So you got a DUI over the July 4th Weekend

July 4th is a national holiday where we all kick back and have fun with friends or go out and explore waterways, or just meet up and have fun. Many people like to have adult beverages wh

The pandemic is still ongoing, but that isn’t stopping any of the DUI task force officers or the Troopers with Georgia State Patrol (GSP Nighthawks), Duluth DUI, Norcross DUI, Roswell DUI, Sandy Springs DUI, Johns Creek DUI, Alpharetta DUI, Milton DUI, Atlanta DUI, Gwinnett County DUI, Decatur DUI, Brookhaven DUI, Dunwoody DUI from making arrests for a DUI. With everything that is going on it may be difficult to remember to keep track of your drinks or even worry about it. However, these officers on the road are still out looking for DUI drivers, especially on this July 4th Weekend.

All police use some of the various available charges to stop a vehicle, and both Speeding and Failure to Maintain lane are “violations” that will typically leads to a DUI investigation. A big tool that these troopers and officer LOVE to use is the roadblock. The scenario is usually you are driving see blue lights and the officer details out the reason for stopping you is that he “we are checking to make sure everyone has good drivers license and not out here driving illegally, by the way I smell alcohol, have you been drinking?” \(Like we are going to confess “sure officer I had a couple.”) These charges are all found in a high percentage of the stops for DUI arrests in Georgia and many times they are found together. Couple this with an inability to remember the actual number of drinks you have and you are in the middle of a perfect storm for the officer investigating the DUI stop.

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.

Michael D Barber
Georgia Lawyer specializing in DUI, Drug Charges & Criminal Defense