Some helpful information regarding Driving Under the Influence:
Georgia DUI law is very complex. Pursuant to OCGA 40-6-391, there are five types of DUI: A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any moving vehicle while:
1. Under the influence of any drug to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive;
2. Under the intentional influence of any glue, aerosol, or other toxic vapor to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive;
3. Under the combined influence of any two or more of the substances specified in paragraphs (1) through (3) of this subsection to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive;
4. The person’s alcohol concentration is 0.08 grams or more at any time within three hours after such driving or being in actual physical control from alcohol consumed before such driving or being in actual physical control ended; or
5. Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of this Code section, there is any amount of marijuana or a controlled substance, as defined in Code Section 16-13-21, present in the person’s blood or urine, or both, including the metabolites and derivatives of each or both without regard to whether or not any alcohol is present in the person’s breath or blood.
Time is of the essence: once your case makes it to court, you’ll notice that the prosecution will rely heavily on the testimony of the arresting officer. If you were arrested for DUI because of a “less safe” violation this means that the prosecution will have to prove that you were incapable of driving safely as a result of alcohol and/or drugs in your system. However, alcohol and drugs are not the only reasons that your driving could have been affected on the day in question. During your court case, the police may also testify that they noticed physical signs of alcohol and/or drug consumption. Typically, bloodshot eyes, pupil enlargement, and nervousness can be attributed to alcohol or drugs. Yet if you have allergies, were wearing contacts, or were simply stressed out about the police stopping your vehicle, these symptoms can also occur. If you were given a blood, breath or urine test, your attorney should review the facts surrounding such testing. Police, medical personnel, and the state crime lab must follow certain protocols when conducting their tests. If machines are not working properly, the person administering the test is not trained, or if your sample is tainted, this can affect your blood alcohol content test result. So before you throw in the towel and think of pleading guilty to your DUI charge, contact team Nicola Cummings Law Firm. We can help, 470-222-2222. We look forward to hearing from you.