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"Operation Zero Tolerance" kicks off to stop drunk driving

During the holidays, it is not uncommon for residents and tourists to find ways to celebrate. Whether it is at home, a barbeque, a party or at a public establishment, there are many concerns for those traveling to and from these celebrations. Because alcohol is often consumed, the dangers of being intoxicated behind the wheel are very real and present.

As the Fourth of July nears, many Georgia residents might be planning to celebrate with family and friends. Since many of these parties involve alcohol, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety has launched Operation Zero Tolerance in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road during the holiday period. The campaign, which runs June 20th through July 6th, is expected to be statewide, and might include saturation patrols and checkpoints. In is almost inevitable that after this campaign is over, many Georgia residents will be facing criminal allegations.

Drunk driving accusations is not something to take lightly, as they can impose serious penalties. A DUI charge in itself can damage an individual's personal and professional reputation, and leave an accused individual stressed and fearful of the future. A criminal conviction may result in license suspension, license revocation, fines and even jail. Additionally, a conviction can leave an individual with a criminal record that can drastically affect his or her life for years to come.

With so much at stake, it is important that those accused of drunk driving put forth the best defense possible. Conducting independent investigation could help assess the appropriateness of any field sobriety tests that were conducted, the admissibility of BAC level readings and the legality of an initial traffic stop. If the police acted illegally or inappropriate in any of these areas, then evidence that may otherwise result in a conviction may be suppressed, thereby resulting in dropped charges.

In the end, fighting a DUI charge is about fighting for one's future. Therefore, an individual accused of drunk driving should find all the help he or she can get. An attorney can often be a powerful ally in this battle, and speaking with one may bring legal options to light.

Source: WJBF News Channel 6, "'Operation Zero Tolerance' DUI Campaign Begins In Georgia," June 20, 2014

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