Savannah, GA- Law enforcement in Chatham County were busy making the streets safe over the long weekend and managed to take dozens of dangerous drivers off the road.
Based on information from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department website, WTVM reports that 53 people were booked for impaired driving in Savannah and the surrounding county over Labor Day weekend.
The TV station reports that many of those arrests can be attributed to the annual “Hands Across the Border” DUI enforcement campaign. As part of that campaign, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Traffic Unit, Georgia State Patrol and several other agencies worked together to detect and arrest impaired drivers.
All 53 of those drivers face anywhere from 24 hours up to 1 year in jail, depending on the circumstances of their case. With a conviction, a DUI offender will also face up $1,000 in fines and other DUI-related costs along with a minimum one-year suspension of their driver’s license. Additionally, a person convicted of DUI in Georgia may also be required to install an ignition interlock device in their car, adding to their overall DUI costs.
Those are tough penalties, but the consequences of a DUI conviction don’t end there; many aspects of a person’s life will be affected by a DUI conviction.
If you want to avoid a DUI conviction, you need to take action and speak with a DUI lawyer in Savannah. They will evaluate the circumstances of your arrest and choose what defense strategy will work best for you and will give you a greater chance of avoiding a DUI conviction.
The first defense strategy your attorney will explore is questioning the officer’s probable cause. The Constitution of the U.S. doesn’t allow police to pull a person over unless they have violated a law. An officer can’t just stop a motorist to find out if they have been drinking. They have to have reasonable suspicion, meaning they need to observe you breaking the law. If an officer violated that right, your DUI charges may be dismissed.
The next effective defense strategy will be to question the results of field sobriety or breathalyzer tests. Whether you pass or fail field sobriety tests depends on an officer’s observations and those observations can be flawed. Breathalyzer tests can also be flawed, particularly if the machines are not calibrated regularly of maintained properly. Your counsel will make certain you haven’t been wrongfully charged with a DUI.
You can trust the DUI attorneys at USAttorneys to explore every option available to help you avoid conviction or have your charges reduced. They are dedicated to each client’s case and will aggressively fight to minimize the impact of your DUI charge. They have a number of defense strategies to draw from and you can count on them to give your case their full attention. Let us help you get in touch with a lawyer today to talk about your case.