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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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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

DUI Defenses That Work

What are Some Potential Defenses I can Raise to the DUI charge in Atlanta?

Many first time DUI offenders falsely believe that if they have blown over the legal limit at the scene, there is little they can do to defend against the charge. Believing there is nothing to be done, the DUI offender may feel forced to take a plea deal.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

In Focus: 2nd DUI Offense

What are the penalties for a second DUI conviction in Georgia?

Being arrested for a second DUI can be frightening. As a second offender, you face far more severe penalties and punishments than you did the first time around. Georgia prosecutors take second DUI offenses seriously and will seek to hold you accountable for your actions. Second offense DUIs could result in mandatory prison time, hash fines, and potentially suspension of your license for several years. Anyone facing a 2nd DUI conviction should...

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Implied Consent Laws in Georgia

Can I lawfully deny a Breathalyzer test?

If you have been stopped for a DUI in Georgia, one of your first thoughts will likely be, do I need to submit to the breath, blood, or urine test? Knowing your right of refusal when it comes to chemical testing is essential for protection of your legal rights. In the state of Georgia, like all other states, there are what are known as “implied consent laws.” Implied consent laws essentially hold that by driving on Georgia roads, you automatically agree to take a chemical test to detect alcohol in your system. Implied consent laws have limitations, however, which our

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Selecting a DUI Attorney

What should I look for when choosing a DUI defense lawyer?

Each year, over 1.5 million people will be arrested for driving while intoxicated.

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