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.

DUI Penalties in Georgia Among Harshest in Nation

DUI Penalties in Georgia Among Harshest in Nation

Drivers in Georgia face some of the harshest DUI penalties in the country. A recent survey found that Georgia’s penalties for a first DUI and for repeat DUI are much tougher than most other states. Georgia came in at #2 in the survey. Arizona is the only state to have harsher penalties. The study looked at 15 different metrics, including minimum jail time, fines, license restrictions, and more.  As a result, Georgia drivers need to be extra careful to protect their rights and their livelihoods.

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First Time DUI Penalties

A first DUI is a misdemeanor in Georgia. However, that doesn’t mean people charged with a DUI can expect a slap on the wrist. DUI penalties from the state come in four forms: jail time and probation, fines and fees, community service and counseling, and license restrictions.

Jail Time and Probation

Georgia drivers face a minimum of 24 hours in jail for their first DUI. Convicted drivers can face up to a year behind bars for their first offense. Moreover, even those who do not get the maximum jail time will find themselves on probation. As a result, first-time DUI offenders face mandatory meetings. Moreover, they must pay for their own supervision. Failure to pay your probation fees can result in being sent back to jail.

Fines and Fees

Anyone convicted of their first DUI faces a fine of up to $1,000. However, the costs don’t stop there. You’ll also have to pay for your own supervision through probation. Moreover, you’ll be required to attend rehabilitation and risk reduction programs. These programs usually total 20 hours. Additionally, you’ll have to pay for these programs out of your own pocket. The risk reduction programs can cost $350 or more. Furthermore, you’ll have to pay $200 to get your license reinstated.

Community Service and Counseling

In addition to the risk reduction program, first-time DUI convictions require 40 hours of community service. Citizens are also required to attend a substance abuse evaluation. Moreover, they must obtain and pay for any treatment recommended in the evaluation. This can take up even more of your time, especially considering the 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of risk reduction training.

License Penalties

People convicted of their first DUI will lose their license for 12 months. Furthermore, they’ll have to petition to get special permission to drive to work and school. The judge does not have to give permission, so a DUI conviction can cost you your job. Individuals must petition to have their license reinstated after the 12 month period. Additionally, they must complete the risk reduction program and pay the $200 reinstatement fee before they can get their license back.

Repeat DUI Penalties

The penalties for a repeat DUI in Georgia get even stiffer. The more DUIs you are convicted of, the worse the penalties get. For example, a second DUI conviction leads to having your license revoked for 18 months-3 years. Additionally, you’ll have to pay all of the same associated costs, like the $200 license reinstatement fee, costs of probation, and costs of risk reduction programs, substance abuse evaluation, and counseling.

DUI Penalties for Habitual Offenders

Individuals convicted of three DUIs within five years are labeled as habitual offenders. The penalties for habitual offenders are even more serious. Habitual offenders face a minimum of 15 days in jail. Moreover, the fine is from $1,000 – $5,000. Habitual defenders also risk having an interlock device installed on their car. However, that’s only if they receive a limited license to go to work after three years. A habitual offender’s license is suspended for 5 years. You also must pay to have your name and address published in the newspaper, labeling you as a habitual offender.

Free Consultations to Understand DUI Penalties

The penalties in Georgia for a DUI are strict. People fighting a DUI charge need the best legal help they can get. Jason Slider offers free consultations for people facing DUI charges. Jason has taken more than 100 DUI cases to jury trial. Moreover, his time as a state prosecutor helps him spot weaknesses in the government’s case against you. Jason uses those weaknesses to launch an aggressive defense. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the DUI defense industry. Jason will help you understand your situation at the free consultation. He’ll explain your legal options and help you put together a strategy to fight your case. The consultation is free and there’s no obligation. Contact us or call (706) 208-1514 to set up your free consultation today.

Rates Climbing for DUI Drugs Cases in Georgia

DUI Drugs Cases Increasing in Georgia

Reports indicate that DUI cases are at about the same rate as they’ve been in the past. However, one important thing has changed. The makeup of DUI cases has dramatically shifted, with a greater percentage of cases taking the form of DUI drugs charges. DUI drugs cases can be hard to understand. Moreover, the standards for charging someone with DUI drugs can be arbitrary. As a result, citizens are worried they could be falsely charged with DUI drugs.

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Understanding a DUI Drugs Charge

DUI drugs cases are more frequent in Georgia these days. Therefore, it’s important to understand how you can be charged with this crime. Police can charge you if they feel that your driving has been impaired by any substance. Moreover, you can be charged with DUI drugs even if you are taking medication as prescribed by your doctor. As a result, many people find themselves charged with a crime when they didn’t think they were doing anything wrong.

Additionally, the arbitrary nature of this charge makes it especially concerning. A minor driving error, momentary lapse in concentration, or being stopped for another traffic violation can all lead to a DUI charge if you’ve been taking prescription medicine. We’ve written about the problems with DUI marijuana charges before. The same type of arbitrary judgments is used for DUI cases involving prescription drugs.

DUI Drugs Penalties

The penalties for a DUI from drugs are similar to those from other types of DUI charges. However, DUI drug penalties can be more severe. Additionally, with all the attention that has been focused on the opioid crisis in America, judges and prosecutors are more likely to come down harder on these kinds of DUI cases.

Some of the penalties drivers face include loss of driver’s license, large fines, community service, and court-mandated treatment programs. Moreover, citizens must pay for these treatment programs themselves. Furthermore, some people risk losing their jobs, or chances to advance their careers. A DUI from drugs can also jeopardize your ability to go to school, maintain a scholarship, and cause other academic complications. Members of the armed forces risk losing security clearances needed for promotion. Additionally, if you’ve been convicted of another crime in the past, a new DUI charge can violate your probation and might cost you your freedom.

Fighting a DUI Drugs Charge

Individuals charged with DUI drugs need the best legal representation they can get. Given the severe penalties, you can’t risk representing yourself. Jason Slider has the skills and experience you need to fight your DUI charge. He knows what to challenge to get the best possible results in your case. This includes challenging the reason you were stopped, the officer’s judgment that you were impaired, and any tests performed on you. Moreover, Jason’s years of experience as a state prosecutor mean that he can spot weaknesses in the government’s case. He’ll use those weaknesses to aggressively defend your rights. Every citizen deserves an aggressive defense. Jason makes sure you won’t be unfairly punished for following doctor’s orders.

Free Consultations for DUI Drugs Charges

Jason Slider offers free consultations for anyone charged with DUI drugs. There’s no risk and no obligation. Moreover, Jason will help you understand the situation you’re in. You’ll learn about the process you’ll go through. Furthermore, Jason will help you understand your options. As a result, you’ll leave with a much better understanding of your case. Jason has taken more than 100 DUI cases to jury trial. He’s won numerous industry awards for client satisfaction. You can set up an appointment by contacting us, or by calling (706) 208-1514. Remember, the consultation is free, and you’ll leave with a much better understanding of your case. The sooner Jason starts working on your case the better your defense will be. Don’t delay, call now!

New Georgia Supreme Court DUI Breathalyzer Case

New Georgia Supreme Court DUI Breathalyzer Case

Breathalyzer DUI Ruling in Georgia Supreme Court

A recent case before the Georgia Supreme Court could have profound implications for people charged with DUI, especially if their DUI charge stems from a breathalyzer test. Breathalyzer tests are one of the primary ways police gather evidence in DUI cases. Therefore, this ruling has the potential to alter the legal landscape with regard to DUI tests. Read on to find out more.

The Facts of the Case: Breathalyzer Coercion

The Olevik case found that there are some problems with the way that Georgia’s implied consent laws have been applied in the past. The case stems from an incident where Olevik was pulled over for failure to maintain lane and missing tail lights. Police then noticed signs of intoxication, including red, watery eyes, slow speech, and the strong odor of alcohol. The officer performed a battery of field tests, including having Olevik blow into an Alco-sensor. The officer stated that this was different from a state-administered DUI test. After the Alco-sensor tested positive, Olevik was placed under arrest for DUI. The officer read him Georgia’s implied consent notice.

After a bench trial, Olevik’s lawyer appealed the trial court’s ruling that the implied consent law is not coercive, setting up a showdown in the Georgia Supreme Court. The question is whether Georgia’s implied consent law violates the state constitution. The Georgia Supreme Court found that implied consent does violate the right against self incrimination.

Breathalyzer Tests, Implied Consent, and Your Rights

Almost everyone knows that the US Constitution protects citizens from being forced to testify against themselves. However, there are limits to this protection. The Georgia Constitution protects against being forced to testify against yourself. It also protects against being forced to provide evidence against yourself.

Georgia’s implied consent law covers DUI tests. Drivers have the right to refuse a DUI test. Olevik successfully argued that the wording of the implied consent law forced him to incriminate himself. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that breathalyzer and other DUI tests are a form of self-incrimination according to the Georgia Constitution.

These protections mean that a person has a constitutional right to decline a test, as well as a statutory right. Therefore, DUI cases that rely on breathalyzer results could be re-evaluated. Olevik was unable to get his DUI overturned because of a lack of other elements. However, the new ruling means that other citizens might have an argument that their rights were violated by a DUI breathalyzer test.

Free Consultations for DUI Breathalyzer Cases

If you’ve been charged with a DUI based on a breathalyzer test, then you might have more options to fight your case than you think. Jason Slider is the best lawyer in the Athens-Clarke County area when it comes to fighting DUI cases in court. Jason stays up to date on the latest science and court case rulings. Therefore, he provides the aggressive and vigorous defense you deserve. Jason has taken more than 100 DUI cases to jury trial. This means he has the necessary experience to get the best results. Moreover, Jason’s experience as a state prosecutor helps him see your case from the government’s perspective. As a result, Jason is able to spot weaknesses in the government’s case and exploit them. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work on DUI cases, including awards for client satisfaction.

Jason offers free consultations for DUI cases. There’s no obligation, and no risk. Call today at (706) 208-1514, or contact us to set up an appointment. We’ll help you understand your case and your options. Don’t let yourself be punished because your rights were violated.

Roadblocks and DUI Arrests

Roadblocks and DUI Arrests

Alcosensor similar to type used during DUI roadblocks after UGA home games

With University of Georgia football in full swing, football fans attending home games can expect roadblocks to be set up by the various police departments patrolling the roads of Athens-Clarke County, Madison County, Oglethorpe County and Oconee County (Athens Clarke County Police, Georgia State Patrol, Madison Sheriff’s Department, Oglethorpe Sheriff’s Department, and Oconee County Sheriff’s Department).  Police and Sheriff’s Departments usually set up roadblocks several hours after the games have ended but after the traffic has cleared.  In the past, they have established these DUI checkpoints at various locations, most recently right outside of the Athens-Clarke County area.

The purpose of these roadblocks is to check for impairment, and it allows officers to come into contact with a lot of drivers in a very condensed period of time.  If officers detect any signs of alcohol consumption by the driver, usually in the form of odor, they will proceed with a DUI investigation of that driver.  Often times this will include, but not always, asking drivers to submit to what are termed as Standardized Field Sobriety Evaluations and to submit to a portable breath testing device called an alcosensor.

Officers will use these field sobriety evaluations and alcosensor to determine if a driver is under the influence of alcohol and should be arrested and charged with DUI.  After arrest, a driver will be asked to submit to a state test of their breath or blood by the officer.  Depending on the decision to take the test or not, and the result of any test that is taken, a person’s license may be seized at that time by the officer.

The best way to avoid a DUI arrest is to have a designated driver who is not consuming alcohol.  However, if you find yourself stopped at one of these roadblocks and being arrested for DUI it is important to secure an attorney to represent you.  Because of administrative license issues, it is important to contact an attorney immediately because time can be of the essence.

Free Consultations for DUI at Baker & Slider

At Baker & Slider, LLC we represent people that are arrested and charged with DUIs in and around the Athens area, including Oglethorpe County, Oconee County and Madison County.  If you are arrested for DUI, contact us, or call our office today at 706-208-1514 for more information or to speak with an experienced DUI attorney.

DUI Marijuana Tests Challenged in Georgia

DUI Marijuana Tests Challenged in Georgia

The Cobb County police department, along with one of its officers, were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Georgia at the Federal Court in Atlanta. The lawsuit alleges that the police improperly arrested and detained three people for DUI marijuana.

The three individuals were charged with DUI marijuana after an officer used “drug recognition training” to arrest the individuals, force them to spend hours in jail, and compel a blood test. None of the plaintiffs were under the influence of marijuana, and all of the tests came back negative.

The department did not obtain a warrant for arrest in the cases, relying on the advice of a “drug recognition” expert to determine that it was likely the drivers were operating under the influence of marijuana. This is a serious charge, as even though the charges against the three plaintiffs were eventually dismissed, they will have an arrest on their records, which could hurt their chances in future job searches and other activities requiring a background check.

Failure to Maintain Lane to DUI Marijuana

In all three cases, the plaintiffs were stopped for a failure to maintain lane. The drug recognition expert in question either conducted or participated in each of the stops. Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that the drug recognition expert did not follow protocol that is used to establish whether or not someone is driving under the influence of drugs, known as the DRE protocol.

The officer in question was trained as a “drug recognition expert.” This program, and others like it, are becoming increasingly popular with police departments across the country and the state of Georgia. Rights advocates worry that these programs will make officers believe that they have the ability to automatically tell if someone is or is not on drugs. Therefore, it risks search and seizure violations. Police officers can cherry pick elements to create a case for DUI marijuana. Moreover, rights advocates worry that bias and mistakes will ruin the records of innocent drivers.

Some people defending the program point to blood tests that, in some instances, show evidence of marijuana consumption. We’ve talked before about why blood tests are unreliable. Additionally, if the blood tests were based on the identification of a “Drug recognition expert,” then the tests themselves might be problematic. As a result, individuals charged with DUI marijuana may have ground to challenge their case.

DUI Marijuana in Georgia

DUI Marijuana can carry serious penalties in Georgia. As a result, this situation is very important. Moreover, if police are allowed to use arbitrary standards to accuse someone of a crime, then we face a slippery slope when it comes to our 4th Amendment Rights. Police officers should not be able to use an unscientific series of observations and suspicions as a basis to arrest someone and charge them with a crime.

Free Consultation for DUI Marijuana

Call or contact Baker & Slider to set up a free consultation. We can help you understand the process that you’ll go through, and will fight to protect your Constitutional rights. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty in America. DUI charges are no different. Jason Slider has the skills and experience you need to get the best possible result for your DUI Marijuana charge. He has successfully argued hundreds of cases in and around Athens. Jason will know the different ways to challenge your case. This gives you the best chances of the best outcome. Additionally, as a former State attorney, he has the inside knowledge need to aggressively defend your case. Jason knows where the weak parts of the government’s case are, and will attack them. The sooner Jason starts working on your case, the better your defense will be, so call (706) 208-1514 today and set up your free consultation.

DUI Checkpoints in Athens

DUI Checkpoints in Athens

DUI Checkpoints in Athens, GA

Police in Athens, GA are turning to DUI checkpoints with increasing intensity. Indeed, all over Georgia, police are stepping up their use of DUI roadblocks and checkpoints. In fact, last year Police warned drivers that they would be stepping up roadblocks and checkpoints.

Roadblocks are supposed to keep people safe. However, overzealous law enforcement results in inappropriate DUI charges. There are several problems with the methods that the police use to check for DUI. DUI checkpoints walk the line of search and seizure. Therefore, police officers must conduct them in very specific ways. Failure to abide by the rules and regulations governing DUI checkpoints means that your rights might be violated.

Understanding DUI Checkpoints

Citizens can falsely register as being under the influence at a DUI roadblock for any number of reasons. Many citizens get nervous when stopped at a DUI checkpoint. Roadblocks at night are especially intimidating. The anxiety and nerves that a person experiences during a roadblock can replicate indicators of being intoxicated.

Moreover, methods like breathalyzer testing, blood tests, and other investigative methods can be unreliable. However, many citizens aren’t aware of the rules and regulations that cover DUI roadblocks. As a result, many citizens don’t seek the best legal representation when they are charged with a DUI. This is especially true if the individual in question has had a drink or two.

However, in the state of Georgia, the legal limit for alcohol intoxication is a BAC of .08%. Simply having a drink or two is unlikely to raise your BAC to the legal threshold for intoxication, even if the tests say otherwise. Sometimes that doesn’t stop the police from charging you with a crime. Athens-Clarke County police are especially vigilant during football games. A tremendous number of people make their way into Athens during UGA home games. Police know that these individuals are coming from out of town. In an effort to keep people on the roads safe, the police may be more aggressive with DUI charges than is appropriate.

Best DUI Checkpoints Defense

You’re going to need the best legal defense possible if you’ve been arrested for DUI. A good DUI lawyer will know how to find the holes in the case against you. Moreover, the best DUI attorney will also be able to challenge test results. An excellent lawyer will also show that a DUI roadblock was not conducted in accordance with the law. Given the penalties for being convicted of a DUI, citizens need to be sure that their Constitutional rights are fully protected.

All citizens are innocent until proven guilty. At Baker & Slider, we understand that mistakes happen. Police make mistakes as well. Our skill and experience in handling DUI cases allows us to help you mount a vigorous defense of your rights. We know how to provide the high-quality legal defense you need to ensure that you are not wrongfully convicted of a DUI.

Free Consultation for DUI Checkpoints

If you’ve been charged with a DUI resulting from a Gameday roadblock, call or contact Baker & Slider to set up a free consultation. We can help you understand the process that you’ll go through, and will fight to protect your Constitutional rights. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty in America. DUI charges are no different. Jason Slider has the skills and experience you need to get the best possible result for your Gameday roadblock DUI. He has successfully challenge roadblock procedures in and around Athens in the past. Additionally, as a former State attorney, he has the inside knowledge need to aggressively defend your case. The sooner Jason starts working on your case, the better your defense will be, so call (706) 208-1514 today and set up your free consultation.

Sheriff Elections and DUI Charges

Sheriff Elections and DUI

sheriff elections and DUI charges

One of the greatest things about our country is the fact that we elect so many of the officials that make and enforce our laws. Sheriff elections are an important element of our democratic system of government. However, the fact that we enjoy such a great democracy doesn’t mean that citizens should stop worrying about protecting their constitutional rights.

When election season rolls around for local law enforcement officials, like Sheriffs, citizens need to be extra careful about ensuring their constitutional rights are not violated. This same standard holds true for other elected officials that play a role in law enforcement, like certain judges and other officials.

More DUIs During Sheriff Elections

One that that vigilant citizens have noticed is that there is a greater instance of DUI arrests and DUI roadblocks during election season. Moreover, elected court officials are more likely to view defendants charged with DUI more harshly during election season.

Sheriffs and judges who must run for election do not want to appear to be soft on crime. Therefore, many elected court and law enforcement officials will be more aggressive when it comes to enforcing the law. As a result, there are several elements of law enforcement that change.

One of the most important differences during election season is that deputies and other, unelected law enforcement officials feel more pressure to make arrests. This pressure can result in lower quality police work, including unintentional rights violations that result in innocent people being arrested.

DUI charges are a good place for sheriffs to show that they are protecting the community. However, it’s important to note that being charged with a DUI does not mean that someone is guilty of a DUI. Many citizens have faced inappropriate DUI charges around election season. Moreover, many of these charges are the result of DUI checkpoints.

The Problem with More DUI Checkpoints During Sheriff Elections

We’ve talked before about how DUI checkpoints are problematic for citizen’s rights.  DUI checkpoints and DUI roadblocks must be conducted in a very specific way. When the police fail to abide by the rules governing DUI roadblocks, they violate your Constitutional Rights.

The combination of specific rules regarding DUI checkpoints, and the increased pressure on deputies during election season creates a situation where citizens are more likely to be unjustly charged with a DUI. These charges are serious. A DUI conviction can result in the loss of your driving privileges, large fines, jail time, and more.

Therefore, citizens need to obtain the best legal counsel possible when they are facing a DUI charge during election season. A good DUI lawyer will understand how to fight your case and make sure your rights are protected.

Facing a DUI Charge During Sheriff Elections? Call Baker and Slider for a Free Consultation

If you’re facing a DUI charge and elections are around the corner, call Baker & Slider. Jason Slider is one of the most experienced DUI attorneys in the Athens-Clarke County area. He has the skills and experience you need to protect your rights. Jason has won numerous industry awards for his vigilant defense of citizen’s rights. His past as a Georgia State attorney helps him spot weaknesses in the state’s case against you. He will use those weaknesses to mount an aggressive defense for you. He has lots of experience with DUI cases in the Greater Athens area. Consultations are always free at Baker & Slider. Call (706)208-1514 or contact us today for your free consultation. Jason will help you understand your situation and explain what options are available to you. The sooner Jason starts on your case, the better your defense will be, so don’t delay, call now!

DUI Defense in the Greater Athens Area

DUI Defense in the Greater Athens Area

DUI in Oconee County, Jackson County, Madison County and Oglethorpe County

When people in Georgia think about the Greater Athens Area, they mostly think about the college, UGA, and Athens-Clarke County. However, there are lots of areas around Athens where people live, work and travel. As a result, there are lots of areas around Athens where people can be charged with crimes. It can be scary to face criminal charges in any jurisdiction, and the area around Athens is no different. So what can you do to protect your Constitutional rights in the Greater Athens Area?

Greater Athens Area and DUI

There are several ways that people can find themselves charged with a DUI in Oconee County, Jackson County, Madison County, and Oglethorpe County. One example is roadblocks. You can also be arrested while coming home from a football game. No matter what, you are entitled to a robust legal defense to ensure that your rights are protected.

The areas which make up Greater Athens generally have a smaller population and a small town feel where everyone knows everyone else. This is especially true for the governments and criminal justice systems in those areas. That’s one of the reasons why it’s important to hire a lawyer who has worked in these areas before, and who has the skills and experience needed to get you the best possible outcome in your case.

Greater Athens Area and DUI Defense

It important to understand the process of a solid DUI defense anywhere, but especially important when you are dealing with places like Winder, Watkinsville, Danielsville, Wintersville, Madison, and other cities in the Greater Athens Area. Each jurisdiction has its own procedures and protocols. Moreover, each city has its own set of judges and prosecutors. As a result, it can seem hard to defend a DUI in the areas around Athens.

There are a number of ways to challenge a DUI charge. A good DUI lawyer will check to make sure any tests are conducted properly. A good DUI lawyer will also analyze the reason you were stopped. They will check any evidence the state plans to present against you. Officer’s statements need to match the evidence presented, and any roadblocks must be conducted in a very specific way to avoid violating your rights.

Some citizens might be afraid to challenge their DUI charge. Others might be intimidated by the process and unsure how to proceed. These are the times where it pays to reach out to a DUI lawyer with over a decade of experience handling DUI and criminal cases in the Greater Athens Area. A lawyer who knows the people and processes that you’ll be interacting with is the best bet for a positive outcome in your case.

Free Consultations for DUI in the Greater Athens Area

If you’ve been arrested or charged with a DUI in the greater Athens area, call (706) 208-1514 or contact us to set up a free consultation. Jason Slider has the skills and experience needed to get the best possible outcome in your case. His past as a Georgia State attorney helps him spot weaknesses in the state’s case against you. He will use those weaknesses to mount an aggressive defense for you. He has lots of experience with DUI cases in the Greater Athens area. Additionally, Jason has won numerous awards for his DUI defense track record. The sooner Jason starts on your case, the better your defense will be, so don’t delay, call now!

Gameday Roadblock and UGA Home Football Games

Gameday and UGA Home Games

Gameday Roadblocks for DUI in Athens

Gameday is one of the biggest draws for people coming to visit Athens. It not only brings people in from out of town, but also brings out locals, residents, and students to enjoy the fun and the atmosphere. However, the fact that Athens seems like one big party on Gameday doesn’t mean that there aren’t any rules. Police officers in Athens and in the surrounding areas will still be around in force to ensure everyone is having fun in a safe and law-abiding manner. A Gameday roadblock is one of the most common law enforcement tools used by police during UGA home football games.

Gameday Roadblocks in Athens

Athens-Clarke County law enforcement are known to set up a number of different roadblocks during Gameday. These roadblocks usually cover a few important and heavily traveled routes into and out of the downtown area of Athens, as well as the main arteries through the Greater Athens Area. This means you are likely to encounter one of these checkpoints on your way in to or out of Athens.

The purpose of a roadblock in Athens is to stop and inspect all or nearly all of the cars using that road. Police are looking for evidence of crimes during these inspection. Therefore, roadblocks can be understood as a type of police search. As a result, they are covered by the rules for police searches.

In addition to Athens-Clarke County police, the UGA Police will also assist in traffic stops and checkpoint efforts. Many people think that UGA Police have no jurisdiction off campus, but that isn’t the case. The UGA Police are state police. They have authority within 50 miles of University System of Georgia property anywhere in the state. Functionally, that means UGA Police have the authority to pull you over, issue citations, and arrest you anywhere in Georgia.

The list of things that police might look for during a roadblock is nearly unlimited. Therefore, plenty of issues exist with these roadblocks and checkpoints. Supreme Court and Georgia court rulings require Athens-Clarke county police to conduct Gameday roadblocks and check points in a very specific way.

Gameday Roadblocks around Athens

Athens-Clarke County isn’t the only law enforcement branch that uses UGA home games as an excuse to set up roadblocks and checkpoints. Many of the surrounding cities and counties also set up stops for drivers going to or returning from games.

Oconee County, Watkinsville, Danielsville, Madison, Jefferson, Jackson County, Greensboro, and other police departments are known to use roadblocks into and out of Athens when UGA plays at home. These roadblocks and checkpoints are regulated by the same court rulings as the Athens-Clarke County police. As a result, there are multiple rules they must follow to avoid infringing on citizen’s Constitutional rights.

Gameday Roadblock DUI Defense

We’ve written before about DUI and Gameday roadblocks, both in Athens and in the surrounding areas. Roadblocks are a tricky subject for police. They must be conducted in a very specific way to avoid violating your Constitutional rights. Some roadblocks, like the example from the link in the previous section, result in an absurd number of arrests and citations. This summer, one roadblock in Centerville produced 42 arrests and citations.

There are a number of ways to challenge DUI and other charges that result from roadblocks and check points. Lawyers can challenge the way the roadblock was set up, for example. A lawyer can also challenge the way the police conduct the roadblock, or the way they respond to citizens driving into the checkpoint.

Free Consultations for Gameday Roadblock DUI

If you’ve been charged with a DUI resulting from a Gameday roadblock, call or contact Baker & Slider to set up a free consultation. We can help you understand the process that you’ll go through, and will fight to protect your Constitutional rights. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty in America. DUI charges are no different. Jason Slider has the skills and experience you need to get the best possible result for your Gameday roadblock DUI. He has successfully challenge roadblock procedures in and around Athens in the past. Additionally, as a former State attorney, he has the inside knowledge need to aggressively defend your case. The sooner Jason starts working on your case, the better your defense will be, so call (706) 208-1514 today and set up your free consultation.