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DUI trial begins with defense challenges

It's not always easy to drive in Georgia. Speed can be a factor, as it often seems everyone wants to be a stock car racer on the interstate highways. Distracted driving -- like paying attention to a cellphone while behind the wheel -- is also dangerous. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is another issue that can cause problems from other drivers as well as the driver under the influence.

An off-duty police chief is on trial for driving under the influence in an incident last year. The charges stem from a traffic stop in which a former Georgia State Police trooper, who left the force since the event, passed the driver with his high beam headlights on.

The attorney representing the defendant has challenged the legality of the traffic stop from the beginning. He has also filed an interlocutory appeal, which challenges a specific aspect or ruling of a case before it has been concluded.

If this is not successful, the attorney may appeal a ruling if the case concludes against his client. It is important to remember that there are many legal options to defend against charges of drunk driving with limited or contradictory evidence.

Drivers charged with alcohol-related crimes after a traffic stop have the right to legal representation during dealings with prosecutors. They also have the right to legal advice while preparing a defense or an appeal of a verdict in a Georgia court. A single mistake, especially one that causes no injury or damage, should not be allowed to unnecessarily ruin a person's life, career or community with a conviction.

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