Roswell DUI Arrest Makes Local Headlines

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

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Roswell, Ga. – According to officers, a female driver has been arrested this past week for driving under the influence after calling 911 to report her vehicle sinking into the Chattahoochee River.

She allegedly was “heavily intoxicated” when she crashed her car into a pond at the Johns Creek Water Treatment location.

As a Roswell DUI Lawyer, I will point out that just because someone has been in an accident does not mean that he or she is under the influence. A person is also not guilty of DUI just because an officer notices certain clues that he or she might be under the influence.

In today's post, I will outline the multitude of ways that officers determine that a person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that it makes them a less safe driver on Georgia roadways.

DUI Investigations

When an officer begins a DUI investigation, there are typically some clues that he or she has already picked up on that has led them to believe that a driver may be under the influence of alcohol.

These clues typically lead to an officer asking for performance of standardized field sobriety tests. These tests typically include: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Walk and Turn, and the One Leg Stand. During these tests, officers look for certain signs that a person is under the influence.

After standardized field sobriety tests, sometimes officers will conduct more tests such as asking certain questions or asking someone to recite particular letters of the alphabet. This then leads the officer to asking the driver to consent to a breathalyzer test. When a police officer has probable cause to make a DUI arrest, he or she will read the driver the Georgia Implied Consent Warning.  This warning describes a person's rights in a DUI case and the requirement to take a State-Administered chemical test.  The officer then designates which test he or she is requesting.  The options include blood, breath, or urine testing.  A suspected driver has a right to refuse testing.  If the accused agrees to the officer's test, then he or she can request an independent test of their choosing.

A Georgia driver has a right to refuse chemical testing.  However, there are circumstances when a police officer can get a warrant to take a person's blood.  Also, in cases without a chemical test, the state can still prosecute a DUI case.  The evidence used in a DUI Less Safe case includes the manner of driving, the ability to follow officer instructions, physical observations, odor of alcohol on a person's breath or person, balance, and the performance on field sobriety tests. 

Practice Note

If you have been arrested for DUI in Roswell, call our offices today. We can help you now.

About the Author

Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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