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Georgia woman faces DUI charges

A woman in Coweta County is facing serious charges after she allegedly crashed into police vehicles during a chase. The 24-year-old woman is facing DUI charges for allegedly driving while using drugs. She is currently being held by Georgia authorities without bond in advance of a trial date, which has not yet been set. 

The police report says that, around 11:00 p.m. on the night of Feb. 2, the woman was observed by deputies to be drifting in and out of lanes. When police initiated a traffic stop, they say the woman accelerated away and began signaling lane changes at random. She then pulled off the road and into an apartment complex. 

Georgia police officer faces DUI charges

A police officer in Fairmont has been fired after being charged with drunk driving, according to local sources. Georgia police were placed in the unfortunate position of arresting one of their own back in January for suspected drunk driving. The officer was subsequently fired and now faces DUI charges. 

The official release from the city of Fairmont states that the off-duty officer was pulled over on Jan. 31 after allegedly being observed weaving in and out of lanes on U.S. Highway 411. Local police conducted a traffic stop, whereupon they came to believe the officer driving the car was intoxicated. Georgia State Patrol took over the investigation a short time later. 

How can I defend against my drunk driving charge?

There's more than one defense against a drunk driving charge. In fact, defense attorneys have a multitude of strategies that they can potentially use to fight drunk driving cases for their clients. This, however, does not mean that all of these strategies will work for the particular circumstances of your case.

It is important for defendants to fully understand all of the options available to them so they can determine the best approach to take. For example, should you enter a plea of not guilty and defend yourself? Or, should you plead guilty and try to receive a reduction in sentencing?

Georgia woman faces drug charges

A traffic stop for suspected DUI has turned into a larger series of charges for one Rome woman, according to local sources. Georgia authorities stopped the the 38-year-old woman on the night of Jan. 26 and now faces drug charges in addition to several misdemeanor charges. No court date has been set, but as of the following night, the woman was still in custody at a county jail without bond. 

According to the police report, officers observed the woman driving erratically, repeatedly crossing over the center line with her vehicle. When she was pulled over, officers made the decision to search her vehicle. The report does not mention if they performed any roadside sobriety testing in advance of this search. 

Soldiers in Georgia face DUI charges

Two American military personnel are under fire after allegedly ramming a truck into a home while under the influence of alcohol. The two men, based on Fort Stewart, are facing Georgia DUI charges in connection with the incident. If they are found guilty of these charges, their careers in the military could be placed in jeopardy and they may face jail time. 

According to witness statements and a Georgia police report, the two male soldiers, aged 19 and 20, were traveling in a pickup truck the night of Jan. 20. The report specifies the 19-year-old was behind the wheel and driving at a reckless pace when he appeared to lose control of the vehicle. The truck narrowly missed several homes before smashing through a mailbox and into a third house. Thankfully, no one was injured in the impact. 

Georgia man in custody following DUI charges

A Cartersville man is in custody following an accident police believe to have been predicated by intoxication, according to reports made available to local media. The 25-year-old Georgia man was in jail as of Jan. 14 after an accident that caused serious injury to two people in his vehicle. He now faces DUI charges as well as felony counts of serious injury by vehicle. So far, his trial date has not been made public. 

According to the police report, an officer observed the man leaving a parking lot at a high rate of speed before crossing a bridge while continuing to accelerate. Police gave chase with warning lights active, but the driver reportedly did not slow down, continuing to travel at some 70 miles per hour. The officer activated his siren but lost sight of the driver. His vehicle was found later, overturned in the middle of the street after apparently striking a power pole, a concrete column and a wooden retaining wall. 

DUI charges filed against multiple motorists in Georgia

The Columbus Police Department conducted a month-long crackdown on suspected drunk drivers throughout December, resulting in multiple arrests. Georgia authorities confirmed the traffic detail ran four days a week throughout the month, ending on New Year's Eve. It will be important for any of these drivers who wish to contest the DUI charges filed against them to seek out experienced defense representation ahead of a court date. 

Officers from the Patrol Division, Motor Squad and Bike Patrol worked in tandem over the course of the month to detain drivers suspected of operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, as well as those deemed to be driving in an unsafe manner. The detail saw 1,123 citations filed for everything from unsafe lane changes to outstanding warrants and DUI charges. A total of 119 people were arrested, including 24 for drug charges and 65 for DUI. 

DUI charges filed against Georgia man

A man who allegedly admitted to police that he was drunk behind the wheel has been arrested, according to local sources. The 46-year-old man was taken into custody by Georgia law enforcement in Gwinnett County on the night of Dec. 27 following an accident police believe was predicated by drunk driving. The man now faces DUI charges, and if found guilty, he could lose his license or even face jail time. 

Officers say they responded to a 911 call requested by the driver, reporting a rollover crash. When they arrived on the scene they found the 46-year-old's SUV flipped over. The driver was miraculously unharmed, but another vehicle had sustained damage in the crash. The driver said he struck a curb with his vehicle before striking a parked car, whereupon his SUV flipped over. 

Is medical marijuana coming to Georgia?

The benefits of medical marijuana cannot be underestimated. Medical researchers have shown that the drug alleviates a host of debilitating conditions. Nevertheless, in the state of Georgia, most people cannot qualify for medical marijuana treatments unless they have a very limited number of conditions. Even the few who qualify can only receive low-THC medical marijuana oil, which might not be as effective as other forms of the drug.

However, according to a recent poll of Republican voters in Georgia, the expanded use of medical marijuana could become a reality.

Georgia man faces DUI charges

A 23-year-old man is in police custody following an altercation with officers who say he was driving drunk. The man was arrested the night of Dec. 26 after a serious two-vehicle crash on U.S. 27 in Georgia. The man has since been released on bail, but his court appearance to face his DUI charges should be upcoming. 

According to the accident report, the man was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on U.S. 27 when the accident occurred, which was around 6:00 p.m. The man lost control of his vehicle, which entered the left shoulder before he overcorrected into the slow lane. His vehicle struck a pickup truck, which then overturned. The man's vehicle spun around and smashed into a guard rail, causing emergency response teams to have to saw the driver's side door off to extricate the man.