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Stay Safe and Designate Your Driver on New Year’s Eve

The holiday season always brings increased law enforcement on the roads. With many people traveling out of town or attending parties and gatherings that typically involve drinking, Atlanta DUI attorney Mickey Roberts reminds everyone to plan a safe New Year’s Eve and to keep Georgia’s Operation Zero Tolerance campaign in mind to avoid a DUI. Operation Zero Tolerance organizes concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints to target drunk drivers.

zero tolerance georgiaAccording to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were 1,119 alcohol-related crashes between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day last year, resulting in 679 injuries and 20 fatalities. Georgia State Patrol will be out full force on the roads with the possibility of checkpoints at busy spots or roads where accidents commonly occur.

As seen in previous traffic DUI blogs, Mickey’s 4 simple rules can help drivers avoid incriminating themselves during field sobriety tests or verbal interrogations at these checkpoints or if they are pulled over. While Operation Zero Tolerance occurs throughout the year, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety uses this holiday season to remind drivers how dangerous impaired driving can be. It is vital to choose an experienced and qualified attorney with a solid track record who can defend you if you are charged with any traffic violations.

If you insist on drinking, it is imperative to plan your travel alternatives and be wise about alcohol consumption.  Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your keys at home or with your driver. If you do not have a designated driver, be sure to take advantage of ride programs, use public transportation, or hire a cab. Like many states, Georgia offers free resources to help people find safe rides on New Year’s Eve sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Other organizations, such as AAA also offers their Tow to Go program where anyone, AAA member or not, can receive a ride within a 10-mile radius that brings both the driver and his/her vehicle home safely.

Attorney Mickey Roberts urges all drivers to drive carefully and make wise decisions especially during the holiday season with heightened police enforcement. If you are arrested for DUI or other traffic violations, contact Mr. GaDUI today. Also be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more traffic law updates and news.

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.

New Law Increases Fees for DUI and Other Alcoholic Offenses

If there were no reasons for fighting a DUI conviction before, there is now. As part of a new overhaul of the criminal code in Georgia, effective July 1, 2012, the “penalties” added onto fines will equal 50% of the fine. This means that if you plead guilty to a DUI and are assessed a fine of $1000, you will still owe an additional “fee” of $500. This is in addition to other fees that go to the Peace Officers Retirement Fund and the Probate Judges Retirement Fund.

The new penalties will go to fund what will be known as the “County Drug Abuse and Treatment Program.” The penalties do not just apply to DUIs. Now a 50% penalty will be applied on possession of alcohol by a minor, serious injury by vehicle, and fleeing and eluding, as well as all drug possession convictions.

In essence, the total amount due for fines and fees now on a DUI, minor in possession, etc. could be as high as 100% of any fine amount! Although the best way to avoid such fees is not getting arrested for DUI or drug possession, etc., you can hire a qualified DUI defense lawyer to aggressively fight and win your DUI case if you are faced with such fees. The days of hiring a cheap “plea dog” lawyer are over.

The Truth About Reading you the Miranda Warning

I receive many calls from DUI defendants complaining that the police did not “read them their rights” during a DUI arrest. By this, most people mean the famous Miranda warning, named after the Defendant Mr. Miranda in a US Supreme Court case. Everyone knows the Miranda warnings, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do may be used against you….” . Do cops have to read you the Miranda warnings in a traffic stop? A recent Georgia case gives us the answer.

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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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