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Man Found Guilty of 13th DUI as Hearing for 14th Awaits

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 52-year-old man was found guilty in another of his 13th DUI and will have his license revoked. While that hearing was pending he was arrested for his 14th DUI and was extradited pending a hearing on that offense.

 

The jury on the 13th DUI needed only 45 minutes to deliberate before finding the man guilty of driving under the influence on a fourth or subsequent offense, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer without violence.

 

The man was arrested in 2006 but failed to appear at a subsequent hearing, resulting in a bench warrant being issued for his arrest. In the meantime he relocated to another state where there is no law requiring a fourth or subsequent DUI to be charged as a felony. Years passed and the prior DUI charges were no longer considered in his place of residence because they occurred more than 10 years prior.

 

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