A Georgia man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence while traveling through Pickens County over Memorial Day Weekend. The arrest occurred when he was out on bond for another related but more serious charge of vehicular homicide in Cherokee County. He was charged after his wife died in a car accident immediately after their wedding reception in December 2013. The man was driving a Pontiac with his wife as a passenger when he lost control on Georgia Route 5. The vehicle flipped and ejected his wife, who was killed.
The man told police that he swerved to avoid a dog. However, he was charged with weaving, DUI, laying drags, DUI, reckless driving and failing to maintain a lane. He was released on a bond on the condition that he would abstain from alcohol.
However, his bond was revoked when an officer believed him to be intoxicated at his most recent arrest. His blood-alcohol content was allegedly .158 percent. The officer said that he originally suspected intoxication when the man allegedly did not stop for a stop sign or maintain a lane. According to the man’s attorneys, he checked into a rehabilitation facility in order to address some of the difficulties he has been facing.
In events like this one, where a person has been arrested for driving under the influence, it may seem overwhelming to deal with charges. However, a lawyer who is well-versed in DUI defense may prove to be helpful. A lawyer can examine facts of the case and argue for release or for lower penalties. In Georgia, penalties for drunk driving may include fines, jail time and license suspension. A lawyer may be able to also point to initial progress, like checking into a treatment facility, as a reason for reducing penalties as well.
Source: The Cherokee Ledger-News, “Jasper man arrested for DUI”, Jessica Lindley, June 04, 2014