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Sheriff's Deputy Demoted, Suspended after DUI Charge

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI accident fatalities increased from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2013. The NHTSA reported that the majority of DUI accidents with fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.15 percent or higher, or almost twice the legal limit. 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 19-year veteran sheriff was demoted from corporal to deputy and received a 56-hour suspension after being arrested for DUI.

The former corporal drove through a red light and struck another car in the late-night incident. His breath test measured a 0.20 percent BAC and he was arrested for DUI.

According to the police record the former corporal was demoted and suspended for bringing "discredit to the Sheriff's Office."

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