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If you refuse a blood or breath test, police may obtain a warrant for Blood

O.C.G.A. § 40-5-67.1 (d.1), provides, “Nothing in the Implied Consent Rights or Implied Consent law shall be deemed to preclude the acquisition or admission of evidence of a violation of the Georgia DUI laws if obtained by a search warrant as authorized by the Constitution or laws of this state or the United States.” This […]

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Elliott v State – Elliott is not a fat kid with glasses who eats paste – Elliott is a constitutional rock star

Elliott v. State, S18A1204, Supreme Court of Georgia, February 18, 2019. In Elliott v. State, the Supreme Court of Georgia held that Art. 1, Sect. 1, Para XVI of the Georgia Constitutional prohibits the admission into evidence of the refusal of a compelled breath test under the Georgia Implied Consent law as an act of self-incrimination. […]

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Spencer v State – clues do not equate to BAC with out a proper Harper foundation

In Spencer v. State, 302 Ga. 133 (805 SE2d 886) (2017), the Georgia Supreme Court granted the petition for certiorari in Spencer to consider whether the Court of Appeals erred in holding that the trial court properly admitted a police officer’s testimony correlating the results of a horizontal gaze nystagmus (“HGN”) test with a numeric blood alcohol content […]

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Carl Malamud and his crusade to make access to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated free

On June 21, 2017, the Lawyerist podcast interviewed Carl Malamud about his crusade to bring free public access to laws, statutes, and regulations on the internet. Of particular interest in this podcast, Carl Malamud discussed his battle with the State of Georgia and Lexis-Nexis about the State’s licensing of its Official Code of Georgia Annotated […]

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Can I pick the test I take after a DUI arrest

Who gets to pick the test administered in a DUI arrest? The short answer is it depends. Let’s assume some hypothetical facts. First, the driver is arrested, Georgia Implied Consent rights are read and the Officer designates either a blood, breath, or urine test. Let’s assume that the police officer chooses a breath test.  When […]

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When you say I will only take a blood test in a Georgia DUI

Imagine a hypothetical, a driver is arrested for DUI in Georgia, Georgia Implied Consent is read and the Officer designates a breath test.  When the Intoxilyzer 9000 is set up, the driver states that he will not take a breath test but that he will only take a blood test.  No other rights are read […]

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DUI Breath tests are about to be Unconstitutional in Georgia

Oral Arguments in the Georgia Supreme Court were held in Olevik a/k/a Plevik v. State, S17A0738, on August 18, 2017. The arguments were very telling. The defendant was essentially asserting that Police can not compel acts under the Georgia Constitution, and wrapping your lips around a breath tube, directing air for a minimum period, and […]

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New Georgia protections to guard against eye witness misidentification in lineups and showups

O.C.G.A. 17-20-1, 17-20-2 and 17-20-3 went into effect on July 1st, 2016 to ensure fairer and more balanced procedures for eyewitness live lineups, photo lineups and show ups. These new procedures were created to help reduce wrongful convictions due to faulty eye witness identification in court. Memory is fabricated and not real. Recency has the potential to […]

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Judges can not control jail good time credit

In Davis v. State, 181 Ga. App. 498, 353 SE2d 7 (1987), a trial judge attempted to prevent the sheriff from giving a DUI defendant good time credit on a 12-month jail term with no probation until his $1000 fine was paid. The Judge knew that with no probation there was no way to enforce […]

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