Sandy Springs DUI: I really don't want a DUI

Posted by William H. Sherman on Jan 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Question:  I really don't want a DUI. I'm in college at Georgia State University in Atlanta and I plan on becoming a veterinarian because I love animals and I want to help them. I know that being a vet is not easy and my grades are good and I'm doing a lot of extracurricular activities with horses, dogs and birds. I had an internship with a vet in Roswell and I thought it was great.

I never thought I'd get a DUI because usually I only have a couple of drinks when I drive and I always drink water before I leave the bar or restaurant when I'm driving. But I admit that I had four drinks and I probably shouldn't have been driving because I did fell pretty buzzed, but the ride to my house in Sandy Springs was like 5 minutes. So I drove and I got into a minor accident when the car in front of me stopped really fast and I think for no reason. I told the guy I hit that my dad would pay for any damage but he said he was calling the Sandy Springs police.

The police officer asked me to take some tests and he looked at my eyes. I just told him about one drink but I almost fell because of my high heels and he arrested me for DUI. At the police station I took the breathalyzer test and I blew a .196. I don't know how it was so high, but I guess four strong drinks can get you drunk, although I don't think I was that drunk.

I'm trying to figure out what to do because my parents are pissed-off and they say that I'm an idiot because I got a DUI because my dad warned me that he got like 4 DUIs back in the day. I'm going to tell the judge and the prosecutor that I just don't a DUI and see if they can drop everything.

K.F. in Sandy Springs, GA

Answer:  Just telling the prosecutor and judge you don't want a DUI is really not the way to best handle the case. It isn't a thoughtful, smart and winning defense to the charge. Obviously, no one wants a DUI, but the way to prepare for it is to hire a Sandy Springs DUI lawyer who knows the best strategies to use and is familiar with the prosecutors and the judge.

The defense of any DUI case involves gathering as much information as possible about the arrest. We want to know information including why the car was stopped, how our client performed on the field sobriety tests and what the BAC of the blood or breath test was. The police must, under Georgia law, follow certain protocols and procedures for a proper DUI arrest. We make sure that they are followed.

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