An 18 year old has been charged with DUI, reckless driving, serious accident and injury by vehicle charges, and vehicular homicide stemming from an accident earlier this summer in Johns Creek. Reportedly, the young man was driving a minivan with 5 passengers in the Johns Creek County Club of the South subdivision. He allegedly was speeding and ran a stop sign. The result was the young man's vehicle striking an SUV in which an 81 year old passenger sustained trauma to the torso and died from the injuries.
Johns Creek law enforcement officers responding to the scene suspected the driver of being under the influence of drugs and / or alcohol and charged him with DUI. According to reports, a blood sample was obtained from him at the time of the accident. The young man's lawyer states that he is a good student and that the reports were negative for alcohol and drugs. Johns Creek law enforcement officials are reportedly still waiting for the final toxicology report from the GBI crime lab.
Typically, a first DUI charge in the Atlanta, GA area is considered a misdemeanor. However, when there is a serious accident and someone is injured or killed, the charges can be considered felonies and the Johns Creek municipal court will not have jurisdiction. The cases will be sent to the trial court of Fulton County, which is the Fulton Co. Superior Court in downtown Atlanta. Superior Court in Fulton County is often backlogged so it may be a long time before the driver gets his day in court unless the case is dismissed or a plea bargain is struck between the Atlanta prosecuting attorneys and his defense lawyer.
DUI attorney Richard S. Lawson and his staff attorneys have years of experience getting the best possible results for clients in Fulton County DUI cases. Mr. Lawson is skilled trial lawyer and successfully resolves DUI cases involving serious accidents and injuries as well as vehicular homicide. Call his office today for a free case consultation. Mr. Lawson and his DUI attorney staff proudly serve all of Fulton County (including Johns Creek) and the greater Atlanta metro area.
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