While we are only two months into 2018, there have been numerous DUI accidents so far this year that have taken many lives. DUI cases are prevalent across the nation and are a concern in every state. Nationwide, the BAC limit is .08, but some states have already been advocating for a lower limit. Utah will have the most strict DUI law this December when they lower their pre se "legal limit" to .05.
Here a couple of DUI headlines across the nation in 2018:
An NFL linebacker, Edwin Jackson, was killed along with Jeffrey Monroe in Indiana on February 4th, 2018. Manuel Orrego-Savala, a Guatemalan citizen who had been deported from the US twice, was allegedly driving under the influence and killed both Jackson and Monroe.
In Chicago, a woman has been charged with her 6th DUI after causing two accidents within a five-minute period. On February 6th, Leah R. Behrens was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant when she hit two vehicles stopped at a stoplight and then sped away from the scene where she hit a pickup truck carrying three children. Luckily, there were no injuries reported from either accident. Behren has been charged with felony counts of driving under the influence, obstructing justice, driving on a revoked license, driving without insurance, leaving the scene of an accident, and several misdemeanor traffic charges.
On February 14th, a 16-year-old boy was killed in a suspected drunk driving incident in Bakersfield, California. Officers stated that the boy was hanging out of the passenger side window when he was thrown from the vehicle during a left turn. The driver was arrested and charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.
A former Mississippi law enforcement officer was involved in a hit and run crash at a bus stop in Florida last April. John Camfield was driving under the influence when he hit five students walking along the shoulder of the road. He tried to speed away but crashed into another vehicle. His BAC was measured at .175 after the crash. Camfield pled no contest last week to DUI manslaughter among other charges. His sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 5 where he could face up to 39 years for killing one of the children and injuring the other four.
No matter what state you are in, driving under the influence is a serious crime, and Georgia DUI Penalties can be extremely punitive. If you receive a DUI in Georgia, you need the assistance of an experienced Georgia DUI Attorney. Our office has over 50 combined years of DUI defense experience. Call our office now to receive a free case evaluation.