Today, a Florida man, Gerlmy Javon Todd, crashed his car into the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta.
The driver, from Gainesville Florida, was charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, and Possession of Marijuana.
Since the accident occurred within the city limits of Atlanta, the case will be heard in the Atlanta Municipal Court at 150 Garnett Street. In fact, the court is within walking distance of the CNN Center.
His initial court date will be the following Monday morning, as with all Atlanta DUI cases that happen over a weekend. The Judge will be the Honorable Christopher E. Ward, in courtroom 5A.
If the accused hires an Atlanta DUI Attorney before Monday he will be excused from that appearance because his Atlanta DUI Lawyer can appear on his behalf. He will, of course, eventually have to appear in court. Additionally, when a case makes news (or creates it by smashing into a news bureau) there will be extra attention on the case. That does not help the accused; the attention will create it's own problems.
In this case, the accused is facing a 12-month potential sentence on each of the offenses charged and up to $3000 in fines. He is also facing the loss of his privilege to drive in Georgia for up to 10 months, when taking into consideration the DUI and the Marijuana charge. (4 months assuming a first DUI and 6 months for the marijuana charge). Of course, whether Florida honors any suspension will be decide by Florida authorities.
Of course no person should be assumed guilty of anything. Mr. Todd is presumed innocent, and we should not prejudge his case. His brakes could have failed or he could have had a medical condition that caused him to lose control of his vehicle. Finding marijuana on his person does not mean he was under the influence of the drug. Anything is possible, and he deserves due process like anyone else accused of a crime.
The Atlanta DUI Lawyers at our office are dedicated to helping people accused of DUI and Atlanta Traffic Tickets. Every person deserves an affective defense. Call now. Our Atlanta DUI Attorneys are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An arrest for DUI does not mean you are guilty. That is our motto.