Duluth Driver Suspected of DUI After Killing 2

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jun 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

On Wednesday night around 10 p.m., Cindy Catalan-Ordonex, a Duluth resident,  caused a tragic accident when she crossed over the center lane of Steve Reynolds Boulevard at Winward Lane and hit a family's car. Eight-year-old Vincent Kim and fourteen-year-old Kristine Kim were killed. The crash cau...

Gwinnett County Woman Accused of DUI in Fatal Car Wreck

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jun 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

Last week, a woman accused of driving under the influence, reckless driving, improper lane change, and vehicular homicide in Gwinnett County was granted bond. Amanda Parker allegedly caused a multi-car wreck on I-85 that lead to the death of Najee Clarke, a 24-year-old driver who had pulled onto ...

Georgia Governor Signs New DUI Bill

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

A new DUI law in the state of Georgia prevents law enforcement officers from telling drivers that refusing to take a breathalyzer test can be used against them as evidence in court. House Bill 471 changes the informed consent language that police officers give to suspected intoxicated drivers af...

Georgia Legislature Attempting to "Fix" DUI Laws

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Georgia Senate recently passed what it is characterizing as a "temporary fix" to the Georgia DUI law, following the Georgia Supreme Court's ruling that part of the law unconstitutional. The Senate, in a 46-4 vote, approved changes to the Georgia implied consent law. The change would permit l...

How Does Georgia Rank for Fatal DUI Crashes?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jan 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

A DUI crash that turns fatal carries significant charges for the driver of the vehicle. The impact of a fatal accident is wide-ranging, including family members, friends, and others. If you were involved in a fatal car crash and are charged with DUI as a part of that accident, it is crucial that ...

DUI Court in Gwinnett County: Is it Right for You?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol in Georgia, you face serious criminal penalties, including possible jail time and high fines. Certain counties, such as Gwinnett County, have DUI courts that allow for treatment rather than or in addition to the o...

Even When They're Legal: DUI for Prescription Pills

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jun 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

When most people think of an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI), an image of a drunk driver swaying across the road comes to mind. If told the driver was under the influence of drugs or pills, most people envision illegal drugs, like marijuana or cocaine. It is, however, entirely possib...

Search Warrants And Independent Tests

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

As part of a DUI investigation law enforcement officers typically ask the suspect driver to submit to a chemical test, such as a breath test or a blood test in order to determine the drivers level of impairment. If a driver refuses, he or she can face penalties including license suspension and h...

Are Breath Tests Self-Incriminating?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Oct 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

In October 2017, the Georgia Supreme Court handed down a decision that could have widespread implications in Georgia DUI cases. The case, Olevik v. State, deals with the right against self-incrimination and whether the Georgia state constitution “prohibits law enforcement from compelling a person...

New Look Back Law Challenged But Survives

Posted by Richard Lawson | Sep 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

In most states, there is a set period of time that can be used when determining how many prior convictions a defendant has. For a DUI case, the “look back” period will depend on the laws of the state. For example, in Georgia, the number of prior driving under the influence convictions is determin...

One Man's DUI Influences State Legislation

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the course of 33 years, Dean Hermsen of Renton, Washington accrued 11 DUI convictions. Earlier this month, he found himself in the midst of another DUI investigation after he was found driving impaired on Interstate 5 by Washington State Patrol. Just five months prior, Hermsen was released fro...

Dynasty Star Linda Evans Breaks Silence On DUI Arrest

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last month, footage surfaced of former Dynasty star Linda Evans' arrest for driving under the influence, near her Washington state home. The footage was unearthed somewhat belatedly, as the arrest took place in May of 2014. Police dash cam footage was released exclusively by online publication Ra...

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