Cooper V. State

William Doyle Healan III

Case Conclusion Date:October 6, 2003

Practice Area:DUI / DWI

Outcome:Victory in the Georgia Supreme Court

Description:In 2003, William D. Healan, III, along with co-counsel, Sherry Boston, argued Cooper v. State in front of the Georgia Supreme Court. On October 6, 2003, the Court issued a landmark decision which declared a portion of Georgia's DUI law unconstitutional. Because of the Cooper decision, the police in Georgia can no longer, as a matter of standard procedure, request a blood, breath, or urine test from a motorist involved in a accident with a fatality or serious injury. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a front page headline after the Cooper decision declaring "Part of Georgia's DUI Law Erased".