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  • Challenging a DUI Blood Test in Georgia - Part I

    In a multi-part series, Cobb County DUI/DWI Defense Attorney Alan J. Levine writes about the difficulties and opportunities for challenging a blood test in a criminal case. Though focused on the Driving Under the Influence scenario, and the applicability of Georgia state specific law, the methods for drawing a valid and reliable blood sample, as well as the assurance of proper scientific methods in the field of chromatography, are relevant to any criminal case where blood evidence supports the charges, no matter the state or country.
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  • Coronarvirus - The Discount Bioweapon

    We have been in the Age of Microterrorism for some time - viruses, bacteria and prions have been in our environment for millennia. One early use of bioweapons was when Scythian archers infected their arrows by dipping them in decomposing bodies, or in blood mixed with manure, in 400 BC. Now, this ancient scourge revisits us at the grocery store where a Pennsylvania woman coughed all over $35,000 worth of goods.
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  • High Burdens for Low THC Oil

    There are people in Georgia who need to use THC oil to help with their medical or psychiatric issues. Thus, our state legislature has recently passed a procedure by which those people may get and use low THC oil. First, they need a certified physician to determine they have one of the allowed conditions. Then, that physician applies for their patient's Low THC Oil Registry card through the Georgia Department of Public Health.
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  • Barring the Constitution

    The Department of Justice has asked that certain fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution be suspended during this novel coronavirus emergency. Legislators from both parties have voiced their opposition to the request. But, in order that their opposition remain strong, and to prevent a national decay transforming the USA into a police state, the citizenry must also speak up, joining with those who will not sacrifice liberty for security.
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  • The Day the Sky Fell: Viral Pandemics and Our Courts

    With COVID-19 putting pressure on our judiciary system, this is not the time for your defense attorney to slack off on your case. This is the time to get to work and be ready to take the case to trial when our courts return to normal function. That way, a defense lawyer better ensures getting their client a fair deal - and maybe even better!
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Summer Case Result Highlights

COBB COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, GEORGIA: Our client was in bad trouble. A young person with a bright future ahead of her, they stood accused of possessing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA, 2-COOH-THC) in some cannabis wax allegedly on their person. Being Schedule I drugs under our current regime of laws and classifications, that meant our client faced prosecution for Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. If convicted, they faced up to three (3) years in prison and a $100,000 fine. We negotiated a plea to misdemeanor possession of marijuana for no jail time and no fine. Our client will give the Court three (3) clean screens for drugs and alcohol over the next three months, probation will then terminate, and no conviction will be placed on their record.

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CITY OF SMYRNA, COBB COUNTY, GEORGIA: Our client had a per se DUI (blood alcohol content level over 0..08) arrest AND a single-car accident. This could have been - should have been - a DUI conviction. But we did what we do and got to work on our client's behalf. By the time we were done digging into the underlying facts and legalities of the case, we were able to negotiate a reduced charge for our client with NO JAIL TIME and greatly shortened period of probation.

COBB COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, GEORGIA: In a case that was in the papers last year, our client was charged with three counts of false imprisonment (Official Code of Georgia §16-5-41) and three counts of pointing a gun at another person (Official Code of Georgia §16-11-102). For the felonies, they were facing up to 30 years in prison and $300,000 dollars in fines. We got to work, even during the judicial emergency and slowdown due to COVID-19, and immediately filed the appropriate motions to challenge the investigation, arrest and evidence. We were ready to go to the mat for our client and take the case to trial in need be.

In the end, our client accepted a plea deal to three counts of simple assault (Official Code of Georgia §16-5-20) with no fine and no jail time. They are eligible for their probation sentence to end in one year. 

CITY OF SMYRNA, COBB COUNTY, GEORGIA: Back to the Smyrna we go where our client was in danger of having their Georgia driver's license suspended. There was an an accident (with no injuries) after which the arresting police officer said our client refused to submit to a test of their breath, blood, urine or other bodily substance under Georgia's Implied Consent law. That would have meant a one-year hard suspension of our client's right to drive a motor vehicle in Georgia. But at the hearing before an Administrative Law Judge of the Office of State Administrative Hearings, we were able to get the Department of Driver Services' (DDS 1205) proposed suspension dismissed. Now, we're one step closer to helping our client get their life back. That's what we do.  

COBB COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, GEORGIA: On behalf of our client, we filed and successfully obtained a modification of their prior felony sentence. Their conditions have been changed in a way that is fair, just, and makes their life a bit better and easier. 

CITY OF MARIETTA, COBB COUNTY, GEORGIA: First, we successfully got the Administrative License Suspension (ALS) proceeding at the Office of State Administrative Hearings (OSAH) handled so our client wouldn't have a 30-day license suspension and be forced to obtain a Limited Permit. Then, we worked with a conscientious and fair prosecutor, showing them the issues with the case, thereby securing a reduction of the DUI charge to a Reckless Driving and the possibility of early terminating probation. Now, our young client will have no license suspension at all. Pus, they get a fresh start during these tough times. 

CITY OF ROME, FLOYD COUNTY, GEORGIA: Yet another client came to us in danger of having their Georgia driving privileges suspended. And, as in the July case discussed above, there was an accident with no injuries. And again, the arresting police officer said our client refused to submit to a test of their breath, blood, urine or other bodily substance under Georgia's Implied Consent law. Long story short, we got the ALS 1205 dismissed and the decision of the officer to suspend our client's driver's license REVERSED.

When Do You Need a Lawyer?

You've been arrested for a DUI, drug possession, or some other crime. Now what? Since you found this website, you know you need legal help. Because you're well aware that DUIs and other serious traffic offenses (eluding, reckless driving, hit and run, etc.) put your Georgia driving privileges at risk - not to mention potential for more jail time and numerous other costs and inconveniences. Even relatively minor misdemeanor charges like marijuana possession (under an ounce) and shoplifting can threaten your job, career, reputation, and generally disrupt your life. Things get worse with felonies. 

Who's Your Attorney?

But how do you find the right defense attorney for you? Do I want your business and the opportunity to represent you? Absolutely. Is our firm right for you. Maybe yes, maybe no. Experience and knowledge matter. I have that. Hopefully, all of the lawyers you're considering have that. But finding an attorney who listens to you, who understands you, who ‘gets you,' is important. Finding someone you trust implicitly, who you know has your best interest at heart, is crucial. Because for the next several months, and possibly longer, you and your defense attorney are going to be a team. 

Get To Know Your Lawyer

So take the time to really interview and get to know the potential candidates looking to earn your business. As for me? Call or email me to set up a time for a free, no obligation consultation. Let's meet face to face and discuss your situation. This is an important decision - finding the right person to fight for your rights, defend your reputation, and help you get your life back. I look forward to meeting with you. I look forward to the possibility and privilege of being your lawyer.

Alan J. Levine, Esq.

Georgia Attorney Alan J. Levine, Esq. has over 13 years experience as a prosecutor, judge and criminal defense lawyer.

Recent Case Results

  • We got our client's felony charge for possessing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA, 2-COOH-THC) reduced to misdemeanor marijuana possession. Their sentence will be to get 3 clean drug screens over the next couple of months and then their probation can end with no conviction. Read On

  • In a single-car accident, over the legal 0.08 BAC limit for a DUI, we saved out client's license from going into suspension, got his DUI charge reduced, and negotiated a NO JAIL TIME, reduced probation sentence. Read On

  • COBB COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, GEORGIA: Our client faced 3 counts of false imprisonment (OCGA §16-5-41) and 3 of pointing a gun at another person (OCGA §16-11-102). For the felonies, they faced 30 years in prison. We negotiated a plea to misdemeanors for 1 year of probation, no jail, no fine and NO CONVICTION. Read On


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