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Don't let your day of serving on MLK end with a DUI

Posted by Michael D. Barber | Jan 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr in America is done as a day of serving and remembering his legacy. Some also choose to celebrate MLK Day with a dinner and grilling with good friends. For some, this holiday is synonymous with celebrating, parties, drinking beer, grilling out and enjoying yourself. For most, this day involves quite a bit of drinking and the parties that go along with it are usually occasions that everyone remembers. These celebrations range from the day before MLK, the day of or anytime surrounding both the holiday and the holiday weekend. 

Some people however end up remembering more than just a good day with great food and fantastic drinks. With everything that goes on for MLK, some people either lose track or don't keep count of their alcohol intake. With police being more aggressive for DUI arrests, it means that more people are finding themselves the subject of a unplanned rendezvous with the police.

There are a great number of approved tactics for the police to use to stop cars and check for a DUI. One tactic that is the most popular is referred to as a “DUI Checkpoint.” These checkpoints however are not actually to check for a DUI. Most frequently these stops are disguised as valid license checkpoints or looking for a escaped person. The most popular time for law enforcement to use these types of stops is over holiday and or holiday weekends. MLK is no exception to the use of a Sobriety Checkpoint.

Almost all areas of the police use these DUI checkpoints. The scenario is usually you are driving around and see blue lights ahead. Except in stead of one officer stopping another driver ahead, you see what looks like a parking lot up ahead with multiple drivers stopped and an additional team of police officers directing traffic ahead. You have not come upon a DUI Checkpoint.

It doesn't matter where you find yourself in Georgia all of the police force use this common charge to begin a DUI investigation including: Johns Creek Police, Dunwoody Police, Alpharetta Police, Milton Police, Norcross Police, DeKalb County Police, Duluth Police, Atlanta Police, Brookhaven 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 Georgia State Patrol Nighthawks, HEAT and TEAM division of local counties, the cops are cracking down on impaired driving.

Of course, a DUI Checkpoint isn't the only tool that officers use to stop drivers. The other versions of the stops range from Speeding, Super Speeder, “Unsafe Driving,” Failure to Maintain Lane and a myriad of other “reasons” the officers use to stop vehicles and check for people that the police claim are Driving Under the Influence.

If you have been accused by the police of driving under the influence on or around this MLK holiday, or any other day, 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 no two sets of facts are the same. Application of both DUI case law and statutory DUI law to your situation would take examination of the facts surrounding your case and applying this knowledge properly to create a well mounted defense for YOUR DUI 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.

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Michael D. Barber

Michael's training as both a prosecutor and defense attorney gives him the ability to interpret what the other side is considering and thinking in regards to a clients case. Working for his family law firm in Dunwoody, Georgia familiarized Michael with Debt Collection, Contracts and Agreements, ...


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