I've Got a Good Education: Will That Help Me With My DUI Charge?

Posted by William H. Sherman on Jul 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question:  I got arrested for DUI by an Atlanta cop when I was driving on West Paces Ferry Road.  Please don not use my name.  The police officer was not very nice; in fact he acted like a jerk.  He just kept repeating himself and telling me what to do.  I took all his tests including a breath test that I got a .211 on.  I know that's high.

I really didn't think I was that drunk because I only had a few beers at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant and the Wrecking Bar Brewpub.

I think if my lawyer tells the prosecutor that I own a business in Buckhead and that I'm really well educated.  I went to Woodward Academy and Georgia Tech and Emory University.

I think that should get me a break. I was involved in a minor accident and the people in the other car went to Grady Hospital but they were out in under a week.  Of course no one died.  There were some broken bones but nothing major.

How much will my educational background help me?  Should I push it?

Answer:  Please note that a DUI with injuries could be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony, depending on the severity of the injuries.  I know that was not your specific question, but it is something to bear in mind while you go through the process in either the Atlanta Municipal Court or the State Court of Fulton County.

To answer your question specifically, though, your educational background will have little impact upon your case.  I have not seen someone's educational background significantly influence what charges are brought or how the case is eventually disposed.  In fact, I think most Atlanta DUI lawyers would agree that your educational attainment is an irrelevant factor in this matter.

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