Driving in Georgia is generally a safe venture, although some places are more dangerous than others. Several roads near Atlanta and other major urban centers have a higher incidence of car accidents in everyday circumstances. But one circumstance that could appear anywhere is a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Although driving while intoxicated or buzzed is never a good idea, people who are suspected of DUI or related crimes may have a legal defense against the charge. If some charges are not dropped, they may be reduced to other lesser charges that have a lower overall effect on a defendant's life and livelihood.
A former police officer was charged with driving under the influence in Hall County after a traffic stop involving a speeding car. The county's solicitor general later revised the charge, downgrading it to reckless driving while having an unspecified amount of alcohol in his system.
This is partially because a recent ruling by the Supreme Court in Atlanta in which police officers are no longer permitted to request a breath test for intoxication, which has led many law enforcement agencies to hold off on breath tests until a legal solution to the problem is reached.
People who are facing serious charges around a drunk driving incident may have a similar cause to have charges reduced or dropped. One of the best ways to ensure fair representation of your interests in court is to retain legal counsel throughout the process, from arrest to settlement or a jury verdict. Consider a lawyer if you need to deal with the law.