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  • Been over 10 yrs since my last DUI

    I got DUI & reckless driving open container in the city of Warner Robbins upon arrest I got facial fracture & head injury was told I fell on my face I live in Newnan ga 3 hours away its been over 10 years since my last DUI just had back surgery & ...

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    The court should appoint a lawyer to represent you if you're unable to afford one. The court clerk should be able to point you in the right direction so you can fill out whatever application they have. If you're unable to get through, keep calling until someone can give you some direction, and possibly call the prosecutor's office if you have to. Just don't talk about the details of your case. Someone should put you in touch with the right office to apply for a court appointed lawyer. If you can't get that done, just appear on your court date if you're physically able to go, and ask the judge to appoint a lawyer. But if you're physically unable to go, get documentation of your medical condition sent to the court along with a request for a court appointed attorney.

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

    DUI, fleeing & eluding, hit & run,reckless driving ,obstruction,following to close..

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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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  • If my current DUI case is dismissed. Will Felony Prob. still violate me for the initial arrest after DUI is dismissed???

    I am on Felony Prob. in GA. I am currently in the process of attempting a dismissal of the DUI. I am in a lock down residential facility. I have been told while in treatment probation will not try to lock me up as long as I continue to get help. I...

    Kevin’s Answer

    You should be wary of any lawyer who promises a dismissal. The reality is that almost every prosecutor would rather go to trial and lose then dismiss a case outright. Reason being, if you ended up drinking and driving later and seriously hurt somebody, they would be responsible for dismissing this case rather than prosecuting when they had the chance. They could offer a dismissal after winning at a motion to suppress hearing, though, if all of the evidence is thrown out (no reasonable articulable suspicion for a traffic stop, etc.)

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  • DUI DRUGS in Atlanta- I'm in need of DUI attorney for hire and I need advice on case options. I am on felony prob. HELP!

    I was charged with DUI Drugs and also DUI Less Safe when i was in an accident in Atlanta. I hit pole on neighborhood street. During accident I hit my head on steering wheel and turned down ambulance ride. At scene of accident an officer in a trans...

    Kevin’s Answer

    It sounds like you have a pretty strong case, especially since you had a head injury. It's hard for you to perform flawlessly on the field sobriety evaluations with a head injury. You'll need a good DUI attorney to argue on your behalf, though, as the prosecutor is unlikely to reduce or dismiss your case without counsel. It would be very hard for them to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial without a blood or breath test.

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  • 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

    I was charged with DUI Drugs in the city of Atlanta by Atlanta PD. I was charged with a DUI at 4pm on a Friday. I hit a pole no farther than a foot from one of the Atlanta streets and the officer suspected i was under the influence of drugs. The o...

    Kevin’s Answer

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

    I was trying to pick up a friend who was lost and distressed at 3 in the morning, after the the town's free DD service stops running. I'd had good bit to drink earlier, but had stopped drinking about 60-90 minutes prior to my arrest. Anyway, at so...

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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 near statesboro that I would highly recommend. Just don't give up and take a plea before you weigh all of your options. I've talked with many people who just pled guilty to their first charge and overlooked some good defenses to their case. Best wishes to you

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  • Can I drop aggravated assault charges against my sons Father?

    Monday we got into a heated argument that resulted in him damaging my sisters car I then tried to damage his car he then chased me down with his car and I fell my foot was run over by the tire... Although I know it's wrong I also know I was wrong ...

    Kevin’s Answer

    These are always delicate situations, and often the prosecutor is reluctant to drop this kind of case, even if you don't want to testify against him. It helps if you're married, but a good lawyer should be able to help negotiate a reduced or dropped charge depending on his history and whether there were any other witnesses. It's often hard for the state to prove a case when there are only 2 people involved and both are somewhat responsible for what happened, and when neither wants to testify. It's obviously very important to keep this off of his record, so call some attorneys (most give free consultations) to provide more details, and get an opinion tailored to your specific situation. I wish the prosecutor would just drop it at your word, but unfortunately that usually doesn't happen because they're concerned about your safety even if you tell them you're not!

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  • Was arrested for dui after an accident my first offense bac.27 what are my options need my license to work and family

    my first offense please help???

    Kevin’s Answer

    I agree with the other answers--there are many possible defenses to a DUI case, even with a high number like that. An attorney will need a lot more details to evaluate the case, so make a few calls and try to find someone who's experienced and affordable. At a minimum, it should be possible to get a work permit to allow you to drive to work and take the kids to school.

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  • Interlock required for 8 months. 2 failed test then passed. Is this a violation of probation? All test within 15 minutes.

    Interlock for 2nd DUI: 1st June 28, 2011; 2nd Dec. 30 2011: incredibly stupid mistakes, but I have completed all required punishment, including a 20 day jail sentence. I have been completely sober for 16 months and I am extremely proud of that ac...

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    I agree, it sounds like you'll be fine. This device can register false positives for a variety of reasons, and the fact that you changed the tip and blew cleanly definitely helps. You have a great explanation in the unlikely event that anyone brings this up in the future, but I don't expect that this will come up at all going forward. It's great that you've made such progress, keep up the good work!

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  • If I get a paid lawyer is it a possibility that I wont get put on probation for driving on a suspended license?

    This is my very first time ever being arrested. I am really trying to keep from being on probation

    Kevin’s Answer

    It'll depend on the facts of your case, including why your license was suspended, what your reason was for driving, what your driving history looks like, and who your prosecutor is. I've seen these cases reduced down to a minor traffic violation, with no probation, and I've also seen a lot of people get jail time. You'll need to talk with a lawyer to find out what category your case might fall into. Most of us offer free consultations, so make a few calls and you should be able to get a better feel for your situation without too much trouble.

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