Today marks the start of Memorial Day Weekend, and that means an increase in traffic across much of Atlanta and Georgia. While people are preparing for weekend getaways, parties, and relaxation, it's important to remember that, as with many other holiday weekends, Memorial Day Weekend sees a sharp increase in the number of DUI arrests.
With years of statistics showing increases in alcohol-related accidents, injuries, and deaths during this time of year, local and state authorities are gearing up for increased DUI enforcement. Increased enforcement will typically involve:
- More officers on duty
- Saturation patrols focused on impaired drivers
- Sobriety checkpoints
- Elevated law enforcement presence at times and locations known for DUI
If you have plans to enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend with a few drinks, The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson encourages you to stay safe and plan a ride. The penalties associated with DUI in Atlanta can be severe - for first time offenders, multiple offenders, and others who commit various DUI crimes.
Having decades of experience representing people charged with DUI, we know things happen and that sometimes good people find themselves facing charges. We also know that during periods of increased enforcement, officers may commit errors or infringe upon the rights of drivers in their overzealousness to make arrests.
By speaking with an experienced Atlanta DUI attorney from our firm as soon as possible, there will be ample time to investigate all aspects of your arrest, including why you were pulled over, your interactions with police, the officer's conduct, and the evidence behind your charges. You have the right to tell your side of the story and challenge the government's case against you, and our team is fully prepared to help you do this effectively.
If you or someone you know is arrested under suspicion of DUI this Memorial Day Weekend, do not hesitate to reach out to The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson. As a former Georgia DUI prosecutor, Attorney Richard Lawson knows how the other side thinks, and can guide you through your legal journey in pursuit of the best possible resolution.
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