What does “DUI” mean in Georgia? What is the Difference between DUI and DWI?


Can a DUI be dismissed? Yes
Can I keep my license? Yes
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Understanding DUI in Georgia

DUI stands for "Driving Under the Influence," a serious offense in the state of Georgia. This charge implies that a driver is accused of operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs to the extent that it is unsafe for them to drive or over the legal limit for alcohol. In Georgia, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is 0.08% for drivers over the age of 21 operating non-commercial vehicles. For commercial drivers, the limit is 0.04%, and for those under 21, it is 0.02%.

Why Choose George Creal for Your DUI Defense?

At George C. Creal Jr. P.C., Trial Lawyers, we understand the complexities of DUI charges in Georgia. With 60 years of combined experience defending clients against DUI accusations, George Creal and his team have the expertise and dedication needed to navigate the legal system and fight for your rights. Our approach is thorough, ensuring that every possible defense is explored to secure the best possible outcome for our clients.

DUI vs. DWI vs. Wet Reckless: What's the Difference?

While Georgia uses the term DUI, other states may refer to similar offenses as DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) or use terms like "wet reckless." Here's a breakdown of these differences:

DUI (Driving Under the Influence)

  • "Used in Georgia": Refers to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • "Legal Limit in Georgia": 0.08% BAC for drivers over 21.

DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)

  • "Used in some states": Similar to DUI, but can sometimes indicate a higher level of impairment.
  •  "Context": In some jurisdictions, DWI might be considered more severe than DUI, though this can vary.

Wet Reckless

Georgia does not have a "wet reckless" charge or a specific statute describing a less included offense of DUI that is neither less safe nor over the legal limit. In Georgia, we have one "reckless driving" statute which applies to any offense where a driver drives in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property. This could occur with or without alcohol or drugs.

  • "A lesser charge": Often a plea bargain in DUI cases, where the charge is reduced from DUI to reckless driving involving alcohol.
  • Considerations": Accepting a plea for a wet reckless charge may result in fewer penalties than a DUI conviction, but it still indicates alcohol was a factor in the reckless driving.

Why Do Terminologies Differ?

The terminology differs from state to state due to variations in legal statutes and the way each jurisdiction categorizes and penalizes driving offenses involving alcohol or drugs. Some states differentiate between DUI and DWI based on BAC levels or the substance causing impairment, while others use these terms interchangeably.

How Can George Creal Help?

Navigating a DUI charge in Georgia can be complex and intimidating. George Creal Law is dedicated to providing expert legal representation to those facing DUI charges. From analyzing the specifics of your case, challenging evidence, and exploring all possible defenses, our goal is to achieve the best outcome for you.

If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge in Georgia, contact George Creal Law today for a consultation. Let us put our expertise to work for you.

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