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Kevin Aaron Chastine

Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Could I get a Habitual Violator for six charges (M) in one innocence.

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    3. Benjamin David Goldberg
    4. George F. Mccranie IV
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    The reckless, obstruction, and following too close don't count for habitual violator. The other ones do (DUI, fleeing/eluding, and hit and run). If you pled guilty to all of them, you'd be a habitual violator even though it was one single incident. You need a good attorney to negotiate on your behalf and get some of these charges dismissed or merged into the greater offense. There might also be some good defenses to your case that you need to explore before taking any kind of plea.

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  2. Do I need a lawyer to attend may first court date?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Benjamin David Goldberg
    2. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    3. Justin Spizman
    4. Brandon Michael Rosenbloom
    5. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
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    You can probably buy yourself some more time if you need it by pleading not guilty. That said, you'll need to be careful that you don't unknowingly waive your jury trial rights or prematurely bind over your case to a higher court. And the sooner you can get a lawyer, the better. For that reason, many of us offer payment plans, and you can get very good representation without breaking the bank. So if you're unable to hire whoever you've already spoken with, consider making a couple more calls....

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  3. I got a dui in Georgia today and had 2 dui's over 15 years ago in Georgia. Can they be used against me?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    3. Michael David Barber Jr.
    4. Zachary Walter Procter
    5. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
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    The evidence rules have changed recently so that its harder for the state to use prior charges against you. But, they can try to use those against you for certain limited purposes at trial. This is one reason why you'll need a good DUI attorney on your side. Also, the prosecutor will consider the prior charges during negotiations. Even though the statue only requires harsher punishments for multiple charges within 5 years, the prosecutor will likely be harsher on you when your attorney tries to...

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  4. A month ago I got in a car accident and being charged with a DUI.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. Zachary Walter Procter
    3. Noah Howard Pines
    4. John Arnold Steakley
    5. Samuel Cohen
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    It's really a shame that they chose to arrest you under these circumstances. It sounds like you were in no condition to perform field sobriety evaluations, and your medical condition presents a very good defense to the DUI charge. Unfortunately, most prosecutors don't take you seriously if you're not represented. You may qualify for a public defender, though a private attorney will be better able to devote the time that your case deserves. Many lawyers offer payment plans, and pleading guilty...

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  5. Is it worth hiring a lawyer for first time DUI in Statesboro, Georgia (Field BAC: .179, no accidents/damage caused)?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. Zachary Walter Procter
    3. Steven P. Shewmaker
    4. Benjamin Von Schuch
    5. Christopher Irvin Simser
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    It's definitely worth at least speaking with a lawyer, especially since most will not charge you for the initial consultation. There are many possible defenses to a DUI case, and you always have a chance at negotiating a reduction to reckless driving if it's your first offense and other factors weigh in your favor. You mentioned that you blew on a "field test"--does this mean that you blew only at the scene, or did you blow at the station after the arrest also? There are some great attorneys...

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  6. Auto insurance premium increased on DUI charges alone

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    3. Benjamin Von Schuch
    4. George F. Mccranie IV
    5. Christopher Irvin Simser
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    Your insurance company can increase your rate if you are charged with a DUI. This does not always happen, but if they found out about it then this could happen. Your rate should come back down, though, if you are acquitted of one or both of them. It is still worthwhile to fight these charges, to avoid jail time in serious license consequences since you have two charges back-to-back. Your attorney may be able to negotiate these as a package deal, and avoid one conviction if you plead to the...

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  7. What are my chances of getting my .09 charge reduced or dismissed.

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Zachary Walter Procter
    2. Patricia Gabrielle Abbott
    3. Benjamin David Goldberg
    4. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    5. Roger C. Wilson
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    If you were pulled over just for an expired tag, were cooperative and blew that close to the limit, I'd expect you to look good on the video if there is one. Do you have any prior arrests? If not, you should have a great chance at a reduction, though I'd need to hear more about the case. If you have any priors, it's still possible but just more difficult to get a prosecutor to cut you a deal. $3000 is a reasonable fee and well worth it over a public defender. Just make sure you retain someone...

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  8. Im on probration

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Benjamin David Goldberg
    2. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    3. Zachary Walter Procter
    4. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
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    You may be able to convert some of your fines into community service hours, depending on your judge and your jurisdiction. The most important thing is to communicate with your probation officer about your job search, and hopefully they'll work with you on this--assuming they believe what you tell them. If the probation officer files for a revocation of your probation, you may need an attorney to help negotiate that situation and avoid jail time.

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  9. What are my chances of getting a DUI dropped if I enter in to a plea of Reckless Driving? I'm on Felony Prob. I have to fight it

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. D. Benjamin Sessions
    3. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    4. Benjamin Von Schuch
    5. Zachary Walter Procter
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    Reckless is always the goal, but it's not something that's just given away freely by prosecutors. You need an attorney to fight for you and try to get a reckless driving offer in the first place.

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  10. Arrested for DUI in a convenience store parking lot while off the vehicle due to not being able to walk after disability issue

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    3. Jeffrey Lloyd Wolff
    4. John Arnold Steakley
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    If you refused a portable breath test at the convenience store, it would be difficult for the prosecution to show that there was enough of a reason to arrest you for DUI. You didn't commit any traffic violation, and an odor only indicates that you had consumed alcohol earlier--it doesn't show that you were impaired by it. I assume the officer didn't have you walk a line or anything like that, but did he have you follow his finger/pen with your eyes? It seems like you have a very strong case,...

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