The Georgia news outlets often reports harrowing stories about drunk driving accidents. In a court of law, there are two sides to every story. Defendants should not be tried in the media. Instead, a trial should determine whether a defendant is guilty. A Forsyth County man understand this better than most as he is currently battling drunk driving charges in the media, while he waits for his trial in the courts.
The father was charged with driving under the influence and child endangerment after a traffic stop by Milton police. According to the report, the father was driving at a high speed in a school zone with his son in the car. During the traffic stop, the officer stated that he suspected the father had consumed alcohol. The officer stated that the driver failed the field sobriety test and was arrested and placed in the North Fulton County Jail annex.
When interviewed, the father refutes these allegations. He stated that he was just in a rush to pick up his other child from school after work. The father asserts that he was not drunk during the traffic stop. He also believes that the officer was having a bad day and was out to prove something. This, not drunk driving was the reason for the DUI arrest. He plans to aggressively fight the charges in court.
Since this father had his minor son in the car, this DUI charge can be classified as a felony. A felony can lead to more than a year in jail. A felony conviction can greatly damage an individual’s ability to earn a living. This father and defendants like him should be sure to consult with an experienced attorney to protect their constitutional rights during the legal process.
Source: The Atlanta Journal Constitution, “Forsyth County man charged with DUI with child in car,” Mike Petchenik, April 8, 2015