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Can I Drink If I Am On Probation for DUI?

Question: I recently pled guilty to my third DUI in Georgia. I got the others over 10 years ago. I'm not an alcoholic and I don't think I even have a drinking problem. I will do everything I need to do on probation and I'll do the jail time for the DUI. But my probation officer said that I can't drink while I'm on probation for the DUI. I do like to drink and I own a liquor store and I'm part owner of a bar. Is that true that I can't drink alcohol on probation? I really like a little bit of whisky, gin, vodka, rum, tequila, beer, and wine every now and then! I am done with drunk driving.

Answer: When you are on probation for a DUI in Georgia you are not allowed to drink alcohol. And that includes such low "gravity" beverages as beer and wine. And even small amounts of gin, vodka, tequila, rum and whisky are forbidden. If you are caught, you risk the possibility of having your probation revoked and going back to jail. Georgia has many good bars, clubs and nightlife "hot spots." And I'm sure that owning such an establishment has its temptations to partake in the festivities. But do beware that even a little Ernest & Julio Gallo, Johnnie Walker, Gordon's, Beefeater or Bacardi could have dire consequences. Of course, the human body processes alcohol much more efficiently than, say, marijuana or cocaine. But the fact that pot and coke are more easily detectable than booze because they stay in the body far longer does not mean that you should drink without concern.

Please call The Sherman Law Group at 678-215-4106 so that we can answer any questions you may have about a Georgia DUI charge.

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