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  • I have won an ALS appeal hearing, but the DMV is giving me the run around about giving me my license back.

    I refused a breath test in January, I appealed the license suspension and had my first hearing on March 14th. Soon after that judge upheld my license suspension. My attorney appealed again and another judge overturned the previous judges decision ...

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    You are dealing with the bureaucracy at the DDS. It will be resolved. Your attorney needs to call the Legal Department at DDS. They can clear it up for you.

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  • How do you know if the police took your blood for a DUI test if you were in a accident and you were unconscious?

    My friend was in a car crash where he hit a pole. He was arrested and the EMT said that he needed to be taken to the hospital. He says that he cannot remember if the police took blood or not. The incident report does not state that they took blood...

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    I agree with Evan. Cases can be fought, even when there is a blood test. It comes down to whether the officer followed all the rules and procedures required when someone is charged with DUI. It will also come down to the results of the blood test itself. Nothing should ever be assumed. Your friend needs an attorney.

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  • I have the interlock on my truck, but I can't make it work. Have gone back and forth with the company. Can i still get a waiver?

    I have done all I am supposed to do. Had the interlock installed and have tried to get it to work. Called company for help. Have tried over 100 times and still get the abort. Was thinking of contavting an attorney to try and get waiver due to inab...

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    There appears to be a misunderstanding about ignition interlock waivers. The waiver does not allow for the person to immediately driver without the interlock. All the waiver does is all the driver to choose to remain on a hard suspension for an additional 6 months instead of having the interlock. So, if you get the waiver, you are deciding not to drive at all and save the expense of the interlock. The waiver does not allow non-interlock driving any earlier.

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  • I just got charged for a DUI. My first offense. What are my chances of getting it knocked down to a Reckless Driving Charge?

    I was stopped at a roadblock. I had drank two or three beers several hours earlier in the night. The officer asked me to submit to multiple field sobriety tests. I agreed. I feel I performed the tests with little to no struggles or stumbles. Howe...

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    The key to your defense is to have your case properly investigated to see how you actually did on the field sobriety testing. There is an objectives scoring methodology to the tests. A skilled DUI lawyer will understand how to re-score the test to make sure the officer's scoring was accurate. Once the testing is evaluated your attorney will then see if the officer did not follow all the correct rules and procedures in your case. A police officer has to investigate your case in a proper and legal way or the evidence gathered cannot be used against you. This is the value added by having good representation in your case. Once the field sobriety tests are reviewed as well as the officers arrest procedures, only then can your lawyer provide you with the chances or a reduction or dismissal.

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  • Recently charged with a DUI misdemeanor

    I've recently been charged with a DUI and according to my lawyer, I will likely be convicted of one. I've lost all hope and don't know what to do. I truly feel like my life is over since there is no way for me to get it expunged in the state of GA...

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    The first thing is that your case needs to be investigated. No case is hopeless and there are many technical and legal defenses that can be used even in cases where you were actually impaired. No case is hopeless. If convicted, however, your life is not over. There are a few jobs where you will be disqualified. Otherwise, it will come down to how you handle yourself at interviews and how you differentiate yourself from other candidates for the same job. Your life will not be over for a traffic misdemeanor.

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  • How long can one county jail hold an inmate for a felony warrant in another county within the same state (Ga)?

    My bf got pulled over and arrested in Chatham Co. for not having any identification on him. Those charges were dropped but he is now being held due to a felony warrant in Gwinnett Co.

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    I agree with Mr. Cohen. Hire a lawyer now to start working on the Gwinnett case before he is transferred.

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  • If I pay the tickets will I still be put in jail for not paying them on time?

    I completely forgot I had two tickets because my dog and her puppy had gone loose. It has been two years now and I just found the tickets.I was unaware that I had a bench warrant. What should I do?

    Richard’s Answer

    I would also check today to see if your license is suspended. Call 404-658-9300. You can check the status of your license. The court can suspend your license for failure to pay your tickets. If suspended, do not drive until the tickets are paid and then you reinstate your license. Your license will not be automatically reinstated once the tickets are paid. You have to go to the DDS and pay a reinstatement fee.

    As for the tickets, I agree that you should contact the clerk of court. They can direct you as to whether the tickets can be paid or you have to attend a court appearance. If there is a warrant for your arrest, contact a lawyer immediacy to help you. I would be happy to assist.

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  • Is there a way to request a divergence program for a first offense MIP without the help of a lawyer?

    Due to recent expenses on school, medical, etc., I don't think it is in my family's budget to hire a lawyer to defend me. The charge is a misdemeanor MIP, and it is my first charge of any kind. I have a clean record. Doing some online research a...

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    You can always go to court and ask the prosecutor to put you in a diversion program. I don't recommend ever going to court without a lawyer. But, if you plan on not hiring an attorney you can meet with the prosecutor and ask. If you are told no, then ask to reset your case to hire a lawyer. Don't feel intimidated and feel forced to go forward with your case. Ordinarily you can ask for a continuance to hire a lawyer if it's a first court date.

    Fayette County is not known as an easy place on criminal defendants. Be very careful.

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  • Suspension of department of defence driving privileges , i live on base with my children , husband at sea , need to appeal

    was stopped on base for dui, .12 , my privileges for driving on base have been suspended... and was told dui will be redused to reckless driving charge ...what should i do

    Richard’s Answer

    I would not trust that any .12 DUI would be reduced to reckless driving unless that offer has been extended to you by the prosecutor in your case. Advice from police officers or others that your case should be reduced is not a plea offer. Only the prosecutor, which will be either a Solicitor General, District Attorney, or Assistant US Attorney can extend a plea offer. You need to hire an attorney immediately. Find an attorney in your area and get real advice. A reduction to reckless driving (if possible) will have great benefit to you. However, no person arrested for DUI should assume that you will be offered a reduction to reckless driving. It has become more and more difficult to get a reduction, and there must be a legal reason why it would happen. Being a nice person with his first arrest is not ordinarily a sufficient reason to get a reduction to reckless driving. Your case must be investigated by your lawyer, and if your lawyer finds legal or factual defenses, that would be a basis for a reduction.

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  • I was arrested for DWI in NC but i live in ATL. They kept my Ga. license for 30 days. Can I still drive w my ticket in Georgia ?

    This happened in high point, nc on Sunday night. Can I still drive here in ga?

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    You can check on the status of your license by calling 404-657-9300. Good luck.

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