What we can learn from MTV Reality Stars DUI arrest
By Michael D. Barber, Georgia Lawyer specializing in DUI, Drug Charges & Criminal Defense
After a stop by a Augusta DUI Police officer, a MTV Reality TV Star, Tyranny Todd, found herself being arrested for DUI. The officer stated that he stopped Todd for Texting while driving, one of several approved tactics for the police to use to stop cars and check for a DUI.
All police use some of the various available charges to stop a vehicle, and Texting while Driving (or Distracted Driving) is just one that can lead to a DUI investigation and has increased in its use in the Police arsenal. The scenario is usually you are driving see blue lights and the officer details out the reason for stopping you, or pulling you over, is that he “saw you with your phone your hands” OR “he saw the light from your phone reflecting in the car (at night).” The police consider this charge of Texting While Driving to be almost as dangerous as the DUI charge itself.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has performed studies showing that when someone texts while they are driving, that their attention is taken away from the road for a minimum of 5 seconds while they are looking at their phone screen. This does not seem like a long time, but when traveling at 55 MPH you will drive the length of a football field during that time.
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.
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