$240,000 Settlement

Client was driving down the road in a box truck when a large engine dislodged from the truck in front of him. It struck his vehicle, causing it to roll over. He suffered a back injury, and this case was resolved prior to trial with a $240,000 settlement.

Felony Murder Dismissed

Defendant was accused of shooting his roommate four times. After a thorough investigation and preliminary hearing, a prosecutor and the grand jury decided not to indict for any charges. All charges were dismissed.

.23 Blood Test Weaving Stop – State V. J.S.

Defendant was stopped in Fulton County after he was observed crossing the centerline, nearly causing a head-on collision with a truck. Field sobriety evaluations, including the horizontal gaze nystagmus (eye test), 9-step Walk & Turn, and One-Leg Stand tests were administered.

The defendant was arrested and asked to submit to a blood test, which resulted in a .23 blood alcohol level. At a pretrial hearing, the State could not lay the foundation for the blood test to be admitted, and the results were excluded from evidence. At a bench trial, the prosecution failed to explain the meaning of the horizontal gaze nystagmus test and the judge was not persuaded that the remaining evidence proved that the defendant was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant was found Not Guilty of DUI and Guilty of Failure to Maintain Lane.

This case illustrates the importance of having a good Fulton County DUI attorney can dispute evidence on your behalf.

$100,000.00

Our client was driving his motorcycle at a high rate of speed in the lane adjacent to the shoulder. A corvette cut into his lane of travel, and our motorcyclist was unable to brake, running into the rear quarter panel of the vehicle. The motorcyclist was ejected, and suffered serious injuries. Officers responded to the scene, and eventually cited our client and not the driver of the Corvette, for reckless driving. After a lengthy investigation, we compiled witness statements and reconstructed an accurate depiction of the accident, demonstrating that the corvette improperly changed lanes, causing the accident. In spite of the Officer’s police report and testimony, we settled this claim for policy limits of $100,000.00.

.18 Breath Test Single Car Accident – State V. R.K.

The Georgia State Patrol arrested R.K., who had been recently accepted to law school, after she struck a utility pole in the Virginia-Highlands neighborhood in Atlanta. She performed well, but not perfectly, on roadside sobriety tests.

Her physical appearance did not match the high breath test level, which created a disconnect defense to the DUI charge. The courtroom prosecutor would not dismiss the DUI, so we scheduled a meeting with the head prosecutor. He agreed to dismiss the DUI if the Defendant would spend a period of time under house arrest to demonstrate that this was not typical behavior on her part. Defendant completed the terms of her sentence and is now enrolled in law school.

When you’re facing a DUI conviction, your future (and possibly your career) is on the line. Having the right Marietta DUI attorneys on your side can help you maintain your freedom.

Breath Refusal Hit & Run – State V. J.D.

The Sandy Springs police stopped defendant after a Be On the Look Out was dispatched for his SUV. It was reported that he had struck several cars when leaving a shopping center parking lot in Dunwoody.

After he refused to submit to field sobriety tests, he was arrested and placed in the back of the patrol car. On the video/audio tape of the arrest, the police officer could be heard calling his sergeant and expressing his concern about whether there was probable cause to arrest him.

Hawkins attorneys played that portion of the tape for the prosecutor and she agreed to dismiss the DUI. Despite the Defendant having a prior DUI conviction, the State had too many problems with the probable cause issue to press forward.

An experienced team of Sandy Springs DUI lawyers can analyze every aspect of case to find holes in a prosecutor’s argument. Often, this is the difference between success and failure.

Breath Refusal/Forced Blood Draw Lane Violation – State V. C.A.

Defendant, a registered nurse, was stopped for a lane violation after watching a football game at a local sports bar. She was asked to perform field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. She refused to take the State’s breath test, and the police officer obtained a search warrant to draw her blood at the Fulton County jail.

The results were a .12. The officer wrote his arrest report prior to the blood test being completed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab. In court, the prosecutor was unaware until the morning of trial that the blood test had been done.

During a pretrial conference, the police officer agreed not to oppose Defendant’s request to dismiss the DUI charge and let her plead guilty to Reckless Driving. The prosecutor instead chose to reduce the charge to Failure to Maintain Lane so she would not have to re-file the accusation on a very busy court day.

Often, those who have been arrested for driving under the influence aren’t aware of their rights. Our Atlanta DUI attorneys can help them to protect themselves during a difficult time

$60,000

A client was driving motorcycle on I-285 approaching 400, when a vehicle cut them off. He was forced to lay down his bike on the highway, and suffered road rash and bruising. Our team got his case settled out of court before the trial date.

Breath Refusal Two-Car Accident – State V. F.A.

Defendant completed her lunch shift as a server at a popular local restaurant, and stayed afterward to have a drink. On her way home, it began to rain and she was unable to stop in time for a car in front of her waiting to turn left.

She explained to the officer that the odor of alcohol was from her job, and expressed her concern about the occupants of the other vehicle rather than the officer’s requests to perform roadside sobriety tests.

The officer became frustrated with her and summarily arrested her when she began to ask questions about the breath test the officer demanded. The charges were reduced to Reckless Driving prior to trial when the prosecutor observed the angry demeanor of the police officer at a pre-trial evidence hearing.

Police and prosecutors may not tell you that you have rights after your arrest and in the days leading up to trial. That’s why you need a Fulton County DUI attorney on your side.

$30,000

In 2017, our client was involved in a low impact fender bender, where she suffered soft tissue injuries. While the adjuster and insurance company claimed the impact could not have caused the injuries associated with the claim, we were able to demonstrate the negligent acts of the other driver caused neck, back, and shoulder injuries. After lengthy settlement negotiations, we resolved this claim for $30,000.00, ten times more than the initial offer.

$240,000 Settlement

Client was driving down the road in a box truck when a large engine dislodged from the truck in front of him. It struck his vehicle, causing it to roll over. He suffered a back injury, and this case was resolved prior to trial with a $240,000 settlement.

$100,000.00

Our client was driving his motorcycle at a high rate of speed in the lane adjacent to the shoulder. A corvette cut into his lane of travel, and our motorcyclist was unable to brake, running into the rear quarter panel of the vehicle. The motorcyclist was ejected, and suffered serious injuries. Officers responded to the scene, and eventually cited our client and not the driver of the Corvette, for reckless driving. After a lengthy investigation, we compiled witness statements and reconstructed an accurate depiction of the accident, demonstrating that the corvette improperly changed lanes, causing the accident. In spite of the Officer’s police report and testimony, we settled this claim for policy limits of $100,000.00.

$60,000

A client was driving motorcycle on I-285 approaching 400, when a vehicle cut them off. He was forced to lay down his bike on the highway, and suffered road rash and bruising. Our team got his case settled out of court before the trial date.

$30,000

In 2017, our client was involved in a low impact fender bender, where she suffered soft tissue injuries. While the adjuster and insurance company claimed the impact could not have caused the injuries associated with the claim, we were able to demonstrate the negligent acts of the other driver caused neck, back, and shoulder injuries. After lengthy settlement negotiations, we resolved this claim for $30,000.00, ten times more than the initial offer.

$40,000

One of our clients was driving North of Atlanta when she was rear-ended at a low speed. Although no substantial injuries occurred, the accident affected her ability to care for her infant child. We were able to settle her case prior to it going to trial.

Felony Murder Dismissed

Defendant was accused of shooting his roommate four times. After a thorough investigation and preliminary hearing, a prosecutor and the grand jury decided not to indict for any charges. All charges were dismissed.

.23 Blood Test Weaving Stop – State V. J.S.

Defendant was stopped in Fulton County after he was observed crossing the centerline, nearly causing a head-on collision with a truck. Field sobriety evaluations, including the horizontal gaze nystagmus (eye test), 9-step Walk & Turn, and One-Leg Stand tests were administered.

The defendant was arrested and asked to submit to a blood test, which resulted in a .23 blood alcohol level. At a pretrial hearing, the State could not lay the foundation for the blood test to be admitted, and the results were excluded from evidence. At a bench trial, the prosecution failed to explain the meaning of the horizontal gaze nystagmus test and the judge was not persuaded that the remaining evidence proved that the defendant was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant was found Not Guilty of DUI and Guilty of Failure to Maintain Lane.

This case illustrates the importance of having a good Fulton County DUI attorney can dispute evidence on your behalf.

.18 Breath Test Single Car Accident – State V. R.K.

The Georgia State Patrol arrested R.K., who had been recently accepted to law school, after she struck a utility pole in the Virginia-Highlands neighborhood in Atlanta. She performed well, but not perfectly, on roadside sobriety tests.

Her physical appearance did not match the high breath test level, which created a disconnect defense to the DUI charge. The courtroom prosecutor would not dismiss the DUI, so we scheduled a meeting with the head prosecutor. He agreed to dismiss the DUI if the Defendant would spend a period of time under house arrest to demonstrate that this was not typical behavior on her part. Defendant completed the terms of her sentence and is now enrolled in law school.

When you’re facing a DUI conviction, your future (and possibly your career) is on the line. Having the right Marietta DUI attorneys on your side can help you maintain your freedom.

Breath Refusal Hit & Run – State V. J.D.

The Sandy Springs police stopped defendant after a Be On the Look Out was dispatched for his SUV. It was reported that he had struck several cars when leaving a shopping center parking lot in Dunwoody.

After he refused to submit to field sobriety tests, he was arrested and placed in the back of the patrol car. On the video/audio tape of the arrest, the police officer could be heard calling his sergeant and expressing his concern about whether there was probable cause to arrest him.

Hawkins attorneys played that portion of the tape for the prosecutor and she agreed to dismiss the DUI. Despite the Defendant having a prior DUI conviction, the State had too many problems with the probable cause issue to press forward.

An experienced team of Sandy Springs DUI lawyers can analyze every aspect of case to find holes in a prosecutor’s argument. Often, this is the difference between success and failure.

Breath Refusal/Forced Blood Draw Lane Violation – State V. C.A.

Defendant, a registered nurse, was stopped for a lane violation after watching a football game at a local sports bar. She was asked to perform field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. She refused to take the State’s breath test, and the police officer obtained a search warrant to draw her blood at the Fulton County jail.

The results were a .12. The officer wrote his arrest report prior to the blood test being completed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab. In court, the prosecutor was unaware until the morning of trial that the blood test had been done.

During a pretrial conference, the police officer agreed not to oppose Defendant’s request to dismiss the DUI charge and let her plead guilty to Reckless Driving. The prosecutor instead chose to reduce the charge to Failure to Maintain Lane so she would not have to re-file the accusation on a very busy court day.

Often, those who have been arrested for driving under the influence aren’t aware of their rights. Our Atlanta DUI attorneys can help them to protect themselves during a difficult time

Breath Refusal Two-Car Accident – State V. F.A.

Defendant completed her lunch shift as a server at a popular local restaurant, and stayed afterward to have a drink. On her way home, it began to rain and she was unable to stop in time for a car in front of her waiting to turn left.

She explained to the officer that the odor of alcohol was from her job, and expressed her concern about the occupants of the other vehicle rather than the officer’s requests to perform roadside sobriety tests.

The officer became frustrated with her and summarily arrested her when she began to ask questions about the breath test the officer demanded. The charges were reduced to Reckless Driving prior to trial when the prosecutor observed the angry demeanor of the police officer at a pre-trial evidence hearing.

Police and prosecutors may not tell you that you have rights after your arrest and in the days leading up to trial. That’s why you need a Fulton County DUI attorney on your side.

Breath Refusal Speeding Stop – State V. S.A.

Defendant was stopped for speeding 72 in a 55 MPH zone. The officer testified that he smelled alcohol when he spoke to Defendant. Field sobriety evaluations, including the horizontal gaze nystagmus (eye test), 9-step Walk & Turn, and One-Leg Stand tests were administered.

The defendant was arrested and asked to submit to a breath test. Defendant asked to speak with a lawyer before deciding whether to submit to the test. The arresting officer advised Defendant that he did not have the right to a lawyer at that time and Defendant refused to take the test.

Defendant testified at trial that he would have taken the test if he had been able to speak with a lawyer to find out what his rights were. On questioning by the prosecutor, Defendant admitted he had four beers at a sports bar earlier that night. The jury found the Defendant Not Guilty of DUI and Guilty of Speeding.

Regardless of the circumstances of your DUI arrest, having an experienced Georgia DUI attorney can make a difference in sentencing and other outcomes.

.12 Blood Test Two-Car Accident – State V. S.J.

Defendant struck a DeKalb County police car which had parked on the shoulder of the ramp from I-285 East to I-85 South. The officer was investigating a previous one-car wreck that occurred on the wet roadway.

According to the officer, when asked why he hit the car, Defendant responded, “Because I’ve had too much to drink.” Several officers became involved with the arrest of Defendant and he was asked to submit to a blood test, which resulted in a .12 blood alcohol level.

At a pretrial motions hearing, the State failed to produce any officer to testify that Defendant was read his implied consent rights prior to taking the blood test. The judge excluded the blood test result from evidence. The jury acquitted Defendant of all charges.

The best DeKalb County DUI attorneys will work with you to ensure that your rights are protected if proper procedures weren’t followed at the time of your arrest.