DUI charges in Georgia are more common than most people realize. Because of the embarrassment and social problems suffered by anyone arrested and charged with DUI, many who are accused of this crime will do their best to keep it quiet and resolve the matter as privately as possible. However, when an individual is famous, or well-known in Georgia politics or the community, a DUI charge brought against that person will become a featured news event and privacy becomes absolutely impossible.
Recently, Mike Budenholzer, the coach for the Atlanta Hawks, was arrested and charged with DUI. His court date has been scheduled for Oct. 15. According to police reports, the Budenholzer was pulled over by a state trooper at 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 28. After he allegedly performed three field sobriety tests and allegedly declined to submit to a breathalyzer test, the coach was arrested on DUI charges.
It should be stressed that even though the event of Budenholzer’s arrest has been reported heavily in the media, he will remain completely innocent of the crimes he has been accused of until and only if he is proved guilty in a court of law. The coach has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He has also released a statement to fans expressing that he is contesting the charges and that he considers his role as a leader in the community an important one.
Georgia residents accused of DUI have the right to contest those charges in a court of law. A strategic legal defense can achieve many positive results for the accused in such cases. In the best of outcomes, DUI charges can be dropped, dismissed or thrown out completely.
Source: ajc.com, Budenholzer court date on DUI charge Oct. 15, Chris Vivlamore, Aug. 31, 2013