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Field sobriety tests administered at a traffic stop

Traffic stops are administered all over the state of Georgia for various reasons. Officers are always on the lookout for speeding, distracted driving, weaving, tailgating and impaired driving. If you are stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), or you come across a DUI checkpoint, the following field sobriety tests will be put to use by the officer to determine if you are inebriated.

The long-term consequences of a DUI charge

People make mistakes all the time. One of the most serious mistakes you can make is getting behind the wheel after you've had too much to drink. You could wind up hurting yourself, the passengers in your car and others around you in Cumming, Georgia. If you are facing a DUI charge, you need to know the long-term consequences associated with such a charge.

Examining what happens at a drunk driving checkpoint

Law enforcement officials all over Georgia set up driving under the influence checkpoints regularly. Also known as DUI checkpoints, these are used to find drivers who are operating their vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These checkpoints have caught many a driver under the influence, potentially averting a tragic accident that would have caused injury or death.

How will you build your drunk driving defense?

Drunk driving charges may arise many different ways, but all drunk driving charges should be met with strong scrutiny and a well built legal defense. Facing a DUI is not the same as facing some minor traffic violation, but some defendants choose to treat these charges with the same attention they might show to a ticket for speeding. Some drivers may even assume that penalties are lighter for first time offenders, so there is no great need to be fight the charges,which is simply handing the prosecution a gift-wrapped conviction.

Is a drunk driver always at fault in a single-car accident?

-ingle car accidents are often embarrassing, and it may seem difficult to defend your innocence in the matter to your insurer or to the law. This is particularly true when the accident involves allegations of drunk driving. In many cases, single-car accidents that potentially involve drunk driving are assumed to be the fault of the driver, but it is important to remember that drunk driving and causing an accident are not always the same, and in some cases should receive consideration independently of each other.

St. Patrick’s Day DUI arrests require immediate attention

Many of us may have chosen to enjoy a stiff pint on St. Patrick's Day, and with the celebration of Irish heritage through punishing volumes of green beer comes the increased possibility of receiving drunk driving charges. Right here in Georgia, law enforcement significantly increase the presence of DUI checkpoints for the holiday, looking to curb the number of accidents brought on by the statistically greater number of drunk drivers on the roads.

Intoxication and manslaughter

Drinking and driving is always dangerous, and is rarely legally advisable. Still, many individuals who make the poor choice to drink and drive make it home safely without incident and without harming themselves or others. Unfortunately, some drunk driving results in tragedy, most harshly when someone other than the driver loses his or her life. In these instances, it is important for the driver to understand the legal options he or she may have available.

When to consider pretrial diversion

Many people facing criminal charges are surprised to learn that many prosecutors and judges are willing to consider alternatives to traditional sentencing, depending on the nature of the alleged offense and the other options available. These alternatives are known as pretrial diversions, and may remove a suspect from criminal prosecution before a trial takes place, allowing the suspect to participate in some other form of restitution for the alleged offense without receiving a conviction.

Were you really “driving” when you received DUI charges?

It is not always clear whether or not you are legally safe to be in your vehicle after drinking, even if you do not believe that you are actually "driving" the vehicle. There are a number of factors to consider before you get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking, even if you simply need to rest for a while and wait for sobriety to return. In some cases, you may face DUI charges without actually operating the vehicle on a road.

You may still face DUI charges if you pass a breathalyzer test

If you get pulled over for drunk driving, you should be very mindful of your behavior. Even in instances where you can demonstrate that your blood alcohol level does not exceed the legal limit, a police officer may still charge you with being "under the influence."

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