Effective DUI Defense in Atlanta
A Criminal Lawyer Who Knows What to Expect
Many people needlessly suffer the penalties of a DUI charge because they did not have an effective understanding of the law, and did not consult a legal professional who did. At The Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub, P.C., our Atlanta DUI defense attorney strives to get our clients informed about their legal options and pursue an effective course of action. We believe that our clients deserve to be guided through every step of the process and should stay informed about their legal circumstances.
Most importantly, we know what to expect in criminal cases. As former prosecutors, our DUI lawyers in Atlanta have working knowledge of the law from both sides of the courtroom. This, along with their 55+ years of combined experience, makes our legal team a valuable asset for individuals facing DUI charges of all kinds. We have already handled thousands of DUI cases with success. When you are ready to secure dedicated legal counsel, contact our firm and get assistance in protecting your rights and your freedom!
Finding Weaknesses in the Prosecution's Case
Our firm knows that DUI defense can be extremely effective when you locate and exploit weak points in the prosecution's case. Remember, an arrest does not automatically result in a conviction. DUI arrests occur when police officers suspect that a person was driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is the prosecution's job to prove guilt in court, and it is our legal team's job to expose weak evidence and dismiss the charges. The success of your defense may largely depend on the skill and experience of your attorney.
Challenging Why You Were Stopped
Members of law enforcement are required to be able to articulate a reason for performing traffic stops. They may not target and stop a person without substantial reason or suspicion. The same is true for sobriety checkpoints and drunk driving checks—if a police officer does not perform correct procedure when making a traffic stop, then it may be shown that the officer illegally or improperly conducted the DUI arrest. These procedures are strict in order to protect individuals from illegal searches and seizures. If a DUI arrest violated your rights and protections under the law, it may be used in your defense against the charges!
Contesting the Tests You Were Given
Field sobriety tests and blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tests are not foolproof. They can often be improperly administered, and the interpretation of tests like the walk and turn and one-leg stand can be highly subjective. Breath tests on the Intoxilyzer 5000 can be unreliable when circumstantial factors are not taken into account or when the machine is not properly maintained. Even blood test results can be compromised by improper procedure. The evidence of these tests may be largely subject to the interpretation of the officer. Do not leave your future open to interpretation—challenge the test evidence in your defense!
Ensure Your Driving Privileges Are Protected
One of more serious effects of a DUI charge is the suspension of your driver's license. This usually occurs when you are arrested for DUI. If the arresting officer revoked your license and gave you a temporary license in its place, you need to take immediate action to protect your license from an automatic suspension. If your license was revoked after the arrest, you have 10 days to schedule a hearing with the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).
During this hearing, you will have the opportunity to fight the automatic suspension and reinstate your driver's license until the DUI charge is resolved in court. Keep in mind that the DDS hearing is separate from your criminal case—this means that you may have to defend your driving privileges in two separate instances. Even if you successfully appeal the automatic license suspension in a DDS hearing, you may still have your license suspended if you are convicted of the DUI charge in court.
Do Not Settle for a Lesser Defense—Call 404-907-1536
In our experience, the biggest mistake people make after a DUI arrest is to assume that because they tested at or over the legal BAC limit, they are better off trying to appease the prosecutor rather than wasting time hiring a defense lawyer. Don't risk your future, freedom, career, and reputation in a guilty plea; fight back with a hard-hitting criminal defense strategy. Howard J. Weintraub is a former federal prosecutor and former Assistant United States Attorney with more than 30 years of criminal trial experience. If you are prepared to have a dedicated legal professional fighting for your best interests, consult with our DUI attorney in Atlanta.
Do not wait to get vital legal protection. Schedule a case consultation with us today!