The case of Clayton County Commissioner Wole Ralph’s DUI has been going on for quite some time, as reported on FindLaw’s Atlanta DUI News Blog. Some of the twists have included kicking the case from one court to another due to Ralph’s friendship with Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed.
Now there is a new twist in the tale, as Wole Ralph has pleaded not guilty to DUI and a number of other charges, reports WSBTV.
Ralph's DUI arrest occurred back in February of 2011. By October, a deal dropping the DUI charges had been reached; but because of the possibility of the appearance of impropriety, the case was moved from the court.
Previously, one of the interesting elements of Ralph's case was that the Solicitor's Office admitted that Ralph wasn't given an implied consent warning.
In Georgia, an implied consent warning tells the drunk driver that he or she can have their license taken away if they refuse a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test. More than 20 percent of drunk driving suspects in the U.S. refuse to take a breathalyzer or other BAC test when an officer suspects drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
To learn more about implied consent please speak to an attorney or see the resources below. An Atlanta DUI attorney can not only explain the rule, but also evaluate the facts of your case and determine if perhaps any breathalyzer test you might have given would be admissible or inadmissible in court proceedings.