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Georgia DUI Defense Witness Pleads No Contest to Perjury Charges

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.

 

Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.

 

A Georgia doctor and DUI expert witness pled no contest to nine counts of perjury for falsely describing his credentials. The 68-year-old ophthalmologist testified in criminal trials in multiple states.

 

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the doctor lied under oath when he said he was invited to join the faculty of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to train law enforcement officers in field sobriety testing. In reality, the doctor was a guest lecturer at the center's fire academy and spoke about eye injuries. He was never involved in field sobriety training.

 

The doctor also testified that he was invited by Georgia's governor to review field sobriety training with Georgia law enforcement officials in a statewide "Drunk Busters" program. No such program exists. The doctor admitted he inflated his credentials in standard field sobriety testing because "it sounds good."

 

If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia