Georgia DUI Evidence
Did you know that, in order to be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia, an officer must not only have probable cause to suspect you of drunk driving, but also for stopping your vehicle? In other words, you cannot be pulled over unless you violate one or more traffic laws or behave in a way than indicates your ability to drive may be impaired. Due to this requirement, law enforcement officers are responsible for collecting Georgia DUI evidence that can be used to support any arrests they make.
In nearly every DUI case, the driver who was arrested was stopped because of the way he or she was driving. Georgia law enforcement officers are trained to spot driving behaviors that fall into one of four categories: speeding/brake problems, judgment errors, inattentiveness, and inability to stay in your lane. As a result, some of the most common ways you can catch an officer’s eye are by weaving or swerving between lanes, speeding, and disobeying traffic laws.
After you have been pulled over, you will need to provide your driver’s license and vehicle registration to the officer who stopped you, as well as answer any questions the officer has about your identity—such as your name, address, date of birth, etc. You are not legally obligated to answer any other questions, such as whether you’ve had anything to drink, for example. In fact, it is in your best interest to decline to answer, as your statement can be used against you later.
If your appearance or behavior indicates you may be under the influence of alcohol, the officer may ask you to perform one or more field sobriety tests, such as balancing on one foot or walking an imaginary line. Unfortunately, these so-called tests are extremely subjective and, as a result, many drivers’ results are used as evidence against them in court. To prevent this from happening to you, it is best to politely refuse to perform any field sobriety exercise.
Depending on the results of your field sobriety tests, the officer may request chemical testing (usually a breathalyzer) to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). Unlike field sobriety tests, chemical test are required by law—which means you should always comply with an officer’s request to conduct a breath, blood, or urine test.
If you were recently arrested for DUI, contact attorney Greg Willis today. Mr. Willis will review all of the Georgia DUI evidence in your case to find any potential grounds that can be used in your defense. Mr. Willis can use his wealth of experience and legal knowledge to challenge damaging material and prevent it from being used against you in court.
To discuss the best defense strategies for your case, contact our firm today for a free consultation. Should you choose to retain our services, Mr. Willis will handle your administrative license suspension appeal for no additional cost—you’ll be charged just one flat fee for both your administrative and criminal cases. You’ll also receive a copy of The DUI Book, a comprehensive and easy-to-read overview of Georgia DUI law, written by the firm’s senior partner, attorney William C. Head. Call now for more information.
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