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Traffic offenses in Georgia can have serious consequenses

Driving on Georgia roads means that you agree to follow all of the applicable laws of the road. Failing to do this could lead to your getting ticket or even facing a misdemeanor traffic offense.

The impacts of these can include having to pay fines, spend time in the local jail, and to pay an increase in your vehicle insurance premiums. There is also a chance that your driver's license will be suspended. Here's what you need to know about traffic offenses in Georgia:

3 steps to take after an auto accident in Georgia

The last thing you remember is that a large vehicle was headed straight for you. The night was dark, but you saw the vehicle coming for long enough that you could try to evade it. It wasn't fast enough, though, and you only managed to turn your side of the vehicle away from the oncoming truck.

As a result of being able to move slightly, you were able to walk away from the crash with your life. Instead of a head-on crash, you were in a T-bone accident, which may have prevented your death. You suffered several broken bones and a concussion regardless of your attempts to prevent the crash.

Georgia penalties for DUI offenses can destroy your life

You may think that getting a driving under the influence (DUI) charge when you didn't cause an accident or hurt anyone is a minor thing. However, you'd be wrong to assume that. Even first time DUI offenders can lose their license, their freedom and even their job as a result of the charges. Getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs is a mistake, but it shouldn't have to completely change your life.

An attorney can present you with options about how to proceed if you've been charged with DUI. Pleading guilty or being convicted can drastically alter your life. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you may be able to mount a rigorous defense against the charges. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the better chance you'll have at a positive outcome to those charges.

Prescription pain relievers can be hazardous to your freedom

It's easy to run afoul of Georgia's drug laws for prescription pain relievers such as such as Vicodin and OxyContin.

One mistake such as carrying a friend's prescription can lead to prosecution and a permanent criminal record.

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