Macon, GA- Approximately 50 percent of adults in the U.S. are taking at least one prescription drug, and many are taking prescriptions that impair their ability to drive. Unfortunately, some ignoring the warnings on their prescriptions and get behind the wheel, often with devastating consequences. A recent collision between an impaired driver and a group of cyclists serves as a sad reminder of the consequences of drugged driving.
The accident occurred in Athens on September 13th. According to Fox 5, a 25-year old UGA student who was cycling with two others was killed when an SUV struck her head-on. Her two riding companions were seriously injured.
Police told Fox 5 that the driver of the SUV, a 31-year-old woman, told officers she was looking down at her phone when she slammed into the three cyclists out on an organized ride. She also admitted to taking prescription drugs and had a child in her vehicle when the accident occurred. What’s more, Fox 5 reports that the woman has a prior DUI from June.
Separately, each charge this driver is accused of is enough to warrant an aggravated DUI. In Georgia, an aggravated DUI is a felony and can result in severe penalties depending on the circumstances surrounding the person’s arrest. Though the penalties vary, you can count on longer jail times, higher fines and a criminal record if you are convicted drugged driving. Also, an aggravated DUI charge will stay on your record for at least ten years.
Macon’s prosecutors tend to be aggressive in their prosecution of drugged drivers especially if aggravating circumstances exist. In the case of the driver discussed above, she has several aggravating factors working against her including causing a fatal accident, driving under the influence with a minor child in her car and being charged with a repeat offense.
If you are facing aggravated DUI charges, you need to act and get the advice of an expert because you are facing a felony conviction. You need a skilled and assertive DUI lawyer in Macon working on your defense if you want a change to minimize the legal headaches in store.
After you are charged with a DUI, USAttorneys urges you to speak with a DUI defense lawyer and figure out a defense strategy. Don’t delay action, get legal advice immediately. We can help you find a local attorney who can assist you with all aspects of your DUI case.
A DUI lawyer can take whatever steps they can to have your charges reduced and minimize the penalties you face if you are convicted.