Bryan County GA DUI Gone for Military Officer

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David is a Joint Terminal Attack Controller for the U. S. Air force. He was arrested for Failure to maintain lane, and DUI – Refusal. He fought the DUI, and won. He settled for Driver to use due care. The charge for Failure to maintain lane was merged. Here is what happened.

The Richmond Hill Police Department report said that David struck the shoulder line on three occasions, put on his blinker, and turned right. At the window the police officer asked David if he drank tonight. David said he had one beer. The cop wrote in his report, “I asked if he would submit to taking some field sobriety tests, which agreed. While attempting three standardized field sobriety tests, David stated he had medical conditions that prevented him from taking them.” The officer did not do any of the three field sobriety tests. He decided to give David the preliminary breath test, and then he arrested David for DUI. He read David the Georgia implied consent for suspects 21 and over (an orange card), and asked him if he would take a breath test. David said, “No.” He was arrested for Failure to maintain lane, and DUI – Refusal.

The officer asked David to do field sobriety test. David agreed. The officer then asked David if he had any medical problems that would prevent him from doing the tests? How would David know? He doesn’t know what the surprise tests will be. David told the cop that he has chronic knee problems from an earlier injury. David answered the cop’s interrogation questions. David never told the cop that, “he had medical conditions that prevented him from taking them.” For one, he doesn’t know what the tests will be. Second, David thought he had to do them. As David stood there, the officer decided not to do any of the three standardized tests, and told David to blow into the hand held breath test on the side of the road. Once again, David submitted to the officer’s demand thinking he has no choice. Then he was arrested.

Final Judgment: Bryan County GA DUI Gone for Military Officer

DUI Dismissed in Pooler, Georgia

Pooler DUI breath test reduced to failure to use due care - Jason Cerbone - Savannah DUI lawyer

Arrested for DUI in Pooler

My client, (I will call him Kevin) was arrested by the Pooler Police Department in Pooler, a municipality of Savannah, Georgia, Chatham County. He was charged with four DUI related traffic offenses. The police officer wrote in his report that Kevin drove in the left hand lane going 50 m.p.h. for several miles and there were no cars in the right lane. The officer pulled Kevin over and when he was at the window he smelled alcohol. He asked Kevin where he was coming from. Kevin replied, “Bahama Bob’s.” The cop asked Kevin if he drank. Kevin said he had drank his last drink about an hour ago. The officer said Kevin’s face was flushed and his speech was slow and slurred, and that Kevin struggled to remove his license from his wallet.

The officer asked Kevin to get out of his car and do some Field Sobriety Tests. Kevin did as asked. He took the three required DUI field tests: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, Walk and Turn, and One Leg Stand. He then took the Preliminary breath test. This showed the presence of alcohol. The officer concluded that Kevin failed all three of the tests and arrested him for DUI less safe. The cop then read Kevin the Implied Consent Rights and asked if he would take a breath test. Kevin said, “Yes.” He took the test and blew a .128 into the Intoxilyzer 5000 police breath test at the Pooler Police Station.

Eventually, Kevin was given the opportunity to plead his DUI down to Failure to use due care, and all other charges would be dismissed. He took it.

Here is the deal

Original Charges

  1. DUI alcohol (breath test) – 40-6-391(a)(5)
  2. DUI less safe (alcohol) – 40-6-391(a)(1)
  3. Must apply for new license within 60 days of moving to a new address – 40-5-33
  4. Impeding the flow of traffic – 40-6-184

Final Result

  1. Reduced to Failure to use due care
  2. Dismissed
  3. Dismissed
  4. Dismissed

Final Judgment: DUI Dismissed in Pooler, Georgia

DUI under the limit reduced

Chatham State Court DUI down to reckless - Jason Cerbone - Savannah GA DUI AttorneyHe was arrested for DUI under the limit (.062), and plead his DUI charge down to Reckless Driving. John and his wife went to Applebee’s for dinner. He drank two beers with his wings. On his way home he was pulled over by the Savannah Metropolitan Police for Failure to move over. There was traffic behind him and coming at him in the other lane. He couldn’t safely move over even if he tried. He was arrested and charged with DUI, Less Safe (Alcohol) 40-6-391(a)(1); Driving with unlawful blood alcohol level – 40-6-391(a)(5); Failure to obey move over law – 40-6-16; and Reckless Driving – 40-6-390. John took a state-administered test at the police station and the result was .062. That is under the legal limit of .08.

We worked out a good deal with the Assistant District Attorney, and in the State Court of Chatham County Georgia, John plead guilty to Reckless driving. The three other charges went away. The first charge for DUI, Less Safe (Alcohol) 40-6-391(a)(1) was changed to Reckless Driving – 40-6-390. The second charge to Driving with unlawful blood alcohol level – 40-6-391(a)(5) was dismissed. The third charge for Failure to obey move over law – 40-6-16 was merged into the charge for Reckless driving.

Judgment: DUI under the limit reduced

Recorder’s Court DUI Down to Reckless

Recorders Court DUI Down to Reckless Driving - Jason Cerbone - Savannah DUI LawyerMr. Anderson was arrested on I-16 by the Georgia Department of Public Safety (a.k.a. Georgia State Patrol). He was charged with DUI – Any combination of alcohol/drugs/toxic vapor/less safe – 40-6-391(a)(4); Speeding in excess of maximum limits 40-6-181; and Failure to maintain lane – 40-6-48. He took a blood test and the results showed an alcohol concentration of 0.089.

DUI Police Report

The DUI Nighthawk Police Officer was operating stationary radar on Interstate 16 when he observed a gold Lexus traveling at a high rate of speed. He pulled over Mr. Anderson for going 75 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone. He noted in his report that he immediately noticed an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from my client’s breath. The officer also wrote in his report that Mr. Anderson had glassy bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady on his feet while walking. My client told the cop he had one beer to drink that night. My client agreed to try out the Field Sobriety Tests. On the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) eye test my client exhibited four of six clues. On the Walk and turn test he showed five of eight clues. On the One Leg Stand test he exhibited zero clues. The officer had my client blow into a preliminary breath test on the side of the road. (This is not the real breath test at the station.) The preliminary breath test showed positive for the presence of alcohol. At this point he arrested my client. After my client was placed into the back of the police car, the police officer read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects 21 and Over. Mr. Anderson agreed to take a blood test. At the jail, he took a blood test and the results three weeks later showed an alcohol concentration of 0.089.

Recorder’s Court DUI Plea Bargain

In the Recorder’s Court of Savannah, Georgia Chatham County my client plead his DUI charge down to Reckless Driving. The charge for Failure to maintain lane was merged into Reckless Driving. And he plead guilty to Speeding.

Judgment: Savannah, Georgia Chatham County Recorder’s Court DUI plead down to Reckless Driving

DUI Reduced for Art Director

DUI to reckless in Chatham County State Court for Art Gallery Director - Jason Cerbone Savannah DUI Lawyer

Lily had just left the Art Gallery where she hosted a Gala in downtown Savannah, Georgia. She was driving down Highlands Boulevard when she saw headlights coming at her. There were no other cars on the road. The headlights passed her, did a U-turn, became blue lights, and came for her. She pulled over.

The Savannah Metropolitan Police Officer came to her window. He checked her license, and he smelled alcohol, so he asked her if she drank. She said she split a bottle of wine with a friend a couple of hours ago. He got her out of the car. She wore high heels and a long tight pencil skirt that hit below her knees. He asked her to do some Roadside agility tryouts, (also known as Field Sobriety Tests). She tried out his exercises. He was not happy with her performance. He arrested her for DUI. She was not drunk. She was not under the influence of alcohol. But she was arrested for the first time in her life, and charged with DUI less safe (refusal) – 40-6-391(a)(1), and Driving too fast for conditions – 40-6-180.

License Suspension Hearing

At the Administrative License Suspension Hearing, I cross-examined the police officer. The officer did not do the DUI Field Sobriety Tests properly. The cop gave the Field sobriety tests wrong, which invalidated the results. She won the DUI license suspension hearing and saved her Georgia driver’s license. The entire transcript of the license hearing is below.

Transcript of the DUI License Suspension Hearing

DUI reduced to Reckless driving

The prosecutor agreed to have the DUI reduced to Reckless driving. In the State Court of Chatham County Georgia Lily plead guilty to Reckless driving.

Judgment: DUI Reduced to Reckless for Art Gallery Director in the State Court of Chatham County

Pharmacist’s DUI down to Driver to use due care in Effingham County

Effingham DUI down to due care gone for pharmacist - Jason Cerbone, Savannah DUI lawyerEffingham County DUI Arrest

My client is a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy and Psychiatry. He was driving in Effingham County when he got into a car crash, hit his head, and was knocked out unconscious. When he awoke he drove and was pulled over and then was arrested by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office for DUI less safe (refusal), Hit and run, Open container, and Drugs not in original container. He refused to do Field Sobriety tests, and he refused to take a breath test. But, he asked the Effingham police to give him a blood test. They did not. What’s more startling is that the police officer wrote in his report that he asked my client to take a blood test, and my client refused. The officer also wrote in his DUI report that my client was in and out of consciousness in the back seat of the police car. The Effingham County police never called for Medical help to have my client checked out. He had received a head injury and couldn’t remember what happened.

DUI Case Result in Effingham County

The Solicitor in Effingham County eventually offered my client a deal. It wasn’t easy to get. I had to show him our hand, and explain our position in the case. And then, after a long time, and much consideration, the Solicitor agreed to dismiss the DUI. In the Effingham County State Court he plead guilty to Driver to use due care – 40-6-241, and Hit and run. The charges of Drugs not in original container and Open container were Nolle prossed (dismissed).

Judgment: Pharmicist’s DUI down to Driver to use due care in Effingham County

Nurse’s DUI refusal negotiated to reckless

Chatham County Recorders Court dui to reckless

DUI refusal

The prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving under the influence of alcohol to the extent you were a less safe driver. When the State does not have a chemical test, you should challenge your DUI charge if one of the three elements of DUI refusal will be hard to prove.

Insufficient evidence of impairment

The nurse was driving home with her husband. She was on I-16 and stopped at a gas station. In the parking lot a police officer noticed that she was not wearing a seatbelt. One thing led to another and she was charged with DUI Refusal – 40-6-391(a)(1); and No seat belt – 40-8-76.1(e)(3) by the Georgia State Patrol. She refused to take the field sobriety tests. She refused to take a breath test. In the her case there was not enough evidence for probable cause to arrest her for DUI.

In the Recorder’s Court of Chatham County she plead guilty to reckless driving instead of DUI refusal. The charge for No seatbelt was merged into the Reckless driving charge.

Judgment: Nurse’s DUI refusal negotiated to reckless driving

Military Officer’s DUI Reduced in Bryan County

Military Officer's DUI Reduced in Bryan County - Jason Cerbone - Savannah DUI Lawyer wins

Q was arrested for DUI less safe, and Failure to maintain lane by the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department on Highway 17. The Bryan County Deputy wrote in his report that Q was driving 29 miles an hour in a 45 mile per hour zone, and he drove with his driver’s side tires over the dotted center line of the highway. The police officer claimed that Q weaved heavily within his lane.  So, the officer pulled him over and immediately detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. The officer said Q was slouched down, face flushed, and his eyes bloodshot and glassy, and Q’s speech was mumbled, slow, and slurred. Q admitted he had a couple of beers that night. Q was unsteady on his feet according to the Deputy. He administered two of the three field sobriety tests and then arrested Q for DUI and took him to the Bryan County Detention Center.

Q would have been dismissed from the military if he got a DUI conviction. So there was only one thing left to do. Fight the DUI. We were headed to a jury trial.

The video showed Q pulled over perfectly. The officer first gave the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test (HGN) and then the One Leg Stand test. It is critical that the tests be done perfectly. We hired an Atlanta Field Sobriety Test Instructor and Former DUI Police Officer to testify for the jury and prove that the Police Officer didn’t do the Field Sobriety Tests the way he was trained to do them. This invalidated the results of the tests. First, the HGN test takes a certain minimum amount of time to do the number of passes correctly. If the HGN is done too fast to complete those passes correctly then it was done wrong and the HGN is no good. Here, the Officer did it way too fast. The Officer did the passes incorrectly and invalidated the entire HGN. The next test that should have been done according to the Field Sobriety Manual is the Walk and Turn. The Officer chose not to do this test. The Officer instead had Q do the One Leg Stand test. Q did this test in the grass. The test requires a hard flat and reasonably level surface. The grass is not hard, flat, and reasonably level.

The Solicitor was ready for the trial. I respect him very much. It would have been a pleasure to try a case against him in Bryan County. But if you can avoid a trial and get a good deal, that is the thing to do. The week before the trial, I went to the Bryan County Courthouse to strike a jury. And on the courthouse steps in front of the red bricked courthouse, the Solicitor and I talked a good bit and he finally agreed to let Q plead his DUI arrest down to Driver to use due care. He is a good man, that Solicitor. He is a good man even if he didn’t give Q that wonderful plea offer. But, I like him more now because of that good deal.

Judgement: Military Officer’s DUI Reduced to Driver to Use Due Care

Model Arrested for DUI Plead to Reckless Driving

Model Arrested for DUI Plead to Reckless Driving - Jason Cerbone Savannah DUI LawyerElena was arrested for Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) with .02 grams or more under 21 years of age – 40-6-391(k)(1); Underage possession of alcohol – 7-3-24(b); and Speeding – 40-6-181 by the Richmond Hill Police Department. The police officer claimed that he “detected an odor consistent with that of an intoxicating beverage,” coming from Elena. The police officer wrote in his arrest report that he asked Elena if she had been drinking, and she said she had consumed a “little bit” of alcohol. The cop asked where it was, and she said in the trunk. The cop opened the trunk and found a bottle of Jose Cuervo Tequila Silver, a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka Green Apple, a bottle of Malibu Red, a bottle of Stella Artois Cider, and a bottle of Firestone Vineyard. The officer asked Elena to do a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) on the street. She did and the PBT result showed the presence of alcohol. The officer then arrested Elena and read her the Implied Consent Rights.  Later, she gave two breath tests at the police station and the results were .099 and .094.

The biggest problem with this DUI arrest was that the officer failed to do any of the three field sobriety tests before he arrested my client. The field sobriety tests should have been done first. And then if he wanted to confirm the results of his field sobriety tests he may do a preliminary breath test (PBT). According to the DUI Field Sobriety Training Manual, “Many experienced DUI officers rely on the PBT less as their confidence in DUI Detection increases.”

In the Bryan County Municipal Court of Richmond Hill, Georgia Elena plead guilty to Reckless Driving. The Speeding charge was merged, and so was the Underage posssession of alcohol.

Judgment: Model Arrested for DUI Plead to Reckless Driving