Athens DUI Attorney and Personal Injury AttorneyPreparing Your Case for Trial and Protecting Your Rights
If you are fighting charges of drunk driving or another crime, or if you have been hurt in a devastating accident, you need an attorney on whom you can depend to vigorously advocate for your rights. At the Athens, Georgia law firm of Baker & Slider, we have been nationally recognized for our efforts - and, more importantly, our results. We can represent people who need a DUI attorney in Athens or the surrounding areas, as well as assistance in facing prosecution for drug crimes, assault and battery, domestic violence, and more. We can also guide Georgia residents through the process of seeking compensation for a personal injury resulting from a car crash, a trucking crash, medical malpractice, a slip and fall, or other personal injury matters.
While many cases settle prior to trial, our guiding philosophy is that each case must be approached as though it will eventually proceed to a judge or jury. Therefore, we take pride in being willing and ready to go to trial if needed.
Our attorneys are extremely well respected among the legal community. Attorney Jason Slider has been included in the “Top 100 DUI Attorneys in the State of Georgia” and has received a “10 Best 3-Year Client Satisfaction Award” from the American Institute of DUI/DWI. Athens Personal Injury lawyer John Baker, who devotes his legal practice to personal injury and civil litigation, has been honored as part of the “Nation’s Top One Percent,” “Top Verdicts,” and Avvo Clients’ Choice for Personal Injury. Both Attorneys, and the Firm, have received the highest possible rating of “AV” by Martindale Hubbel for their ethics and legal ability. In the past year, John Baker’s practice made front page news in the Fulton County Daily Report for his recovery of nearly One Million Dollars for his Client in a trucking injury case.Fighting a Drunk Driving Charge under Georgia Law
Before a defendant can be convicted of DUI, the State must prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Georgia law provides that a person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of a moving vehicle while under the influence to the extent that it is “less safe for the person to drive,” or if his or her alcohol concentration is as low as 0.02 or more within three hours of driving. Georgia law also forbids the driving or physical control of a moving vehicle by anyone who has any amount of a certain controlled substance in his or her blood or urine.
A conviction of driving under the influence in Georgia may have serious consequences. Even a first-offense DUI may result in a jail term, a fine, a license suspension, community service, and a license reinstatement fee. With a subsequent offense, the consequences increase, with longer jail sentences, heftier fines, and a mandatory clinical evaluation, as well as potentially a treatment program at the defendant’s expense. Fortunately, there are often many ways to fight a drunk driving charge with the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney. The police may have improperly administered the testing procedures, for example, or they may have lacked probable cause to stop the driver in the events leading up to the DUI arrest. It is critical to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding a case when crafting a strategy on a defendant’s behalf.Vigorous Criminal Defense Advocacy
Similar to drivers accused of DUI, defendants facing other charges often have many protections that they can invoke. Constitutional violations, such as an unreasonable search or seizure under the Fourth Amendment, may result in evidence being suppressed from consideration. In many cases, the prosecution may be forced to drop or reduce the charges if it cannot rely on certain evidence, like drugs that it seized on the defendant’s property, to meet its burden of proof. There may also be available affirmative defenses that the defendant may seek to establish, such as self-defense or a lack of intent when charged with a crime that requires a certain level of intent.Representation in Personal Injury and Other Civil Cases
A moment of carelessness or inattention may lead to devastating harm. In personal injury cases, an accident victim must show that the defendant owed a legal duty of care, the duty was breached, the defendant’s breach of duty was the legal and proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries, and quantifiable damages resulted. If these elements are proven, the victim may be compensated for medical expenses, lost income and loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, and other costs and losses. It is important that a victim consult an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. This is partly because of the statute of limitations, which sets a strict time limit on the period during which an injured person may take legal action.
Athens personal injury attorney John Baker also handles general civil litigation matters including monetary disputes for breach of contract, real estate disputes, construction litigation, and business disputes or partnership disputes. In these disputes John meticulously prepares the case for an eventual trial, which is the best approach to confirm that the opposition must either settle or risk losing at a trial.Enlist an Athens DUI Lawyer or Discuss Another Criminal or Personal Injury Case
The diligent criminal defense and personal injury attorneys at Baker & Slider are to help your family and you when you need it the most. Whether you are facing criminal charges, have been struck by a careless driver, or need advice on another legal matter, we are available to discuss your rights and options at an initial free consultation. Call us at (706) 208-1514 or contact us online to set up an appointment with an Athens DUI attorney, Athens Personal Injury attorney or seek guidance in another legal matter. We assist people throughout the Athens area and elsewhere in Clarke County, as well as in Jefferson, Watkinsville, Danielsville, and other cities throughout Jackson, Madison, Oconee, and surrounding Counties.