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What mouth products can affect the breathalyzer test?

Alcohol can appear in everyday products you use to get yourself ready in the morning or to prepare for a night out. You certainly will not feel drunk while using them, but in front of the police, they can make you look drunk.

There are many ways a breathalyzer test can go wrong and make you look like you are over the legal alcohol limit. Even if the police keep the device clean, they may not account for what has been in your mouth for the last hour and will arrest you for thinking you were driving while intoxicated. Before you head out into the streets of Valdosta, it is important to know what products could have negative effects on a breathalyzer that make you look guilty.

Refusing the breathalyzer in Georgia

During your drive home late at night in Valdosta, you find yourself pulled over by the cops. They inform you that they suspect you of driving under the influence (DUI). After a bit, they will likely ask you to take a breathalyzer test to confirm your blood alcohol content (BAC), which determines if you are driving above the legal limit.

If the test determines your BAC to be too high, you could be facing numerous consequences in your personal and professional life. Once the prosecution gets those numbers, they have ammo for their argument from something that may not be completely accurate. You have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test in Georgia to potentially avoid penalties that damage your career, but you should know the extent of your ability to avoid the test and what can happen as a result.

DUI sentences for repeat offenders

In Georgia, you may be charged with a DUI if an officer has determined you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs through a field sobriety test or a chemical (blood or breath) test.

The state’s "implied consent" law imposes penalties for drivers who refuse to submit to testing when an officer has reasonable suspicion that the driver is under the influence.

College students: lifelong consequences from drug convictions

Drug convictions change the course of your life forever. Upon entering college and being out of the parent’s home, many experiment with drugs and alcohol for the first time. One of many devastating impacts resulting from a drug conviction is losing eligibility for student financial aid and scholarships. 

If you are attending college and receive federal student aid, a drug conviction renders you ineligible for loans, Pell grants and work study. Even worse, you may have to pay back financial aid you received. However, reinstatement is possible following successful completion of a drug treatment program.

Can I continue driving after a DUI charge?

Driving is a part of your everyday life. You drive to campus, work and to the grocery store. The other night, you decided to drive to meet friends. The night was fun and relaxing. It was nice to be able to kick back and let loose after a week of exams, papers and needy customers. Everything was fine until you decided to call it a night and make your way back home. While you were driving, the red and blue lights of a cop car flashed behind you and you were pulled over. The officer arrested you on DUI charges.

Now you are worried about how you will make it to work. You need to drive to get things done. Without the ability to drive, you might not make ends meet. You have bills to pay and a crazy schedule. You are overwhelmed and want to know if you there is anything you can do.

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