Gwinnett County DUI
The repercussions of a Gwinnett County driving under the influence (DUI) conviction are far reaching and can even affect your future. For this reason, you should seriously consider hiring an experienced Gwinnet DUI lawyer. The right lawyer can aggressively fight your Gwinnett County DUI charges in an effort to avoid a conviction and the life-altering consequences that come with it.
What does it take to be convicted of drunk driving in Gwinnett County? The prosecution must prove that either your blood alcohol content (BAC) was over the legal limit or that your driving was compromised by the consumption of alcohol.
The legal BAC limit in Georgia is .08% (.02% for minors). To show that you are over this limit, the prosecution will rely heavily on the results of the breathalyzer test. This test measures the alcohol in your breath to calculate the amount of alcohol in your blood. While this is a scientific test, there are errors that can occur during its administration. If the officer is not properly trained or the machine has not been maintained or calibrated according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, it can produce inaccurate test results.
Even if your BAC is as low as .05%, you could be convicted if the prosecution can show that you were a “less safe” driver because of alcohol. The prosecution may call on the arresting officer to describe what he or she observed during the traffic stop and arrest. The officer may point out signs like bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and the smell of alcohol that indicate intoxication. However, conditions such as fatigue or allergies could explain some of these signs.
The officer may also describe your performance on the field sobriety tests. These tests, such as the one-leg stand, walk-and-turn, and horizontal gaze nystagmus, are used by law enforcement agents to establish probable cause for a DUI arrest. A DUI defense lawyer can review the videotape evidence, police reports, and even the scene of the arrest to determine if these tests were administered and/or scored properly.
Make sure your rights are protected during the Gwinnett County DUI legal process. Contact The Turner Firm, LLC today for representation in your pending drunk-driving case.