The Watson Mill Covered Bridge in Madison County has been closed after what was described as a DUI related accident. No details have been reported yet. However, the latest photograph shows a truck that seems to be lodged sideways inside of the bridge.
The Watson Mill Covered Bridge is 134 years old and is one of just 20 historic covered bridges left in Georgia. The bridge itself is just under 230 feet long. It is well-known for being the longest covered bridge in the state of Georgia and one of the longest in the United States.
Authorities have reported that they will not reopen the bridge until it is deemed structurally safe.
DUI Related Offenses in Georgia
DUI Related Offenses in Georgia cover a vast amount of traffic violations and other types of crimes. The reality is that if you have been arrested for DUI in Georgia, you probably were given other traffic offenses or other related charges.
Unless you were arrested at a Georgia DUI Roadblock, then there is typically a reason for pulling a driver over which instigates a DUI investigation. These offenses include but are not limited to:
- Failure to Maintain Lane in Georgia
- Speeding in GeorgiaIllegal Passing in GeorgiaSpeeding in Georgia
- Too Fast for Conditions in Georgia
- Unlawful Passing of a School Bus in Georgia
There are also offenses that can be added after a DUI arrest. These offenses can be a result of a suspended license or drug possession if the car is subsequently searched.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I do my best to point out just how harsh DUI penalties and consequences are in Georgia. Our state has some of the most stringent DUI laws in the country. However, the good news is that you do not have to face these penalties. An arrest does not equate to guilt. We understand the difference between an arrest and a conviction.
A first DUI conviction can include the following penalties: twelve months of probation, a $300 minimum fine, up to ten days in jail, at least forty hours of community service, substance abuse counseling, DUI risk reduction school, and other courses. A DUI conviction can also result in a driver's license suspension.
For any subsequent DUI convictions, the penalties only increase. Georgia has both a 5-year and a 10-year “look back” period when determining penalties and consequences. Moreover, in practice, most Georgia courts punish people based on their entire criminal record.
We specialize in DUI Defense - this includes all of the offenses related to DUI either before or after the DUI investigation and arrest. We are devoted to defending people and protecting their rights - including the ability to drive in the state of Georgia.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI in Georgia, contact our offices today. Your case will not defend itself. We are here for you. We are available to help with your case and to help minimize any penalties or consequences as the result of your arrest. Call us today.