4 Simple Rules Explained: Rule 4
- Friday, 25 May 2012 09:53
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:
- 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)
- Hit and run or leaving the scene of accident
- Fleeing and eluding a police officer
- Purchasing alcohol
- Using a fake ID to purchase alcohol
- Arrested for DUI
- 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
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New Law Increases Fees for DUI and Other Alcoholic Offenses
- Monday, 21 May 2012 14:52
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
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.
Whose Dog is That Sniffing Around my House?
- Wednesday, 11 January 2012 13:31
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take a case out of Florida which asks the question:
Does a police dog’s sniff outside a house give officers the right to get a search warrant for illegal drugs, or is the sniff an unconstitutional search?
On the morning of Dec. 5, 2006, Miami-Dade police detectives and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents set up surveillance outside a house south of the city after getting an anonymous tip that it might contain a marijuana grow operation. The cops brought Franky, a K-9 drug dog . The dog quickly detected the odor of pot at the base of the front door and sat down as he was trained to do.
That sniff was used to get a search warrant from a judge. The house was searched and its lone occupant, Joelis Jardines, was arrested for drug possession
after trying to escape out the back door. Officers pulled 179 live marijuana plants from the house, with an estimated street value of more than $700,000.
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbids government searches of persons and property without probable cause.
The U.S. Supreme Court has approved drug dog sniffs in several other major cases. Two of those involved
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Drivers Who Use Marijuana Reportedly Twice as Likely to have Accidents
- Friday, 28 October 2011 12:18
When most people think of DUI
, they think about driving under the influence of alcohol. However, driving under the influence of illegal drugs
is also driving under the influence. Marijuana is the most commonly detected drug in drivers, but whether or not marijuana causes an increased number of accidents remains a question. A recent study from Columbia University found that drivers who use marijuana are more than twice as likely to be involved in car accidents as those who do not.
Using a meta-analysis of nine epidemiologic studies, the researchers found that the risk of an accident increases in people with a concentration of marijuana-produced compounds found by chemical test
. Furthermore, the risk of a crash also increases with self-reported marijuana-users. In fact, eight out of nine of the studies determined that the risk of an accident significantly increases among drivers who use marijuana.
This research is likely to cause debates about driver’s rights
and medical marijuana in states that allow it. In Georgia, however,
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