If you are arrested for a DUI in Georgia… does that mean you have a drinking problem?
Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no.
- Nearly one-third of all DUIs in the United States are given to those who already have at least one DUI conviction.
- Those who have been arrested for a DUI even once, about 80% say they have a complicated relationship with alcohol and/or other drugs.*
That is probably why alcohol evaluation and risk reduction classes are usually required when someone is convicted of a DUI in Georgia. During this process, the participant is evaluated for their alcohol use or abuse.
The State of Georgia recognizes the link between arrest and addiction. They have invested heavily in Accountability Courts. Some of these courts are specifically designed to help those who suffer from addiction. You can find more information about Accountability courts in one of our previous blogs.
For some people, an arrest is an opportunity to self-evaluate and decide if they have a problem with substances. If you think you might be suffering from an addiction to alcohol or other substances, there are many different DUI treatment programs and resources in our area to help you tackle the problem.
- The United Way of Atlanta provides a comprehensive packet with contact information for all different types of recovery programs in the Greater Atlanta area. In addition, you can dial 211 on your phone and someone can answer additional questions.
- Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health has treatment centers in several parts of the county, as well as information about national resources here.
- Gwinnett County provides resources for all health concerns, including addiction, here.
While this is a personal question our legal team cannot address, Ashley Schiavone can help you handle your DUI case in Gwinnett or Fulton County.
Schiavone Law Group – 770-578-2344
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*Drug and Alcohol Dependence review, S.C. Lapham, 2004.