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DUI in the News in Atlanta

Although statistically Georgia is among the least “drunk” states in America, news organizations always find a DUI case to discuss. It could be a man getting drunk and having an argument with his girlfriend and crashing into a building. Or, it could be something worse. We try and keep up with all the accidents and all DUIs in the news.

But there are other reasons to pay attention to DUI news. Some of these include coverage about planned sobriety checkpoints, about the varied ways DUI laws are being enforced, and about what kind of conduct police officers don’t like to see in people they pull over. Reading our blog might is a good first step to learn more about DUI news. The next step would be talking to a real Atlanta DUI lawyer.

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5 Terrible DUI Excuses Never to Use on a Cop

When trying to get out of a DUI, some excuses work better than others.

Telling the police officer that you were "trying to drive it off"? Not a good DUI excuse.

Here are five other DUI excuses you should never use on a cop:

3 Questions About Alternative Sentences for your DUI Attorney

After taking a look at Georgia's DUI laws, you may have wondered about alternative sentences.

The availability of alternative sentences will hinge on the specific facts of a DUI case, so your best bet is to consult a DUI attorney for an evaluation of your particular case.

Here are three questions about alternative sentences to ask your DUI attorney:

APD Supervisor Terminated Over DUI Charges

As surprising as it may be to private citizens, a fair number of Atlanta Police Department employees struggle with DUI charges of their own. Take it from Atlanta Police Lt. Maurice Dodd, an APD supervisor who slammed into a fire hydrant while driving drunk.

Dodd is now facing a slew of repercussions of both the professional and legal variety.

What Not to Say After DUI Arrest

What shouldn't you say after a DUI arrest? A YouTube video confession from an offender who committed a fatal DUI has gone viral, and despite 22-year-old Matthew Cordle's heartfelt pact to take full responsibility for his actions, the consequences and the unfortunate death of his victim had already occurred.

If you've been pulled over for a DUI, certain things may already be out of your hands. For Cordle, it was the fact that someone was killed due to his actions.

This is a good reminder to make sure you make the right choices following a DUI incident, including what you say. Here are some important things not to say after a DUI arrest:

How Much Can a DUI Cost in Atlanta?

The next time you reach for a drink, think about how much a DUI conviction could cost you.

A recent a study conducted by the Automobile Club of Southern California put a huge price tag on basic first-time DUIs in that state. According to the study, a DUI can cost up to $15,649 in California, reports the Los Angeles Times.

And those numbers don't even take into account other associated DUI costs.

How can a DUI can cost you? Let us count the ways:

Back in January of last year, Atlanta Police Senior Officer Gail Thomas was killed by a suspected drunk driver while directing traffic on I-75.

On Friday, Chastity Jones went to trial for the crime, South Cobb Patch reports. Jones is facing 13 counts, including DUI and homicide by vehicle in the first degree. She could spend up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Frank Circelli, founder and chairman of the Gem Shopping Network, had a rough holiday season.

Circelli was arrested for DUI not once, but twice within the same week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The first arrest took place Christmas morning, while the second occurred just after midnight on New Year's Day.

The CEO now faces a number of DUI offenses and at least one drug offense.

An Atlanta police officer ended up in the hospital this weekend after an alleged drunken driver plowed into his patrol car.

Officer Osbert Beckles suffered head and chest injuries and multiple broken bones in the crash. Scott Eugene Welker is now facing a whole slew of charges, including DUI and serious injury by vehicle, Channel 2 Action News reports.

An alleged drunken driver took a page out of the Kool-Aid Man's playbook Sunday night when he smashed his car right through the wall of an Atlanta home.

The collision sent the kitchen sink and a table flying into the house's occupants. Now Ray Roberts, the driver, is facing charges for DUI, failure to maintain lane, and reckless driving, Fox 5 News reports.

With many people visiting family and getting sauced at Christmas parties, the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times to get behind the wheel.

This year, holiday driving was especially deadly. According to a report by the Georgia State Patrol, 17 people were killed in crashes across the state over the holiday weekend, making it the deadliest Christmas weekend since 2008, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.