Pine Lake DUI Lawyer
Driving under the influence (DUI) is considered a serious offense throughout the United States, but especially in Georgia. Even a first DUI conviction can result in jail time, license suspension, community service, and hefty fines. If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, contact one of our Pine Lake DUI Attorneys now. We have decades of experience and are prepared to assist with your case today.
Pine Lake DUI Defense
Every DUI case comes with a new set of facts and a new way to interpret the law, which our Pine Lake DUI attorneys are experts in handling. Once arrested for DUI, the clock is ticking. You only have 30 days to save your license, and there are motion deadlines to pay attention to. Upon calling our office, we will take the time to thoroughly examine your case. This can include interviewing witnesses, visiting the scene of the arrest, obtaining police records, watching dashcam videos, and reaching out to medical experts. We will look at your case from every angle to develop arguments to undermine the State's case against you.
Our DUI Lawyers in Pine Lake focus exclusively on DUI law and therefore are knowledgeable in the best arguments to make for each case. We understand that your case offers a unique set of facts, and we are ready to rise to the challenge. We practice throughout the State of Georgia and have spent years building relationships with prosecutors, judges, and court staff.
What To Do When Stopped for DUI in Pine Lake
When lights start flashing behind you, most people consider it to be a nerve-wracking experience. The important thing to do is to keep calm and follow a few suggestions. This will help put you in the best possible situation with the officer.
1. Pull Over
If an officer has activated his lights, they are indicating that you should pull over. Even if you are unsure whether he is signaling you, it is in your best interest to pull over because state law requires you to yield to emergency vehicles when their lights are activated. If they pass by you, great, but failure to pull over can draw attention to yourself and lead to additional charges. We recommend pulling over at the nearest safe spot to do so.
2. Comply with the officer's request
The officer will ask to look over your license and registration. Providing the officer with the documents quickly and without attitude will help the process go smoother. Also, officers could use a delay in getting your documents to justify that you were “impaired.”
3. Be Polite
Always be polite to police officers. They have a tough job, and it is better for you to be respectful. Also, remember that your statements are likely being recorded or videotaped. Inappropriate comments or being uncooperative can hurt you later.
4. Comply with requests but don't give too much information.
When you are pulled over, officers are looking for signs to charge you. Slurred speech or a delay in answering could give the officer cause to question you further or charge you with a DUI. Do not lie to the officer, but avoid talking about how many drinks you may have had.
5. Request to speak with a lawyer.
If the officer indicates he is going to arrest you, request that you be allowed to speak to a lawyer. This will likely not happen until after you have been booked at the police station or jail, but it is better to make this request as soon as possible.
6. Do not perform field sobriety tests.
In Georgia, you are within your rights to refuse to perform field sobriety tests. These include the walk and turn test, the horizontal nystagmus gaze test, and the one-leg stand test. It can be challenging to perform these tests while sober much less while you are nervous. There are numerous contributing facts that could lead to you performing poorly on these tests without having to be drinking.
Pine Lake Municipal Court
Pine Lake Municipal Court is located at 459 Pine Drive, Pine Lake, GA 30072. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, and Friday 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM. L'Erin Barnes Wiggins is the municipal court judge. Otanya Clarke is the Court Solicitor, and Jennifer Cook is the Clerk of Court. For information about your case or other court information, call (404) 292-4250 or email [email protected].
Our desire as DUI Attorneys in Pine Lake is to minimize your chances of a DUI arrest and conviction. However, we are here and ready to assist if you found yourself charged with a DUI. Our office is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your call. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.