If you have been hurt in an accident, charged with a crime, or involved in another form of litigation, you should talk with an attorney about your legal rights as soon as possible. Athens DUI attorney Jason Slider focuses his practice on criminal defense, while personal injury attorney John Baker is skilled in a wide range of civil matters. At Baker & Slider, we have many years of experience advocating for the rights of our clients, and we look forward to learning about the details of your situation and how we may assist you.Representing Georgia Residents Charged with Drunk Driving or Other Offenses
Jason Slider handles the full range of matters related to drunk driving offenses, including first-time DUI, repeat DUI, underage DUI, and felony DUI. He also can assist Georgia residents who are fighting charges of drug crimes, violent crimes, , theft crimes, probation violations and other offenses prosecuted under state law.
If you have been charged with DUI or any other criminal conduct, you should be aware that you may have many defenses against the prosecution. The case against you must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt to secure a conviction, and a criminal defense attorney can investigate the situation surrounding your arrest and the charges to determine which arguments you can make. For example, in a drunk driving case, the police may have lacked probable cause to pull over your vehicle, or the testing performed to determine your level of intoxication may have been flawed. If you have been charged with marijuana possession or another drug crime, you may be able to argue that the police seized evidence in a manner that violated your rights under the Fourth Amendment, and thus the evidence should be excluded from consideration. Prosecutions for assault or other violent crimes may be susceptible to arguments that the alleged perpetrator was acting in self-defense or lacked the necessary intent to commit the offense.Taking Legal Action After an Accident
In a personal injury case arising from the careless or wrongful actions of a person or entity, the victim usually will seek to prove the elements of negligence. The standard of proof is known as the preponderance of the evidence, which simply means that the defendant more likely than not was responsible for causing the victim’s harm.
Negligence is defined in most ordinary situations as a failure to exercise the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised under the circumstances. It will be important to show not only that the defendant was negligent but also that the victim likely would not have been hurt otherwise. If a personal injury claim succeeds, an injured individual or their family may be able to receive damages for lost wages, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other economic or non-economic costs and losses arising from the accident. Seeking legal representation promptly is critical in these situations, since the statute of limitations provides a specific time window within which a plaintiff may bring a claim.Discuss a Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, or DUI Case with an Athens Attorney
At Baker & Slider, we are vigorous and candid advocates who can protect your interests at all stages of a legal proceeding, from plea bargaining or settlement negotiations or take your case to a trial if needed. To consult an Athens DUI lawyer or seek guidance from a criminal defense or personal injury attorney, call us at (706) 208-1514 or contact us online to set up a free appointment. We represent victims and criminal defendants in Athens, Jefferson, Watkinsville, Danielsville, and other communities throughout Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, and surrounding counties.
- DUI Defense
- Criminal Defense
- Personal Injury
- Civil Litigation