The Majority of DUI cases will probably start with a traffic stop. Common violations include failure to maintain lane, speeding, window tint violations, no tag light, and following too closely. Any of these offenses would give the officer reasonable articulable suspicion to think a crime had been committed. Once pulled over, if the officer smells alcohol, burnt marijuana, or suspects you are impaired, he will usually ask you to step out and complete some field sobriety tests. He will compare your performance on sobriety tests to the driving behaviors you exhibited, as well as other outward manifestations of impairment such as bloodshot/watery eyes, slurred speech or unsteadiness on feet, to determine if he thinks he has probable cause to arrest you for DUI. Once under arrest, the officer should immediately read you the Georgia Implied Consent notice if he wants to get a sample of your breath or bodily fluids to test for impairing drugs. If your Georgia DUI lawyer can prove that the officer didn’t have a valid reason to stop your vehicle, he can seek suppression of all evidence at a motion to suppress hearing and end the government’s case against you.
Patrick Kunes, a drug defense attorney in Georgia, is a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) http://norml.org/lawyers/ga. As a member of the NORML Legal Committee, he keeps up to date with changes in national laws as well as new trial tactics to defend the accused. He understands how K-9 handlers can offer cues to K-9 “officers” in attempts to cause them to alert. He is knowledgeable about 4th Amendment law, and can challenge prolonged detentions and illegal searches by law enforcement officers. It is important to discuss your case with a qualified drug defense attorney who can explain the law as well as local prosecutors’ and judges’ attitudes towards drug offenders. Call Patrick Kunes today at (229) 382-4900 for a free consultation.