Memorial Day weekend is a spirited time in Georgia, with a bustling parade in Metro Atlanta, 5k runs, and services honoring our men and women in uniform. The break, like any long weekend, sees a heightened number of travelers on the roads and in the air, with many in-state and out of state residents flocking to Georgia beaches. Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that this year saw the greatest number of travelers since 2005. It remains true that any long holiday weekend also sees increased alcohol consumption, and Memorial Day weekend is no exception, with the telegraph reporting some 262 Georgians were arrested for DUI over Memorial weekend. Such weekends also opportune arrests for similar offenses, such as boating under the influence. It is always the unexpected hitch in someone's holiday when a string of decisions and bad timing lead them to face a DUI charge.
The increased traffic coincides with increased alcohol consumption and this can be an unfortunate combination. In the 78 hour Memorial Day holiday period, the city of Valdosta (for example) saw 17 crashes, 16 injuries, and no fatalities. It should be noted that in only two of these cases were the drivers impaired by alcohol or other substances. Former Westport Police Chief Alfred Fiore was arrested for driving under the influence over Memorial Day weekend, showing how a DUI can happen to just about anyone. The DUI arrest figure of 262 is down by 20 arrests from last year's Memorial weekend figure.
If you were arrested for driving under the influence or boating under the influence over Memorial Weekend, the arrest and subsequent charges were likely the last thing you expected and can be a bit jarring to deal with. A DUI arrest can be humiliating and jeopardize aspects of your career or personal life. Rest assured, these charges can be far less intimidating, provided you take the correct steps. In order to protect your rights and fight to keep a criminal/misdemeanor conviction off your record, it is imperative that you secure the services of a skilled Georgia DUI lawyer. The caliber of attorney you select to represent you and fight your Memorial Day weekend DUI charges can make all the difference in the world with regard to the outcome of your case. When it comes to protecting your career and future against the stigma in which a DUI carries, you should accept only top notch legal representation.
Georgia DUI attorney Richard Lawson has spent his entire career learning the ins and outs of DUI law and has successfully defended countless Georgians against 1st, 2nd, 3rd and juvenile DUI charges. Richard Lawson understands the fear and confusion that can accompany these unexpected charges and he will be devoted to building you the best defense possible and working to achieve a favorable outcome in your case. Ultimately, his experience and skill are the difference.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence over Memorial Day weekend in Georgia, do not hesitate to contact Georgia DUI Attorney Richard Lawson as soon as possible for a free consultation. Time is of the essence in DUI cases so act quickly.