Originally Posted by Trav79
just like it says...i recently got a dui coming home from a falcons game, wasnt speeding, got pulled over for failing to maintain my lane....blew .108 legal limit is .08 here in Ga. No real complaints ..... i was in and out in about 2 hours....cop was pretty cool besides the fact that he was arresting me....but my question is should i get a lawyer or not? If i go sans council will i just get hammered by the judge? $3500 is a good chunk of change that could be better spent on the jeep rather than a lawyer IMO. any advice short of not getting a dui would be apprieciated
I work in the legal business. A .108 is tuff. Anything close to .08 can be dealt with as a wet-reckless. You should go talk to the Public Defender's office first before you pull out the check book. At least they can advise you of what may or may not happen. You will want to make sure the test documentation is correct. Was it a breath test? Did they test you twice and average the results? Make sure you get the last certification on the PAS (Breathalyzer) How long was it from the time you had your last drink till you were pulled over? How long was it from the time you were pulled over till you were tested? Sometimes rising blood alcohol levels can get you off. I've won cases were the guy has been at .1 and .09 when tested an hour and 20 minutes after his last drink. We proved he was below the .08 at the time he was pulled over 10 minutes after he had a couple shooters too many. They gave him a wet-reckless which they usually can do with anything over .05 if they wish. You will also want someone to fight to get your right to drive back ASAP. Not driving can be hard on the old work life. I don't know squat about the law in your area, but I think out here in the Republic of California you would sit much better with a Public Defender than you would by yourself. BTW Someone mentioned he was with a bunch of D.A.'s and all the attorneys were friendly with each other. I bet the other attorneys were Public Defenders. They work pretty close together in most cases. Golf together, drink together, screw each others wives, that sort of thing. Bob
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