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Whether you’re on vacation or visiting family across state lines, you may use this time to unwind and relax. However, when you have one too many drinks and get behind the wheel, it can have a profound impact on your life. If charged with an out-of-state DUI, you may be unsure how to proceed or what to expect.  The following blog explores what you can anticipate in these circumstances and how a Cobb County DUI lawyer can assist you during these challenging times.

What Warrants a DUI Charge?

To face a driving under the influence (DUI) charge, a driver must have detectable alcohol in their system, determined by a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) test. Generally, any time any driver has consumed alcohol before driving, and it impacts their ability to operate a vehicle, they will face a DUI charge.

However, if a driver has a BAC of 0.08% or higher, they are at or above the legal limit for intoxication. Essentially, this means, regardless of their ability to drive, that they will face a DUI charge. In Georgia, this is referred to as a DUI per se.

What Will Happen in Georgia if I Get an Out-of-State DUI?

If you live in Georgia and receive a DUI in a different state, knowing what happens can be confusing. However, it’s crucial to understand that Georgia is not a part of the Driver’s License Compact (DLC). As such, your charges do not automatically become that of the charges in Georgia. Instead, the state has its own guidelines on how to handle residents who receive DUIs in other states.

Generally, you will have your license revoked in the state where the DUI occurred. In this instance, you must go through the requirements in both the state where you received the DUI and Georgia to get your driving privileges back. In fact, you’ll need to provide the state with a clearance letter from the state where the DUI occurred in order for your privileges in Georgia to be restored.

Do I Need an Attorney?

As you can see, there are many complications involved with an out-of-state DUI that you may not have considered until it’s too late. In these circumstances, it’s in your best interest to enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Not only can they help defend you, but they can walk you through the many complications that can arise during this process. They can help ensure you’ve met the requirements to reapply for your license in Georgia.

At the Miller Law Practice, LLC, we understand how complex these charges can be. Our dedicated team understands the complexities of this matter, and we will work with you to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your unique situation. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you.