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NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER
The purpose of the Georgia DUI Drivers Rights card is to help educate members of the Georgia motoring public and to assist presumptively innocent citizens in properly asserting their rights. The card should be given immediately to the law enforcement officer at the time the officer asks any questions about alcohol consumption or drug use and (a) you are pulled over for any reason, (b) you are stopped and detained at a roadblock, or (c) you were involved in any type of accident. It will assist the officer in correctly determining how you wish to be treated under the law. No further communication with the officer will be necessary.
DO NOT READ THE CARD TO THE OFFICER. YOU MUST FIRST FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE RIGHTS ENUMERATED ON THE CARD. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS BEFORE ANY CUSTODIAL SITUATION ARISES. IF YOU WISH TO TAKE AN INDEPENDENT TEST AFTER YOU TAKE THE STATE TEST, BE PREPARED TO HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO CASH AS MOST HOSPITALS DO NOT TAKE CREDIT CARDS.
Use of the Georgia DUI Drivers Rights Card may not be appropriate for certain drivers, including, but not limited to: (1) persons who are licensed to drive by another state; (2) persons who have been involved in a collision, especially if serious injury or a death has occurred; (3) persons who have been convicted of one or more prior DUI offenses or other serious driving offenses for which the arrests occurred within the past five years;* (4) persons who may have any illegal substance or non-prescribed medication in their system. [NOTE: Modern testing methods for blood or urine can detect substances for weeks after ingestion. Under certain circumstances, test results could be used to charge you with additional crimes]; (5) underage persons who, by virtue of admitting any alcohol consumption or giving any test result, may be subject to conviction and punishment for another crime, or (6) persons holding a CDL license who are stopped while driving a commercial motor vehicle and where questions about alcohol consumption are asked.
For these drivers, a refusal might be more beneficial than the consequences that may result from an unfavorable test result.
If you find yourself in one of the six circumstances and contemplate refusing to take the test, you must remember that a refusal can trigger a suspension of your Georgia driving privileges for one year or longer with NO LIMITED DRIVING PERMIT ALLOWED DURING THE PERIOD OF SUSPENSION. If you are not a Georgia resident, it could also affect your driving privileges in your home state.
*Because of the July 1, 2001 changes to Georgia DUI law, a conviction or plea of guilty on a second or subsequent DUI offense within a five year period results in substantially the same license suspension as an administrative suspension.
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