Deputy Resigns After Wrongly Accusing Georgia Athlete of Cocaine Possession

Posted by Richard Lawson | Feb 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to reports out of South Carolina, the deputy who wrongly accused a quarterback for Georgia Southern of possessing cocaine has resigned.

The story made national headlines as the deputy accused the athlete of possessing cocaine during a traffic stop. He stated that the white substance on the hood of the driver's vehicle was cocaine. The athlete explained that it was in fact “bird doo doo” but the officer refused and conducted roadside tests on the substance. The charges were dropped after tests came back from labs weeks later confirming that the white substance was in fact bird feces and not cocaine.

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, this story speaks volumes. We tend to be under the impression that just because a cop or law enforcement officer states something that it must be true. This isn't always the case and officers are just as much humans as the rest of us.

In today's post, I will outline some the traffic offenses that lead to misunderstandings such as DUI investigations and charges of DUI in Georgia.

DUI Related Offenses in Georgia

If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI in Georgia, you probably were given other traffic offenses or other related charges.  For example, generally before being charged with a DUI, a driver has been pulled over for some other offense such as:

These are just a few examples of routine traffic stops. Unless stopped at a Georgia DUI Checkpoint, then a driver accused of DUI is also facing other traffic violations.

Our firm exclusively practices Georgia DUI Defense. That includes all he minor traffic offenses related to DUI and anything found in the car after your arrest. There has to be some related offense that is the basis for why you are stopped. Legally - this is called articulable suspicion to stop you. 

Practice Note

If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI or a related offense, contact a Georgia DUI Attorney today. We specialize in DUI Law in Georgia and can help you now. 

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