Winder Felony DUI Defense Lawyer

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

A large percentage of Attorney William D. Healan, III’s practice is devoted to the field of DUI defense.  This is an especially complicated and changing area of the law that takes years of practice to master.  Mr. Healan is a member of the Georgia D.O.D.D. (Defenders of Drinking Drivers) group.  This group consists of a handful of the most experienced DUI lawyers and DUI attorneys in Georgia.  Its members have regular meetings and use a computer list server to share information and ideas.  Thus, D.O.D.D. members are always ready with cutting edge strategies and defenses in DUI cases.

Mr. Healan has tried numerous DUI cases in front of juries.  He regularly uses expert testimony to discredit field sobriety testing as well as breath and blood test results.  Through the use of expert witnesses, Mr. Healan has had many jury acquittals in cases where a test indicated that his client was over the legal limit.

Mr. Healan’s strategies in DUI cases are often new and innovative.  There are multiple reported decisions in the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals addressing arguments by Mr. Healan that had never been made by another attorney.  In two cases, King v. State and Cooper v. State, the Georgia Supreme Court declared Georgia laws unconstitutional after Mr. Healan had challenged these laws.

Some tips if you have been arrested for DUI:

Ten day letter: If you have been arrested for DUI and either refused blood, breath or urine testing or submitted to testing and tested above the limit, your license can be administratively suspended even before you are convicted of DUI.  To challenge this suspension, you must submit a letter to the Georgia Department of Driver Services within 10 business days of arrest.  As of 2010, the State of Georgia charges a $150.00 fee to file these letters.  Healan Law Offices will give you one of these letters FOR FREE if you come in for a FREE consultation with Mr. Healan.  (You will still have to send the filing fee with the letter.) At this consultation, Mr. Healan will discuss your case, review incident reports, breath test printouts, and any other information that you bring to give you an idea of your chances of contesting your charge.

Breath testing: Georgia has been using its current breath machine, the intoxilyzer 5000 since the early 1990s.  This machine has seen little update or improvement since that time.  Can you imagine using today the same computer that you had in 1996?  Thus, there are many avenues to attack this machine.  If your test result was fairly close to the legal limit, your case is generally defendable simply because the machine is subject to a margin of error.  Furthermore, there are often mistakes made by the officer administering the test which can be used to discredit the machine.  Other times, the breath machine just doesn’t work properly.  The fact that you have tested above the limit simply does not mean that you will automatically be convicted of DUI, if your lawyer knows how to challenge the breath machine.

There are many DUI attorneys and DUI lawyers.  Mr. Healan is highly experienced in this area of law and would like to be your attorney for your DUI defense case.  Healan Law Offices provides services across north Georgia, especially the following: Barrow County, Jackson County, Gwinnett County, Hall County, Banks County, Walton County, Oconee County, or Athens-Clarke County and live in Winder, Statham, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Jefferson, Braselton, Athens, Gainesville or other cities in those counties.  Mr. Healan would like to be your DUI defense lawyer. Contact him today.