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DUI charges brought against Georgia deputy after crash

Anyone can find him or herself in a situation that may have once seemed impossible. Even parties who work to uphold the law could wind up on the other side and in need of a defense. Making mistakes is a part of life, and when DUI charges are brought against a person, he or she may now want to avoid the mistake of moving forward with a criminal case without the right information.

One man in Georgia will undoubtedly want to do his best to address his case effectively after recently being taken into custody. Reports indicated that the man was a sheriff's deputy and had been involved in a single-car accident at the time of his arrest. The incident occurred at approximately 2 a.m., but details regarding the event were not disclosed in the report.

Underage drunk driving laws in Georgia

Although it's normal for young people to experiment with alcohol, it's also against the law. As a result, numerous Georgia residents find themselves facing underage alcohol-related charges, including underage DUI and underage consumption and possession.

That said, every person accused of these charges will have the opportunity to defend him- or herself in court. In some cases, the young person can improve these legal situations significantly -- either by getting charges dropped or dismissed, or by getting a reduction in punishments in the event of a conviction.

Woman in Georgia faces DUI charges

A woman from Canton who is accused of causing a 2017 crash that killed a 21-year-old man is being indicted on several charges. Georgia authorities in Cherokee County filed vehicular homicide and DUI charges against the woman for her alleged role in this tragedy. She was scheduled for arraignment on March 7 in Cherokee County. 

According to the local sheriff's office, deputies responded to reports of a crash on Hickory Flat Highway around 7:30pm the evening of March 10, 2017. It appeared that a vehicle driven by the accused woman was traveling westbound when it crossed the center line. This resulted in a head-on collision with the vehicle driven by the 21-year-old victim. 

Georgia police officer faces drug charges

A police officer in Hogansville could face the end of his professional career in law enforcement depending on the outcome of an investigation into his activities. The Georgia officer is facing drug charges after he was allegedly caught selling drugs. The officer has resigned from his current posting, but the investigation is still underway as of this report. 

Police say the 23-year-old officer was placed under surveillance after members of the county crime unit allegedly saw him pass what appeared to be a gun and an unknown amount of marijuana to another man parked in a car in his driveway. Officers later pulled the car over and detained the driver, who said he had purchased an Uzi and marijuana from the suspected man, and he had done so in the past as well. Police subsequently obtained a search warrant for the officer's home. 

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.