A woman from Kennesaw, Georgia pled guilty to DUI charges and will spend 15 days in jail as a result. The remainder of her sentence will be served out while on probation.
The incident occurred in 2018 when Kellie Ann Hutcheson was driving her SUV into oncoming traffic in Kennesaw, GA. When police arrived, she seemed unable to stand and was slurring her speech. She informed officers that she had consumed at least six alcoholic beverages as well as anti-anxiety medication, but she could not identify how much medication she had consumed.
She also informed police that she was supposed to be taking care of her two nieces, ages 4 and 2. However, she could not remember where they were. Luckily, the children were found at Hutcheson's house and they were safely returned to their mother.
On June 19, 2019, Hutcheson pled guilty to three misdemeanor charges, including a DUI charge. She was sentenced to 36 months in jail. She is permitted to serve 15 days in jail, while the rest of her sentence will be served on probation.
An attorney not related to the case commented that he believed that Hutcheson's attempts at treatment and efforts to avoid any further DUI's may have contributed to her "light" sentence.
If you or someone you care about has been arrested for DUI, working with an experienced Georgia DUI attorney to defend your case can protect your constitutional rights.
DUI Classes and Treatment
Participation in treatment or DUI classes is often a part of your DUI sentence or part of your probation conditions after a DUI arrest. Your participation in these classes is not only required but can be helpful in demonstrating to the judge that you are taking the situation seriously. This is true even if you maintain your innocence.
If you are ordered to attend treatment or DUI classes (including driving classes if applicable), it is crucial that you are on time and attend every class. Program administrators are strict on compliance with attendance policies, and failure to abide by these strict rules could negatively impact your DUI case.
Hiring an Attorney to Help
When you face DUI charges, an experienced attorney is able to protect your constitutional rights. When you face DUI charges, you also face high fines, loss of your driver's license, and jail time.
An attorney can develop a specifically tailored defense designed to make sure that every angle of your case is examined for the best possible defense. Your attorney can help make sure you comply with all of your probation requirements, including treatment, and put on the best possible presentation of your case. This can help encourage the judge to treat your case more kindly because of your hard work at treatment.
Consult an Experienced Georgia DUI Attorney
Failure to abide by the terms of your class requirements can lead to very negative effects on your DUI case. Good performance can have a positive impact instead.