 21, you will be considered to be DUI or DWI with a BAC greater than .02 percent, and you may face charges in addition to DWI or DUI.

How Can I Be Tested?

Authorities in Georgia use three methods to determine whether a driver is operating a motor vehicle under the influence:

  1. Observing erratic driving
  2. Field sobriety tests
  3. Chemical blood alcohol level tests

Why Should You Hire A Fulton County DUI/DWI Lawyer?

The state of Georgia makes it extremely difficult to fight a drunk driving charge without a lawyer. Hiring a DWI lawyer like J Thomas Salata may help minimize the penalties and long-term consequences of your DUI charge. Having a legal representative who knows drunk driving laws and has the resources to skillfully challenge data and medical experts is always beneficial for your case. We can also represent you in your driver's license suspension hearing.

What Are The Consequences For Drunk Driving?

Depending on the severity of your charge, you may be facing fines, time in jail and/or license suspension, restriction or revocation. Other consequences can include probation and mandatory completion of a drunk driving course. In extreme cases, you may even be required to install an ignition interlock device. Hiring a DUI attorney can help minimize the consequences and effects of your DUI charge here in Georgia.

Contact the law office of Salata & Reese, LLP, immediately if you have been charged with DWI or DUI in Fulton County or anywhere in Georgia. Our lawyers will get started on your case right away so you can resolve your legal issues and move on with your life.

Talk To A Lawyer Today About Drunk Driving Defense

Before you do anything else, call J Thomas Salata immediately upon being arrested for expert representation on your drunk driving charge. You can reach us online or by phone: 678-942-6937.