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Cumming Criminal Defense Blog

How to File an Insurance Claim After An Auto Accident

If you have been involved in an auto accident, filing an insurance claim is one of the first steps you must take. At the scene of the accident, always make sure to get a police report. A lot of people ...
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Lake Lanier BUI Charges- Avoiding in 2014

Avoiding a BUI- boating under the influence- charge should be a top priority in 2014 as the lake heats up and the waters become crowded with boaters. There are a lot of myths and misinformation ...
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Is jail required for shoplifting charges?

Forsyth County, the City of Cumming, and surrounding cities all enforce either local ordinances or state laws that criminalize theft by shoplifting. If you are charged with a local ordinance for ...
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Can I fight a DUI with a Breath Test?

A frequent question in new client interviews is whether or not they should even fight their case, since they blew over the legal limit. Many people have heard, even from other lawyers, that a breath ...
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Your Local DUI Defense Team

If you have been charged and arrested in the City of Cumming or Forsyth County, Georgia, for DUI, read this page before you proceed any further. DUI less safe, DUI per se, and DUI Drugs citations ...
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Are there hardship permits for DUI?

Whether you are eligible for a hardship permit in your DUI case will depend on the circumstances of your particular case, as well as whether or not you have prior DUI charges. On a first DUI in the ...
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Is it possible to Pass Field Sobriety Tests?

One of the top questions I hear from clients, friends and family alike is "is it possible to pass field sobriety tests?" The short answer is yes, but it rarely happens. Field sobriety tests ...
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Intoxilyzer 9000 in Forsyth County

At Zeliff | Watson, we have seen some of the first DUI breath tests using Georgia's new Intoxilyzer 9000 breath testing machine. The tests apparently started earlier this month, and the new ...
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Do I Need an Expert Witness in DUI Lawsuit?

Expert witnesses can be essential in bringing a drunk driving lawsuit. Expert witnesses in DUI cases are usually brought in to testify about the DUI investigation performed as well as how a ...
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First DUI License Suspension Appeal in Atlanta

Under Georgia laws, your license will be suspended for an Atlanta DUI charge if you do not take action and appeal your arrest. Under Georgia's implied consent law, the officer who arrested you ...
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Do I need a lawyer for my DUI in Atlanta?

If you are facing prosecution for a DUI arrest, you have undoubtedly heard varying opinions from friends, family and colleagues ranging from "plea the case", to "fight it no matter ...
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Filing a lawsuit against a drunk driver in Georgia

Filing a lawsuit, or suing a DUI driver in Georgia involves actually serving the defendant with a complaint and filing the paperwork in the correct court. Typically, before a lawsuit is filed, both ...
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Will a DUI Show Up on My Record?

A common question I am asked is whether a DUI will show up on someone's record, and if so, when? You actually have two different records in Georgia that a DUI could show up on: your driving record ...
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Is there a minimum amount that must be stolen for Shoplifting?

I frequently have clients ask me about whether there is a minimum amount that must be taken from a store to be charged with shoplifting. Apparently, some large chain stores require more than $5, $10, ...
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How to Beat a Speeding Ticket

In Georgia, speeding tickets are hard to beat, but there are ways to greatly minimize or even eliminate a ticket's impact on your driving record. Georgia appellate courts have held that an ...
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I received a shoplifting settlement offer. What is it?

Georgia law allows for property owners who are victims of theft crimes to bring a civil action against the wrongdoer. This law covers big department stores and allows them to file suit against anyone ...
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What Happens to My Drivers License After DUI Arrest?

Chances are that if you have been arrested for a DUI, your driver's license was taken by the arresting officer and not given back. This is true even if you have an out-of-state drivers license. ...
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What is a "hold and clear" in Alpharetta or Milton?

Both Alpharetta and Milton Municipal Courts have a plea option known as a "hold and clear" . A hold and clear is a way to resolve your case and ultimately have it removed from your record, ...
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Can You Call a Lawyer During a DUI Arrest?

During a DUI arrest in Georgia, you are bombarded with questions and demands and have mere minutes to make critical decisions. Perhaps the most major decision you are confronted with is whether of not ...
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Will Justin Bieber Go To Jail for his DUI?

I've had a couple of people ask for my opinion on the recent Justin Bieber DUI arrest and whether or not his behavior will land him in a Miami jail. The short answer is: probably not. DUI is one ...
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How Can I Be Arrested with No Evidence of DUI?

A question I hear almost daily from new and prospective clients is how one can be arrested for DUI when there was no evidence that they were DUI. This is a very good question and one worth taking a ...
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Five Things Cops Look for During a DUI

Five Things Cops Look For During a DUI Being pulled over for a minor traffic offense is not a fun time, but if the encounter turns into a DUI investigation, things get much worse. While even a beer or ...
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Can Two Beers Make You DUI?

2 Beers = DUI?!? It can in Georgia. One of the biggest misconceptions about DUI laws in Georgia is that you have to be over the limit to be arrested for DUI. This is simply not true. Under Georgia ...
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How Much Will A Ticket Raise My Insurance Rates?

In two more recent articles, the question, " how much will a ticket raise my insurance rates ?" is examined. The articles, posted on forbes.com and cnbc.com, crunch different numbers to give ...
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Reckless Conduct Charges: Defending Them.

What is Reckless Conduct? Reckless conduct charges in Georgia can leave you defending vague, arbitrarily enforced laws. Under Georgia law, the reckless conduct statute reads, in part: "A person ...
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Arrested for DUI? Let us help you.

I can never thank Peter Zeliff enough for his hard work and dedication and without him I am sure I would be in prison today. When I was unjustly accused of a probation violation, Peter worked tirelessly on my behalf to make sure that I was released and all charges dropped. He treated me with respect and even visited me in jail on a Saturday and Sunday. Peter kept in touch with my family to make ... - Anonymous
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