What You Need to Know About Criminal Prosecution in Columbus, GA
Because he's independently minded, Clark Adams, Attorney at Law, doesn't accept the status quo. In the following articles, Adams reveals some less-than-glorious truths about the law.
According to Adams, the police put too much stock in drug dogs' abilities. At the end of the day, Adams has plenty of reasons not to take the shaggy sniffers' discoveries seriously.
Drug possession carries a pretty heavy sentence. Here's some information that people should know if they want to stay out of jail.
The law obliges all police officers to follow a procedure when they make a DUI arrest. The problem is that police don't always obey the law.
Information of Field Sobriety Tests
Motorists suspected of driving under the influence are often requested to perform a series of roadside tests to allow law enforcement to establish probable cause to make an arrest. The first thing to understand about such tests is that performance of them is entirely voluntary and there is no consequence to your license for refusing to attempt to perform them. If an actual arrest is made, refusal to submit a breath or blood test will results in license consequences, and probably a license suspension, but refusal to perform any roadside agility tests will not.
Based on the fact that these tests are, as many commentators have put it, "designed for failure," it is not recommended that anyone attempt to perform them.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has approved three (3) standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs). They are the Walk & Turn, One Leg Stand and Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. Although some officers continue to utilize other tests, most of which cannot even be considered voodoo science, the three tests listed above are the only ones approved in Georgia. Interestingly enough, NHTSA analyzed the laboratory test data and found:
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, by itself, was 77% accurate.
- Walk and Turn, by itself, was 68% accurate.
- One Leg Stand, by itself, was 65% accurate.*
Since officers attach so much weight to their conclusion that a driver has "failed" one or more of these tests, which even NHTSA acknowledges are 77% accurate at best, there is no good reason to comply with an officer's request to attempt to perform them.
* February 2006 DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing - Student Manual
If you are charged with a DUI in Georgia
If you are charged with a DUI in Georgia, you may have ten (10) business days to try to save your driver's license from an administrative suspension.
Motorists charged with a DUI in Georgia typically have their license taken or seized by the arresting officers and are given a form on 8 1/2 "by 11" paper, yellow in color, by the arresting officer labeled "Temporary Driving Permit."** Many motorists are misled into believing they are permitted to drive on this until their court date. Explicitly stated on the back of the form, which most motorists, unfortunately, never look at, is the Hearing Procedures motorists are required to comply with in order to prevent an administrative license suspension. Basically, you have ten (10) business days from the date of the arrest to request a hearing. Failure to request a hearing within ten (10) business days will result in the license being suspended thirty (30) days following the arrest.
If you are charged with a DUI and have your license taken, call within ten (10) business days for information on how to save your license.
** The form issued is shown. As indicated in the bottom left corner, the notice is an official Department of Drivers' Services Form, labeled DDS 1205.
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