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Monday, January 20, 2020

How to Approach Your First Court Date Following a DUI Arrest


If you're facing a DUI charge in Georgia, you're probably experiencing an avalanche of feelings. Fear, nervousness, and anger are but a few of the emotions typically experienced by defendants in DUI cases. A big part of the reason for this is lack of knowledge about the DUI process and how to approach it. Without a good understanding of the DUI process, it can be difficult to know what to expect, and this can be a great source of anxiety. In order to help you alleviate some of this anxiety, we've compiled an overview of how to approach the first step in the DUI process, your first court appearance.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

An Overview of Field Sobriety Tests in Georgia


Police officers in Georgia use field sobriety tests to determine the intoxication levels of drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These tests are administered roadside, and most drivers feel compelled to complete them when requested by an officer. In the article below, we discuss the types of field sobriety tests administered by police officers in Georgia and what happens when drivers refuse such tests. If you have additional questions about field sobriety tests in Georgia, please feel free to contact our experienced Read more . . .


Monday, December 23, 2019

Are DUI Checkpoints Legal in Georgia?


Even if you’ve only have had a glass of wine with dinner, a DUI checkpoint is rarely a welcome sight. In Georgia, these checkpoints are perfectly legal, and police use them to identify and arrest drivers who have had too much to drink. However, the police must abide by specific guidelines when stopping drivers at these checkpoints. Any misstep by the police at a DUI checkpoint can result in the dismissal of charges—even for those drivers with blood alcohol levels that are over the legal limit. Below is an overview of the guidelines that police must follow when conducting DUI checkpoints in Georgia.
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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Can I Refuse a Breathalyzer Test in Georgia?


No one wants to be pulled over by the police. Whether it’s for speeding or suspicion of driving under the influence (“DUI”), being stopped by the police can be an intimidating experience. But what happens if the police officer who pulls you over asks you to take a breathalyzer test? Do you have to do it? People often feel compelled to do whatever a police officer asks them to do, fearing that refusal may land them behind bars.

In order to clear up the confusion about the right to refuse a breathalyzer test in Georgia, we've compiled some helpful information below. And if you are currently facing DUI charges in Georgia, we suggest that you immediately contact one of our Read more . . .


Friday, November 22, 2019

Sentencing for DUI Convictions


What factors will determine your sentence following a DUI conviction?

DUI convictions can result in a wide array of penalties, including suspension of your driver’s license, fines, jail time, and community service. Sentences following a DUI conviction can vary, with some defendants receiving just a night in jail, while other first time offenders could be sentenced to one year imprisonment. If you are facing a DUI conviction, you may be wondering what your sentence might be if convicted and how your sentence will be determined. OurRead more . . .


Friday, November 8, 2019

Appealing Your DUI Conviction


What are the grounds for a successful criminal appeal in Georgia?

In the state of Georgia, over 20,000 people will typically be convicted of a DUI each year, as reported by the Georgia Department of Driver Services. At times, a guilty verdict can be handed down to even defendants with the best lawyers or evidence in their favor. You cannot control the outcome of a criminal case, and justice is not always served. Recognizing that trial courts do not always get it right, our legal system offers the appellate process, whereby defendants can appeal their conviction and potentially achieve a reversal of the case.  Appealing your DUI conviction can be a lengthy process, but it could potentially remove the conviction from your permanent record and erase the sentence you are serving.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Felony vs. Misdemeanor DUIs in Georgia


Is a first time DUI a misdemeanor in the state of Georgia?

There is much confusion surrounding whether a DUI in the state of Georgia is classified as a felony or misdemeanor.  The distinction is critical because these two crimes are punished quite differently. A misdemeanor is typically punishable by one year in jail or less.  Penalties will likely include substantial fines and any time spent behind bars will typically be in a local county jail, rather than a high security prison.  Felonies, on the other hand, are considered any crime punishable by death or imprisonment of over 12 months, per Georgia law.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Felony DUIs in Georgia


When does a DUI become a felony in the state of Georgia?

Most DUI offenses in Georgia are misdemeanors, but aggravating factors can escalate a DUI to a felony DUI offense. Misdemeanors, while still serious crimes, are punishable by fines and typically less than one year in jail.  Felonies, on the other hand, can be punishable with substantial fines and prison time exceeding one year. In addition to the difference in the length of jail time, felonies come with more severe long term repercussions. A felony conviction will result in the loss of your right to vote and purchase a firearm.
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Friday, September 13, 2019

Punishments for Drugged DUI Convictions


What is the penalty for driving while under the influence of marijuana in Georgia?

Drug use has skyrocketed in recent years. A recent survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration revealed that more than 30.5 million Americans used drugs in the past month. Drug use has further become the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

What to Say If You Are Stopped for a DUI


Do I legally have to answer questions asked by the arresting police officer?

If you have been stopped on suspicion of a DUI, you may understandably be feeling stressed and rattled.  It is easy in a state of heightened awareness to say things that you later regret or perhaps to shut down entirely.  Unfortunately, for some people stopped on suspicion of a DUI, their verbal blunders may land them in the back of a police car being arrested for a DUI.
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Underage DUIs in Georgia


What Are the Penalties for a DUI Conviction If I Am Under the Age of 21?

Young people tend to make mistakes, and most end up learning from them. However, some mistakes can cost teens and youths greatly and potentially have a negative influence on their life and future. The state of Georgia has taken a tough stance on underage drinkers who get behind the wheel. Just one time driving drunk could result in loss of your license, fines and fees, and other related penalties.Our Atlanta underage DUI defense attorney discusses the penalties for driving drunk if you are below the drinking age and how a DUI could impact your life.
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