Category Archives: 4 Simple Rules Explained

4 Simple Rules Explained: Rule 4

mrgaduiRule 4:  Hire a traffic attorney if you’re under the age of 21 and get any tickets.

Why should I hire an attorney for a traffic offense if under 21?

When you are under the age of 21, there are certain types of traffic offenses which will result in automatic license suspension.  Rather than simply paying the ticket (meaning you are admitting guilt)and later learning that your license is suspended, consult a traffic attorney experienced in dealing with teenage driver infractions so that you’re fully aware of the possible plea consequences.

There are several ways in which the license of a teenage driver can be suspended:

  1. Any offense carrying 4 or more points; (this includes speeding 24 miles over the speed limit, passing a school bus, passing on a hill or curve, reckless driving, or aggressive driving)
  2. Hit and run or leaving the scene of accident
  3. Racing
  4. Fleeing and eluding a police officer
  5. Purchasing alcohol
  6. Using a fake ID to purchase alcohol
  7. Arrested for DUI
  8. Illegal drug possession


There ARE ways of keeping your license from being suspended if you are charged with any of the above offenses, but you need the advice of a qualified traffic lawyer to help you!  Practicing law for 32 years, I have handled 1000s of such cases.   Unless your driving record is horrific, I can normally get something worked out on your case to keep your license.

While I am able to go back and reopen your case AFTER conviction many times, it is far easier to hire me to represent for these charges BEFORE you go to court.

To schedule a consultation with me, contact my office.  You can also join me on Facebook, Google +, and Twitter for the latest teenage driver defense news.

4 Simple Rules Explained: Rule 3

mrgaduiThe 3rd Simple rule is not so simple.  Should you take the State blood, breath, or urine test after you are arrested for DUI? The answer is: it depends. Under Georgia’s Implied Consent law, once you are arrested for DUI, you must submit to the officer’s request for a test of your blood, breath, urine,  or other bodily substance.  If you don’t, you face having your license suspended for a year with no work or school permit available.  After you submit to the officer’s test(s), you are then entitled to independent tests of your blood, breath, urine or other bodily substance.

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4 Simple Rules Explained: Rule 2

mrgaduiRule 2 is: DON’T SUBMIT TO ANY ROADSIDE FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS Once the officer has asked you to step out of your car, he is going to then ask if you would mind doing some “field sobriety tests.” Sometimes the officer will phrase it this way: “Do you mind taking some roadside evaluations to make sure you are ok to drive?” My experience is that MOST people agree to take the roadside evaluations because they believe that by

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4 Simple Rules Explained: Rule 1

mrgaduiIf you have my card or one of my koozies, you have heard about My 4 Simple Rules if Stopped by the Police. The four simple rules come with a disclaimer that tells you to go to my website for more specific information. The reason, of course, is that nothing is ever simple when it comes to dealing with police traffic stops. Here I’ll explain the reasons behind the rules. Rule 1: Never admit to drinking (or anything else). The first thought you should always have when encountering a police stop is, “The police officer is an agent of the government; he has the ability to cause my loss of freedom and loss of drivers license.” When a police officer stops you, they so because they believe you have violated a traffic offense. From the very start, their minds are focused on gathering evidence which they can use against you to convict you of whatever crime they believe you committed.  Your focus from the start should be NOT to provide the officer with evidence that you do NOT legally have to provide! What do you have to provide if stopped by the police?

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The above information is intended to help educate members of the Georgia motoring public as to their rights under the law and to assist presumptively innocent citizens in properly asserting those rights. Information within this site should not be misconstrued as legal advice.
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