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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: I was hit from behind by a lady claims to be a minister in the middle of prayer meeting call on her phone what can I do

She ran me down at a red light she claimed she was having a very serious prayer meeting over her Bluetooth, I looked in the rearview mirror and saw both her hands in the air trying to catch the phone before she hit me so it was not Bluetooth she was holding her phone, now she is saying this... Read more »

Patrick Kunes
Patrick Kunes answered on May 9, 2020

If you saw the other person in your rearview, it sounds like they were the one who was following too closely. You need to find a Georgia Personal Injury attorney to give you a free consult on how to help you recover for any damages you might have sustained. I’d be glad to speak with you and... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Georgia on
Q: Why was my license still suspended?

I got a ticket because my registration was revoked due to lapse of insurance. I got my car insured, got my tag and registration fixed after paying all fines through the DDS. I paid my ticket before my court date and received a letter saying my license was suspended because of my ticket. I thought I... Read more »

Patrick Kunes
Patrick Kunes answered on Feb 25, 2020

If you plead guilty (by paying the ticket) to driving on suspended registration it triggers a 6 month suspension of your drivers license. You need to contact a Georgia traffic attorney to see if you can withdraw your guilty plea and try to negotiate a plea to a different offense.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Georgia on
Q: If i was asked to return to scene of hit & run but only got a citation, will i go to jail on my court date?

I hit a car and notified owner of place but not vehicle. I left and got a call because someone got my tag number. I returned to the scene the next day and was givien a citation. I have to go to court so will i have to serve jail time for this? I already have 3 points on my license also. If i get... Read more »

Patrick Kunes
Patrick Kunes answered on Feb 24, 2020

A judge can sentence you for up to 12 months in jail and $1,000 fine for any misdemeanor charge. I would recommend contacting a local criminal defense attorney to get specific information about the court where the charge is pending.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Georgia on
Q: I received a speeding ticket going 24 mph over and it is costing me $675 in GA. What options do I have to handle this?

I am wondering my options for hopefully lowering this payment, attending a driving class, etc. I am a student who recently relocated to Athens Clarke county, Georgia.

Patrick Kunes
Patrick Kunes answered on Feb 24, 2020

If you go to the court date, the judge may be able to place you on probation for up to 12 months so that you can pay the fine off during that time. I would also ask the prosecutor to drop the speed by 10 m.p.h. so it doesn't carry any points on your license.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Georgia on
Q: I got a speeding ticket in Georgia for 91 n a 70 I have already paid for the ticket which was $422

Three weeks later they are charging me $222 for something called a super speeder my question is do I have the right to pay for this additional fee after I have already paid for the ticket and why do they have the right to add on additional fees after I have already paid for my ticket

Patrick Kunes
Patrick Kunes answered on Feb 24, 2020

The $422 fine you paid was to the local clerk of court. The Georgia Super Speeder Law is an extra $200 and is charged by the State of Georgia, not the local court.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Georgia on
Q: Do you need to bring your citation ticket to court?

Reason :Failure to maintain lane

Can I ask for no points on my record and decrease the fee?

Patrick Kunes
Patrick Kunes answered on Feb 24, 2020

You don't need to bring your citation to court, the main thing is to not forget the date, time, and place to show up. When they call your name, you can plead not guilty. Then ask to speak with the prosecutor to see if they can change the offense to something else that would carry no points.

3 Answers | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: 1st offender charge w traf. Pot possible time? Is cbd same? Can age be a factor? 76 yr old. In GA
Patrick Kunes
Patrick Kunes answered on Feb 24, 2020

CBD is short for cannabidiol and is a phytocannabinoid that can be extracted from Cannabis. While it is not a controlled substance listed on the Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) or a Violation of Georgia Controlled Substances Act (VGCSA), many commercial producers of CBD claim their product... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Georgia on
Q: My daughter of was charged with a dui, failure to maintain Lane and motor vehicle theft. Are these charges correct?

In the state of Georgia. My daughter was under the influence of drugs, she went to a friend's house to get help. No one was at home. She went up to one of his vehicles that was unlocked and sat in it for a while. She realized the keys were in the car so she started the car and went to drive... Read more »

Patrick Kunes
Patrick Kunes answered on Feb 24, 2020

The DUI code section for DUI Drugs, less safe is O.C.G.A. 40-6-391 (a)(2). They would have to prove that she consumed some drugs to the point that she was less safe to drive. There is not a per se level that applies for DUI Drugs like there is for alcohol (which is 0.08 grams for a blood alcohol... Read more »

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