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Saturday Football in Athens: No Alcohol Allowed!

Just as the summer turns to fall, and my property tax bill arrives,  so now college football  returns, and with it comes the annual pilgrimage for UGA fans to Athens. I have one word of advice for anyone going to the games in Athens this fall: BEWARE!

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Stopped by the Police? Just Say NO!

At least once in your life you will probably be stopped by a police officer. If you have had any amount of alcohol, then being stopped for even a minor traffic infraction becomes very serious.  What to do?  Just remember the Nancy Reagan statement, “Just say no.”

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Can a DUI Arrest in GA be “Expunged”?

I get several phone calls each month asking me if I can get a person’s DUI arrest expunged. Do a google check on expungment and you will find lots of sites appearing to know what they are talking about…. but they don’t! First, what is an expungement? The process of legally destroying, obliterating or striking out records or information in files, computers and other depositories relating to criminal charges. 2. Can a DUI be expunged in Georgia? Currently there is no way of deleting a DUI from the arrest records. Why? Because in Georgia there are only 2 ways of getting an arrest deleted. They are: 1. You were not the person shown as being arrested. 2. The charges were dismissed before an accusation was brought against you, or you enter into a pretrial agreement where the prosecutor agreed to expunge the arrest record. Since a citation acts as an “accusation”, you are “charged” immediately at the scene of a DUI arrest, and therefore you do not fit into category number 2. Don’t be misled by web sites telling you that DUI expungments are easy in Georgia.  Call me to get the straight answer! (This blog was orginally posted at defendingdriversrights.com)

Should DUI cops have to follow the law?

There is a firestorm brewing in Georgia over what is commonly called an “Administrative license suspension hearing”. In Georgia, the State can try to suspend your license before you are convicted of a DUI; the process for this to happen is that an officer signs a sworn document, swearing under oath that he/she arrested you for DUI and you either registered above a .08 or you refused the test. Apparently, cops have been filing these sworn reports without actually swearing in front of a notary; this is the same as not swearing under oath at all.  A few of my fellow DUI defense lawyers have successfully obtained restraining orders, keeping the State from moving forward in these cases until they can prove that they followed the law.  The Georgia Appellate Courts have routinely allowed the police leeway in not following the Constitution or Georgia laws when DUI arrests are involved, from not having to tell a person that all field tests are voluntary, to not having to follow rules in administering the State Breath test machine used to convict people of DUI. Perhaps now the pendulum is swinging back to at least middle ground… the cynic in me bets NOT!

5 Things To Help Your Teen Drive Safely

Once your teenager drives away, there is nothing you can do to prevent that teen from doing something stupid with their car; you can, however, train the teen to be a safer driver by: 1. Provide practice driving under a wide range of conditions.  Don’t just practice driving on sunny afternoons.  Go out at night, when it’s raining–in a variety of conditions.  Otherwise, the first time your new driver encounters these conditions, it will be when you aren’t with them. 2. Emphasize, again and again the use of a seat belt for everyone riding in and/or driving the car. 3. Restrict passengers; go beyond state law’s restrictions. 4. Substance abuse and driving: Don’t tolerate under any circumstances. 5. Restrict use of in car electronics such as radio/CD player, navigation devices, etc.

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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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