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Will I Go To Jail For A DUI?

By Hawkins Spizman |

In Georgia, you can be arrested for DUI if you have a blood alcohol level of .08 (or .04 if driving on a commercial license). You can be arrested after taking a field sobriety test, a breathalyzer test, or based on circumstantial evidence and probable cause. For many, being arrested for DUI can be… Read More »

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Can I Refuse A Breathalyzer Test In Georgia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

A 2019 Georgia Supreme Court Ruling gives drivers the right to refuse a breathalyzer test if they are pulled over. This ruling, which is a significant deviation from Georgia’s previous implied consent laws and the implied consent laws implemented in most states, also provides that a refusal to take a field breathalyzer test cannot… Read More »

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Best Defenses Against A Georgia DUI

By Hawkins Spizman |

Being convicted of driving under the influence can have devastating consequences. DUI is a permanent charge that stays on your criminal and driving records and impacts everything from your insurance rates to employment prospects. For this reason, the absolute best thing you can do when charged with a DUI is invest all of your… Read More »

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Will A DUI Affect My Professional License?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Being convicted of driving under the influence can be catastrophic, both personally and professionally. The impact a DUI can have on you professionally depends in large part on your position, profession, and the severity and specifics of the charges against you. For instance, a DUI conviction for someone with a commercial driver’s license could… Read More »

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Sandy Springs Officer Hospitalized After Being Hit By Suspected Drunk Driver

By Hawkins Spizman |

A metro Atlanta police officer remains in the hospital after his patrol car was hit by a suspected drunk driver on Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs recently. According to the police report, the officer had pulled over another vehicle on the shoulder of Windsor Parkway and was sitting in his patrol car with his… Read More »

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Top Dos and Don’ts for the Holiday Season in Atlanta

By Hawkins Spizman |

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, the mad dash to the end of the year has begun. Between visiting family, shopping for gifts and getting year-end tasks done at work, it seems like there will barely be time to breathe this year. With so much happening, it’s easy to get stressed out and… Read More »

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Jury Duty Process

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you have received a jury summons in the mail and been tempted to rip it up, throw it in the garbage or otherwise ignore it, you aren’t alone. Jury duty means time off of work and a general upheaval to your schedule. Yes, it’s your civic duty, but no one said you had… Read More »

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3 Common Types of Tax Fraud

By Hawkins Spizman |

No one looks forward to tax day. Even if you believe you will get a huge refund, the filling out and filing of forms can be nerve wracking. What if you forget something? Is making an honest mistake the same as committing fraud? The good news is that, no. The IRS won’t come knocking… Read More »

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Judge Says Atlanta’s Warrantless Search Policy Is Unconstitutional

By Hawkins Spizman |

The Constitution protects people from unlawful search and seizure. This means that you don’t have to fear driving down the road, pulled over and having your person or your car searched for what amounts to no reason. Right? Maybe not. According to a federal judge, Atlanta had an unconstitutional policy of conducting warrantless searches… Read More »

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Should Atlanta’s Bail System Be Revised?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Most people are familiar with America’s system of bail, even if they haven’t had to deal with it personally. When you are arrested, you must pay to be released in many instances. Even for a minor charge, you may be required to post bail before you can go home. If you can’t pay, you… Read More »

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