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By: Bubba Head, DUI Lawyer in Atlanta Georgia and Fulton County and DUI-DWI Book Author
Interestingly, Wikipedia does not have a definition for a DUI lawyer. Instead, the global information site defaults to “criminal defense lawyer,” and says this about a DUI specialist lawyer:
In the United States, criminal defense lawyers deal with the issues surrounding an arrest, a criminal investigation, criminal charges, sentencing, appeals, and post-trial issues. Often an attorney will specialize in a niche within criminal defense, such as drug defense or DUI defense. They could work for the local, state, or federal government or they could work for private law firms. [Hyperlinks and footnotes removed]
Legal directory and national law listing service Justia describes a DUI attorney as follows:
DUI lawyers are criminal defense attorneys focused on representing clients facing DUI/DWI/OWI charges. Each state has different DUI laws. An experienced DUI lawyer will be able to evaluate the case against you and present your options on how to best limit the impact of the charges against you. DUI lawyers also handle related cases such as driver’s license reinstatement and DUI record expungement.
Yes, when a knowledgeable and experienced legal advocate can be retained. DUI statistics reveal that Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services has reduced criminal defense business for some DUI lawyers by over 75%. So, many former drunk driving defense lawyers have moved to other practice areas to make a living.
This leaves fewer hellbent trial attorneys out there fighting DUI-DWI-OUI-OWI cases. However, many DUI specialist attorney firms still exist in major cities like Atlanta, San Diego, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Miami, and Orlando.
Driving under the influence (which is commonly referred to by its acronym “DUI“) means operating or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while affected by alcohol, drugs, noxious vapors (like fumes from mineral spirits), marijuana or other impairing chemicals. When a person’s mental faculties and motor skills have been diminished, that driver is a greater risk to others.
Because a forensic blood or breath alcohol test is not always available, a person can be convicted if enough evidence of intoxication is observed by witnesses (including law enforcement officers). Plus, for those who submit to implied consent testing after arrest, having a blood alcohol content over the legal limit (for that operator) OR having illegal drugs in their system can be the crime, even with NO signs of outward impairment.
Due to federal law, all states have zero tolerance laws for drivers under 21. The published legal limit might be 0.00, 0.01 or 0.02, due to accommodating the “precision level” of a mechanical breathalyzer, but “zero tolerance” is the law in all states that constitutes an offense. Commercial motor vehicle drivers (CDL), such as semi-truck drivers, bus drivers and passenger van operators are held to a single national standard, with 0.04 grams percent or more being illegal.
Law enforcement officers use a variety of tests, such as field sobriety tests and breathalyzers, to determine whether a driver is impaired by alcohol. A person has the right to refuse most of these tests, but in a few states (i.e., California) a pre-arrest, hand-held alcohol breath device is part of state laws. Physical agility exercises are not scientific, so DECLINE all of these. Contact an experienced DUI lawyer near me if you are facing charges.
The best bet is to decline all roadside evaluations. A recent British study revealed that over HALF of all citizens over age 40 cannot do the walk and turn or one leg stand tests. These bogus evaluations are designed for police to get you to self-incriminate by looking bad on video. Then, he or she can CLAIM that this proves impairment.
Martindale-Hubbell (in business since 1868), Best Lawyers in America, US News & World Report Best Law Firms in America, plus Super Lawyers. Next, look at any legal publications of the DUI lawyers at that firm.
All three of our partners have legal publications in national books. Mr. Head initially published and co-authored his first drunk driving book in 1991.
See the following INFOGRAPHIC to show the stages of a typical DUI-DWI arrest:
Mr. William “Bubba” Head has his law office in Atlanta GA and three other Georgia cities in metropolitan Atlanta. His law partners, Larry Kohn and Cory Yager handled criminal defense and motor vehicle crimes, but a substantial majority of their caseload is defending DUI cases across the State of Georgia.
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