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James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.

Atlanta DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. Will the court look at me as a savage and throw me under the jail?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Elmer H. Young III
    2. Zachary Walter Procter
    3. Noah Howard Pines
    4. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    5. Thomas G. Briody
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    Not at all. You may even be able to get this case reduced to something other than a DUI. As a former DUI prosecutor I can tell you that the court sees cases where people have records much, much worse than yours. You are nowhere near being a "savage."

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  2. 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 9 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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    You need to file an appeal letter to protect your license, and you need to hire an attorney who is familiar with the Atlanta court. It sounds like you were not dealing with a DUI task force officer since he only have you 2 field sobriety tests. If you have court tomorrow morning, or afternoon, just tell the judge to reset your case so you can speak to an attorney. Please feel free to contact me as my firm is made up entirely of former Atlanta DUI prosecutors. I'll be happy to tell you all about...

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  3. DUI laws in Georgia are brutal. Why does department of driver services require you to go through so much to get your license?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. John Arnold Steakley
    2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    3. Troy Windel Marsh Jr.
    4. Zachary Walter Procter
    5. Jason Robert Carnell
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    Simply put it's because the politicians pass the laws, and everyone loves drunk driving legislation until it has an impact on their life, or someone they know. No politician wants to oppose drunk driving legislation because they would look like they support drunk driving so many of these laws get passed easily.

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  4. About court appoitmented lawyer

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. Daniel Ellis Rice
    3. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    4. Troy Windel Marsh Jr.
    5. Andrew Raymond Lynch
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    If I read your statement correctly that in the past you've had 7 prior DUI's you need to get a court appointed lawyer. The documentation the judge was speaking of is any proof of your monthly income, and any significant expenses you regularly have. There is no mandatory jail time if your previous DUI's are more than 10 years old, but that doesn't mean the judge/prosecutor isn't going to try to give you some.

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  5. Do the new DUI laws in Georgia affect people convicted prior to January 1, 2013?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    3. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
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    No. You will not be required to keep the ignition interlock on your car for 2 more months. The new law that went into effect is an option people can exercise when they get convicted of a 2/5 DUI. The option is to either do what you did, and do the year hard suspension followed by 6 months of ignition interlock device, OR do a 4 month hard suspension followed by 8 months of ignition interlock device. Since you are almost done with your 6 month period there is nothing for you to worry about since...

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  6. I was charged with a crime at age 16, the case never went to trial, I am now 24. Can the Da still take the case to trial?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. Benjamin David Goldberg
    3. Daniel Ray Partain
    4. George F. Mccranie IV
    5. Robert M. Herz
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    If you were never charged then the statute of limitations has expired, and prosecution is barred.

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  7. Should I get an accident lawyer for my not at fault collision? The at fault driver was charged with a dui.

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Peter Jonathan Ross
    2. Thomas Andrew Miller
    3. Matthew Chase Swanson
    4. Benjamin Whitaker Price
    5. Philip Wesley Lorenz
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    Hire an attorney as soon as you can (don't wait), and direct the other driver's insurance company to your attorney.

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

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    3. Benjamin David Goldberg
    4. George F. Mccranie IV
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    Make sure you're not convicted of the DUI, Fleeing, Reckless, and Hit ad Run altogether. 3 or more of these convictions in a 5 year period is not good.

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  9. I go to court on Thursday for a DUI..I have never been in trouble before, can I get a restricted license if they take mine?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. Jeffrey Dean Anderson
    3. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
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    If you were to plead guilty to the DUI on Thursday, or go to trial and convicted, as long as this is your first DUI conviction in a 5 year period (and you did not go under an administrative suspension) you would be eligible for a limited driving permit for work, school (if you're a student), certain medical appointments, probation, and court ordered treatment. If this is a first DUI conviction in a 5 year period our license will be suspended for 12 months, but you can do early reinstate of your...

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  10. 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 12 months 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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    They can be used against you for aggravation of sentencing. Georgia has a 5 year look back period, then a 10 year, and then a lifetime look back period. The more DUI's you have in the 5 year time period is the most severe, followed by the 10 year period, and then over a lifetime. When calculating the time period it is calculated from date of arrest to date of arrest, and not conviction. As far as using the prior cases against you at trial is going to depend as the laws in Georgia have changed...

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