What does a DUI drugs lawyer do?
Driving a motor vehicle on a public thoroughfare while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol is illegal, and it is illegal in all 50 states. There are two terms in common use for the offence, in some states the offence is a DUI, driving under the influence, in other states it is called DWI, driving while intoxicated. Any driver who is stopped by the police and arrested for the offense, regardless of what it is called is advised to seek council from a DUI drugs lawyer in West Georgia.
The DUI drugs lawyer is first and foremost a lawyer who is licensed to practice law in the state where the offence took place. A DUI drugs lawyer in West Georgia is one who has decided to represent clients who have been charged with this specific offence, other lawyers in the state may have decided to represent clients involved in domestic violence or personal injury.
If a police officer is out on patrol and he notices a driver who is exhibiting erratic behavior, the assumption is made by the officer that the driver has had too much to drink or he is using an illegal substance. The officer has the right to pull the driver over and subject him or her to certain road side tests which measure such things as the driver’s reaction time, his coherence and coordination or lack of it. If the outcome of these roadside tests indicate to the officer that his suspicions may be right, he will have the driver take a breathalyzer test. The breathalyzer is a device that instantly gives the officer the BAC of the driver, if the result is over 0.08, the officer will proceed to arrest the driver and charge him with DUI.
Once the driver has been formally charged, he will be placed in a holding cell until he is arraigned. The arraignment can take several days at times; it is during this time that the accused can arrange a DUI drugs lawyer in West Georgia to represent him. The DUI lawyer will accompany his client to arraignment, make a plea of guilty or not guilty and ask for a reasonable bail to be set for temporary freedom.
James B. Head, Attorney at Law provides free consultation if you need a DUI drugs lawyer in West Georgia to represent you.