DUI Jurisdiction and County Lines: A New Georgia Court Case

DUI Jurisdiction and County Lines: A New Georgia Court Case

Many people think that DUI jurisdiction ends at county lines. However, a recent Georgia court case might turn those notions on their head.

DUI Jurisdiction and County Lines: A New Court Case

TV shows and movies are full of examples where the police come to a screeching halt at the county line. As a result, many people think that once you cross these lines the police can’t follow. However, a recent Georgia case ruled that this isn’t true. There are exceptions that allow the police to follow you past county lines. We’ll look at the case and discuss what this ruling means for DUI jurisdiction and Georgia drivers.

DUI Jurisdiction and the Case

The case begins when a police officer noticed that a driver had a defective license plate. The police officer was less than a mile from the county line when he saw the car and driver. Additionally, the police followed the driver for a third of a mile before turning on their lights to make a stop. As a result, the driver passed by the county line by the time the police officer was able to catch up and make a stop.

Once the driver stopped, the police officer noticed the smell of marijuana and alcohol. As a result, the officer charged the driver with DUI. At court, the driver argued that the stop was illegal because they were no longer in the officer’s jurisdiction.

The court ruled that the stop was legal. It found that the police officer was “in pursuit” even though he hadn’t yet signaled for the driver to pull over. As a result, the driver’s DUI charges were upheld. This case shows that county lines don’t work like they do on TV. The police actually have a much larger DUI jurisdiction than most people think.

Free Consultations for DUI Jurisdiction Cases

It is difficult to keep up with all the laws and rulings about DUI jurisdiction in Georgia. That’s why you need a talented DUI attorney to help you figure out the law.

Jason Slider has the skills and experience you need to get the best results for your DUI case. Jason uses these skills to ensure his clients get the representation they deserve. He uses his experience as a state prosecutor to find holes in the case against you. He uses those holes to fight against your DUI charges.

Jason offers free consultations for any DUI case. He’ll review your case with you. Jason will explain the laws. He’ll help you understand your legal options. As a result, you’ll leave with a much better understanding of your case. The sooner Jason starts working on your case, the better the results. Call 706-208-1514 or contact us today to schedule your free consultation. There’s no obligation and no risk. Get the legal help you need and call Baker & Slider today!

 

Fight DUI Charges in Georgia

Fight DUI Charges in Georgia

It’s hard to fight DUI charges in Georiga. DUI law is always changing. Additionally, each case is different. As a result, we wrote this post to help people understand how to fight DUI charges. We’ll look at the two most common sources of DUI charges and explain what you should look for to make your case.

Fight DUI Charges in Georgia

DUI charges carry stiff penalties. A DUI conviction means fines, community service, jail time, and more. Additionally, a DUI charge will make your insurance rates jump up. It could even cost you your job or scholarship. Therefore, it’s important to understand how to fight DUI charges.

Ways to Fight DUI Charges

There are several ways to defend against DUI charges in Georgia. However, each case is different. Therefore, it’s important to seek the advice of a skilled DUI attorney if you want to get the best results for your case.

Fight DUI Charges from Traffic Stop

DUI charges from traffic stops are some of the most common DUI arrests in Georgia. Police use traffic stops as a reason to check a driver’s sobriety. These stops include stops for speeding, failing to maintain lanes, following too closely, and more.

One of the best ways to fight a DUI from a traffic stop is to show that the police had no reason to stop you. This requires a detailed knowledge of traffic laws. You have to show that the officer had no basis to pull you over.

If the police had no reason to pull you over, then they can’t charge you with a DUI from that traffic stop. This system is set up to protect your rights. After all, without these protections, the police could search your car or home anytime they wanted. This would violate the 4th amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure.

Fight DUI Charges from Roadblocks

DUI charges from a roadblock are among the most difficult to fight. This is because the laws about roadblocks are very complex. Roadblocks and sobriety checkpoints must be done in very specific ways. Failure to do the roadblock correctly means that the police are violating the Constitution. In fact, there are at least 15 different court cases about DUI roadblocks. Additionally, there are new court cases all the time.

In short, the roadblock must be set up in a reasonable way. The police working the roadblock must be trained impaired driving enforcement officers. There are also rules that state what vehicles the police can stop. The roadblock needs to be planned, and can’t be set up on a whim.

There are even more rules and regulations regarding roadblocks. the best way to fight DUI charges from roadblocks is to show that the police failed to follow one of these rules. If you can do this, then you can show that the police illegally charged you with a DUI.

Free Consultation to Fight DUI Charges

It is hard to fight DUI charges in Georgia by yourself. DUI laws are hard to understand. Moreover, there are several recent Georgia Supreme Court cases that change how DUI laws work. As a result, attempting to fight DUI charges yourself can lead to disaster!

Jason Slider has the skills and experience you need to fight DUI charges in Georgia. He has taken more than 100 DUI cases to jury trial. Moreover, the legal industry has given him several prestigious awards, including several Top 10 DUI lawyer and Top 5 DUI lawyer distinctions. Jason uses his time as a state prosecutor to spot holes in the case against you. He uses those holes to launch an aggressive defense. As a result, you’ll stand a much better chance fighting your DUI charge.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, then get the help you need! Call 706-208-1514 or contact us today. Consultations with Jason are always free. He’ll review your case with you. Jason will explain the law and your legal options. As a result, you’ll leave with a much better understanding of your case. There’s no risk and no obligation. The sooner Jason starts working on your case the better the results will be, so call or contact us today!

Traffic Violations and DUI Arrests

Traffic Violations and DUI Arrests

Traffic violations are one of the leading causes of DUI charges. The police use many tools to arrest people for DUI. These tools include roadblocks and sobriety checkpoints. However, most people face DUI charges after a traffic stop for something else. This post looks at why so many DUI arrests result from traffic stops.

Traffic Violations and DUI Arrests

How Georgia Police Use Traffic Violations to Make DUI Arrests

Most people imagine a DUI arrest based on images they see on TV. A person is sweating and disheveled. The viewer practically smells the alcohol on them through the screen. However, the police need a reason to pull someone over. Therefore, it’s no surprise that so many DUI charges come from other kinds of traffic stops.

There are many reasons police pull someone over. The list of traffic codes and regulations is long and dense. Moreover, the area around Athens, GA is full of special zones for schools and churches. These areas have their own special traffic rules. As a result, there is almost always a reason for the police to pull someone over.

Police then use their training and experience to make judgments about someone’s sobriety. Once they’ve made contact they can see if someone shows any signs of drinking. This includes the smell of alcohol and other obvious signs. However, there are other things the police are trained to look for. As a result, a simple speeding ticket can easily turn into a DUI arrest.

Recent DUI Arrests from Traffic Violations

There are several recent examples of traffic violations turning into DUI charges. One recent DUI arrest occurred as the result of a wrong turn. Another DUI arrest happened after the driver was stopped for speeding. One motorist faces DUI charges after being stopped for erratic driving.

These examples show that traffic violations can easily lead to DUI charges. However, the specific traffic violation offers a way to challenge the DUI charge. Skilled DUI lawyers challenge the basis for the initial traffic stop. They use these challenges to show that the person should not have been stopped in the first place. This allows the lawyer to challenge the DUI charge itself.

Free Consultations for DUI Arrests from Traffic Violations

It is hard to deal with traffic violations and DUI arrests yourself. Jason Slider has the skills and experience you need to fight your DUI and traffic violation case. The legal industry has presented him with numerous awards, including several Top 10 and Top 5 rankings. Moreover, he uses his time as a state prosecutor to spot holes in the state’s case. He uses these holes to mount an aggressive defense for his clients. Contact us or call 706-208-1514 to set up your consultation today!

Consultations are always free. Jason will review your case. He’ll help you understand your options. As a result, you’ll leave with a much better understanding of your situation. There’s no risk and no obligation. Schedule your free consultation now!

DUI Laws: Can You Get a DUI in Georgia if You’re Not in a Car?

DUI Laws: Can You Get a DUI if You’re Not in a Car?

DUI laws are interesting things. For example, many people don’t know that you can get a DUI even if you’re not in a car!

DUI Laws: Can You Get a DUI if You're Not in a Car?

Georgia DUI laws cover all kinds of vehicles. The police recently charged one driver with a DUI while on a scooter. In fact, the police can arrest someone for DUI no matter what kind of vehicle they’re using. As a result, people are charged with DUI while riding scooters, DUI while riding ATV’s, and DUI on a motorcycle. The law even allows police to charge someone with a DUI while on a bicycle!

DUI Laws in Georgia

Georgia DUI laws cover all moving vehicles. Moreover, the penalties for DUI on any motorized vehicle are the same. Therefore, you could lose your driver’s license for a DUI on a riding lawnmower.

The penalties for violating DUI laws in Georgia are severe. They include community service, loss of driving privileges, jail time, fines, and more. As a result, a skilled DUI lawyer is a must if you’re facing a DUI in Georgia.

Free Consultation for DUI Laws if You’re Not in a Car

DUI laws are hard to face alone. That’s why Baker & Slider offers free consultations for any DUI – even if you weren’t in a car. If you’ve been charged with a DUI while riding a scooter, a DUI on an ATV, or a DUI on a bicycle, we can help!

Jason Slider has a tremendous amount of experience defending clients against DUI charges. The legal industry has given him numerous awards. These awards include several Top 10, and Top 5 DUI lawyer awards. Moreover, he uses his time as a state prosecutor to spot holes in the case against you. He uses these holes to launch an aggressive defense of your rights.

Consultations with Jason are always free. Call 706-208-1514 or contact us today to set up your free consultation. Jason will go over DUI laws with you. He’ll help you understand the law and your case. As a result, you’ll leave with a much better understanding of your situation. There’s no risk and no obligation. Call now, the sooner Jason starts to work on your case the better the results will be!

Underage DUI in Georgia

Underage DUI in Georgia

Underage DUI is a serious charge. It carries substantial penalties. Moreover, an underage DUI charge can prevent you from participating in sports, hurt job opportunities, and even cause you to lose scholarship money. Digital technology makes getting a Fake ID easier than ever. As a result, more people are charged with DUI while under 21 every day. This post will help you understand DUI laws in Georgia for people under 21.

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Underage DUI Laws in Georgia

It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol in Georgia. The state considers anyone with a blood alcohol content, or BAC of .02 or higher to be intoxicated if they’re less than 21 years old. One drink within an hour is enough to raise your BAC to .02. Therefore, drivers are at risk of underage DUI charges if they drink anything and then drive while under 21.

The punishments for underage DUI are very severe. They include losing your license, jail time, a heavy fine, and community service. Moreover, people convicted of underage DUI also get higher car insurance rates. Their job or school can punish them as well.

Defending Against Underage DUI Charges in Georgia

There is some good news for people under 21 charged with DUI. Skilled DUI lawyers know many different ways to challenge the charge in court. Lawyers challenge the way the police collected evidence. They also challenge the idea that any evidence points towards a DUI. Police know that younger drivers don’t understand their rights as well as others. Therefore, they use this situation to their advantage. As a result, the police might be reckless when collecting evidence for DUI with people under 21. The best DUI attorney knows how to prove that evidence does not produce probable cause for a DUI charge.

Free Consultations for Underage DUI

Jason Slider has the skills and experience to handle your underage DUI case. He uses his time as a state prosecutor to spot holes in the government’s case. Jason uses those holes to aggressively defend your rights. After all, there’s a reason the DUI defense industry presented him with numerous awards for case results and client satisfaction. Jason has taken more than 100 DUI cases to jury trial. His results speak for themselves.

Jason understands that every case is different. That’s why he offers free consultations for underage DUI charges. Jason helps people understand the charges they’re facing. He’ll listen to your story and describe your options. He makes sure that people leave with a solid understanding of their case. Contact us or call 706-208-1514 to set up your free consultation today. There’s no risk and no obligation. The sooner Jason starts helping you with your case the better your defense will be, so call now!

Probable Cause and DUI in Georgia

Probable Cause and DUI in Georgia

Probable cause is an extremely important aspect of our legal system. If the police do not have to follow probable cause when making arrests then anyone could be arrested at any time. DUI charges are no different. Many drivers don’t know much about probable cause. As a result, GA drivers place themselves at risk of false DUI charges. This post explains how probable cause and DUI in Georgia are related so you can protect your rights.

probable cause and dui in georgia

A Brief History of Probable Cause

The probable cause standard is part of our Fourth Amendment rights. The Constitution includes these rights because early Americans saw how power could be abused. For example, in America’s earliest days, British soldiers could arrest anyone at any time for any reason. Citizens were understandably concerned about this power. Therefore, the founding fathers paid close attention to limits on government authority. Moreover, they decided that the text of the Constitution itself did not provide enough limits to government power. After all, the last thing they wanted was another tyrannical government with unchecked power.

As a result, the founders quickly adopted the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable search and seizure. Years of case law and Supreme Court decisions produced what is now known as the probable cause standard. As you can see, this standard is grounded in very real fears of a government with too much power.

Probable Cause and DUI in Georgia

There is a long history of Supreme Court Cases that deal with probable cause. The police must have probable cause to search someone’s property. Moreover, they must have probable cause to get a warrant to search. Furthermore, they need probable cause to arrest someone.

Probable cause is the subject of most criminal defense challenges. Police do not always follow the guidelines they’re supposed to. Their failure to obey the Constitution puts everyone’s rights at risk. Therefore, it’s no surprise that so many criminal defense cases center on whether or not the police conducted their searches and arrests according to the law.

DUI charges are no different than any other crime in this regard. The police must collect evidence the correct way. Moreover, the evidence they collect must be enough to justify an arrest. If the police arrest someone without getting enough evidence, then that person has had their rights violated. As a result, many of the best DUI lawyers in Georgia use this standard to defend their clients.

DUI attorneys can use a legal tool known as a motion to dismiss. A motion is a request for a judge to listen to a legal argument. Judges grant hearings based on the motions filed by lawyers. A successful motion to dismiss results in the court dropping DUI charges against the defendant.

Skilled DUI lawyers find several different reasons for a judge to dismiss a case. Motions to dismiss are extremely effective when they are based on arguments about probable cause. Judges understand the importance of the Constitution. Moreover, they understand how important the Fourth Amendment is when it comes to protecting people’s rights. Therefore, judges might be more willing to dismiss a case because of lack of probable cause than they would for other reasons.

The Difference Between Probable Cause and Reasonable Suspicion

It is important to understand the difference between probable cause and reasonable suspicion before learning how probable cause works in DUI cases. People are easily confused by the two standards. However, knowing the difference means ensuring your rights are protected.

Reasonable suspicion is another legal standard used to evaluate evidence. Specifically, reasonable suspicion is when the police think a crime has been committed based on their training and instincts. Probable cause occurs when there are facts and evidence to show a crime has been committed.

For example, assume a scenario where a child wants a cookie but isn’t allowed to have one. If the child has been constantly complaining that they want a cookie and then stops complaining, then the parent might have a hunch the child stole a cookie. This is reasonable suspicion. However, if the child is covered in cookie crumbs then there is evidence they took the cookie. This is probable cause.

Police are generally not allowed to use reasonable suspicion as the basis to collect evidence. They are also not allowed to use reasonable suspicion to make an arrest. Additionally, previous DUI arrests are not evidence that you’re currently intoxicated. As a result, a motion to dismiss based on probable cause can be effective for people with multiple DUI charges or those facing felony DUI charges. As you can see, understanding the difference between reasonable suspicion and probable cause goes a long way toward protecting your rights.

What is Probable Cause for DUI Cases?

The police start collecting evidence for a DUI before they even talk to you. The driver’s behavior on the road, speed, and other factors all contribute to evidence of a crime. Most DUI charges start with traffic stops that started with speeding or lane violations.

Once police have some evidence of DUI they look for more. Police officers ask drivers to take a field sobriety test. It is important to remember that these tests are voluntary and that you can’t be forced to do them. Field sobriety tests put drivers through a series of steps. Police use the driver’s performance as evidence for DUI. They make an arrest once they have enough evidence to have probable cause that the driver is breaking the law.

However, field sobriety tests are very subjective. Therefore, DUI lawyers challenge the notion that the results of the test give evidence of DUI. A skilled DUI lawyer explains why the tests don’t actually provide evidence that the driver is intoxicated. There are several reasons why a driver might perform badly on a DUI test. Drivers are nervous when talking to the police. They don’t understand what they’re being asked to do. Tests occur along roads. Therefore, drivers are distracted by traffic. Some drivers lack the physical coordination needed for the test. Other drivers have injuries that impair their ability to do the tests. Therefore, DUI lawyers have several options for challenging a DUI charge.

Free Consultations for DUI and Probable Cause

It’s important to stay calm and focused when you are arrested for a DUI. A skilled DUI lawyer will help you get the best possible results in your case. Jason Slider has the skills and experience to defend you against DUI charges in Georgia. The DUI defense industry has given Jason numerous awards for results and client satisfaction. Jason uses his time as a state prosecutor to find the holes in the government’s case. He uses these holes to aggressively defend his clients and protect their rights. He has taken more than 100 DUI cases to jury trial. His results speak for themselves.

Jason offers free consultations for DUI cases. He’ll help you understand probable cause as it relates to your case. Jason will explain the different options in your case. As a result, you’ll have a much better understanding of your legal options. He is frequently able to get charges dismissed or substantially reduced. Call 706-208-1514 or contact him today to set up a free consultation. There’s no risk and no obligation. You’ll leave with a better understanding of your rights and your case. The sooner Jason starts working on your case, the better your defense will be, so call now!

Arrest Records, Mugshots and Background Checks

Arrest Records, Mugshots, and Background Checks

Arrest Records in Georgia

After you are arrested in the State of Georgia by any Policing Department or Agency, it is more than likely that the details of your arrest will be lingering in different places online. Depending on the county where you were arrested you could be on as many as 40+ websites as some counties are worse than others. As a result, these online publications happen regardless if your case gets dismissed in court, or you are found guilty.

Online Arrest Records may impact your:

  1. Personal Reputation
  2. Insurance Costs
  3. Employment Status
  4. Credit Applications
  5. And more…

Types of Arrest Records

Let’s go over the different types of Arrest Records that contain your personal and private information. Some of these records after an arrest belong to Official Government Agencies, like Courthouses and the DMV. Some Arrest Records belong to unofficial agencies, like Background Check databases and websites. These are private companies that do as they please. Only a licensed Attorney can seal or expunge records belonging to Official Government Agencies. However, unofficial records are just as harmful. As a result, many people look for a qualified Online Reputation Company to remove criminal records off of the internet and background check databases.

Arrest Records and Background Checks

Not all Background Check companies were created equal, they also vary in where the records come from. Therefore, it’s important to distinguish background check companies that use their own database and stores their own records, versus background check companies that access Government Records at the time the background check is done.

  • 95% of Background Checks are done on Tier 1 Background Check Companies, they typically cost between $19.99 to $49.99 per search. We can remove criminal records off of these.
  • Tier 2 Background Check Companies cost between $199 and $499 per search. Tier 2 Background Checks are only done because companies are legally obligated to. Only a Lawyer can remove these criminal records.

Normally this is for hiring/maintain professionals with:

  1. Financial Institutions
  2. Schools or other jobs working with children
  3. Medical Field
  4. Professional Drivers

If you work in one of these professions, your best bet is to hire a qualified and licensed Attorney to get your criminal records expunged or sealed. However, you should still work to get those pesky Online Arrest Records removed. For example, here’s a popular Athens, GA Arrest Record website that we frequently have to remove records from:

http://enigma.athensclarkecounty.com/photo/bookingreport.asp

Once it gets published to this website, dozens of other websites will re-publish them. Moreover, national websites like Mugshots.com and others may try to charge you money to remove your listing.

All of this can be professionally dealt with by a reputable Online Reputation Company. Additionally, after 7 years or a dismissal, you can see a Licensed Attorney to have your Government Record sealed or expunged.

This article was written by Curtis Boyd, an Online Reputation Specialist at Future Solutions Media. They have helped over 2000+ people remove their Criminal Records off of the internet, permanently. Check out their Arrest Record Removal Brochure for more information.

DUI Checkpoint Dash Results in Georgia Driver’s Death

DUI Checkpoint Dash Results in Driver’s Death

DUI Checkpoint results in driver's death

 

Tragedy struck in Columbus, GA on Dec. 29, 2017, as a man was fatally injured as he fled a DUI checkpoint. More details will emerge as the GBI investigates the case. However, this case provides a striking example of why you should never attempt to flee a DUI checkpoint.

What is a DUI Checkpoint?

A DUI checkpoint is a system that police and law enforcement officers use to help keep the roads free of dangerous and intoxicated drivers. Police frequently set up checkpoints at important and heavily traveled routes. They are also referred to as DUI roadblocks and sobriety checkpoints. The police at these checkpoints ask drivers for information. Questions include how much drivers have had to drink, where they are coming from, and where they are going. Moreover, police attempt to determine if a driver is intoxicated or deserves further scrutiny.

What Should You Do at a DUI Checkpoint?

Drivers should follow all instructions at sobriety checkpoints. As the example above demonstrates, attempting to flee the checkpoint can result in serious, even fatal consequences. Additionally, drivers should engage in all of the same behaviors and responses that they would use if they were talking with the police in another context. DUI checkpoints are increasingly popular. This is especially true in rural areas and areas near colleges. Therefore, drivers need a solid understanding of how sobriety checkpoints work to protect their rights.

DUI Checkpoints and Protecting Your Legal Rights

There are several complex standards which govern your rights at a DUI roadblock. Courts have issued different decisions and judgments regarding police tactics at sobriety checkpoints. Staying up to date on the latest rulings and standards for police and driver behavior is the best way to ensure your rights are protected. Additionally, you should always default to following police orders in the moment and relying on a well-qualified DUI or criminal defense lawyer if you feel your rights are being violated.

DUI and criminal defense lawyers know the ins and outs of DUI Checkpoint law. Therefore, the best strategy for protecting your rights and your life is to seek the advice and counsel of these experts. Additionally, the state can tack on charges if you resist or refuse to follow orders at a checkpoint. Moreover, these charges can dramatically increase the punishments you face as well as the cost of your defense. Therefore, complying with orders and hiring the best legal representation is the best approach.

Free DUI Checkpoint Consultations

Jason Slider is the best lawyer to call if you’ve been arrested at a DUI checkpoint. Jason has a tremendous amount of experience with the court systems and prosecutor offices in Northeast Georgia. Moreover, Jason uses his experience as a state prosecutor to find holes in the government’s case. He uses those weaknesses to launch a vigorous defense of your rights. The DUI and criminal defense industry have given Jason numerous awards. These awards include recognition of his superb track record and client satisfaction.

Contact us or call (706) 208-1514 to set up a free consultation. There’s no risk and no obligation. Jason will help you understand the legal process you’re going through. Additionally, he’ll help you understand your legal options. As a result, you’ll have a solid understanding of the different ways to handle your case. DUI law is constantly changing. Jason incorporates the latest rulings and decisions when advising clients.

DUI Marijuana Charges for UGA Players Show Police Tactics

DUI Marijuana Charges for UGA Players Show Police Tactics

Two UGA football players were recently stopped in Borrow County, Georgia and charged with a series of crimes. Among the charges were DUI marijuana, and speeding. While unfortunate, the case does show one of the most common tactics police use to get DUI charges. The two players were originally stopped for speeding. However, the officer claimed to smell marijuana, which resulted in additional charges.

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DUI Marijuana Charges After Being Stopped for Speeding

Police use traffic stops to find other charges against drivers. Most DUI and marijuana arrests happen because drivers are stopped for something else. As a result, anyone being stopped by the police can be charged with a DUI if the police feel they have enough evidence. Moreover, with the way that DUI Drugs laws are being interpreted by the police, even drivers who are taking medication legally can be charged. As a result, it’s more important than ever to understand your legal rights. Failure to exercise your rights can result in improper charges and complicate your life.

Understanding Your Rights at a Traffic Stop

Traffic stops are scary events. Drivers tend to react in one of two ways. Sometimes drivers know why they are being pulled over, and a sense of guilt and fear cloud their thinking. Alternatively, drivers have no idea why they’re being stopped, causing their mind to race for possible reasons and preventing them from considering their rights. Moreover, the rules for interacting with police at traffic stops aren’t always clear. We’ve put together a list of some of the basic rights you have during a traffic stop.

You Aren’t Required to Consent to a Search for DUI Marijuana Stops

The 4th amendment protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. This right says that police must establish certain conditions, known as probable cause, before executing a search without a warrant. If the police ask if they can search your vehicle you can tell them no. Police must then either establish probable cause or get a warrant to search your car.

You Are Allowed to Film During Traffic Stops

The first amendment assures your right to film during a police stop. However,  you can’t interfere with the police as they do their job. Putting your camera in an officer’s face will almost certainly result in your arrest. Moreover, you also cannot use the fact that you’re filming to delay or stall the officer in any way. If the police take your phone or camera to prevent you from filming, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

You Have A Right to Know Why You’re Being Stopped

The police have to tell you why they’ve stopped you. Therefore, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask what the police are doing or why they are interested in you or your vehicle. If the police can’t or won’t tell you why you’ve been stopped, then you should hire a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you can.

You Can’t be Stopped for an Unreasonable Length of Time

A court case established that the police cannot detain you while they wait for more tools to look for more crimes. Therefore, you should be sure to ask an officer why you’re still being detained if you seem to be done with the issue the police stopped you for. Holding you while officers wait for a drug-sniffing dog or other tools is illegal unless the officer has reasonable suspicion.

You Have the Right to Obtain the Officer’s Information

Frequently the police will try and control the discussion. However, you always have the right to request and receive an officer’s identifying information. This usually takes the form of their name, rank, and badge number. You can use this information to identify an officer if you think your rights are being violated.

Free Consultations for DUI Marijuana Cases from Traffic Stops

Every driver deserves to have their rights protected. If you’ve been charged with a crime resulting from a traffic stop, then you need the best legal defense possible. Jason Slider is an expert criminal defense attorney. He will help you understand your rights and determine your legal options. Jason has tried more than 100 cases before a jury. He uses his time as a state prosecutor to spot holes in the prosecution’s case. Jason then uses those holes to mount an aggressive defense of your rights. The DUI Defense industry award Jason numerous times, including awards for client satisfaction. Contact us or call (706) 208-1514 today to schedule a free consultation. There’s no risk and no obligation. Make sure your rights are protected and call Jason Slider today!

Holiday DUI Roadblocks in Georgia

Holiday DUI Roadblocks in Georgia

The holiday season is a blast for many people. However, sometimes people have too much fun with friends and family. Unfortunately, this can lead to holiday DUI charges, which can put a serious damper on the festivities. Police know that more people will be on the road during this time of year. Therefore, they put up holiday DUI roadblocks to keep everyone safe. Sadly, these roadblocks can also scoop up innocent people, resulting in a huge headache. Read on to find out what you need to know about holiday DUI roadblocks so you can stay safe and protect your rights.

Holiday DUI Roadblocks in Georgia

Why Are There More DUIs During the Holidays?

Police work to keep us safe. Drunk drivers can be a serious threat to public safety. Moreover, the holidays are a time of celebration, which, for many people, means enjoying a few drinks with friends and family. Furthermore, more people travel during the holiday season. They don’t have to go to work and are making special trips to see those important to them.

Police notice these two trends. Therefore, they take extra measures to make sure everyone is safe when they’re on the road during the holidays. One of the most common ways to do that is to set up more holiday DUI roadblocks. These roadblocks usually cover the most heavily trafficked roads in the state. Moreover, they’re known to be more aggressive than roadblocks other times of the year because of the high volume of travelers and the nature of the season.

How to Avoid Holiday DUI Charges

Holiday DUI charges can ruin the season for many drivers. After all, it’s hard to travel to go see the ones you love when you’re worried about losing your license. We’ve put together a list of things you should do to avoid getting a DUI during the holidays.

Have a Designated Driver

One of the best ways to avoid a holiday DUI is to make sure to have a designated driver. A designated driver usually won’t have to worry about interactions with the police. Moreover, a designated driver can also help make sure you act responsibly while you are celebrating with friends and family. No one likes being the butt of jokes regarding their holiday behavior. A sober driver can let you know when you’re celebrating too much.

Call an Uber

Sometimes people don’t have access to a designated driver. Thankfully, modern technology has created a solution for these kinds of situations. Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft let you enjoy yourself during holiday festivities without having to worry about how you’re getting home.

Arrange to Stay Over

One of the reasons there are so many people on the road and so many DUIs during the holidays is that we visit friends and family that live far away. In these instances, it may not be practical or affordable to hire an Uber, and selecting a designated driver can be an issue as well. If you find yourself in this situation, arrange to sleep where you’re celebrating. This will keep you off the road while allowing you to enjoy good times and good company.

Maintain a 1:1 Water/Alcoholic Drink Ratio

If you can’t stay over, find a designated driver, or call a ride-sharing service, then you need to make sure you can drive. Make sure to have at least one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you have. Additionally, wait one hour for each drink you have before you get on the road. While this method doesn’t ensure total safety, it does give you the best chance to avoid a holiday DUI if you absolutely must drive yourself home.

Free Holiday DUI Consultations

If you’ve been arrested and charged with a holiday DUI, contact us or call (706) 208-1514 to set up a free consultation. Jason Slider has the skills and experience you need to get the best results in your holiday DUI case. He has taken more than 100 DUI cases to jury trial. Moreover, he’s been recognized by the DUI defense industry as a top DUI lawyer. His awards for client satisfaction speak for themselves. Don’t let a DUI charge ruin your holiday season. Stay safe, and call Baker & Slider if you run into any trouble.