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2017 Trends in DUI Defense

In 2017, fighting DUI charges throughout Metro Atlanta and Forsyth, and surrounding counties is harder than ever. Increased police funding, a hard push for accountability court participation, along ...
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Typical First DUI Punishments in Forsyth County Georgia Cases

If you have been arrested for a first DUI in Forsyth County, Georgia, you are often facing more than the "standard" or minimum terms you may read about on most websites. Remember, a majority ...
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Zeliff | Watson's Peter Zeliff earns DUI acquittal for Client

Attorney Peter Zeliff's client has been acquitted of DUI and the underlying traffic offense, failure to maintain lane, in the Forsyth County State Court. His client was found guilty of possessing ...
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Saving Your License After a DUI 1205 Form

Chances are, if you were recently arrested for DUI, your license was confiscated and you were given a 1205 form that notifies you of the officer's intent to suspend your Georgia driver's ...
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The Alpharetta Georgia DUI Process

At Zeliff | Watson, we have over 20 combined years of DUI defense under our belt. Both of our founding partners, Peter Zeliff and Evan Watson, worked for one of the largest DUI defense firms in the ...
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Accidents with DUI Drivers

Under Georgia law, if you have been in an accident involving a DUI driver, you can recover for your losses, including medical bills, auto repair bills, lost wages from missing work, property damage, ...
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How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Record?

There is a lot of incorrect information out there about how long a DUI stays on your record. Unfortunately, the answer isn't good: forever. In Georgia, DUI is one of the toughest crimes to fight, ...
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Defending Against Prostitution Charges

Prostitution charges in the Atlanta area can be a big deal, and many local prosecutors are requiring jail time, even on a first offense prostitution charge. At Zeliff | Watson, we have defending many ...
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What is FVIP Family Violence Intervention Program?

In Georgia, a family violence intervention program (FVIP) is a 24-week program designed for those accused of acts of family violence. The classes are usually required to be done at the rate of one per ...
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Secrets to Defending DUI Charges in Georgia

A DUI charge in Georgia is more than just a minor traffic offense. Especially, in 2016, with all of the anti-drunk driving efforts in place by both private and state groups. DUI charges can subject ...
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Reckless Conduct Child in Car

Reckless conduct charges for leaving your child unattended in the car are common in Georgia, especially since the 2014 death of Cooper Harris, who died after being left in his father's car in Cobb ...
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How to Fight a Probation Violation in Georgia

You pleaded guilty to a charge and were sentenced to probation. No big deal, everyone has to do probation, right? The first few months go smooth, then out of the blue you get a call from your p.o. You ...
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Will Joining the Army or Military Get My Case Dismissed?

The good ol' days of joining the Army to avoid a DUI, or other charge, are all but over in Georgia courts. At least a handful of times annually, I have potential or actual clients ask me if ...
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Fighting Forsyth County DUI Charges in 2016

Forsyth County, Georgia, has some of the toughest DUI penalties in the State of Georgia, and law enforcement is cracking down on DUI arrests throughout the county. Hundreds upon hundreds of DUI cases ...
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DUI Leaving Good Ol Days Cumming Ga

If you have been charged with DUI Leaving Good Ol' Days in Cumming, Georgia, read this article for information on where to go from here and protecting your rights and defending your case. ...
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Fentanyl Drug Possession Charges

Fentanyl is a Schedule II controlled substance and is illegal to possess without a valid prescription in Georgia. This article will give you some background into fentanyl as well as defense of ...
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Disorderly Conduct Charges in Georgia

In Georgia, prosecutors use disorderly conduct charges for a wide variety of conduct. Most municipal cities, as well as the state law provide for disorderly conduct as a criminal offense. Depending on ...
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Certified Georgia Ignition Interlock Devices

As of November 2015, the following Manufacturer/Models of ignition interlock devices are approved for use in Georgia: A Simple Interlock, LLC Co-Pilot Alcohol Detection Systems DM904 Alcohol Detection ...
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Ignition Interlock for Refusal DUIs Coming to Georgia!

Georgia House Bill 205 has been signed into law and will take effect in 2017, allowing drivers who refuse testing of their blood, breath, urine or other bodily substance a ignition interlock permit. ...
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Simple Battery Charges

Simple battery charges in Georgia are considered crimes of violence, and can impact your record forever. Under Georgia law, simple battery means you intentionally made contact in an insulting or ...
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Is Buzzed Driving Drunk Driving?

Unless you've never had cable, or have resided under a rock for quite some time, you have likely seen the public service announcements- or ad campaigns- warning that "buzzed driving is drunk ...
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Do I Have the Right to Refuse a DUI Test in Georgia?

While the answer to "do I have the right to refuse a DUI test in Georgia" is yes, it may not be as simple as you might think. That is because Georgia law classifies different tests and your ...
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How Long Does a Charge Stay on My Record in Georgia?

In Georgia, your record is forever, with few exceptions. Actually, in Georgia you have 3 main sources of records and each has differences in its' visibility. Georgia Criminal Record Your Georgia ...
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What are my Miranda rights, and when do they have to be read?

Quite simply, Miranda rights are rights the officer must inform you of before asking questions, if you are in custody. While this definition seems easy enough, when Miranda must be read has always ...
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Zeliff | Watson Named "Best of Forsyth"

Zeliff | Watson is proud to announce that it has been named in the 2016 edition of " Best of Forsyth " by Forsyth County News. Our firm was crowned the best choice in criminal defense law. ...
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Arrested for DUI? Let us help you.

I hired Mr Peter Zeliff to provide counsel with regard to a DUI, Reckless driving, Refusal and Expired Tag case. With potential threat to my career and employment opportunities it was of paramount importance that I receive a favorable outcome in my situation. Mr. Zeliff listened to my concerns and opinions while providing me with educated counsel. He kept me informed of the process, procedures and ... -
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