Question: I got a DUI last weekend and I'm pretty embarrassed because I really only drink on weekends. I would never drink during the week as a rule, but on weekends I let loose have some beers and shots and party. It's something I've done since I was in college. My wife thinks it's “binge drinking” but that's how I like to drink; frankly, my dad drank like that when I was growing-up in Buckhead. Sometimes I'd see him passed out on the porch, or in the kitchen and a couple of times in the garage.
I got stopped in Cumming on my way home from a bar. I took the breath test and I blew a .146. I admit I had a decent buzz and I guess you could say I was drunk. Now I'm looking for a Forsyth DUI attorney.
Since I only drink on the weekends, do you think this will help me get a better deal from the prosecutor? Could it get me out of the DUI? Seriously, I'm just a cool weekend warrior.
V.N. in Forsyth County, Georgia
Answer: Being a “weekend warrior” is certainly popular. We've handled many DUI cases for weekend warriors, the type of person who might not drink at all during the week, but on weekends they let loose, and that could mean consuming alcohol and possibly doing drugs.
Unfortunately, the judge and prosecutor do not care if you think being weekend warrior is “cool.” They do not care if you only drink on the weekend. In fact, I recently saw a police advertising billboard on GA400 that has little but the quote, “I only did it for the weekend,” on it. This is a statement police officers and judges hear often. They hear it so much that hearing it can make them become annoyed and believe you are not taking responsibility for your actions.
Sometimes the term “weekend warrior” can also spark a negative connotation in the prosecutor's and judge's mind because they see this “warrior” as a party animal who commits crimes on the weekends. In the eyes of the judge, the prosecutor and Georgia law, no matter when you are DUI, it is still DUI.
If you've been drinking, it's really best to take a cab, Uber or Lyft home and not chance getting pulled-over by a cop.
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