Jan 22, 2016 — 12:37pm
On the face of it, that seems like a simple question. Obviously, if you’re in need of a drunk driving attorney, you were caught driving a car while drunk, right? Wrong. While you must appear to be under the influence to be charged with a DUI in Georgia, you don’t have to be driving a car.
Here’s the truth: according to Georgia law, it’s illegal to operate “any moving vehicle” while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This means that you could be pulled over for driving a golf cart while impaired, or riding a bicycle. Or, as a Conyers man recently learned, a motorized wheelchair.
According to an incident report filed by Conyers police, they were called to a Kroger store on Georgia 138 after an SUV hit a Rascal 300 scooter, ridden by Danny Wayne Mitchell, 48. When they got there, they found Mitchell disheveled, “backing into the building and over plants” in the motorized wheelchair.
Mitchell freely admitted to an officer that he was under the influence of several substances, stating that he’d taken Valium and the anti-depressant trazadone, along with a pint of alcohol. He said he’d been at the grocery store Friday to fill a prescription.
He added, “I was out of medication, so I had me a drink.”
After he submitted to a breathalyzer test, Mitchell was taken to the hospital, and his wheelchair was secured at the Conyers Police Department. We’re not sure who he hired as his drunk driving attorney, but we hope he found a good one. Georgia law is tough on DUI offenders, and without the help of a good drunk driving attorney, the consequences can be harsh.
Caught Drunk “Driving”? Attorney Ray Giudice Is Ready To Represent
If you are charged with a DUI, it’s important to fight it with every resource available, which means finding the best drunk driving attorney available, someone with recent trial experience, and the knowledge to competently represent you in court. With three decades of experience defending people charged with every type of DUI, Atlanta DUI attorney Raymond Giudice is a highly skilled professional who will do whatever it takes to achieve the best possible results for you.
Whether you were driving a car, a bus, or a riding lawnmower is irrelevant. When you’re facing DUI charges, you need the best possible help, and you can get it by calling Raymond Giudice, the DUI lawyer Atlanta trusts. Contact our office (404) 554-8800, or call Ray on his cell (404) 964-4185, to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.