Anyone who has driven recently in Vinings after 10 pm (and especially late at night) has probably seen police pulling over drivers and administering field sobriety tests. Every weekend in the Vinings area, numerous DUI arrests are made.
A DUI is more than just a traffic offense. It can affect your job, particularly if you have to drive for work or have a company automobile. They also can be devastating for pilots, teachers, and students. What is alarming about a DUI charge, is that it is not always about drunk driving.
If a police officer pulls you over, you can be charged with DUI for being under the influence of your prescription drugs. You can even receive a DUI if you are deemed to be driving under the influence of over the counter medications. While DUI-drug impairments do not show up on a breath test, an officer can still request a blood test and charge you for DUI. This is frustrating as it seems that it is your word against the word of the officer.
The officer may believe, in his professional opinion, that your face was red or your eyes were glassy, so you were probably under the influence of something. This charges are often ridiculous and can be fought and won. Aggressive DUI lawyers can challenge these charges and have been very successful at getting not guilty verdicts at jury trials on DUI-drug charges. The prosecuting attorneys have to prove that the driver was less safe to drive because of intoxication by cough medicine or whatever they are saying was in the drivers system. This is hard for them to do. Call Vinings DUI attorney Richard Lawson for a free consultation as he has had great success in winning these cases at trial.