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  • I have a ds 1205 can still drive comm vehicle for the 30 days

    Was arrested for dui given a ds 1205 form and want to no if i can still drive a 18 wheeler

    Richard’s Answer

    Pete Young is correct. Technically you cannot drive a commercial vehicle on a 1205. Hire the best attorney you can find. A DUI Conviction is will cause your to lose your CDL for a year if it's your first offense and for life if it's a second LIFETIME offense.

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  • 4 years ago I got a DUI in NJ and now I was just arrested for a DUI in GA. Will they count this as a 2nd DUI?

    I was just arrested for a DUI in GA..I spent all day in jail .. my license is suspended and my court date is not until July

    Richard’s Answer

    For drivers license purposes, if this is a first DUI on the Georgia license, it is be considered a first DUI. For punishment purposes it will be considered a second offense. You need to hire a qualified DUI lawyer.

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  • I got arrested for a DUI in Norcross as well as Open Container and Texting

    I contacted a high rated lawyer from this site.I told him the details which are -I got caught texting at a red light, got pulled over, he asked if I was drinking, I said yes, a couple of drinks, he asked me to do the song and dance of walking a li...

    Richard’s Answer

    I have no idea who you spoke to but there are plenty of lawyers that would tell you to investigate your case for possible defenses before assuming guilt. Further, the potential suspension for a refusal is 12 months, however many times your lawyer will convince the arresting officer to withdraw the suspension without agreeing to plead guilty. Since you were .095 on the alsosensor, the arresting officer may be willing to even help convince the prosecutor (through your lawyer) to reduce the charge to a reckless driving. It's appalling to give up on a case before even looking at it. I would be happy to talk to you and so would several other lawyers who handle DUI cases in Gwinnett County. No lawyer can guarantee the outcome of a case. However, giving up on a case before even looking will guarantee that you will be found guilty.

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  • If I received a letter from my probation officer to come in and answer to...

    not paying my fines and fees on a specific day - but before that day I pay off either what is owed up to date - or the entire amount owed - do I still need to show up? I am on non report felony probation...

    Richard’s Answer

    Yes. You are still on probation. Failure to appear would be a violation of your probation.

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  • DUI conviction, ordered to surrender tags but I have no vehicles registered under my name. What to do?

    2nd DUI in 5 years. Was told to surrender all tags under my name but the car I drive is owned by my mother. Do I surrender the tag to the car I drive though it is not under my name? How does this affect my ability to attain a limited permit? In th...

    Richard’s Answer

    I agree with Ben, however you may need to have your sentence amended to surrender plates in your name.

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  • My son has 3 dui's. He has completed all requirements. When we went to dds they said new law prevented him from prob license?

    He has a possession charge in 2008?

    Richard’s Answer

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    Unfortunately we have started to see the same outcome in our practice. Your son was declared an Habitual Violator for the 3 DUIs in 5 years. Normally he can get a restricted license after 2 years, as long as he would have installed an ignition interlock device on his car. However, the prior drug possession charge is now preventing him. Unfortunately he will have to wait out all 5 years before getting a license because of the drug charge.

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  • How to use my first offenders?

    I currently got arrested for felony temp to distribute. ( For marijuana less than a pound. ) I have no criminal record, can I use my first offenders ? What's the process ?

    Richard’s Answer

    You may be able to use first offender but insofar as the charge you cannot assume straight probation for attempting to distribute drugs. You will need extremely effective counsel on your side. Hire a lawyer tomorrow

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  • What can i get for cocaine and less than one ounce of marijuana?

    was stopped while walking and was searched

    Richard’s Answer

    Assuming these are first offenses you will qualify for first offender treatment and/or conditional discharge. That will save your driver's license and if successfully completed your criminal record. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible. You will serve a period of probation and have community service and drug counseling. You will also have a fine and will have to report to a probation officer. You will be randomly screened for drug usage.

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  • A warrant was issue to get blood work for a dui but the warrant was dated a year ago.dated 2013 instead of 2014.is it illegal

    Na

    Richard’s Answer

    The warrant must specify what is being sought, time and date. As a result, you may have a defense to the blood warrant.

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  • I live in Georgia and I was drinking underage at age 20 we got stopped at a check point and I blew a 0.05 BAC and I got a ticket

    I was not driving i drove with 4 others who weren't drinking and also underage, we were stopped at at check point they pulled us out interrogated each of us I had present consult with my parents that I was drinking and present, which i read up abo...

    Richard’s Answer

    The fine is the least of your problems and should not be a concern. If you plead guilty you will have a lifetime criminal record and your will lose your drivers license for 6 months. You need to contact an attorney immediately. There are ways to avoid a conviction and the consequences of it.

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