DUI & Alcoholics Anonymous

Posted by William H. Sherman on Sep 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: I was arrested for DUI in Decatur.  It's my second DUI in 6 years.  I was stopped for speeding and the cop asked me where I was coming from.  I didn't want to lie so I told him I was on my way home from a party in Roswell.  I was at a party in Roswell celebrating a friend's birthday.  He just turned 60.

I did everything the DeKalb cop wanted me to do.  I didn't look good and I almost fell down a couple of times.  I took the breathalyzer test and scored .163.  I know that's twice the legal limit.

I used to go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.  I went in Roswell and in Decatur.  But I stopped going about a year ago.  I think I need A.A. to stop drinking for good.  I know I have a drinking problem and when I attend A.A. meetings it really helps and I don't drink.  I don't even want to drink.

I'm worried that if I start A.A. meetings again that this will be used against me.  If I go to A.A. meetings will the prosecutor In DeKalb use that to increase my sentence?  What should I do?  I have court in DeKalb County State Court in Decatur.

Answer: Alcoholics Anonymous has a great reputation for helping people who want to stop drinking.  A.A. has helped millions of men and women get sober and stay sober.  Attending A.A. meetings will not be used against you by the solicitor in DeKalb State Court.

The solicitor does not even have to know that you are attending A.A. meetings.  But your DUI lawyer can use you're A.A. attendance to help you negotiate a better plea deal.  Many times a prosecutor will negotiate more favorable terms if he or she sees evidence that a defendant is taking steps to address a potential alcohol issue.

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