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Kevin Aaron Chastine

Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. What is an arrainment for a first time dui ?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. Kenneth Ronald Smith
    3. Jason W. Swindle
    4. Evan A. Watson
    5. Zachary Walter Procter
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    Arraignment is just your first appearance in court, when you'll enter an initial plea of guilty or not guilty. The judge can inform you of exactly what you're being charged with, but arraignment is usually a good opportunity for your attorney to begin negotiations face to face with the prosecutor. In other circumstances your attorney may think it best to waive this appearance. It all depends on your case, and you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible to protect your license and...

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  2. Refused alcohol testing & drivers license was taken. My license is still valid -not suspended yet- Can I get another at the DDS?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Benjamin Von Schuch
    2. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    3. John Arnold Steakley
    4. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
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    They will not give you a replacement license, but you do have your driving privileges and can get a state-issued ID card that looks like a license. That combined with the temporary permit issued upon arrest will have to do for now. If you haven't already, you need to send a letter along with $150 to Department of driver services to protect your license. This sounds like a defensible case that could be dropped down to reckless driving, but you need to act quickly. Call around and find a DUI...

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  3. Been over 10 yrs since my last DUI

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    3. Jared Seth Robinson
    3 lawyer answers

    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...

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  4. Violated probation with diazepam

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. Zachary Walter Procter
    3. Allen Rust Knox
    4. Dean George Tsourakis
    5. Timothy Foster Lloyd
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    You could end up having to serve some time in jail, and you might have to turn yourself in before you get a hearing date with the judge. This is all negotiable though, and having good representation can definitely help. A lawyer can work with the probation officer to let you do a "walk in" to a probation hearing, and possibly negotiate some alternative to jail time. And if the PO isn't willing to work with you, a hearing may be your best bet, where you'd try to convince the judge not to give...

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  5. Simple assault & battery

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. John Arnold Steakley
    3. Anthony Michael Solis
    4. Nicholas Milan Loncar
    4 lawyer answers

    The short answer is yes, they are allowed to do this. They can charge her with a crime and attempt to prosecute her by using her own statements against her, even without your testimony. However, there are some things we can do to ensure that she gets out of jail and that this doesn't follow her around for the rest of her life. She needs a good attorney to walk her through this process and negotiate with the prosecutor on her behalf. Unfortunately, the public defender has a ton of cases at any...

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  6. I was arrested for a dui at the beginning of may but my licence was not confiscated. my court date is in june . is my license su

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. Zachary Walter Procter
    3. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    4. George F. Mccranie IV
    5. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
    5 lawyer answers

    Your license may be suspended, but not necessarily. DDS has an automated number you can call to check. Douglas county is extremely hard on DUIs, so make sure you find a good DUI attorney to represent you. You blew fairly close to the limit, so don't just plead guilty, as you may have a good defense. Feel free to call us any time at 404-987-0245 to discuss your case in more detail at no charge.

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  7. Foreigner on vacation in Georgia was pulled over and blew a 0.119. I was 5minutes away from where I was staying.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    2. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    3. Patrick Lee Jarrett
    4. George F. Mccranie IV
    4 lawyer answers

    You need to have a DUI attorney review your case thoroughly to identify any potential defenses that you may have. Just because you were stopped and blew over the limit does not mean that you will be convicted. Every case is different, but there are many possible defenses as well as the possibility of negotiating a reduction to a lesser charge since you've never been in trouble before. We have defended a number of non-citizens and none of those cases resulted in deportation, though again, every...

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  8. How do I defend myself on a DUI/Hit and Run if I am innocent

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. James B. Hernan
    2. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    3. Justin Spizman
    4. Zachary Walter Procter
    5. Maltaise E Cini
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    You need to hire with an attorney as soon as possible to protect your license and give you the best chance to beat this case. Don't try to fight this thing yourself as there are all kinds of risks involved with representing yourself. It should be a strong case for a reduction to reckless driving, though I'd caution you that it's rare for prosecutors to agree to an outright dismissal. But if it's in your best interest to take the case to trial, you need an attorney who's willing to go all the...

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  9. What is the best legal approach to a first DUI with having blown a 0.081?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Zachary Walter Procter
    2. Benjamin David Goldberg
    3. Michael Jason Rhoades
    4. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    5. James B. Hernan
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    I agree with Mr. Goldberg; this is a very defensible case. There are several possible ways to get that breath test thrown out, such as arguing that there was no probable cause to arrest you for no valid reason to pull you over. But even if that is not successful, you have a good chance of getting a reduction to reckless driving because it's your first offense and you blew just a .08. I do strongly recommend that you hire an attorney, that will give you the best chance of getting the best...

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  10. Do I need to submit a "10 day letter" if my license was not taken, I did not refuse any tests and i was not issued a DS 1205?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel Ellis Rice
    2. Charles Christopher Flinn
    3. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    4. Benjamin David Goldberg
    5. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
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    I always send in a letter with the $150 fee just in case. You want to make sure that your driving privileges are protected just in case!

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