Do I Need a Lawyer for My Georgia DUI Case?
A DUI charge in Georgia is serious, however there are many defenses that can be explored with the help of a top DUI lawyer. As soon as possible in the wake of a DUI arrest, you need to contact a Georgia DUI attorney to begin gathering evidence and keeping your driver's license from suspension or your privileges to drive in Georgia if you are an out-of-state driver with a DUI in Georgia.
If you do not seek help from a Georgia DUI attorney, you could find yourself facing suspension of your driver's license simply by virtue of failing to meet the statute of limitations for appeal. Georgia DUI law enforcement officers must have a reason to pull you over. If you were stopped without the officer having observed a traffic violation, or you were stopped at roadblock considered unlawful in Georgia, you may have solid ground for your case to be won.
A Qualified Georgia DUI Lawyer Can Help:
Further, if you do not appear “impaired” during field sobriety tests and otherwise appear and behave normally on the Georgia police video recording of the incident, then this can be used as evidence to further build your case. Great DUI lawyers in Georgia will thoroughly review video and audio recordings of your arrest in search of possible defenses.
Georgia DUI officers sometimes make errors during DUI investigations or arrests, and these errors may be able to be used against the State in order to reduce or even dismiss a DUI case. Sometimes there are errors with breath test machines or blood alcohol test results can get thrown out because of errors. Richard Lawson has successfully defended DUI Cases in Georgia for more than 20 years. Put the experience of a Former Georgia DUI Prosecutor to work for you.
Your Georgia DUI Lawyer will investigate:
- Was there a proper reason for which you were stopped?
- Was there reasonable suspicion to interact with you and stop your car?
- If you were stopped at a roadblock or roadside checkpoint, did the police officers follow all the rules related to the case law associated with roadblock, your United States Constitutional rights, as well as Georgia Constitutional rights?
- If you are asked to step out of your car and eventually arrested, was there probable cause to actually arrest you? This question involves evaluating how well you performed on field sobriety tests and if the officer's poor instructions contributed to any mistakes you made while performing those tests.
- Was the Georgia implied consent warning properly read?
- Did the arresting officer, deputy, or State Trooper give you any advice contrary to the implied consent warning?
- Did the officer violate your right to an independent breath, blood, or urine test?
- Was the breath testing machine working properly when you took the test?
- If you had prescription drugs in your system, were you in fact within the therapeutic level of those drugs or the abuse level?
- Was any test you took properly evaluated by State chemists?
- Was the arresting officer even properly trained to perform field sobriety tests or the breath test?
- Was a chain of custody kept for your blood or urine test?
- Has your arresting officer ever been fired or disciplined?
- If illegal drugs such as marijuana were found in your blood or urine, were active metabolites of the drugs actually found (something that would impair you) or were only inactive metabolites found (non-impairing).
- In the event of an accident, did the accident itself cause you to look and act impaired? An example is when a car rolls over, it can cause disorientation.
- Did the airbag cause you disorientation and an appearance that your were impaired or DUI?
- Did another driver cause the accident?
- Did the officer assume guilt because there was an accident?
- Could there be a medical reason that you looked impaired such as diabetes, stroke, or seizure?
- Were you in fact not less safe or unsafe to drive?
What If you Don't Hire a Georgia DUI Attorney?
Every day, I receive calls from people who did not have a top-rated Georgia DUI lawyer. Some had no attorney at all. The common question is "how can I now get the DUI off my record?" Most are having trouble finding a job or even making a career choice. You have to act while your DUI case is pending, not years later. Those calls can be heartbreaking. Your case can only be defended while it is pending. Nothing can be done years later. Call today for your best DUI defense.
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Our Georgia DUI lawyers examine the evidence with the intention of giving you the best possible defense to DUI charges. Contact our office 24/7 to discuss the facts of your case with Mr. Lawson and begin building a strategy for a successful DUI Defense. You can win your DUI case in Georgia.