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A new law has taken effect in Georgia that may allow some flexibility for first-time drunk driving offenders. Under the new law, certain drivers can opt to install an ignition interlock device their vehicle rather than face other, stricter punishments.

This is potentially good news for those who may face drunk driving charges the first time in the future. One of the primary difficulties of drunk driving convictions is that they often lead to very restricted driving for a significant amount of time. Under the new legislation, drivers with DUI convictions can retain most or all of their driving rights.

The interlock devices act as a gatekeeper to starting and operating a vehicle. When a driver gets behind the wheel and attempts to start the vehicle, they must first allow the device to test their breath to see if they are below the legal limit to drive. If they are not, the car will simply not start.

While many individual see this as an excellent compromise that helps drivers retain rights while protecting both drivers who drink and other drivers on the road, the plan is not without its own risks, Some parties argue that such a device may interfere with a person's ability to escape some imminent threat of harm that supersedes the broad threats posed by drunk driving.

If you recently received a drunk driving charge, you should consult with an attorney to see if an interlock device is the right choice for your defense. With proper defense by an experienced attorney, you can ensure that your rights remain secure no matter what charges you face.

Source: WSB TV, "New law could help cut down on drunk driving," Chris Jose, July 01, 2017

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