An Athens man was recently indicted on 13 charges stemming from a near-fatal
hit-and-run accident that occurred earlier this year. In February, the
man hit and critically injured a local woman as she was walking on Oak
Street in Athens before fleeing the scene. The man was later apprehended
and charged with
driving under the influence (DUI).
After investigations conducted by local law enforcement agencies sifted
through the many crimes involved in the incident, a Clark County Grand
Jury returned an astonishing 13-count indictment against the man this
Tuesday. Among the many allegations included in the indictment were charges
for a DUI, open container violation, reckless driving, serious injury
by vehicle, fleeing the scene of an accident, failure to maintain lane
position, and failure to report an accident. The woman who was critically
injured is still recovering from the incident.
Multiple Charges, DUIs & Enhanced Penalties
While on the extreme end of the spectrum, the 13-count indictment against
the Athens man does help illustrate the fact that prosecutors and local
law enforcement agencies in Georgia leave nothing behind when holding
impaired drivers accountable for their actions. While a conviction for
any DUI offense is already severe – including possible terms of
imprisonment, fines, driver's license suspensions, and court-mandated
classes – other circumstances and charges can quickly elevate these
penalties to devastating, life-altering proportions.
Common charges associated with a DUI most typically include open container
violations, DUI accidents causing injury, and hit-and-run. Whatever the
additional charge may be, they elevate the seriousness of a case and impose
much harsher criminal consequences, particularly lengthier terms of imprisonment,
larger fines, and more unsavory criminal records. If an individual already
has a prior DUI conviction on their record within 10 years of a new charge,
these penalties will be further enhanced.
For anyone who currently stands accused of a multiple DUI, or a DUI charge
that involves additional criminal allegations, working with seasoned DUI
defense attorneys is of the utmost importance. With such crippling criminal
penalties at stake, these types of cases demand the attention of legal
representation capable of dismissing or reducing charges and penalties
as much as possible.
If you or your loved one is facing a DUI with serious additional allegations,
do not delay in seeking the representation you need to protect your freedom
and future. Capable of handling even the most serious and complex cases,
our Atlanta DUI lawyers are prepared to begin working immediately on your defense.
Contact the Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub to discuss your case today.