Georgia residents rely on the court system and its employees to keep each case organized and streamlined. Court administrators work hard to provide a point of contact between the court system and the public, often assisting with forms or records a person may need. One might assume that these men and women, being so engulfed in the legal system, are rarely accused of crimes, but a recent story tells the tale of a female court administrator that must now prepare a DUI defense for herself.
Georgia laws have recently changed, a result of a ruling by the state's Supreme Court a few months ago. The changes may affect how a person prepares a DUI defense. Being accused of driving under the influence can be stressful, and many people unsure of their legal rights and/or how to respond to the formal accusations.
Georgia residents are probably familiar with the Breathalyzer test. This is a way for law enforcement to immediately detect if a driver is under the influence. Previously, if a Georgia driver refused to take one of these tests, prosecutors could use the refusal as evidence in court. A new ruling has changed this procedure, which may help accused drivers present a DUI defense in court.
Georgia drivers are likely aware that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to legal trouble. However, the state of Georgia might soon legalize the personal use of marijuana, and marijuana is still considered to be an illegal drug on the federal level. Due to the vague wording of several laws, people who use marijuana may need to present a DUI defense in court.
Across Georgia, and the nation as a whole, friends and family prepare to gather together and celebrate the holiday season. Many people choose to take a vacation in the winter months, and thousands of college students revel in the opportunity to leave the dorm and return home for a few weeks. Holiday travel combined with throngs of shoppers bargain hunting for last-minute deals leads to increased traffic, and police are warning the public that they are focusing on violations that may lead to accidents, leaving some in a position that may warrant presenting a DUI defense in court.
A young Georgia driver's call for help resulted in his arrest. The 19-year-old man was involved in a minor accident, and when he did the right thing to call and report it from the scene, he was arrested for DUI. He now finds himself facing serious legal trouble, needing to present a DUI defense.