Georgia law enforcement does its best to find drivers who are under the influence and place them under arrest. In these incidents, other charges are often added to the DUI case. If, for example, the alleged DUI driver flees the scene, has a weapon, possesses drug paraphernalia and commits other violations, the list of charges can expand, which could incur substantial jail time, fines and other punishments. While these allegations are undoubtedly serious, there are effective strategies to craft and sound defenses.
A man was arrested for DUI, possession of a firearm, altering the firearm's serial number, being a convicted felon possessing a firearm, possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft and fleeing law enforcement. According to the deputy who made the arrest, the man was on the highway and drifting from his lane when the deputy tried to make a traffic stop. When the cruiser's overhead lights were activated, the driver allegedly made a U-turn and fled. He eventually lost control of the vehicle when turning, crashed into an embankment and the vehicle flipped. When the deputy and his K-9 went to the car, the driver was not there. He was later found and placed under arrest on the listed charges.
Being arrested for any reason is a difficult situation to navigate, but when there are multiple felony charges, including those involving firearms, and the person has felony convictions, their entire life can be upended if there is another conviction. With this level of severity, there are certain.
Perhaps some of the charges could be reduced via plea bargain. There might have been extenuating circumstances, such as addiction. Having advice on what steps to take to plan a defense requires experienced legal advice. This is critical to a successful resolution.
While this is a difficult case, there are always options. But, a law firm that has helped many people with DUI, theft and other criminal charges can help. This is true for anyone arrested on criminal charges, no matter the circumstances.