Hartwell DUI Lawyer
When you are charged with a DUI in Hartwell or anywhere else in Georgia, it is more than likely that you were charged with a traffic violation as well. Our DUI Attorneys in Hartwell understand how to defend both the traffic violation as well as the DUI charge. Contact our office today for a free no-obligation case evaluation.
How Our Hartwell DUI Lawyers Can Assist with Your Case
In many cases, a successful defense to the traffic violation itself is the best plan of action. The successful defense of the traffic violation can result in the collapse of the probable cause that supports the stop of your vehicle. In sum, by defending the underlying charge, you can also defend against the DUI charge.
Our DUI attorneys in Hartwell have the knowledge, experience, and skills to achieve an excellent outcome for your case. While every case is different and results cannot be guaranteed, many of our clients have had their DUI charges dismissed, reduced, had jail time modified to community service, and more.
Attorney Richard Lawson formerly served as a prosecutor but has spent more than 20 years defending those charged with DUI. Because of his experience as a prosecutor, he is able to bring an incredible and rare perspective and knowledge to each case.
Our Hartwell DUI Lawyers will handle your case from start to finish and keep you informed. It is critical to get an attorney involved immediately in your defense because many opportunities can be waived by failing to meet tight deadlines. Meeting these deadlines can mean the difference between keeping your license or losing it.
Our DUI Attorneys in Hartwell will consider all avenues when defending your case. We will thoroughly examine all the evidence, interview witnesses, obtain police reports, and more to make sure we get the full picture. Once they understand the circumstances surrounding your arrest, we will begin to build your defense.
Common DUI Related Traffic Violations in Hartwell
In most of our cases, the DUI arrest starts with a basic traffic violation. A police officer must have a reason for conducting a DUI investigation, and it usually starts with the driver failing to adhere to traffic laws. Some of the most common traffic offenses committed with a DUI include:
Failure to Maintain Lane
Failure to maintain lane is the most common reason a person is stopped and questioned about drinking and driving. O.C.G.A. § 40-6-48 states that whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic.. a vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.
There are many defenses to the underlying charge of failure to maintain lane. Because the law is vague as to what constitutes safety, your Hartwell DUI Lawyer can argue that you lawfully maintained your lane.
Speeding is one of the most frequently charged traffic offenses in Georgia. Even though it is a minor charge, it could lead to a more serious crime, such as DUI. We have Hartwell DUI Attorneys that have extensive experience negotiating speeding tickets down and keeping it off a driver's record. In regards to a DUI case, if the solicitor is unable to prove that you were speeding, then there can be no basis for the traffic stop that resulted in the DUI arrest.
Failure to Adhere to Headlight Requirements
While it may sound trivial, a headlight violation can be the basis of the beginning of a DUI investigation. O.C.G.A. § 40-8-20 outlines that Georgia drivers must display their headlights from 30 minutes after sunset to thirty minutes before sunrise, while raining, or any other time when there is not sufficient visibility. If you were pulled over for violating Georgia's headlight rules and were subsequently charged with DUI, you need a DUI attorney in Hartwell.
Following Too Closely
According to O.C.G.A. § 40-6-49, the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent. Many vehicle accidents result from a driver following too closely and then proceed to be the basis for a DUI charge. The stakes are high if you have been charged with a DUI and following too closely. These cases are challenging to defend and require the attention of our experienced Hartwell DUI lawyers.
Hartwell Municipal Court
Hartwell Municipal Court has jurisdiction over city ordinance violations, traffic offenses, and other misdemeanors, including DUI and shoplifting, that occur with Hartwell city limits. The Court is located at 500 East Howell Street, Hartwell, GA 30643. For more information, call 706-376-4756.
Contact Our DUI Attorneys in Hartwell Today
If you have arrested in Hartwell city limits and are worried about next steps, contact our Hartwell DUI Lawyers today. We hare waiting to take your call and discuss your options with you. There is no time to lose when charged with DUI. Call us today for a free case evaluation.