- What do police officers look for when searching for DUI’s in Georgia?
- If I’m stopped by a police officer and he asks me if I’ve been drinking, what should I say?
- Do I have a right to an attorney when I’m stopped by an officer and asked to take a field sobriety test?
- What is the officer looking for during the initial detention at the scene?
- What should I do if I’m asked to take field sobriety tests?
- Why did the officer make me follow a penlight with my eyes to the left and right?
- Should I agree to take a chemical test? What happens if I don’t?
- Do I have a choice of chemical tests? Which should I choose?
- The officer never gave me a Miranda warning: Can I get my case dismissed?
- Why am I being charged with TWO DUI’s?
- The officer took my license and served me with a notice of suspension after the breath test: How can he do that?
- Can I represent myself? What can a lawyer do for me?
- How can I find a qualified DUI lawyer?
- What will it cost to get a lawyer?
- What is the punishment for DUI in Georgia?
- What is a sentence enhancement?
- What is a rising BAC defense?
- What is mouth alcohol?
- What defenses are there in a DUI case?
- I have some questions about my DUI case. Where can I go for answers?
The following is a list of symptoms in descending order of probability that the person observed is driving under the influence of alcohol. The list is based upon research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Administration
- Weaving Across Lane Lines
- Stradling lane lines
- Turning with wide radius
- Almost striking object or vehicle
- Stopping problems (too far, too fast, too jerky)
- Accelerating or Decelerating rapidly
- Varying speed
- Slow speed (10 mph + under limit)
- Driving in opposing lanes or wrong way on one-way street
- Slow response to traffic signals
- Slow or failure to respond to officer’s signals
- Stopping in lane for no apparent reason
- Driving without headlights at night
- Failure to signal or signal inconsistent with actions
- Following too closely
- Improper or unsafe lane change
- Illegal or improper turn (too fast, jerky, sharp, etc.)
- Driving on other than designated roadway
- Stopping inappropriately to officer
- Inappropriate or unusual behavior (throwing objects, arguing, etc.)
- Appearing to be impaired
Speeding, is not a symptom of DUI; because of quicker judgment and reflexes, it may indicate sobriety.
You are not required to answer potentially incriminating questions. A polite “I would like to speak with an attorney before I answer any questions” is a good reply. On the other hand, saying that you had one or two beers is not incriminating: it is not sufficient to cause intoxication — and it may explain the odor of alcohol on the breath.
The law on this varies from state to state. As a general rule, however, there is no right to an attorney until you have submitted to (or refused) blood, breath or urine testing. In some states, there is a right to consult with counsel upon being arrested or before deciding whether to submit to chemical testing. Of course, this does not mean that you cannot ask for one.
The traditional symptoms of impairment taught at the police academies are:
- Flushed face
- Red, watery, glassy and/or bloodshot eyes
- Odor of alcohol on breath
- Slurred speech
- Fumbling with wallet trying to get license
- Failure to comprehend the officer’s question
- Staggering when exiting vehicle
- Swaying/instability on feet
- Leaning on car for support
- Combative, argumentative, jovial or other “inappropriate” attitude
- Soiled, rumpled, disorderly clothing
- Stumbling while walking
- Disorientation as to time and place
- Inability to follow directions
There are a wide range of field sobriety tests, including heel-to-toe, finger-to-nose, one-leg stand, alphabet recitation, modified position of attention, fingers-to-thumb, hand pat, etc. Most officers will use a battery of three tests. Unlike the chemical test, where refusal to submit may have serious consequences, you are not legally required to take any field sobriety tests. The reality is that officers have usually made up their minds to arrest when they give these roadside exercises; the exercises are simply additional evidence which the suspect inevitable”fails”; Thus, in most cases a polite refusal may be appropriate.
This is the “horizontal gaze nystagmus” test. The officer attempts to estimate the angle at which the eye begins to jerk (“nystagmus” means eye jerking); if this occurs sooner than 45 degrees, it theoretically indicates an excessive blood-alcohol concentration. The smoothness of the eye’s tracking the penlight (or finger or pencil) is also a factor, as is the jerking when the eye is as far to the side as it can go. This field sobriety test has proven to be subject to a number of different problems, not the least of which is the non-medically trained officer’s ability to recognize nystagmus and estimate the angle of onset. Because of this, and the fact that the test is not accepted by the medical community, it is not admissible as evidence in many states; it continues, however, to be widely used by law enforcement.
The consequences of refusing to submit to a blood, breath or urine test varies according to the state. Generally, there are three adverse results:
- Your driver’s license will be suspended for a period of time, commonly three, six or twelve months. This is true even if you are found not guilty of the DUI charge.
- In some states, refusal is a separate crime; in others, it adds jail time to the sentence for the DUI offense.
- The fact of refusal can be introduced into evidence as “consciousness of guilt” Of course, the defense is free to offer other reasons for the refusal. Thus, the decision is one of weighing the likelihood of a high blood-alcohol reading against the consequences for refusing.
In most states, you have a choice — usually, of breath, blood or urine (some states, however, do not offer urinalysis). If you choose breath, many jurisdictions permit you to have a second test or blood or urine; this is because a breath sample is not saved and so cannot later be re-analyzed by the defense. Analysis of a blood sample is potentially the most accurate. Breath machines are susceptible to a number of problems rendering them often unreliable. The least accurate by far, however, is urinalysis. Thus, if you are confident that you are sober, a blood sample is the wise choice; urine, being least accurate and most easily impeached, is the best option if you believe your blood-alcohol concentration is above the legal limit.
No. The officer is supposed to give a 5th Amendment warning after he arrests you. Often, however, they do not. The only consequence is that the prosecution cannot use any of your answers to questions asked by the police after the arrest. Of more consequence in most cases is the failure to advise you of the state’s “implied consent” law that is, your legal obligation to take a chemical test and the results if you refuse. This can effect the suspension of your license.
The traditional offense is “driving under the influence of alcohol to the extent you are a less safe driver” (DUI less safe). The second offense is called DUI per se, which means driving with a blood-alcohol concentration over .08%. BOTH offenses are charged. The defendant can even be convicted of both, but can be punished for only one. If the case involves a refusal to submit to chemical testing, of course, only the traditional offense will be charged.
11. The officer took my license and served me with a notice of suspension after the breath test: How can he do that?
It is blatantly unfair. But the law in Georgia with the “DUI per se” statute (see question #10) provides for immediate suspension and confiscation of the license if the breath test result is above the legal limit of .08 for drivers over 21 years old and .02 for drivers under 21 years old (or, in the case of a blood or urine test, if the officer reasonably believes the result will be above the limit).
You can represent yourself — although it is not a good idea. DUI is a very complex field with increasingly harsh consequences. There is a minefield of complicated procedural, evidentiary, constitutional, sentencing and administrative license issues. What can a lawyer do? Nothing (or worse) if he is not qualified in this highly specialized field — no more than a family doctor could help with brain surgery. A qualified attorney, however, can review the case for defects, suppress evidence, compel discovery of such things as calibration and maintenance records for the breath machine, have blood samples independently analyzed, negotiate for a lesser charge or reduced sentence, obtain expert witnesses for trial, contest the administrative license suspension, etc.
The best way to find a good DUI/DWI lawyer is by reputation. There are a few attorneys who have national reputations; these, of course, are expensive. Thus, the best approach is to ask other attorneys in the jurisdiction: Who is the best in the area? If you do not know any attorneys, go to the local courthouse and ask people like bailiffs, clerks and public defenders: Who would THEY go to if arrested for drunk driving? Contrary to popular belief, it is not a wise idea to obtain a referral from the local Bar association or referral service. There are rarely any qualifications required for an attorney to be on a referral list; he usually only has to ask to be placed on it. When you call, you are simply given the next name on that list. An excellent indication of quality and experience is membership in the NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR DUI DEFENSE. Completion of that organization’s intensive annual summer seminar at Harvard Law School is another clear sign of ability. When you meet with the attorney, make sure of three things:
- He has extensive experience in DUI/DWI litigation;
- He has a reputation for going to trial in appropriate cases, rather than just “copping out” his clients; and
- The financial terms of representation are clear.
This varies, of course, by the reputation and experience of the lawyer and by the geographic location. As with doctors, generally, the more skilled the attorney and the larger the city, the higher the fee. A related factor is the amount of time a lawyer devotes to his cases: the better lawyers take fewer clients, spending more hours on each. The range of fees is huge. A general practitioner in a small community may charge only $1500; a DUI specialist with a national reputation may charge $9500 and up. In addition, the fee may vary by such other factors as:
- Is the offense a misdemeanor or felony?
- If prior convictions are alleged, the procedures for attacking them may add to the cost.
- The fee may or may not include trial or appeals.
- Administrative license suspension procedures may also be extra.
- The lawyer may charge a fixed fee, or he may ask for a retainer in advance — to be applied against hourly charges.
- Costs such as witness fees, independent blood analysis, service of subpoenas, etc., may be extra. Whatever the fee quoted, you should ask for a written agreement and make sure you understand all the terms.
Under current Georgia DUI law, a first offense is punishable by jail from a minimum of 10 days up to a maximum of 12 months. The judge may waive or suspend all but 24 hours of jail time. There is also a fine and assessments that amounts to over $1500. A license suspension of 12 months and attendance at a state-approved DUI school will be required. Community service of 40 hours will be required. Probation for 12 months will be required. Clinical treatment and evaluation is mandatory, unless waived in writing by the judge (possible waiver only applies to 1st offenders in 10 years). Some judges may also require installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) and/or attendance at “victim’s panels” or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
It is a punishment increase in DUI cases if certain facts exist. The most common of these is an earlier conviction for the same or a similar offense — usually within five years of the current offense. Other commonly encountered enhancements (which must usually be alleged in the complaint) include:
- A child was in the car at the time.
- The defendant was traveling 20 or 30 miles over the speed limit at the time.
- The blood-alcohol concentration was over .20%.
- The defendant refused to submit to a chemical test.
- There was property damage or injury. In most states, the existence of any personal injury caused by DUI elevates the offense to a felony. A death can trigger manslaughter or even, in a few states, second degree murder charges.
It is unlawful to have an excessive blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of DRIVING — not at the time of being TESTED. Since it takes between 45 minutes and 3 hours for alcohol to be absorbed into the system, an individual’s BAC may continue to rise for some time after he is stopped and arrested. Commonly, it is an hour or more after the stop when the blood, breath or urine test is given to the suspect. Assume that the result is .12%. If the suspect has continued to absorb alcohol since he was stopped, his BAC at the time he was driving may have been only .08%. In other words, the test result shows a blood-alcohol concentration above the legal limit — but his actual BAC AT THE TIME OF DRIVING was below.
“Mouth alcohol” refers to the existence of any alcohol in the mouth or esophagus. If this is present during a breath test, then the results will be falsely high. This is because the breath machine assumes that the breath is from the lungs; for complex physiological reasons, its internal computer multiplies the amount of alcohol by 2100. Thus, even a tiny amount of alcohol breathed directly into the machine from the mouth or throat can have a huge impact. Mouth alcohol can be caused in many ways. Belching, burping, hiccuping or vomiting within 20 minutes of taking the test can bring vapor from alcoholic beverages still in the stomach up into the mouth and throat. Taking a breath freshener can send a machine’s reading way up (such products as Binaca and Listerine have alcohol in them); cough syrups and other products also contain alcohol. Dental bridges and dental caps can trap alcohol. Blood in the mouth from an injury is yet another source of inaccurate breath test results: breathed into the mouthpiece, any alcohol in the blood will be multiplied 2100 times.
Potential defenses in a given drunk driving case are almost limitless due to the complexities of the offense. Roughly speaking, however, the majority can be broken down into the following areas:
- Driving. Impairment is not enough: the prosecution must also prove that the defendant was driving. This may be difficult if, as in the case of accidents, there are no witnesses to his being the driver of the vehicle.
- Probable cause. Evidence will be suppressed if the officer did not have legal cause to (a) stop, (b) detain, and (c) arrest. Sobriety roadblocks present particularly complex issues.
- Miranda. Incriminating statements may be suppressed if warnings were not given at the appropriate time.
- Implied consent warnings. If the officer did not advise you of the consequences of refusing to take a chemical test, or gave it incorrectly, this may affect admissibility of the test results — as well as the license suspension imposed by the Department of Driver Services.
- “Under the influence”. The officer’s observations and opinions as to intoxication can be questioned — the circumstances under which the field sobriety tests were given, for example, or the subjective (and predisposed) nature of what the officer considers as “failing”. Too, witnesses can testify that you appeared to be sober.
- Blood-alcohol concentration. There exists a wide range of potential problems with blood, breath or urine testing. “Non-specific” analysis, for example: most breath machines will register many chemical compounds found on the human breath as alcohol. And breath machines assume a 2100-to-1 ratio in converting alcohol in the breath into alcohol in the blood; in fact, this ratio varies widely from person to person (and within a person from one moment to another). Radio frequency interference can result in inaccurate readings. These and other defects in analysis can be brought out in cross-examination of the state’s expert witness, and/or the defense can hire its own forensic chemist.
- Testing during the absorptive phase. The blood, breath or urine test will be unreliable if done while you are still actively absorbing alcohol (it takes 45 minutes to three hours to complete absorption; this can be delayed if food is present in the stomach). Thus, drinking “one for the road” can cause inaccurate test results.
- Retrograde extrapolation. This refers to the requirement that the BAC be “related back” in time from the test to the driving (see question #17). Again, a number of complex physiological problems are involved here.
- Regulation of blood-alcohol testing. The prosecution must prove that the blood, breath or urine test complied with state requirements as to calibration, maintenance, etc.
- License suspension hearings. A number of issues can be raised in the context of an administrative hearing before Georgia Department of Driver Services.
An experienced DUI lawyer is the best source, of course. Short of that:
- Go to a law library (at courthouses and law schools) and research DUI law and blood-alcohol analysis.
This article provided by Lawrence Taylor. For more information, please visit Lawrence Taylor, the California DUI lawyer’s website.
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Simply put – “The Best” From the moment I contacted Jason for the charge of DUI, I felt compassion that Jason understood just how disconcerting charges of this nature were to me as his client. I was devastated and felt as if I had made a mistake that could never be fixed or rationalized. Jason […]
Jason was helpful in getting my DUI charge reduced to a reckless driving. In the State Court of Chatham County, Savannah, Georgia, Jason was helpful in getting my DUI charge reduced to a reckless driving. I recommend him to anyone.
Jason did a great job with my case! Very well organized and always kept me updated by staying in contact with me. I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer! The most important thing to me was that I did not lose my license and the charge for possession of marijuana less than an ounce […]
Great lawyer, that’s extremely smart and knows how to compile all the facts about a case which is exactly what he did for me. He was there giving me advice and consulting me with different ways we could go about fighting my case, the pros and cons to each. The best thing he did possibly […]
Glad to have peace of mind my DUI is dismissed. The last year and a half were a difficult time in my life. The not knowing of what might come for such a long duration was challenging to say the least. I am happy that Jason Cerbone got my DUI case dismissed in the Recorder’s […]
It is FINALLY OVER!!! And I do NOT have a DUI. Thank you Jason Cerbone After 16 months of stress and anxiety over my DUI charge, it was finally reduced to reckless driving! I have been traveling to Savannah from Arizona, so it was even more stress. The court kept delaying my hearings and pushing […]
Now its just a Warning! It was the worst situation I ever been in. I got a DUI and a super speeding ticket in Darien, and a couple of things that could cause me deportation from the country. So, first thing I did – hire Jason Cerbone to help me, and he did a great […]
I was arrested by the Rincon Police Department for DUI alcohol .08 grams or more. I chose Jason Cerbone to represent me because I knew he would not give up and let me have a DUI on my record. It took about a year, but, the DUI was reduced to failure to use do care. […]
Jason Got My DUI Charge Dismissed Jason was able to work with the DA and had my DUI dropped. In addition, I was able to keep my license. I am very happy about the results and I am glad I made the right choice to have him represent me. I highly recommend Jason.
When I first got arrested I didn’t know what to do. But, Jason got my DUI reduced to reckless driving in Bryan County. I was very impressed with how well my case was handled and I highly recommend Jason Cerbone if you are ever in need of a DUI attorney!
Jason Cerbone had my DUI dismissed. Jason did an amazing job in my case. Ultimately, he got my DUI dismissed. I don’t think that there could have been a better outcome!
DUI reduced to reckless driving Jason got my DUI reduced to reckless driving plea of nolo, where I won’t lose my driving license. Jason always presented himself well in and out the courtroom. I was satisfied with the outcome of the case.
Jason Cerbone was able to get my DUI dropped I highly recommend this lawyer. He was down to earth, but at the same time, very serious about getting me the best outcome from this case. He did a great job in getting my DUI dismissed. He was able to get the incident completely off my […]
Jason got my DUI dismissed. He was able to procure the tools and provide a strong enough case to have the county solicitor offer me an ideal plea agreement. I didn’t lose points on my license or have to face a life altering DUI conviction on my record. He always kept me updated on the […]
Jason Cerbone had my second DUI plead down and received no jail time. Jason’s expert witness found problems with the breath machine and the police officers investigation. We were ready for trial, and on the morning of the trial I decided to take a plea because they offered no jail time. Up until then I […]
Not guilty. Jason Cerbone won my DUI jury trial After a long process, I eventually had a jury trial which resulted in all charges being dismissed. Without Jason’s expertise, passion of helping his clients, and doing everything possible above and beyond; I would be in jail as we speak, because this would have been my […]
Jason Cerbone is a great lawyer. Jason Cerbone recently represented me for a few traffic citations I received. In the Municipal Court of Richmond Hill, Georgia, Jason worked out a good deal with the Solicitor and got the Judge to agree. Without his help I would have lost my license. He takes the time to […]
Jason Cerbone got my DUI less safe reduced to Reckless driving in Chatham County. Jason is very knowledgable and thorough. He is definitely the person you want representing you. His presence in the courtroom is on point, and his effective and clear communication with all parties involved is a great asset.
Jason got my DUI less safe and Failure to move over reduced to reckless driving in the State Court of Chatham County Georgia today. I am happy with Jason Cerbone.
Jason Cerbone got my DUI reduced. Jason handled my case with confidence, and despite a long, painful frustrating process was able to finally convince the D.A. of my innocence and negotiate a plea of lesser charges. Jason is very understanding of the injustice and stress I was facing. Jason is very knowledgable about DUI defense […]
Jason got my DUI case dismissed at a Motion hearing. Jason was able through quick thinking and a vast knowledge of the law to have my DUI less safe charge and speeding charge in the State Court of Chatham County dismissed right before trial. I can’t say enough about him. In short he’s to the […]
I would hire Jason Cerbone immediately! Jason got my DUI reduced to Reckless Driving. Jason won the DUI at the preliminary hearing in the Tybee Municipal Court. The police officer sounded confused because of the way Jason cross-examined him. He saved my drivers license. He saved my job. He saved my life.
Read no further. Hire Jason Cerbone for your DUI now! Jason Cerbone was able to get my DUI case dismissed. This was my second DUI. I was very disappointed with the lawyer I had hired for my first case and decided to try some one new. I was very impressed on how much attention he […]
I highly recommend Jason Cerbone for your DUI lawyer. Jason was the best possible choice in DUI attorneys I could have made. He was detailed and kept me informed throughout. His use of technology was helpful to me. He based the desired outcome on my specific needs including maintaining my license to practice in my […]
Jason Cerbone got my DUI and speeding charges reduced to failure to exercise due care; with no probation and no DUI school. I got arrested for the first time this past August and was scared and clueless as to how to approach the whole situation and what to do. Jason was recommended to me by […]
Jason Cerbone is the best DUI lawyer in Georgia. He got my DUI case totally dismissed at a court hearing. The D.A. didn’t want to help me. So Jason set up a situation that the D.A. would have to fight him. Something that any lawyer does not want to do. He made that woman look […]
I was arrested in Pooler for DUI,DUI Less Safe, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Driving Through a Gore or Median. This quickly turned into the worst night of my life. Jason was recommended to me by a friend and I decided to hire him as my lawyer after our first consultation. He was very knowledgeable […]
Jason Cerbone I would highly recommend him!!! I recently had a court with Jason Cerbone in the Chatham County Recorder’s Court. He got my simple battery charge reduced to disorderly conduct. I was extremely pleased with the way he handled my case in a timeley manner and very pleased with the effort he put in […]
Jason just got my DUI in Pooler, GA reduced to a non-DUI. Jason was a fantastic lawyer, very friendly , and knowledgeable in his profession. Was very pleased with how he handled my situation going from a DUI Drug less Safe to just Reckless driving, absolutely incredible. Highly recommended as a lawyer for any DUI […]
Jason saved me from a DUI. I had a DUI less safe charge late last year in Tybee Island, and absolutely did not want this stuck on my record. Jason was a consummate professional in dealing with my case, he met with me and gathered the documents necessary, and laid out my options in plain […]
Jason got my DUI reduced to reckless driving. I had prior DUIs and I was very nervous about getting convicted on this one. I found Jason Cerbone on this site and I set up a consultation with him immediately. I explained my situation to him and he agreed to take my case and put me […]
Jason was extremely helpful walking me through this. I hired Jason to help me with a DUI that I received while in the state of Georgia. I found that this being the type of law he specializes in he would be the perfect choice for me. Jason was extremely helpful walking me through this with […]
Jason took my DUI case on a short notice. He was always prepared. He got the outcome I wanted because I got no jail time and no DUI. Would recommend to anyone being charged with a DUI in the area.
Jason was my DUI lawyer. I was charged with DUI under 21 by the Thunderbolt Police. My charge was reduced to reckless driving in the State Court of Chatham County with no DUI on my record. Jason was very informative throughout every step of my case. He was easy to keep in touch with through […]
Jason got my DUI Less safe dropped down to reckless driving. This was my first and only offense so he made it very easy to understand the process and what to expect.
On a Friday night in Savannah, Georgia I was arrested for DUI less safe and Failure to yield upon entering the roadway.As a college student in my last semester before graduation, this was the most stressful time of my life and I knew I could not afford to have this mark on my record starting […]
In the State Court of Chatham County, today I plead down what would have been a 2nd DUI and I didn’t get any jail time. Jason’s reviews were the primary reason I hired him for my case. After meeting with him I knew he was the person that could handle the task. Passionate and trustworthy, […]
Jason was the perfect choice to handle my DUI case, I wish I had gone with him sooner. After separating from my initially hired attorney due to lack of determination to receive the best outcome for me I found Jason on Avvo and he was definitely the opposite. Before my case was scheduled to go […]
I feel that I received good counsel. Jason helped me to avoid jail on my 2nd DUI charge in five years. I plead my case out, and got no jail time in the State Court of Chatham County. I was impressed with his experience and professionalism. I feel that I received good counsel throughout the […]
I am very pleased. Jason Cerbone is an excellent attorney. I’m a recent college graduate and I received a DUI. I did not want to start my career off with a charge. He got me a plea deal for Reckless Driving. He not only got my charge lowered but also got a few of my […]
I was charged with DUI less safe, DUI alcohol breath test .114, and Failure to maintain lane. Not being a resident in the state of Georgia a super long time when it happened, I had no idea where to go or who to call. I came across Jason Cerbone and I hired him based solely […]
Jason Cerbone is an exceptional attorney who accomplished the nearly impossible. My company and I retained Jason Cerbone and his firm who came highly recommended to us to handle an arrest warrant hearing for Simple Battery. The charges that were sought were false, and should never have seen he inside of a court room. The […]
I got arrested for a DUI while on vacation at Tybee Beach I contact Jason before heading back to South Carolina. Jason made me feel comfortable and told me what I needed to do. I filled out some paperwork then had a preliminary hearing 8 months later. Jason got the DUI open container and no […]
Jason was there every step of the way! My DUI was reduced. I was arrested for DUI in Savannah, Georgia by the Savannah Police. I immediately looked for DUI lawyers in my area and came across Jason. I was facing jail time. I received the standard first DUI conditions mandated by the state of Georgia. […]
Jason Cerbone helped me get my DUI dropped down to reckless driving. Jason is a great guy that helped with me all the steps of my DUI process. I never lost my license and had my case resolved with no issues. Highly recommend.
Jason Cerbone is an excellent DUI attorney. I made the grave mistake of drinking and driving one late evening. I was charged with a DUI, driving down a one way road, and open container. After spending one night in jail I contacted Jason Cerbone. He explained to me in details my charges, and what steps […]
Jason Cerbone is Professional and Confidence. I’m very happy with choosing Jason Cerbone to be my attorney for my case, he showed confidence from the beginning and that was very comforting. I didn’t know anything about the process of going to court and Jason was always helpful and reassuring about any and all questions and […]
I want to thank Jason Cerbone very much and let you know how he helped me with Pooler Police department experience. The tickets I received were DUI per se, DUI Less Safe, Failure to maintain lane and texting. Jason got four charges down to one, reckless driving.
Jason guided and was very professional in the way he handled my case and had the charges dropped to reckless driving and saved my record and license. I really appreciate a life changing occurrence that was so horrible was made to be a very positive and very fortunate for the out come. I would refer […]
Jason got my DUI less safe alcohol charge and Speeding, and Failure to maintain lane reduced to Failure to use due care. Jason was very professional and courteous. He handled my case very efficiently and did not give up when I needed a certain outcome. He worked tirelessly to get my case solved and finalized. […]
Jason is a very tenacious defense attorney, does great work, and is extremely trustworthy! He did such a great job for me! I had most of my charges dropped and he plead me down to the best-case scenario. I would suggest his defense to anyone facing a DUI.
I am a self employed contractor from out of state and could not have a DUI on my record. Jason was very prompt and straight forward. He put me in contact with a Field sobriety specialist and they were able to have the charges reduced to reckless driving. I would highly recommend Jason. This happened […]
Being only 22 with no criminal record. I was very lost and confused when it came to my first DUI. Not knowing what to do, I contacted Mr. Cerbone and he was able to explain everything that I needed to know, and to what expect from my case, and I was now well informed. From […]
Jason got my DUI less safe charge by Georgia state patrol reduced to a reckless driving charge. While also reducing the total probation time the state had given me while at court proceedings today in the State Court of Chatham County.
Jason got my DUI and driving on wrong side of the road charges reduced to reckless driving in Richmond Hill. I was arrested by the Richmond Hill Police. Jason is knowledgeable about the procedures of attacking a DUI case by using the cop’s training manual against them. And that’s what he did. And it worked.
I hired Jason Cerbone to represent me for DUI charges I received in Tybee Island. He got the charges reduced to reckless driving at the preliminary hearing. I definitely recommend Cerbone to anybody needing a good DUI lawyer.
My experience with Jason Cerbone was the best I could’ve imagined. He was prompt and efficient and guided me through this process professionally. He was able to reduce my DUI charge in Savannah, GA down to reckless driving based on lack of evidence on the state’s part. I had been arrested by the Savannah Police […]
I recommend Jason Cerbone for any DUI case. Hired Jason after receiving a DUI, after being stopped for not having my headlights on. He worked tirelessly to find out every detail of the case and of what actually happened and didn’t just base everything off of the police report. Ended up just being a reckless […]
Jason Cerbone got my DUI reduced to reckless driving in the Savannah Chatham state court. The process took about a year but was definitely worth it to not have a DUI on my record.
Jason Cerbone is an awesome lawyer! Arrested for DUI; received a reduced charge. Exactly the outcome I was hoping for.
Case dismissed. Charged with DUI, DUIx2 because of a minor in the vehicle, and open container. I work for the federal government and this case has had an impact on my career. I lived out of state and after 13 months it was finally resolved. Thank you Jason!
Jason got exactly what I wanted exactly how I wanted. I didn’t want a DUI on my record. I didn’t want to go to trial. He got my DUI charge reduced to Failure to exercise due care in Richmond Hill Municipal Court today. I would recommend him to anyone.
Jason got my DUI dropped to reckless driving. I consider that a win. Jason was straight forward throughout the entire case. When we were in court the Judge knew him and his father. He is a very well known lawyer around these parts by the court.
I am a truly happy camper. I was charged with a DUI Less Safe, and DUI breath test. The next following week I called Jason Cerbone. Throughout the process I listened and applied the advice Jason gave to me. I hired two expert witnesses (One from Canada). On the day of the trial my charge […]
I was arrested for DUI (less safe) and things did not look great for me, as I blew above the limit on the administered breath test. I live in another state and because of my job/career, it would be extremely damaging to have a DUI on my record. Jason was able to secure a plea, […]
Jason Cerbone by all means know the law when it comes to DUI cases. After a long two years of court Mr. Cerbone found a way to defeat my case by using the Elliot v. State case. My charges was dropped to reckless driving and all my other charges were dropped. I highly recommend him […]
I had a the opportunity to have two of my charges (too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane charges) dropped and to be granted nolo for my DUI charge thanks to Jason Cerbone as my lawyer. He was very helpful and was a great relief to ensure that my career and future was […]
Went to court today in the State Court of Chatham County and all charges against me were dismissed on the spot. I’ve had previous DUI’s so I am very thankful for this. Thank you Jason for getting my case dismissed. Daddy’s money paid off.
I had Jason Cerbone as my lawyer on a DUI case in the Chatham County State Court, he did an excellent job and we got what I wanted out of the case. My DUI was reduced down to reckless driving. I would definitely recommend hiring him.
Jason Cerbone got my DUI reduced from Driving Under the Influence to Reckless driving in the City of Port Wentworth, which is a very rare thing to come across. He has represented me to the best of his ability and got me a plea that I was very happy with and that would not affect […]
Jason was the highest ranked DUI attorney I could find in Georgia. After an unfortunate circumstance in Macintosh County, I consulted with him. I was honest and upfront with Jason and he was too about the case. In the end I couldn’t have asked for a better result. I highly recommend Jason Cerbone as your […]
In the Bloomingdale Court in Chatham County, Jason handled my DUI case for me along with a speeding and failure to maintain lane ticket as well. He was able to get it reduced to driving too fast for conditions with no points towards my license and no DUI on my record. He handled everything professionally […]
My DUI got reduced to failure to use due care. I was pulled over and charged with use of multiple-beam road lighting equipment (high beams), DUI less safe, and DUI-Alcohol per se 0.08 gm or more, in Bloomingdale, GA. Jason was determined to reach the most positive outcome, and his knowledge of Georgia DUI laws […]
Jason Cerbone is the Bomb! Jason Cerbone got my DUI in Effingham County dropped down to Failure to use due care. I am a builder in town for about a year and I can’t have a DUI. I needed to be able to drive. Jason challenged my license suspension and we won that. We went […]
Jason Cerbone’s hard work got my DUI down to reckless driving. Jason worked extremely hard on my case which was one of the toughest types of DUI, in my mind, to win. I submitted a blood sample which concluded to be above the .08 limit. Once the results were confirmed I was charged with 3 […]
I was in need of a great DUI attorney to defend me in this DUI case, and I found him in Jason Cerbone. I was being charged with DUI less safe by the Georgia State Patrol in the State Court of Chatham County. Because I had a previous charge of DUI reduced to reckless driving, […]
This was my first time ever getting in trouble. I was charged with DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol 0.13 breath test; and DUI less safe alcohol. I was arrested by the Carden City Police Department. Jason Cerbone got my charges reduced to Failure to use due care. Jason was always available to me […]
I was stopped for a suspected DUI and given a court date to plea my case. I contacted Mr. Cerbone a few days after the incident and explained to him what had happened. He was more than happy to help me with my case and was very helpful with the steps that needed to be […]
I was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) Nighthawk DUI task force for the second time in five years. Jason was able to help me get my 2nd DUI charge reduced to reckless driving.
Jason was able to get this charged reduced to failure to use due care. I appreciate his expertise and would recommend him to anyone dealing with this such crisis.
Jason, after much diligence, was able to reduce my DUI (less safe) to reckless driving while getting my ticket for expired tags completely dropped. I was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol in Chatham County.During this case, I moved to a different state but he was able to keep me up to date with what […]
Jason is an amazing attorney. He genuinely put my mind at ease in what was my first experience with a D.U.I. It was astounding me to at the knowledge he possessed on this topic. He was punctual at returning my phone calls or emails and always diligent to research and answer the questions that I […]
Jason Cerbone did a tremendous job handling my case. We went through a jury trial. The jury found me Not guilty of DUI less safe. The Judge dismissedthe Speeding charge after Jason Motioned the court at the right time. It took over 3 years to close and he stayed on top of it the entire […]
Jason Cerbone had my charges for DUI and criminal reckless conduct dismissed by the Judge in Pooler in open court in a room full of a hundred other people. Leading up to that he made me feel comfortable and confident. I recommend him.
This is the first time I’ve ever been in trouble and unfortunately, it was a DUI. I was very lucky to be able to hire Mr. Cerbone. He immediately made me feel comfortable about my case and proved how passionate he was in helping me get the results I wanted. We were able to continue […]
I was arrested for DUI. If convicted, this would be my second DUI within five years. I searched for an attorney on Google and concluded Mr. Cerbone to be the best choice for me after reading several reviews and verdicts from past clients. During this very stressful time, Mr. Cerbone quickly eased my worries by […]
Jason Cerbone is the greatest. He beat my DUI, of course. That got reduced to a non-DUI in the State Court of Savannah, Georgia. But what makes him the greatest to me is that he was available. He called me back fast, and he wanted to talk to me as much as I wanted to […]
Cerbone is the best child custody lawyer/attorney in the Savannah area. I’ve retained his services several times over the past nine years and have been extremely pleased with the work he has performed for me (we won every case). He is the epitome of legal counsel because he does just that. He used his skill […]
Jason Cerbone helped every step of the way in my case which led to the best possible outcome.
Cerbone was with me every step of the way. Attorney Cerbone helped me obtain custody of my child. He is realistic, patient, and diligent.
Cerbone is the best attorney that I have seen in action. He is a top quality attorney. I was one of his first clients and was always impressed with his ability to cut through the bull and provide an assessment of the case with an uncanny ability to predict the outcome. He ruined me for […]
Cerbone knows his stuff… And the local court system. A hand-holder he is not, but one cannot put a price on Cerbone’s expertise in family law, nor his intimate knowledge of the local courts and fellow attorneys.