Bartow County DUI
The Bartow County driving under the influence (DUI) process involves several steps, many of which could benefit from having an experienced attorney on your side. With harsh penalties, such as court costs, fines, probation, license suspension, or potentially jail time, you can see why fighting your Bartow County DUI charge is so important.
The DUI process begins with the initial traffic stop. To pull over a driver suspected of DUI, the officer must have probable cause. During the stop, the officer may ask the driver to perform a series of field sobriety tests—such as the one-leg stand, walk-and-turn, and horizontal gaze nystagmus—to determine if a DUI arrest should be made. If the officer fails to follow proper protocol during both the traffic stop and the arrest, there is a good chance that any evidence may be thrown out, along with your Bartow County DUI charges.
If probable cause is established, you will be arrested and brought back to the police station to submit to an evidentiary breath test. Georgia’s “per se” intoxication law states that a drivers who possess a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% of higher may be charged with DUI (the limit is .02% for drivers under the age of 21). Please keep in mind that even if you fail this test, a skilled DUI defense lawyer could potentially find problems that caused inaccurate test results.
After submitting to the breathalyzer test, you will be booked, meaning you will be fingerprinted and have your photo taken before being put into a jail cell. If you were arrested during the night—as is the case with most DUIs—you will then wait until the morning for arraignment. During arraignment, you will have a chance to enter a plea and the judge will set bail to ensure that you return for future court appearances. Most DUI cases end at this point, as defendants typically plead guilty. However, there are many defense strategies that could be used to win your case or even reduce your DUI to a lesser charge. You should speak to an experienced DUI lawyer before entering a plea.
If you plead” not guilty”, your Bartow County DUI lawyer will begin preparing your case for trial. He or she will look for evidence that will weaken the prosecution’s case against you. This may mean investigating the scene of the arrest, video tape evidence, police reports, field sobriety tests, and the breathalyzer test.
You don’t have to go through the DUI process alone. The experienced Bartow County DUI defense lawyers at The Turner Firm, LLC will stand by you every step of the way to make sure your life is not affected by a drunk-driving charge. Receive a complimentary, no obligation consultation on your pending case today.