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What To Do And Not Do When You’re Charged With DUI In Georgia

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you are facing DUI charges in Georgia, you are looking at significant fines and possible jail time if convicted. It’s important to be thoughtful in how you proceed, as the time between when you are charged and when you go to trial can really make or break your case. While every case is… Read More »

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What Happens If I Refuse A Breathalyzer Test In Atlanta?

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI in Atlanta, you will be asked to perform a chemical test. Depending on the preference of the officer, they may ask you to complete a blood, breath, or urine test. In most cases, however, they will request that you perform a breathalyzer test. They are… Read More »

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Defenses To Fleeing From The Police In Georgia

By Hawkins Spizman |

As you can imagine, police do not like it when you run from them. It makes their job harder, and it puts other drivers and pedestrians at risk. Under Georgia law, fleeing the police when they try to pull you over is charged as fleeing and attempting to elude. This is one of the… Read More »

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Fleeing Or Attempting To Elude In Georgia

By Hawkins Spizman |

Many people panic when they notice a police officer turning on their lights and sirens behind them. Their legs may go numb, or they may worry about being charged with a crime. In a moment of fear and poor judgment, they may decide to keep driving instead of pulling over. When this occurs, however,… Read More »

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Are You Facing Reckless Driving Charges In Atlanta?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Reckless driving charges may seem like any other traffic violation, but they can have serious consequences for you. Many people think that a reckless driving charge is no different than a speeding ticket or moving violation, and may blow it off, however, reckless driving is actually a criminal offense in Georgia, and can carry… Read More »

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Were You Illegally Pulled Over In Georgia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you’re driving and you suddenly see lights behind you and hear the siren of a police car, it’s likely that your stomach will drop. Best case scenario you’ll be able to continue driving after a brief interaction, perhaps having received a ticket or a warning. Worst case scenario, you may find yourself in… Read More »

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Do I Have To Tell My Employer About A DUI?

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you have been charged with a DUI in Georgia, you likely have a lot of concerns running through your head, like what potential consequences you will be facing and how this will affect your life. It’s completely understandable to feel this way. A DUI is a serious charge that can impact many aspects… Read More »

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Say “No” When Police Ask For Consent To Search Your Vehicle

By Hawkins Spizman |

Saying no is hard, especially if it is to a law enforcement officer with a gun and a badge. You may think that it’s not a real question, and that you kind of have to say yes to an armed officer even if they are phrasing it like a question. You may also feel… Read More »

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Legal Resolutions For The New Year

By Hawkins Spizman |

It’s a new year, and with it comes a new opportunity to face things differently, including any pending criminal charges or traffic tickets. If you want to start the new year off right, that means combatting any denial you may have about the seriousness of any outstanding offenses and instead being proactive and facing… Read More »

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Choosing A Judge Or Jury Trial For Your Criminal Case

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you have been charged with a crime in Atlanta or the greater Georgia area, you may already be envisioning your trial and how it will go. One thing you may not have considered is whether to have a jury trial or a bench trial. Although you have a right to a jury trial… Read More »

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