My charge of DUI less safe was reduced to failure to exercise due care.
I am very happy for the end result. But, this should not have happened. After driving three quarters of a mile (with turns), I was pulled over. The officer said I failed to maintain my lane and crossed the center line. I did not cross the center line. Along with this, the fast-paced nature of the stop had me in the back of his patrol car within 9 minutes. My rights were not read to me. Numerous mistakes were made on the paperwork. This just felt wrong. After the arrest, I immediately looked for an attorney because Georgia’s laws are out of control. You have two separate hearings that could have led to my license being suspended. How is it legal that you could be punished in two different courts for the same thing? How can an individual potentially lose their license prior to being found guilty? This is when I immediately got legal assistance and I spoke to Jason Cerbone. He filed paperwork for the dual hearings. After waiting months for the preliminary hearing, Mr. Cerbone spoke to the officer. The day before is when the officer worked with Mr. Cerbone to reduce the charges. The next day was when the charges were reduced to failure to exercise due care. I am grateful for the reduced charges and I am grateful that Mr. Cerbone spoke with this officer. But, no one should go through this. People look at cases like this as though an individual is automatically guilty. However, no one considers that some people who go through this are innocent.