I live in Louisiana. I was arrested for reckless driving speeding on the freeway in Georgia. . The officer assumed that I had been drinking. He asked me if I wanted to take a blood test and I declined. He charged me with dui as well. I wasn't in my right mind at the time. I was going through a low blood sugar and high blood pressure episode. When they booked me 6 or 7 hours later, my blood pressure was still at 179 over 115. I would never have driven that fast under normal circumstances. They never forced any kind of testing on me either.
The answer to all three of your questions is the same - yes, IF you hire an attorney.
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You'll need a lawyer to contest these charges. A lawyer may be able to get the court date reset without you having to come back to GA. Hire a lawyer immediately.
You're not going to get the charges reduced from Louisiana without an attorney. A lower charge might be possible, depending on the facts of the case and your criminal history. You definitely need to hire a lawyer to represent you and also reset the court date if necessary.
Having the court date pushed back and ultimately having the charges reduced are possibilities best obtained through the help of legal counsel. A qualified defense attorney who is experienced in DUI practice will gather all of the evidence in your case and assess the strength of your case by evaluating whether there was reasonable, articulable suspicion for the stop, probable cause for arrest, any coercion issues, proper reading of Implied Consent, valid consent or proper refusal of any state chemical test, the effect, if any, of blood pressure and blood sugar issues on any chemical test result, ect. After evaluating your case, a lawyer can then negotiate with the Prosecutor assigned for a possible reduction in the case. Depending on the county and where you court is held, it may be possible to push the court case back on your own- usually by appearing and asking for a continuance so you can have more time to hire a lawyer. Remember, however, that if you do NOT have a lawyer, you must appear for any and all court dates to avoid getting a bench warrant for your arrest.
A lawyer will be able to address all of these topics. Whether the court date can be reset will depend heavily on the Judge and their standing rules on resetting court dates. However, a lawyer will know how to approach the Prosecutor and the Judge on this issue. It is unlikely that you personally will be able to get the court date reset as most Judges will not allow a pro se (unrepresented) defendant to reset a court date. As for the reduction in charge, that is something your lawyer and the prosecutor will discuss and negotiate. Your lawyer will present the information regarding your blood sugar/blood pressure and will review the evidence with the prosecutor to determine what they may be able to work out. If it is not something you are willing to accept, then your lawyer can take your matter to trial and you can address the blood sugar/blood pressure issues in a trial.
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