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New DUI Laws Go Into Effect in GA

Starting January 1, 2013

As the New Year kicks off, partygoers busted for DUI may find that they have a few more options for places they are allowed to drive while using a limited permit and a slight reduction on their "hard suspension" times.

The Facts About The Law:

First time offenders over the age of 21 or "first in five years" offenders will be eligible for hardship permits that extend the types of locations they are allowed to drive.

As the law stated before Jan. 1, these limited permits allowed certain DUI offenders the ability to drive to school, work, doctors offices, support group meetings and DUI courses.

This new broadened license allows them to drive to their probation officer, attend court, and do work for community service.

Furthermore, drivers on this new expanded permit will be allowed to drive their family members who do not have a drivers license to school, work and/or to receive medical services and aid.

Beginning on Jan. 1, if a DUI offender has been arrested twice in the last 5 years, they will automatically serve a 120 day hard suspension for driving, and then will be allowed to apply for an ignition interlock limited permit.

Before receiving their limited permit, they must show the following:

1.      Certificate of eligibility for an ignition interlock limited driving permit from the court that sentenced the person

2.      Clinical evaluation completion and enrollment in substance abuse program approved by the Department of Human Services

3.      Completion of a DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction program

4.      Installation of an ignition interlock device in any vehicle that shall be used by the DUI offender

Were you hurt by a drunk driver?

While these new laws could potentially benefit drunk drivers, our law offices actively fight to protect those who may have been hurt in a drunk driver accident.

Gary Martin Hays & Associates actively supports Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), encouraging the Georgia legislature to take a tough stance against drinking and driving.

It is important to maintain your right to full compensation from all sources by filing certain claims and notices in a timely manner. It is also imperative that a thorough investigation be undertaken as soon as possible to fully document the contributing factors.

The drunk driver put you in a tough position. Our experience can help you recover. Call today.

Every drunk driver accident victim has the right to see that the law is applied fairly to all, not just to big corporations and insurance companies. At Gary Martin Hays & Associates, we provide aggressive legal representation for personal injury victims. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation: 1-800-898-HAYS.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents cost Georgia $1.55 billion each year

Georgia has the fourth highest price tag in the nation for fatal motor vehicle crashes, according to a recent study. Deadly motor vehicle accidents cost Georgia $1.55 billion each year. That's nearly $160 per person annually statewide!

What would you do if a loved one died in a motor vehicle accident? Is your family considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit? You need an experienced Georgia wrongful death lawyer on your side. You need the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates. Serving clients in Atlanta and throughout Georgia, our experienced Atlanta auto accident attorneys can give you the attention you rightfully deserve. Allow us to help your family  get back on track. Contact a Georgia auto accident lawyer with years of experience standing up for clients. Contact the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates.

In 2008, 37,261 people died nationwide in motor vehicle accidents within 30 days of the crash, according to the most recent statistics. Measuring how hard each death affects families is impossible. But you can put a price tag on the financial impact of a fatal motor vehicle crash. And the numbers are startling: $41 billion in lost work and medical expenses nationwide each year, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For families in Georgia who suffer such a loss, a wide variety of issues need to be addressed. How will your family pay for medical expenses related to the accident? How will you pay for the funeral? And what about the future? How will your family support itself? How will you survive?

Many people simply want to resolve these issues immediately and decide to settle as quickly as possible with insurance companies. When they do so, they sometimes do not get the full compensation they rightfully deserve.

Knowing what to do after a fatal motor vehicle accident can be confusing. Don't despair. We can help. Contact the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates. We're ready to work for you.