I was arrested a month ago. I was charged with DUI and No Brake Light or Working Turn Signals (center brake light was out on my friend's car). When the officer approached the window he rhetorically asked if I had blown right through the stop sign I was pulled over at. I responded with "no", because I am confident that I did not. Apparently he smelled alcohol on my breath and asked me to step out. I complied to a field breathalyzer and registered a .2, and performed the field tests. Upon completion, I was arrested. At the station I registered a .14. My license was not taken from me and I still have it. My court date is a month from now. I am underage (19). No prior charges. Class President and JROTC Battalion Commander in HS with over 600 documented comm. service hours. Can that be helpful?
DUI is not likely to get reduced when your level is at .14. Your only chance is to hire an attorney to determine whether you have any search and seizure or technical issues that might get your test results thrown out. Call me if I can be of assistance.
Allen R. (Rusty) Knox
125 TownPark Drive, Suite 300
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Yes, all of your accomplishments and credentials an an upstanding citizen will help, but will not be enough on their own to get your charges reduced. The Georgia Legislature takes DUI very very seriously, and they have mandated minimum punishments to reflect this. They have also mandated extra conditions for those under 21 as far as your driving privileges go.
You need to have an experienced and knowledgeable DUI attorney to represent you. There are many nuances that go into a DUI case, and only someone who has handled dozens or hundreds of these cases will know what all to look at when evaluating the evidence. The officer may have overlooked some things or taken shortcuts that violated your rights. There in lies the only real hope of getting a reduction in your case, because the portable breath test indicated you were ten times the legal limit for someone under 21.
I was a prosecutor in Gwinnett county focused on DUI cases before moving to defense and have been focusing on DUI ever since. I would be happy to discuss your case with you, or if you prefer someone who mainly practices in Cobb County, I highly recommend Frank Gomez.
Good luck, and please feel free to give me a call if I can be of assistance.
Your good standing and service to the community is a good thing tho have BUT, most likely it will NOT be considered a good enough reason to REDUCE a .14 BAC DUI. Because you are UNDER 21- your .14 BAC is 7 times the legal limit! Being a good person and having a clean driving/criminal history usually will not elicit compassion and forgiveness in Prosecutors and Judges!!! What you need is the Best DUI Defense Attorney that is available to you to review your case. An experienced and knowledgeable DUI Defense Attorney will be able to identify ANY available LEGAL DEFENSES and use them to your best advantage. I highly doubt that simply relying on your good character will result in anything but a CONVICTION if you try to represent yourself or have an inexperienced Attorney representing you. Because of the long lasting consequences of a DUI CONVICTION - I highly recommend that you retain the BEST DUI Defense Attorney you can ASAP!!! Good Luck!!!
George McCranie IV www.mccranielawfirm.com
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