Emily B. Keener is a Georgia attorney with prosecution experience. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served as Senior Managing Editor of the Georgia Law Review. After law school, Emily worked as a judicial staff attorney for five years before helping establish the Cobb County DUI Court program, a successful accountability court for repeat DUI offenders. She ran the program full-time for several years before turning to prosecution. As an Assistant Solicitor General in Cobb County, Emily prosecuted misdemeanor offenses and successfully argued before the Georgia Supreme Court in State v. Frost, 297 Ga. 296 (2015).
Articles By Emily Keener
If you get pulled over for DUI in Georgia, are you required to comply with an officer’s request for a blood, breath, or urine test? What if you refuse?
A second offense DUI will be tried as a misdemeanor offense under Georgia laws. In Georgia, a misdemeanor offense is punishable with imprisonment up to one year.
In Georgia, as in all states, laws against driving under the influence (“DUI”) aren’t limited just to alcohol. You can also be charged with DUI for operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs—illegal, validly prescribed, and even over-the-counter.
Getting a third DUI within 10 years in Georgia is a serious matter resulting in mandatory jail time (at least 120 days), fines, and license suspension.
Like many other states, Georgia law prohibits operating or being in actual physical control of any moving vessel—that is not anchored or moored—while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Read about the consequences of boating under the influence (BUI) in Georgia.