Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense in Georgia. Even for a first-time conviction, you may lose your driver’s license, pay a stiff fine, complete community service or even go to jail. If you have more than one conviction in your past, of course, you are likely to face even harsher penalties.
State and local police officers patrol streets for intoxicated drivers throughout the day and night during all times of the year. When drunk drivers are usually on the road, though, you may encounter stepped-up enforcement from Georgia’s Nighthawks DUI task force.
A specialized police force
According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, the Nighthawks DUI task force is a team of troopers that has received specialized training in DUI enforcement. This training includes identifying intoxicated motorists, conducting field sobriety tests and analyzing breath samples. Troopers on the task force typically watch for drunk drivers during the evening and early morning hours.
An enhanced enforcement effort
While weekend evenings are prime times for DUI enforcement, you also may encounter stepped-up enforcement around holidays and special events. Consequently, to avoid finding yourself in handcuffs, it is especially critical not to drink and drive during enhanced enforcement.
Even though members of the Nighthawks DUI task force know how to follow the law when arresting drivers they suspect may be under the influence of alcohol, they may make mistakes. If your arresting officer makes one, you may be able to seek a dismissal of your DUI charges.
Ultimately, it is imperative to explore whether officers may have violated your rights or any provision of federal or state law when making your arrest.