A DUI Arrest that wasn’t so funny
By Michael D. Barber, Georgia Lawyer specializing in DUI, Drug Charges & Criminal Defense
After a stop by a Peachtree City Police officer, comedian Tiffany Haddish finds herself charged with a DUI in Georgia (according to celebrity news, ABC News and NBC news channels). The officer stated that he was responding to a call about a driver asleep at the wheel at a traffic light. A reported call is just one of several tactics for the police to use to stop cars and check for a DUI.
All police use various tactics to stop a vehicle and investigate a DUI. Being asleep at the wheel is just one of several tactics that can lead to a DUI investigation especially late at night or early in the morning. However, in this situation officers stopped Haddish’s vehicle because it matched a description of the vehicle they were looking for . . . something that may provide a defense for her in court.
Since Haddish was stopped for matching a description of the vehicle that officers were looking for, creates a problem with the prosecution of her case in court. A matching vehicle description may not be enough to prove that her car was the one that was stopped at an intersection with a driver asleep at the wheel. OR maybe the caller reporting the driver asleep did not see what they reported to the police. Both of the above facts may provide excellent defenses for the case at court.
It doesn’t matter where you find yourself in Georgia almost all of the police force use this common charge to begin a DUI investigation including: Johns Creek Police, Alpharetta Police, Milton Police, DeKalb County Police, City of Decatur Police, Atlanta, Police Gwinnett County Police and the list goes on. This “tool” allows the police to stop a vehicle for any “legal” reason and their investigation can lead to to a DUI if they suspect the driver has been drinking or using drugs.
As a result of the Governor’s office of Highway Safety teaming up with various organizations, including the HEAT and TEAM division of local counties, the cops are cracking down on impaired driving.
If you have been accused by the police of driving under the influence then you need help from a trained DUI attorney. Should YOU find that you either don’t want to face the court alone or simply feel that you need help from an attorney then give our office a call regarding your citations. There are facts to every case where defenses can be raised for anyone charged with driving under the influence. Each situation is different from the other and requires a evaluation of all the information in order to properly mount a defense and a effective negotiation with the prosecutor’s office. Remember that every DUI case is different because not two sets of facts are the same. Application of the above case law to your situation would take examination of the facts surrounding your case and applying this case law properly to create a properly mounted defense for YOUR arrest.
Our office has 24 hour response lines and can answer your questions and help you. Give our team of DUI defense lawyers a call at 404-445-8494. We can help you mount a proper defense for your situation.
Tiffany Haddish arrested, accused of DUI in Georgia (nbcnews.com)
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