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State Legislative Candidate Sentenced for 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 32-year-old County Board member and legislative candidate in another state was sentenced to seven days in jail for a DUI conviction. The man was arrested by university police in the early morning hours after celebrating the end of the legislative session by drinking beer. According to the police report the driver failed several field sobriety tests and his breath test indicated that his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.095 percent.

In response to the arrest the legislator said he "felt phenomenal" when he got in his car and "it was an honest mistake." He pled no contest to the DUI charge and he is allowed to serve his jail sentence in house arrest. He also had his driver's license suspended for six months and was fined $500.

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