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Georgia man charged with DUI after collision

The Georgia State Patrol believes that alcohol consumption may have contributed to an Oct. 20 accident that sent a Clermont man to the hospital. Police say that the two-vehicle crash was caused by a 34-year-old Hall County man who failed to yield while allegedly driving under the influence. He has been charged with DUI and issued with a traffic citation. The accident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Athens Highway southeast of Gainesville.

What is the "open container law"?

A driver in Georgia may face penalties for driving with an open can, bottle or container that contains an alcoholic beverage. Georgia law defines an open container as a container with any amount of alcoholic beverage with a broken seal or with a portion of its contents removed. Both drivers and passengers are subject to this law whenever a car is on the road or on the shoulder of a road.

Strategies to defend against a DUI

Georgia residents who have been charged with DUI may face a number of consequences upon conviction. However, there are several different strategies that might help a person avoid a guilty verdict or excessive penalization. Our firm could assist a client build a defense case that fits his or her circumstances and seeks to protect that defendant's rights.

Georgia man charged with DUI after early morning accident

Police in Georgia believe that a 30-year-old man was driving under the influence when he was involved in a two-vehicle crash that left a Savannah woman critically injured in the early morning hours of Sept. 22. The man has been charged with DUI, and he was transported to the Chatham County Detention Center after receiving medical treatment in Savannah. The accident occurred on the Abercorn Street Extension near Rio Road in Savannah at approximately 2:05 a.m.

Utility pole severely damaged in Georgia DUI crash

A 20-year-old man allegedly crashed his car into a utility pole on Waugh Street near Dalton High School around 5 a.m. on Sept. 18. The man reportedly tried to run away, but he was later apprehended by authorities. Police say that he was treated for minor injuries before being taken into custody on a drunk driving charge as well as for driving on a suspended license.

Georgia driver accused of DUI after passing school bus

A driver who allegedly jumped a curb in order to pass a school bus near a middle school is facing DUI charges. According to authorities, the incident was captured on the dashcam of a patrol vehicle of an officer with the Peachtree City Police Department who ultimately caught up with the driver and executed a traffic stop. Reportedly, the event took place while the bus was stopped at a light.

Drivers under 21 subject to zero tolerance laws

Georgia residents might be aware that it is illegal for people under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with even a trace of alcohol in their system. According to what is known as a zero tolerance law, drivers under the age of 21 may be detained on DUI charges if their blood alcohol content is .02 percent or greater. This is a significantly lower threshold than the legal limit for drivers 21 and over, which is .08 percent. In some cases, consuming a single glass of wine may be enough to reach a blood alcohol content level of .02 percent.

Georgia man charged with DUI after rollover accident

The Georgia State Patrol says that a 54-year-old man was driving under the influence when he lost control of his vehicle near Cave Spring on Aug. 25. State Troopers charged the man as he remained in the intensive care unit of the Atlanta Medical Center. He is facing counts of DUI, failing to maintain a single lane and not wearing a safety belt. The single-vehicle accident took place on Gadsden Road at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Police cracking down on DUI during Labor Day season

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety in Georgia will be cracking down on drunk drivers. Officers throughout the state will be putting an increased emphasis on looking out for impaired drivers between Aug. 15 and Sept. 1. This is in response to a large number of accidents and deaths in the state during this time last year.

A DUI charge doesn't always have to lead to a conviction

When you're facing DUI charges, it might seem like walking away without a sentence is next to impossible. However, DUI penalties can be harsh, and an aggressive defense strategy could save you from time in jail or losing your driver's license. At Daniels and Rothman, P.C., we try to win every case, even those that may seem likely to end in conviction.