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Can I Drink in the Car if I’m Not Driving?

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If you have a driver’s license, and even if you don’t, you know that no driver is legally allowed to get behind the wheel if they  have had too much to drink, or drink while they are operating the car. But what if you are the passenger? Typically, the answer is that no, you are not permitted to drink in a motor vehicle, no matter which seat you are sitting in. The act of consuming alcohol in a vehicle is illegal in 43 states. If you are driving and are pulled over, any open container in your vehicle will earn you...

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Can Legally Prescribed Drugs Lead to a DUI?

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If you are like most people, you think about alcohol when you hear about a DUI. Others also consider illegal narcotics, but very few consider the use of legal drugs --- i.e., prescription or over-the-counter medications --- in connection with a DUI charge. The truth is that these drugs can also lead to impaired driving and, ultimately, arrest. In a DUI or DWI, the typical elements are: Someone drove a vehicle While driving the vehicle, that person was under the influence or intoxicated. That is to say that their ability to drive safely was adversely affected by an alcoholic beverage, a drug or...

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When Should I Call a DUI Attorney?

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If you have been arrested for DUI in Atlanta, you may be questioning whether or not you need to hire an attorney. In most cases, the answer is yes. An attorney can gather evidence on your behalf, can arrange for a plea bargain and can handle many legal situations that you cannot handle on your own. Not everyone has the money for an attorney; however, and in some instances, there are things you can do for yourself. Here is when hiring an attorney is imperative. You Plan on Pleading Not Guilty If you plan on pleading not guilty, your case will...

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Driving High Just as Dangerous as Driving Drunk

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New statistics in Washington state, where marijuana has been legalized, is showing that stoned driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Fatal accidents involving drivers who are high on marijuana have climbed since the legalization of the drug, prompting officials to warn the public of its dangers. Fatal car accidents involving drivers who were considered to be under the influence of marijuana soared to 17 percent in 2014. The number of fatal crashes involving marijuana was 8 percent the year before. Peter Kissinger, CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said, “The significant increase in fatal crashes involving...

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How Michael Phelps’ DUI Saved His Life

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In an interview given at the beginning of the month, Michael Phelps explained how his legal issues may have saved his life. At the height of his athletic career, having won gold medals and broken world records, Phelps was involved in legal troubles that had him contemplating taking his own life. After two DUIs ruined his reputation, Phelps’ mother was concerned that he would take his life, and so was he. Personal controversy surrounded Phelps after his swimming career took off. In 2004, Phelps received his first DUI conviction. As part of his sentencing, he served 18 months’ probation and spoke...

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Valdosta State Patrol Awarded for Fight Against DUI

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Every year, Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognizes different state patrol posts for their excellent work combatting drunk driving. This year’s Post of the Year was awarded to Georgia State Patrol Post 31 in Valdosta. While other posts have fought valiantly to protect sober drivers against drunk ones, Post 31 faced some steep challenges --- and overcame them. Post 31 is in charge of patrolling four counties, including Lowndes County, home to the city of Valdosta and, perhaps more importantly, Valdosta State University. So in addition to adults driving drunk, the local Georgia State Patrol also has to be on the lookout...

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Cops, DUIs and the “Law Enforcement Discount”

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It stands to reason that police officers are hired in part because of their moral fiber. They care about the well-being of citizens and ensuring laws are being followed. But, they aren’t robots. Police officers are just as human as the rest of us. However, they often face more stress in one day than many of us do in a year. For some people, alcohol helps take away the stress of work. And that’s okay, as long as it doesn’t endanger the lives of others. When a police officer chooses to drink and drive, it can shatter the image of them...

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DUI Laws Under Supreme Court Scrutiny

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If you have ever been pulled over for DUI, chances are almost nil that the police officer had a warrant in hand before asking you to submit to a blood, breath or urine test in order to determine your blood alcohol content. The Supreme Court of the United States is expressing their concern over this topic. Last Wednesday, the court heard arguments in a case centering on laws specific to North Dakota and Minnesota. The outcome of the case is expected to have an effect on how police throughout the country conduct DUI investigations. Attorneys for both states argued that drivers give...

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Georgia Politician Charged with DUI

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Tom Taylor, a Georgia State Representative, was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of DUI in Rabun County. Following his arrest, Taylor registered a blood-alcohol content of .225%, close to three times the legal limit in Georgia of .08%. According to reports, Taylor was stopped by police at 2:45 p.m. on April 7. Taylor was driving 72 mph in a 45 mph zone. There were four juveniles in the vehicle with the state representative. Officer Michael Bennett stated in his report that Taylor was holding a weapon on his lap. Even though Taylor had a smell of alcohol about his person, he...

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Will DUIs Soon be Extinct?

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Will DUIs soon become extinct? It is a question that many are asking as ride-sharing companies like Uber become more popular and self-driving cars are primed for release. There has been much debate regarding the effect that ride-share services have on DUI arrests and accidents. Anecdotally, available transportation options result in the lessening of DUIs. But what do the studies show? Not surprisingly, studies are showing that what we thought to be true is true: Ride-sharing services are having a dramatic impact on the rate of DUIs across the country. Uber has been tracking data since 2010 and states that: “…Uber’s network...

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