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Friday, February 15, 2019

Investigations Following Your DUI Arrest


What evidence should be gathered in the aftermath of your DUI arrest?


The state will start investigating your DUI charge before your vehicle is ever formally pulled over.  When an officer spots your vehicle and becomes suspicious that you are driving while intoxicated, the case against you begins.  Your arresting officer will be carefully noting all evidence that points to intoxication.  This could start with your vehicle swerving and continue with a failed breathalyzer test or poor performance on the field sobriety tests.  Investigations will continue with more testing at the station house and potentially interrogations.


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Friday, February 8, 2019

3 Factors That Could Lead to a False Breathalyzer Reading


How might my diabetes influence a breathalyzer result?

If you are stopped on suspicion of a DUI in Georgia, you will be asked to perform a breathalyzer test.  Refusal to perform the breathalyzer test could result in suspension of your driver’s license, so many drivers will comply.  Breathalyzer tests are small devices used to estimate a driver’s blood alcohol content to assess whether it exceeds the legal limit of .08.  The breathalyzer has been around for some time, with the first prototype version known as the “drunkometer” used in 1931.
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

DUIs and Marijuana in Georgia


Can I be arrested for a DUI after using medical marijuana?


Marijuana, while still considered a controlled dangerous substance, has become more socially accepted across the United States in recent years.  Atlanta passed a measure to decriminalize marijuana.  The bill does not make marijuana legal, but it does give the Municipal Court the power to decline to put someone in jail or charge them if the person is arrested with a small amount of marijuana.  Further, Georgia has authorized the use of THC oil for qualified persons.  There are currently over 6,000 registered medical marijuana patients in the state.


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

DUIs Involving Prescriptions or Over-the-Counter Medications


Can I be found guilty of a DUI while driving on a medication legally prescribed to me?


Nearly half of all Americans will use at least one prescription medication on a daily basis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.  Prescription drugs come in many classes, some of which can impact your mental state.  Many drugs prescribed for anxiety, pain, sleeplessness, and depression could impair your perception and potentially your driving ability.  Georgia Driving Under the Influence laws hold that drivers can be found guilty of a DUI if they drive under the influence of even a prescription medication. Our Atlanta


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Thursday, December 13, 2018

DUI Checkpoints: Do I Need to Roll Down My Window?


Sobriety checkpoints, commonly referred to as DUI checkpoints, are conducted at a predetermined location at which law enforcement officers will stop vehicles to check whether the driver is impaired.  Officers typically decide in advance whether they will stop every vehicle or stop vehicles in a certain pattern, such as every third vehicle.  DUI checkpoints were first introduced back in the 1930s in Scandinavia.  By the 1980s, they were commonplace across America.  While the Supreme Court ruled sobriety checkpoints constitutional in 1990, they continue to be a source of much controversy.


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Monday, December 10, 2018

The Benefits of DUI Courts Explored


Do all counties have separate DUI courts?


Recently, the Cobb County, Georgia DUI court celebrated its tenth year in existence with a special ceremony.  The DUI court gathered community members and allowed seven new graduates of the program to speak to how the DUI court has helped them gain sobriety and a new handle on life.  Cobb County’s DUI court was founded in 2008 and since inception, over 525 repeat DUI offenders have entered the program and nearly 400 have graduated. The Cobb County DUI court illustrates the potential benefits of creating a separate DUI court with the goal of rehabilitation, rather than punishment.  Read more . . .


Monday, November 12, 2018

DUI Child Endangerment in Georgia

What are the penalties for a DUI child endangerment charge in Georgia?

The Georgia state legislature has taken a harsh stance on individuals who drive drunk with a minor in the vehicle.  Per Georgia law, if you are arrested for driving while intoxicated and your minor child was in the car at the time of your arrest, you could be charged with two separate offenses-- DUI and DUI Child Endangerment.  One arrest with a child in your car could potentially result in long term suspension of your license, jail time, and even being declared a habitual violator when multiple children are present.  Our Atlanta DUI child endangerment attorneys discuss the crime of DUI child endangerment, penalties, and potential defenses below.


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Monday, November 5, 2018

Off-Duty Police Officer Wrongly Arrested for DUI

How might a sober person fail a field sobriety test?

Recently, an Atlanta police sergeant was awarded over $100,000 from Forsyth County following his false arrest for a DUI.  News outlets report that in August of 2017, off-duty sergeant Paul Sparwath called 911 to report some teens behaving in a suspicious manner in his neighborhood.  He notified the 911 operator that the teens were possibly breaking into cars.  A responding deputy let the teens go, but notified other deputies that he smelled alcohol on the off-duty sergeant’s breath.  


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Your First DUI

What are the penalties for a first offense DUI in Georgia?

From the moment you spot the flashing lights in your rearview mirror, and you know you have had more than you should to drink, fear will likely set in.  Being stopped for a potential DUI is stressful, and the tension will only mount as the police officer finds evidence of intoxication.  Anyone facing their first DUI charge will likely have many questions and concerns.  Below, our Atlanta, Georgia DUI lawyers explore some vital facts about first offense DUIs and the penalties you could face.


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Monday, October 8, 2018

DUIs and Professional Licenses

How might a DUI conviction impact my career?

Most people know that being convicted for a DUI could result in suspension of your driver’s license, fines, and potentially prison time. What many people fail to realize, however, is that a DUI could have far reaching consequences, including the inability to obtain a professional license or loss of your existing professional license.  Being convicted of a DUI could in this manner continue to affect your life and finances for many years to come.  Any professional or potential future professional who is arrested for a DUI will need to vigorously defend against the DUI charge.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Factors That Can Influence a Field Sobriety Test

How can I challenge a failed field sobriety test?

Field sobriety tests are commonly administered by an arresting officer to determine whether a person has been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There are three typical field sobriety tests, the..


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