We handle all types of alcohol-related crimes. Whether you were charged on the Carrollton Square for having too much to drink or got caught with an open container in the car while you are driving, we are here to help. If you are facing an alcohol related charge, retain Attorney Met Lane to work out the best result for you.
If you're in a situation involving alcohol and the law in Georgia, it's important to know what kinds of cases an attorney can help you with. Here's a list of common alcohol-related crimes:
This is when someone drives a car after drinking too much alcohol. It's one of the most common alcohol-related crimes.
If you're found in a public place and you're too drunk to take care of yourself or you're causing trouble, you could be charged with public intoxication.
This can happen if someone is drunk and behaves in a way that upsets others or causes a scene in public.
It's against the law to have an open bottle, can, or other types of alcohol containers in certain public areas or in the car.
If you're under the legal drinking age of 21 and caught drinking alcohol, you could face this charge.
It's illegal to give or sell alcohol to anyone under 21 years old.
Similar to DUI, but it involves operating a boat after drinking too much alcohol.
Using or having a fake ID to buy alcohol or get into places where alcohol is served can lead to legal trouble.
These are just a few examples of alcohol-related cases that our team can help with. If you're facing any of these situations, it's important to have a good lawyer who understands the law and can guide you through the process. Don't hesitate to reach out for help.
If you're facing an alcohol-related charge, it's important to know what happens next. Here's a simple guide to help you understand the steps:
Getting Charged: This is when you're officially told by the police that you're accused of an alcohol-related crime. It's the starting point of your legal journey.
First Court Date (Arraignment): On this day, you'll go to court for the first time. The judge will tell you about the charges against you and ask how you plead – guilty, not guilty, or no contest.
Building Your Defense: If you plead not guilty, the next step is to prepare for your defense. This is where your lawyer works to gather information, talk to witnesses, and plan how to best argue your case.
Plea Bargaining: Sometimes, your lawyer and the prosecutor might talk to find a way to settle the case without a full trial. This could mean agreeing to a lesser charge or a specific penalty.
Trial: If your case goes to trial, it means you and the prosecutor will present your sides to a judge or jury. They'll listen to the evidence, witness stories, and arguments before making a decision.
Verdict and Sentencing: At the end of the trial, the judge or jury decides if you're guilty or not. If guilty, the judge will then decide your penalty, which could be a fine, community service, or other consequences.
When you're facing charges for an alcohol-related crime, there may be several defense options. Here are some common defense strategies we could use:
Sometimes, the police might stop you without a good reason. We'll check if the stop was legal. If it wasn't, we can argue that the charges should be dropped.
Breathalyzer tests are machines that measure how much alcohol is in your breath. But, they're not always right. We'll look closely at how the test was done and if the machine was working properly. If there are any mistakes, we can use this to help your case.
If you had to do tests on the side of the road, like walking in a straight line, we'll review these too. Sometimes, these tests aren't done the right way. If we find problems, this can be good for your defense.
We'll go through all the reports and any videos to find details that might help you. It's important to make sure everything was done correctly by the police.
Your own story is important. We'll talk about where you were, what you were doing, and any other details that can help show you shouldn't be charged.
Every case is different, so we'll look at all the details of your situation to find the best way to defend you. Our goal is to make sure you get a fair treatment and the best possible outcome.
If you're facing charges for an alcohol-related crime, it's important to know the penalties and consequences you may recieve. These penalties can be serious and can affect your life in big ways.
Fines: These are costs you might have to pay as a penalty. The amount can vary based on the type of charge and its seriousness.
Jail Time: For some alcohol offenses, you might have to spend time in jail. This depends on the crime and if you've had similar charges before.
License Issues: With DUI charges, there's a chance you could lose your driving license for a while or even for good. This means you won't be able to drive.
Criminal Record: Having an alcohol-related crime on your record can make things tough. It can affect getting a job, finding a place to live, or going to college.
Education and Treatment Programs: Sometimes, you might need to join programs that help you learn about the risks of alcohol and how to handle it better.
Community Service: You could be asked to do work in the community for free as a part of your penalty.
Probation: This is when you're allowed to stay out of jail but must follow certain rules and check in with a probation officer.
*Every case is different, so the penalties can change based on what happened and your history.
If you have been charged with an alcohol-related crime, contact Carrollton Alcohol Crimes Attorney Met Lane today to schedule a consultation. To contact us, call 770-834-4107.