James “Skip” Sullivan represented a Georgia CDL driver that was arrested for a DUI in Atlanta. Atlanta officers responded to a 911 call about a person passed out behind the wheel of a car in a residential neighborhood. When Atlanta Police arrived, they found our client passed out behind the wheel while the engine was still running. Our client’s speech was slurred and he thought he was in a different state when asked. Our client also almost fell over during field sobriety evaluations and refused a roadside portable breath test. Mr. Sullivan need to with this case as this was his client’s second DUI arrest and if convicted, his client would lose his commercial driver’s license for life. A “special teams” defense was deployed, including filing a speedy trial demand in Atlanta Municipal Court before the case was sent to Fulton County State Court for trial. Mr. Sullivan also set up a constitutional due process issue as our client was not read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice at the time of his arrest that would have informed him, among other things, of his right to an independent test. After an almost two year delay in the filing of this case in Fulton County, Mr. Sullivan’s motions were set up perfectly for the Fulton judge to rule in our favor – even when the actual facts of our case were bad. On the day of motions and trial, the Fulton County prosecutor failed to get their witnesses in court after issue was joined for a bench trial and the judge declared our client not guilty.
Planning and preparedness for whatever may come our way in court is what sets Chestney & Sullivan apart from other DUI law firms. Even if the officer showed up, we were prepared to argue motions that we stood an excellent chance of winning. Call Chestney & Sullivan today to discuss your DUI charges at 404.816.8777.
James “Skip” Sullivan represented a driver who was stopped in the Buckhead section of Atlanta for failing to stop at a red light and speeding by a Georgia State Patrol Trooper (Nighthawks) In addition to the bad driving, our client also had slurred speech and red, bloodshot eyes. After being asked to exit his vehicle multiple times, he refused to exit his vehicle when finally ordered to do so by the Georgia State Trooper. He was then forcibly removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest for a DUI in Atlanta and Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer. The Trooper misread a portion of the Georgia Implied Consent Notice and our client refused to submit to a state breath test. Mr. Sullivan took the case out of Atlanta Municipal Court and demanded a jury trial in Fulton County State Court. After multiple hearings, including an administrative license suspension hearing, the Fulton County State Court prosecutors decided to dismiss every charge except for speeding, to which our client paid a nominal fine with no other conditions attached.
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Our client ran a red light in Atlanta and struck another vehicle. Atlanta Police responded to investigate. Our client admitted to drinking and after an investigation, was arrested for DUI in Atlanta. He agree to take the state’s breath test at the jail, but after an unexplained two hour delay, his alcohol level dropped to a .077. The Fulton County State Court prosecution had the ability to present evidence that our client was over .o8 at the time of driving as well as being DUI less safe. Mr. Sullivan was able to persuade the prosecution that they would still have a difficult time proving its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The Atlanta DUI and Red Light charges were dismissed in exchange for a negotiated plea to Reckless Driving.
Bob Chestney had the pleasure of being interviewed by Rose Scott on Closer Look, NPR station WABE 90.1. He, along with representatives from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and Georgia State Patrol discussed a wide range of issues relating to DUI arrests in Georgia. With the holiday season upon us, expect Georgia State Patrol and local Georgia law enforcement agencies to be conducting concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Check out the interview below:
Our client clearly did not stop at a red light in Atlanta (on video) and a Georgia State Patrol Trooper made a traffic stop. Client looked good on the video and had no slurred speech. Performed reasonably well on field sobriety evaluation. Client refused a portable breath test and was arrested for an Atlanta DUI. Mr. Sullivan rejected a reckless driving plea offer in Atlanta Municipal Court as it may affect travel to Canada and sent the case to Fulton County State Court for a jury trial. Mr. Sullivan successfully negotiated a plea to running a stop sign (which our client clearly did) and a basic rules violation (does not get reported to the Georgia Department of Driver Services).
Our software engineer was pulled over by the Georgia State Patrol in Atlanta for driving fast in a convertible Porsche. Unfortunately for her, while speeding she did not use her turn signals. According to the State Trooper who pulled her over, she was going 53 m.p.h., then 65 m.p.h., and then 70 m.p.h. Her performance during field sobriety testing was not great, but her one leg stand performance was not indicative of impairment. Although she performed the field sobriety exercises, she refused the State’s test. Despite marginal evidence, she was arrested for DUI in Atlanta under five different sections—essentially, the Trooper couldn’t formulate an opinion as to what she was under the influence of. We were able to point out the major holes in the case, and the State offered to dismiss all DUI counts, in exchange for a plea to reckless driving.
Our out of state client was stopped for speeding in downtown Atlanta by a Georgia State Patrol Trooper. Client agreed to perform field sobriety evaluations. The trooper was a big officer, who stood uncomfortably close to our client during the evaluations on the side of a busy highway. He was arrested for DUI and when the Georgia Implied Consent Notice was read to our client to submit to the state breath test, our client asked if the results may prevent him from being arrested (no matter what the results were). The trooper said he was under arrest no matter what happens. Our client refused to take the breath test. Mr. Sullivan conducted an administrative license suspension hearing and was able to successfully cross-examine the trooper. The audio recording of the hearing was presented to the prosecutor, who subsequently dismissed the Atlanta DUI in exchange for a plea to Reckless Driving in Atlanta Municipal Court.
Our client was stopped by a Georgia State Patrol Nighthawks DUI Trooper in Atlanta for failure to maintain lane. The failure to maintain lane was obvious on the patrol car video and it took a while for our client to stop. Our client also did not perform well on field sobriety evaluation and was arrested for her Atlanta DUI and Failure to Maintain Lane. She refused the state breath test. The case was moved out of Atlanta Municipal Court by her former attorney who was not associated with our firm. Her former attorney was disbarred from the practice of law by the Georgia Supreme Court while the case was pending. An arraignment date was missed due to the fault of her former attorney and she was arrested for failing to appear for court. She subsequently hired Chestney & Sullivan and we promptly got her case back on a court calendar. Mr. Chestney and Mr. Sullivan filed various motions, including a motion to dismiss due to the delay of the prosecution bringing this case to trial. The Fulton County State Court judge agreed with Mr. Sullivan and dismissed all charges against our client.
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 was stopped by Georgia State Patrol in Buckhead for no headlights. Client smelled of alcohol and marijuana. Admitted to smoking marijuana a few hours prior to driving. Performed field sobriety evaluations and was arrested for DUI. Our client refused the state administered breath test and his license was suspended administratively for one year (no permit available). Mr. Sullivan sent the case over to Fulton State Court from Atlanta Municipal Court had the case expedited for trial. Mr. Sullivan was able to successfully negotiate a Reckless Driving disposition and had the administrative license suspension lifted upon the negotiated plea. The DUI charge and No Headlight charge were dismissed by the prosecution.