Our client traveled the wrong way down a one-way street in Atlanta and pulled into a gas station where he struck and damaged a gas pump. An Atlanta officer, who is not a member of the Atlanta DUI Task Force, conducted a poor DUI investigation, but there were still signs of intoxication. There was no video of this incident from the police. Although the driving was bad and an accident was involved, Mr. Sullivan was able to persuade the prosecutor to dismiss the Atlanta DUI charge in exchange for a plea to Reckless Driving and a minor traffic offense.
Our client, who has a commercial driver’s license, was involved in a traffic accident when he failed to maintain his lane. He was issued a traffic ticket and represented himself in Atlanta Municipal Court. He sent his case over to Fulton County State Court for trial. He moved and did not get notice of his arraignment date in Fulton State Court and a bench warrant and bond forfeiture was issued. His license was suspended for failure to appear at his court date. He subsequently hired our firm. We quickly got his case out of bench warrant/bond forfeiture status and placed his case on the very next bench trial calendar in Fulton State Court. Mr. Sullivan was able to successfully negotiate a full dismissal of the traffic ticket and client was able to get his commercial driver’s license reinstated.
Our 23-year old client was involved in a parking lot scuffle and collision, showed significant signs of drug impairment, and was arrested and charged in Atlanta with DUI-Drugs and Reckless Driving. Case bound over to State Court of Fulton County, where the Court sustained our demurrer to both counts, finding them lacking sufficient detail to allow us to fairly defend them. Bob Chestney handled the hearing, and subsequently negotiated a plea to Reckless Driving. Since he had completed drug treatment, done community service and was able to pay his fine, our client even avoided probation.
Client ran off the road, swerved back onto the road and collided with a wrecker. His sister suffered a pretty bad injury, and he was also taken to the hospital. A blood test revealed a BAC of .091. Bob Chestney filed a motion to suppress the blood test results on several legal grounds, and a hearing was conducted. At that hearing, Mr. Chestney was able to demonstrate on cross-examination that the nurse who testified that she drew our client’s blood had no recollection of doing so, had seen no records indicating she was the blood drawer, and didn’t even know if she was working that night. She testified that she drew the blood merely because the prosecutor told her so.
The judge threw out the test results, and the State offered to drop the DeKalb County DUI accident charge in return for a plea to the Reckless Driving charge.