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Why You Should Not Trust Georgia’s Breath Test Machine

When a person is arrested for DUI in Georgia, suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, most of the time the police will request that the person go to the jail or police station and submit to a “State chemical test of your breath.” It is this “breath test” that is used to convict that person of DUI, simply for having blood alcohol content (BAC) of over .08 grams.

Georgia uses a breath test machine manufactured by CMI, a company out of Kentucky. The machine contains many parts, and operates through an Infrared device used to take a breath sample from a suspect and convert it into an amount of alcohol in the person’s blood. The machine is a computer and operates by using a “source code” as all computers operate. There are many reasons why we should not trust the accuracy of Georgia’s breath machine. Here a just a few:

1. The machine is only inspected by a State employee once every 3 months; it is not inspected before and after every individual test. Therefore, even if the machine is deemed to be working properly, it can only be argued correctly that it was working that day, with only the inspector present.

2. During the “inspection”, the tester never actually opens up the machine to check to see if the electronic components are working properly.

3. The inspector does run a known alcohol solution through the machine. If the machine prints out a reading that is close to the actual alcohol amount, the machine is deemed to be working that day.

4. The alcohol control solution is in no way similar to an actual human sample. It does not take into account how a person with asthma, allergies, braces, gastric reflux, bridgework, or a fever would blow.

5. The inspector runs two test samples, if the two test results are within 25% of each other the machine is deemed to be working properly!

  There are many other reasons why you should not trust the breath test machine, but if you just consider the way Georgia inspects these machines to “verify” that they are working properly, ask yourself the following:

a. Would you allow your CPA to prepare a federal tax return with a 25% potential disparity?

b. Would you pay a lasik surgeon to fix your vision, and accept as “good enough for medical purposes” a CORRECTION that was OFF by these + and – ranges?

c. Would you book a flight on an airline with these variable percentages on their altimeters (the device that estimates the distance between the ground and the wheels at “touch down” on the runway)?

While these scenarios may seem far-fetched, they demonstrate the importance of only seeking the advice of an experienced Georgia DUI attorney if charged with DUI. To learn more about DUI and traffic violation defense, read our blog and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Radar Speed Detection Reinstituted in Gwinnett as Traffic Fatalities Jump

Have you recently noticed more police out in Gwinnett County using radar guns to catch speeders? In January 2011, only one year after the state of Georgia instituted the super speeder law, the option for Gwinnett County police and many city police in Gwinnett to use laser and radar speed detection was revoked due to an unresolved conflict between the county and city governments.

Although Georgia State Patrol could still use radar and laser detection to track drivers’ speed and Gwinnett police were able to catch speeders by pacing drivers, this revocation surely affected the number of speeding citations issued. According to an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Gwinnett County police alone issued 29,000 speeding citations in 2010, and three-fourths of these citations were determined through the help of laser and radar gun detection.

In February 2012, the conflict was finally resolved and radar guns were returned to Gwinnett police. The police influenced by the dispute reported they operated just fine without the radars, but were definitely glad to have them back. They believe drivers are more likely to slow down if they know police are on the roads clocking their speed. With recent car accidents earlier this month resulting in three traffic fatalities over the span of five days in Gwinnett, you can probably expect to see even more police on the road.

On Friday, April 6th, a box truck crashed into the rear of a Nissan Altima sending both vehicles into a pickup truck and a minivan on I-985 S under Buford Drive. The driver and passenger of the Nissan died on impact. The other individuals involved suffered minor injuries. Police determined speed and alcohol were not factors in this accident, but the box truck driver was charged with two counts of second degree vehicular homicide. Second degree vehicular homicide is a misdemeanor resulting in a maximum sentence of 12 months, but first degree vehicular homicide is a felony and can result in 3 to 15 years in prison and license suspension.

The other traffic fatality in Gwinnett occurred April 10th at the intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Sugarloaf Parkway when a driver turned left in front of another driver as the stop light turned from green to yellow. The driver who was struck on the right side of his vehicle died at the scene. This incident is still under investigation to determine right of way and if speed was a factor, but driving while under the influence of alcohol did not seem to be a factor.

A leading Atlanta DUI defense lawyer, Mickey Roberts has seen many lives take an unfortunate turn due to drunk driving and vehicular homicide charges. He urges driver’s to drive carefully. Whether you drive carefully to avoid a speeding ticket or to prevent harm to yourself and other drivers, it’s important to be cautious as one bad decision can result in harsh consequences. If you have been arrested for DUI or other traffic violations, contact MrGaDUI today. Be sure to visit his website to learn more about driver’s rights, and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ if you haven’t already.

MRGA DUI Provides Free Rides Home to Meehan’s Patrons on St. Patrick’s Day

For the fifth year in a row, Atlanta DUI attorney Mickey G. Roberts will be providing St. Patrick’s Day celebrators with free rides home on March 17th from Meehan’s Public House in Sandy Springs.  As long as the rider’s destination is within a 10 mile radius of the restaurant’s 227 Sandy Springs Place NE location, and they sign up at the welcome table at the beginning of the evening, Mickey Roberts and Atlanta VIP Ride will provide a free limo ride home.

Mickey shared about his continued tradition with the Atlanta Irish pub, “As an attorney who has specialized in DUI and other serious Georgia traffic offenses since 1980, I have seen what a fun celebration can turn into if the proper precautions aren’t taken.  Meehan’s goes to great lengths to ensure their patrons have a good experience, and I want to do my part to promote responsible drinking.”

The weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, on March 10th at 12:00 pm, Meehan’s Sandy Springs will host St. Baldrick’s Shamrock n’ Roll head shaving event to raise funds for the childhood cancer care and research organization.  Mickey’s cornhole game will also be set up at this event for $1 per person, per game.    In addition to the free limo rides, Mickey’s cornhole games will be set up for Meehan’s patrons on the night of the 17th.  Charging $1 per person, per game, Mickey will match the proceeds and donate all of them to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research and care.  Last year’s Shamrock n’ Roll event raised over $50,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

To learn more about Meehan’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities like live music by Collective Soul’s Ed Roland and the free rides from MRGADUI, check out Meehan’s website. You can also connect with him on Twitter and Facebook for the latest in DUI law news and event updates.

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Stone Mountain Woman Indicted on Vehicular Homicide and DUI Charges

mrgaduiTwenty-two-year-old Chasity Nicole Jones was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury earlier this month on vehicular homicide and other charges in an incident that killed senior Atlanta police officer Gail Thomas on the evening of January 24th.  Thomas died on the scene as a result of the injuries she sustained when Jones’ car struck her on an I-75 entrance ramp as she exited her car to assist another officer with a previous accident.

Reported by Georgia Daily News, Jones was indicted on vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, possession of drugs, and other drug-related charges.  She is currently being held at the Fulton County Jail without bond.  According to reports by Channel 2 Action News, Jones was carrying three passengers: Stephen Pearson of Gwinnett County, Katherine Gilliam of Lawrenceville, and Fred Jones of Cobb County. All of the noted passengers have declined media comment.

Homicide by vehicle carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and three years of driver’s license suspension without the possibility of a work permit.  Georgia vehicular homicide is defined as the unlawful killing of an individual with a motor vehicle.  The charge degrees associated with vehicular homicide include felony vehicular homicide, misdemeanor vehicular homicide, feticide, and serious injury by vehicle.  All of these classifications carry different implications, but all involve a driver’s actions as the proximate cause of death or cause of serious injury.

Practicing Georgia vehicular homicide defense since 1995, I’ve certainly seen the devastating effects it has not only on its victims and their families, but also the debilitating long-term implications for the person charged.  While a 15-year sentence may not seem proportional to the actions involved, it’s also worth noting that vehicular homicide charges are almost always accompanied by substance related charges like DUI and DWI that carry their own steep punishments.  Given the life-altering consequences of serious traffic-related offences like vehicular homicide, I strongly encourage prospective clients to do their research when selecting a criminal defense attorney.  It’s important to only select counsel with a successful record of case wins.

To learn more about the legal services I provide and for answers to your frequently asked questions about DUI, visit my website.  You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest in traffic law news.

State Representative Arrested for DUI in Atlanta

State representative John Andrew (Kip) Smith was arrested for DUI in Atlanta last Friday.  Officer Z.A. Kramer pulled over the lawmaker after he ran a red light at the intersection of Peachtree and Pharr Road in Buckhead. According to the AJC, the police record indicated that Smith admitted to having one beer 45 minutes before he was pulled over after the officer allegedly noticed the scent of alcohol and Kip’s watery eyes.

Rep. Smith initially refused the field sobriety test (walk-and-turn or one-leg-stand test) and breath test when the officer requested and instead asked to be taken to a hospital for a state chemical blood or breath test, but then consented when the officer told him that they only did that if he were arrested for DUI.  According to reports, Smith then blew a .091 (over the legal limit of .08) on the officer’s breathalyzer test and was placed under arrest for DUI.

Two additional officers then arrived on the scene where Smith completed two more breath tests rendering results of .099 and .100 respectively. Kip Smith has been charged with three offenses:  two DUI charges and one charge for failure to obey a traffic control device.

The intention of this post is not to exploit the wrongdoings of a public figure, but to reiterate the importance of knowing your Georgia driver rights.  Smith initially followed my suggestions of “what to do if stopped for DUI” by refusing the field sobriety test and requesting a state chemical test; however, he did himself a disservice by eventually consenting.

As you can read, the results of different breathalyzer test equipment can vary significantly depending on the age of the machinery and even the experience of the officer administering the test.  While the other details of this case will certainly surface as Smith goes to trial, the event serves as an ideal opportunity to reiterate what you should do if you’re pulled over for DUI regardless if this is your first DUI or third DUI in Georgia:

1.)  Take your DUI seriously

2.)  Hire an experienced DUI attorney

3.)  Don’t delay your DUI hearing

4.)  Don’t rely on advice of friends

5.)  Don’t base the hiring of an attorney on money alone

Of these tips, the most important is hiring an experienced DUI attorney to handle your case if you find yourself in this situation.  Visit my website to learn more about my experience as an Atlanta DUI, Georgia vehicular homicide, and commercial driving offense attorney.  You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for more tips on defending your driver’s rights.    

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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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