Sounds like your friend did not speak to experienced DUI counsel. It depends on the county as far as how many are tried, but it can also depend on the attorney. Find your friend some additional attorneys to go see with experience. It may even help if you go along for moral support. Sounds like he needs some good counsel.
There is a requirement in GA that crime victims (your child) be made aware of all the hearings in the court case involving the defendant. Your child is entitled to know exactly what the sentence of the court was in this case. You, as his guardian, can contact the victim/witness person in the District Attorney's office for a copy of the sentence. It is also available as a public record in the county courthouse where he was sentence.
Now, if he receive a "straight time" sentence, meaning...
All of your charges are serious and include mandatory jail time and long license suspensions if you are convicted. There may be video of your eluding and other behavior during the incident. It is very important that you have an experienced DUI attorney to represent you in this case to minimize your consequences. Some of your other friends maybe helpful witnesses for you case. Your medical condition and its relation to your actions may be a viable defense to some of the activity of the night....
Yes, the police have the discretion to arrest you. Now, the arrest may not be enough to convict you of the crime charged. So, it is very, very important that you get a LOCAL, experienced DUI criminal defense attorney to represent you in this case. It appears you have some interesting facts to work with in your case.
You will need to reinstate your insurance and your tag asap. Then hire a lawyer to negotiate a resolution for you in the county/city where you were charged. This situation comes up a great deal. Unfortunately, if you try to plead to suspended registration, it will further suspend your license for a year. Call our office at 770.919.9525. We have a lot of experience with these types of cases.
You were not the only motorist trapped in this checkpoint over the weekend. The field tests are only designed to record what you do incorrectly even if everything else is correct. It is very important that you contact an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as possible to protect your license. Evan Watson, who has answered your question already, and his law partner do a great job in your area. Make an appointment with to understand how you can fight these charges.
Oftentimes an attorney can make your appearance for you at arraignment in DUI cases for bond, but this is usually decided by the individual court or jurisdiction.
This is why it is important to get a local experienced DUI counsel to handle your case. If you need a referral for a good DUI attorney in Gwinnett, I am happy to help you. This is not the kind of case you should handle alone.
Jim is right. You still are not old enough to drink alcohol but have 2 alcohol related offenses at 19. This is serious. You have a bright future with your grades. However, you will flunk your semester if you arrested for your new offense and incarcerated until your probation is over. Hopefully, you discussed this situation with the attorney handling your minor in possession charge here in GA. You did not say how long you have remaining on probation or what state it is in- and you don't...
Yes, the prosecutor has charging decision power and can modify or add charges based on the facts as presented to them. You are definitely going to need the assistance of a well qualified DUI trial attorney for your case. I do not work in Hall and Gwinnett where you are from, but I am happy to help you find someone. Some other attorneys may also answer this post that work exclusively in that area. Please see an attorney and share the facts of your arrest and the pending charges with them....
You may have several defenses to your Minor in possession citation. There may also be a diversion available to you in your jurisdiction. Make a consultation appointment with an attorney in your jurisdiction. It would be unwise to handle this issue yourself.