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MRGA DUI Provides Free Rides Home to Meehan’s Patrons on St. Patrick’s Day

For the fifth year in a row, Atlanta DUI attorney Mickey G. Roberts will be providing St. Patrick’s Day celebrators with free rides home on March 17th from Meehan’s Public House in Sandy Springs.  As long as the rider’s destination is within a 10 mile radius of the restaurant’s 227 Sandy Springs Place NE location, and they sign up at the welcome table at the beginning of the evening, Mickey Roberts and Atlanta VIP Ride will provide a free limo ride home.

Mickey shared about his continued tradition with the Atlanta Irish pub, “As an attorney who has specialized in DUI and other serious Georgia traffic offenses since 1980, I have seen what a fun celebration can turn into if the proper precautions aren’t taken.  Meehan’s goes to great lengths to ensure their patrons have a good experience, and I want to do my part to promote responsible drinking.”

The weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, on March 10th at 12:00 pm, Meehan’s Sandy Springs will host St. Baldrick’s Shamrock n’ Roll head shaving event to raise funds for the childhood cancer care and research organization.  Mickey’s cornhole game will also be set up at this event for $1 per person, per game.    In addition to the free limo rides, Mickey’s cornhole games will be set up for Meehan’s patrons on the night of the 17th.  Charging $1 per person, per game, Mickey will match the proceeds and donate all of them to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research and care.  Last year’s Shamrock n’ Roll event raised over $50,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

To learn more about Meehan’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities like live music by Collective Soul’s Ed Roland and the free rides from MRGADUI, check out Meehan’s website. You can also connect with him on Twitter and Facebook for the latest in DUI law news and event updates.

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Stone Mountain Woman Indicted on Vehicular Homicide and DUI Charges

mrgaduiTwenty-two-year-old Chasity Nicole Jones was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury earlier this month on vehicular homicide and other charges in an incident that killed senior Atlanta police officer Gail Thomas on the evening of January 24th.  Thomas died on the scene as a result of the injuries she sustained when Jones’ car struck her on an I-75 entrance ramp as she exited her car to assist another officer with a previous accident.

Reported by Georgia Daily News, Jones was indicted on vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, possession of drugs, and other drug-related charges.  She is currently being held at the Fulton County Jail without bond.  According to reports by Channel 2 Action News, Jones was carrying three passengers: Stephen Pearson of Gwinnett County, Katherine Gilliam of Lawrenceville, and Fred Jones of Cobb County. All of the noted passengers have declined media comment.

Homicide by vehicle carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and three years of driver’s license suspension without the possibility of a work permit.  Georgia vehicular homicide is defined as the unlawful killing of an individual with a motor vehicle.  The charge degrees associated with vehicular homicide include felony vehicular homicide, misdemeanor vehicular homicide, feticide, and serious injury by vehicle.  All of these classifications carry different implications, but all involve a driver’s actions as the proximate cause of death or cause of serious injury.

Practicing Georgia vehicular homicide defense since 1995, I’ve certainly seen the devastating effects it has not only on its victims and their families, but also the debilitating long-term implications for the person charged.  While a 15-year sentence may not seem proportional to the actions involved, it’s also worth noting that vehicular homicide charges are almost always accompanied by substance related charges like DUI and DWI that carry their own steep punishments.  Given the life-altering consequences of serious traffic-related offences like vehicular homicide, I strongly encourage prospective clients to do their research when selecting a criminal defense attorney.  It’s important to only select counsel with a successful record of case wins.

To learn more about the legal services I provide and for answers to your frequently asked questions about DUI, visit my website.  You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest in traffic law news.

Directed Verdict of Not Guilty for Case of Month March 2011

This month’s case shows how you can win a DUI case without going all the way to a jury.  My client, a Nebraska resident, was in Atlanta for a meeting.  He got turned around and was driving the wrong way on Spring Street. He was stopped by an Atlanta police officer and subsequently charged with DUI.  Even though he agreed to take the Field tests (a no no!), he refused to take the State Breath test.

We decided to fight the case with a jury in the State Court of Fulton County.  I had noticed the accusation, which is the charging document, alleged that my client was “driving under the influence of alcohol on Peachtree Street.”  It was also apparent that the State prosecutor had no idea that the accusation was drafted incorrectly.

In a criminal case the State must prove each and every element of the charging document.  Once a jury is empaneled , double jeopardy attaches and the Defendant cannot be tried again.  So in this case, I waited until the jury was empaneled,  let the State’s officer testify and even cross examined him about the facts of the case; my last 2 questions were: Was client X driving on Peachtree Street?  Was he ever driving on Peachtree Street to your knowledge?

Of course the answer was “no”.  I sat down, let the State rest, and then asked the court to dismiss the charges in what is legally called a directed verdict.  The Court agreed, dismissed the charges, and client was happy!

Was my client lucky? Maybe, although I thought we had a good chance to win even with a jury verdict. Did it help that he decided to spend the money on an experienced   DUI lawyer? Absolutely!