Drivers in Georgia know that they could be taken into custody for getting behind the wheel after knocking back a few. Even so, people make mistakes and end up under arrest for drunk driving. However, when those mistakes come in multiples and within 10 years, it can create complications for the accused individual.
It was in March of this year when a multiple vehicle crash occurred on Georgia S.R. 140. Through months of investigation, authorities believe they have determined what happened and why. As a result, a woman now faces charges for drunk driving, vehicular homicide and other offenses in connection with the accident.
Sounds simple enough, right? Under most circumstances, nearly everyone can avoid drunk driving charges by not getting behind the wheel after drinking. Remembering some of the following tips could help most Georgia drivers avoid ending up in the back of a police car on suspicion of DUI or DWI.
Not all DUI charges come as a result of Georgia residents drinking or ingesting other types of impairing substances. Sometimes medical issues can cause an individual to appear intoxicated or even have a raised blood alcohol content. There is a medical condition known as auto-brewery syndrome. Documented cases exist of people being charged with drunk driving and then having their cases dismissed with proof of a medical diagnosis.
Are you facing a DUI charge? Do you have more than one on your record already? If you do, you could face serious penalties if you are convicted. Repeat drunk driving offenses are no laughing matter, and prosecuting attorneys in Georgia will do all that is necessary to seek maximum punishment in such cases. As this is the case, having an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side could prove invaluable.
Two of the standardized field sobriety tests have been addressed in previous posts. The column this week will cover another -- the horizontal gaze nystagmus. Law enforcement officers in Georgia like to use this test on those suspected of drugged or drunk driving, but is it really all that accurate?
There are several standardized field sobriety tests that law enforcement officers in Georgia utilize to determine if someone was operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In a previous post, this column went over the one-leg stand test. This week, this column will address the walk-and-turn test, why it is used if drunk driving is suspected and its accuracy.
When a driver is suspected of driving under the influence, law enforcement authorities in Georgia have the right to perform a routine traffic stop. During that stop, field sobriety tests may be performed in order to determine if drugged or drunk driving is actually an issue. One of the tests used is called the one-leg stand test. While many believe this test to be quite accurate, others would disagree.
Law enforcement officers in Georgia are trained to perform certain sobriety tests on suspected drunk drivers. One test that is commonly used to determine impairment in drunk driving cases is the Breathalyzer test. How does a Breathalyzer work and is it always accurate?
A Sheriff's Deputy in Georgia found himself in pretty hot water recently when he was arrested and charged with DUI. Drunk driving is considered a fairly serious offense. As such, this individual could benefit from the best defense possible in order to minimize the consequences that this arrest could have on his personal and professional life.