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Georgia man faces DUI charges following crash

A man was arrested in Cobb County following an accident involving a police officer who was responding to a fatal accident. Georgia police took a 26-year-old man into custody after he allegedly struck a police officer who had stopped to report a car accident involving a motorcycle. The man now faces DUI charges and is currently being held in a detention center prior to his first court appearance. 

According to the accident reports, the female officer was responding to reports of a fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 75 on the early morning of Sept. 5. A motorcycle had apparently struck a pickup truck before striking the center median, killing the 39-year-old operator on impact. The officer in question had stopped to render aid at the accident site and was sitting in her patrol car when the second accident occurred. 

What do parents need to know about college drug use?

You drop your child off at college, trusting that they will graduate in a few years prepared to tackle their chosen profession. While college provides students with many positive academic, athletic and social opportunities, there are also hidden dangers to college life that many parents fail to notice.

Alcohol and drug abuse is a serious issue facing college campuses. According to the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey, 23 percent of college students used an illegal drug within the month leading up to the study. What should parents know about college drug use to keep their kids safe?

Bus driver faces DUI charges

A Walton County bus driver is facing potentially career-ending charges following accusations of driving her school bus while drunk. Georgia police apprehended the woman after she reportedly failed a breath test provided by the school. She now faces child endangerment as well as DUI charges.

According to the police report, dash cam footage provided to local police showed the bus, driven by the woman, behaving erratically in the road. The bus is seen crossing the center line several times, stopping in the middle of the road and even missing the entrance to the school. The reactions of students, 31 of whom were aboard at the time of the incident, were captured in that footage.

Georgia police officer faces DUI charges

A police officer in Douglasville is facing serious charges following an incident in Fannen County. The Georgia State Patrol arrested the man on suspicion of drunk driving. He now faces DUI charges that, among other things, could negatively impact his law enforcement career.

The man was arrested on July 29. The details of why the man was suspected were not included in this report, which means police could have stopped him for a number of reasons outside of suspected drunk driving. In the course of the arrest, they determined the man was an off-duty police officer. 

The perils of private probation companies in Georgia

Probation is supposed to be a way to help low-risk offenders avoid jail time while paying their debt to society. Of course, those sentenced to probation must stay law abiding and fulfill all the requirements set forth by the court. This usually involves paying fines and checking in with their probation officer.

In the abstract, this may seem easy, but what happens when the probation company doesn’t hold up its end of the bargain? We use the term “probation company” instead of probation officer because a growing number of cases in Georgia are assigned to private companies tasked with monitoring a criminal defendant’s movements and progress. 

Can you face DUI charges if your BAC is under the legal limit?

People in Gwinnett County may already know that if they are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, and a breath test reveals their blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or above 0.08 percent, this constitutes drunk driving. In Georgia, this is known as DUI per se. However, did you know you could still be charged with a drunk driving offense, even if your BAC is below 0.08 percent?

In Georgia, in addition to DUI per se laws, there is a more general DUI under the influence law. Under this law, if the Georgia District Attorney is able to show that a driver ingested alcohol or drugs, and therefore was unable to safely operate their motor vehicle, the driver could be charged with DUI "under the influence." This can take place even if a driver's BAC is below 0.08 percent. In general, the accused's driving behaviors at the time of the arrest or the driver's failure of field sobriety tests are used as grounds for proving DUI under the influence.

Drug charges could mean prison for Georgia man with gummy bears

Its proper name is tetrahydrocannabinol. That mouthful is shortened to THC, the abbreviation for the name of the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Here in Georgia, it is illegal to possess, consume or sell THC.

According to news reports, a 31-year-old man arrested in Atlanta is facing drug charges after police officers searched his vehicle and said they found 50 pounds of THC-infused gummy bears and other illegal drugs.