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Lawmaker Accepts Plea Deal after DUI Arrest

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 31-year-old legislator in another state pleaded no contest to lesser charges after being arrested for DUI. The arrest was captured on a police cruiser's dashboard camera and showed that the legislator turned out of a Taco Bell and swerved into curbs, nearly ran a red light and sped. The legislator refused to take a breath test at the scene. The police report indicated that the arresting officer smelled alcohol on the legislator's breath and that he stumbled and fell when walking to the patrol car.

As a result of refusing the breath test the legislator had his driver's license suspended for a year. However, he successfully petitioned the Department of Motor Vehicles for a hardship license that allows him to drive for work and religious purposes.

The legislator admitted that he drank a couple beers earlier in the day but maintained that he was not impaired in the early morning incident. He vowed that he would not resign and that he would run for re-election.

In exchange for pleading no contest to a lesser charge of reckless driving the legislator agreed to perform 100 hours of community service and to attend a driving course.

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