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Georgia Drunk Driving Case Law

Please find, below, selected case laws decided by Supreme Court of Georgia or Court of Appeals of Georgia where the terms dui, dwi, drunk driving, or driving under the influence has been mentioned. These cases are not necessarily criminal cases and may include cases where the facts or court decision merely mentions drunk driving related legal terms. You are not to rely on these cases as legal advice nor should you rely on them for accuracy. Please see Terms of Service.

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Rhodes v. State - 12/6/2005
RUFFIN, C. J., JOHNSON, P. J., BARNES, J. Stuart Rhodes appeals the trial court's denial of his motion for discharge and acquittal following the court's declaration of a mistrial after the jury announced it was deadlocked on one...

Thomas v. State - 12/5/2005
BLACKBURN, P. J., MILLER and BERNES, JJ. Following a bench trial, Wesley Phil Thomas appeals his convictions for trafficking in methamphetamine, possessing a weapon during commission of a felony, and possessing an open container...

McArthur v. State - 12/2/2005
BLACKBURN, P. J., MILLER and BERNES, JJ. After a jury trial, Quentin McArthur was convicted of less-safe-to- drive DUI. He now appeals on on the grounds that the trial court should have granted his motion to suppress the results...

Abrahamson v. State - 11/30/2005
SMITH, P. J., ELLINGTON and ADAMS, JJ. A Gwinnett County jury found Julie Abrahamson guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol to the extent she was a less safe driver, OCGA § 40-6-391 (a) (1). Abrahamson appeals from the...

Danforth v. Bulman - 11/23/2005
ANDREWS, P. J., PHIPPS and MIKELL, JJ. Sarah Danforth sued Elizabeth Bulman and her son Aaron Bulman for injuries she sustained in a May 12, 2003 collision between her car and a car driven by Aaron Bulman. She asserted claims...

Mayfield v. State - 11/23/2005
ANDREWS, P. J., PHIPPS and MIKELL, JJ. Jerome Mayfield appeals from the judgment of conviction entered on jury verdicts finding him guilty of one count of making a terroristic threat, two counts of felony obstruction of a law...

State v. Whitt - 11/18/2005
SMITH, P. J., ELLINGTON and ADAMS, JJ. The State appeals from the trial court's order granting defendant Keith P. Whitt's motion to suppress. The State does not challenge the trial court's factual findings, but argues that...

Dotson v. State - 11/17/2005
BLACKBURN, P. J., MILLER and BERNES, JJ. Following a jury trial, Ulysses Dotson, Jr. appeals his convictions for driving under the influence to the extent he was less safe ("DUI"), driving on the wrong side of the road, and...

Furlow v. State - 11/14/2005
RUFFIN, C. J., JOHNSON, P. J., BARNES, J. A jury found Christopher Furlow guilty of driving under the influence, two counts of child endangerment, and driving with a suspended license. On appeal, Furlow challenges the sufficiency...

Bowens v. State - 11/10/2005
BLACKBURN, P. J., MILLER and BERNES, JJ. We granted Andrew Bowens' application for discretionary review of the trial court's denial of his motion to suppress evidence of cocaine taken from his person after a drug sniffing dog...

Mathis v. State - 11/4/2005
BLACKBURN, P. J., MILLER and BERNES, JJ. Appellant Stuart Kelly Mathis was charged with speeding, driving under the influence, and an open container violation. A jury trial ensued during which the trial court granted Mathis'...

Lewis v. State - 11/4/2005
BLACKBURN, P. J., MILLER and BERNES, JJ. Following a bench trial, Norman Lewis appeals from his conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol to the extent he was a less safe driver. He enumerates as error the trial...

Gardner v. State - 10/26/2005
RUFFIN, C. J., JOHNSON, P. J., BARNES, J. After a bench trial, Rhonda Gardner was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to maintain lane, and driving a vehicle without a valid registration decal. She...

Debord v. State - 10/26/2005
RUFFIN, C. J., JOHNSON, P. J., BARNES, J. Following a bench trial and subsequent denial of his motion for new trial, Grady Dwight Debord appeals from his conviction for possession of methamphetamine contending that the trial...

In re Kitchen - 10/24/2005
It is a violation of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct and grounds for disbarrment for a lawyer to be convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude where the underlying conduct relates to the lawyer's fitness...

Nusser v. State - 10/18/2005
BLACKBURN, P. J., MILLER and BERNES, JJ. This is an appeal from the denial of Robert Aaron Nusser's motion for discharge and acquittal on constitutional speedy trial grounds. For the reasons set forth below, we conclude that the...

Arnsdorff v. Fortner - 10/18/2005
ANDREWS, P. J., PHIPPS and MIKELL, JJ. In this personal injury action arising out of an automobile collision between Cecil Fortner and Alan Lee Arnsdorff, a Bryan County jury awarded Fortner $7,000,000 in damages. On appeal,...

Ellis v. State - 10/17/2005
BLACKBURN, P. J., MILLER and BERNES, JJ. Following a bench trial, Courtney Sentell Ellis appeals his conviction on two counts of homicide by vehicle and two counts of serious injury by vehicle. Ellis contends that the trial court...

Waldrip v. Head - 10/11/2005
Tommy Lee Waldrip was convicted in 1994 of murdering Keith Lloyd Evans and related crimes. Waldrip was sentenced to death for the murder, and this Court unanimously affirmed. Waldrip v. State, 267 Ga. 739 (482 SE2d 299) (1997). Waldrip...

Rackoff v. State - 10/5/2005
SMITH, P. J., ELLINGTON and ADAMS, JJ. Stewart Daniel Rackoff was accused of driving under the influence in a June 2001 incident. Rackoff appeals the trial court's January 20, 2005 order denying his motion for discharge and...

Hough v. State - 10/3/2005
Because both of these appeals regard the constitutionality and construction of Georgia's Implied Consent Statute, OCGA § 40-5-55, they have been consolidated for our review. In Case No. S05G0311, Scott Hough contends that the Court of...

Ponder v. State - 6/29/2005
BLACKBURN, P. J., MILLER and BERNES, JJ. Following a trial by jury, Appellant James Allen Ponder was convicted of homicide by vehicle in the first degree; reckless driving, driving under the influence driving without insurance,...

Davis v. Brown - 6/27/2005
SMITH, P. J., ELLINGTON and ADAMS, JJ. James R. Davis, the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety appeals from the order of the superior court setting aside the suspension of Stuart R. Brown's driver's license. ...

In re J. B. - 6/24/2005
SMITH, P. J., ELLINGTON and ADAMS, JJ. J. B.'s maternal grandmother appeals from the juvenile court's order approving a plan of nonreunification. We affirm. In reviewing an appeal from an order approving plans for...

State v. Conley - 6/22/2005
RUFFIN, C. J., JOHNSON, P. J., BARNES, J. The State appeals from the trial court's order granting William Conley's motion to suppress in a case charging him with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and driving...

Hendrix v. State - 6/21/2005
RUFFIN, C. J., JOHNSON, P. J., BARNES, J. An Athens-Clarke County jury convicted William Hendrix of driving under the influence of drugs (DUI), obstructing a police officer, and violating the open container law. He appeals,...

McClure v. State - 6/20/2005
ANDREWS, P. J., PHIPPS and MIKELL, JJ. Clifford McClure was tried by a jury and convicted of five counts of homicide by vehicle, three counts of driving under the influence of drugs to the extent it was less safe for him to...

Delta Airlines - 6/16/2005
Jack Townsend was injured when his vehicle was struck head-on by a car operated by William Serio. At the time of the collision, Serio was driving home from the Atlanta airport, where he had arrived on a Delta Airlines (Delta) flight...

Capps v. State - 6/16/2005
RUFFIN, C. J., JOHNSON, P. J., BARNES, J. Following a jury trial, Robert Rankin Capps was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol ("DUI") as a less safe driver and driving without headlights. After the denial of...

Moody v. State - 6/15/2005
RUFFIN, C. J., JOHNSON, P. J., BARNES, J. Howard Moody appeals from his conviction for speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol in violation of OCGA § 40-6-391 (a) (5), with a blood alcohol level exceeding .08. Moody...

Verlangieri v. State - 6/9/2005
ANDREWS, P. J., PHIPPS and MIKELL, JJ. Joseph A. Verlangieri, convicted of homicide by vehicle, DUI, serious injury by vehicle, and reckless driving, appeals from the trial court's denial of his motions for new trial and for...

In re M. L. S. - 6/7/2005
SMITH, P. J., ELLINGTON and ADAMS, JJ. The father of M. L. S. appeals the termination of his parental rights. He contends the evidence was insufficient to support the decision and that the court erred by failing to consider...

Doctoroff v. Perez - 6/7/2005
SMITH, P. J., ELLINGTON and ADAMS, JJ. Brandi Doctoroff asserted a negligence claim against Jazmin Perez arising out of a traffic accident. Doctoroff sought punitive damages on the sole ground that Perez was knowingly driving...

Goldsby v. State - 6/6/2005
RUFFIN, C. J., JOHNSON, P. J., BARNES, J. An Oconee County jury convicted John and Richard Goldsby of manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and conspiracy to...

State v. Bass - 6/6/2005
RUFFIN, C. J., JOHNSON, P. J., BARNES, J. The issue in this appeal is whether the trial court properly suppressed evidence of blood test results of a person suspected of driving a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol....

Alewine v. State - 5/31/2005
BLACKBURN, P. J., MILLER and BERNES, JJ. Following a trial by jury, Appellant Ralph Wilson Alewine was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol-less safe driver in violation of OCGA § 40-6-391 (a)(1). On appeal,...

In re L.G. - 5/27/2005
BLACKBURN, P. J., MILLER and BERNES, JJ. Appellant mother appeals from the March 31, 2004 order entered by the Juvenile Court of Henry County terminating her parental rights to her two minor children, L.G. and Y. G. Finding no...

In re Caroway - 5/23/2005
This disciplinary matter is before the Court on the Report and Recommendation of the special master, recommending that Respondent Anthony Gus Caroway receive a public reprimand for his violation of Rule 8.4 (a) (3) of the Georgia Rules...

Walden v. State - 5/20/2005
Paula Ann Walden lost control of the truck she was driving and struck and killed a pedestrian. A jury found Walden guilty under OCGA § 40-6-393 (a) of first degree vehicular homicide based on the charge that she caused the death by...

Jones v. State - 5/6/2005
Following a jury trial, Robert K. Jones appeals his conviction for DUI and other traffic offenses, challenging the sufficiency of the evidence and arguing that giving a jury charge from the Implied Consent statute was improper. We hold...

Roberts v. Burgess - 4/26/2005
This case involves the constitutionality of OCGA § 40-5-22 (c) (2) and (7). That statute provides, in pertinent part, that the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety shall not issue any driver's license to nor renew the driver's license of...

Veal v. State - 4/19/2005
Minnon W. Veal was charged by accusation with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). After the trial court denied his motion to suppress/motion in limine, Veal agreed to a bench trial while reserving his right to...

Bollinger v. State - 4/8/2005
William Bollinger appeals from his convictions for obstructing an officer, stalking, and influencing a witness (three counts), asserting that the trial court erred by: (1) finding he knowingly and intelligently waived his right to...

Drogan v. State - 4/6/2005
Adam Drogan, convicted by a jury of DUI (less safe), running a red light, and not using his headlights, appeals, challenging the sufficiency of the evidence, portions of the charge to the jury, and limitation of his cross-examination....

In re H. E. - 3/30/2005
In July 2004, the Juvenile Court of Morgan County determined that one-year-old H. E. and his half-sister, ten-year-old M. F., were deprived. Pursuant to this finding, the court placed the children in the temporary custody of the Morgan...

Kellam v. State - 12/16/2004
Steven Lee Kellam was convicted by a Chatham County jury of DUI and violation of the open container law. His motion for new trial was denied, and he appeals, asserting as his sole enumeration of error that the trial court had no...

State v. Adams - 12/13/2004
Ronald Jason Adams was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Adams moved to suppress the results of the State-administered breath test. He also sought to suppress statements that he made to the arresting officer....

Long v. State - 12/6/2004
Following her conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol to the extent she was a less safe driver and failure to dim headlights, and the denial of her motion for new trial, Teresa A. Long appeals, arguing that: (1) the...

State v. Bibbins - 12/1/2004
WHOLE COURT The State appeals from an order granting Stephen Ralph Bibbins' motion to suppress drugs found pursuant to an alleged consent search conducted during the course of a valid traffic stop. The trial court did not make a...

Keller v. State - 12/1/2004
WHOLE COURT In April of 1997, a Cobb County jury found Gerald Keller guilty of inter alia being a habitual violator, driving under the influence of alcohol, having improper equipment, and speeding. Keller has been before this...

Handschuh v. State - 12/1/2004
WHOLE COURT Following his jury convictions for driving under the influence and failure to maintain a lane, Bryan Reid Handschuh appeals the denial of his motion for new trial, contending that the trial court erred in denying his...

Shaheed v. State - 12/1/2004
Following a bench trial, Aaron Shaheed was convicted of driving under the influence in violation of OCGA § 40-6-391 (a) (1) (less safe driver), no proof of insurance, and an expired license plate. Shaheed appeals from the August 24,...

Holcomb v. Walden - 11/19/2004
Darlene and Terry Holcomb were riding a motorcycle when a car driven by Franklin Jones swerved in front of them. Terry Holcomb was forced to brake and swerve to avoid hitting Jones. Holcomb lost control of the motorcycle and he was killed...

Sheffield v. State - 11/19/2004
The Lowndes County grand jury indicted Scott Sheffield for theft by bringing a stolen automobile into the State of Georgia, theft by taking a truck, being a habitual violator, attempting to elude a police officer, aggravated assault on...

Mullady v. State - 11/15/2004
Stephen Douglas Mullady was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol ("DUI") to the extent that he was a less safe driver and two counts of speeding. The jury acquitted him of the two speeding counts and convicted him of DUI. He...

Frederick v. State - 11/9/2004
Following a bench trial, Nicky Joe Frederick was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. On appeal he contends that the police lacked probable cause to arrest him for DUI. We disagree and therefore affirm. Where, as here,...

Overton v. State - 11/1/2004
Terry Overton appeals his convictions, after a jury trial, for driving under the influence of alcohol to the extent he was a less safe driver (OCGA § 40-6-391(a)(1)) and driving under the influence in that he drove while his alcohol...

Winston v. State - 10/29/2004
A jury found Hazel Winston guilty of reckless driving and failure to exercise due care after she struck two pedestrians with her truck. On appeal, she argues that the evidence was insufficient to support the verdicts and that the trial...

Rigdon v. State - 10/28/2004
The Superior Court of Marion County affirmed the order of the Probate Court convicting Sam Rigdon of driving under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it was less safe to drive, OCGA § 40-6-391(a)(1). [FN1] Rigdon appeals,...

Kelly v. State - 10/27/2004
Following a bench trial, Leroy Kelly, acting pro se, appeals his conviction for DUI and speeding, contending in three enumerations of error that the trial court erred by believing the arresting officer's account of the events rather...

Stephens v. State - 10/22/2004
Following a bench trial, defendant Robert Wayne Stephens was convicted of one count of driving under the influence ("DUI")-less safe driver (OCGA § 40-6-391(a)(1)), the trial court having directed a verdict for Stephens at the close of the...

Quenga v. State - 10/20/2004
Joseph Quenga was convicted of rape, sexual battery, false imprisonment, and two counts of kidnapping, all stemming from three separate incidents occurring on June 23, 2000, October 22, 2000, and December 12, 2000. Following the denial...

State v. Gillaspy - 10/19/2004
The State appeals from the Cobb County State Court's grant of Caressa Gillaspy's motion to suppress the results of her blood test for failure to provide Gillaspy with an independent chemical test pursuant to Implied Consent laws. Because...

State v. Simmons - 10/19/2004
In this case, the State of Georgia appeals from the grant of defendant David Simmons's motion to suppress blood alcohol test results in the State Court of Fulton County. The State contends that the trial court erred in granting Simmons's...

Monas v. State - 10/12/2004
Following a bench trial, Despina P. Monas appeals her convictions for DUI-less safe and obstruction of a police officer, contending that: (1) the evidence was insufficient to support the verdict; and (2) the trial court erred by denying...

Costin v. State - 9/16/2004
Robert Costin pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol to the extent it was less safe for him to drive. The trial court sentenced Costin to 12 months in jail, but probated all but 24 hours of the sentence. Costin, who had...

CSX Transp., Inc. v. Deen - 9/16/2004
Patricia Deen was stopped at a train crossing, and her car was struck in the rear by a drunk driver. The collision propelled Deen into a train, rendering her a quadriplegic. Deen filed suit against CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSX), alleging...

Barrow v. State - 9/16/2004
A jury found Erick Barrow guilty of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute and attempting to elude a police officer. The same jury found his co-defendant, Elkanah Williams, guilty of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute....

Abelson v. State - 9/15/2004
Following a bench trial, the trial court found Brett Ashton Abelson guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol to the extent it was less safe for him to drive, driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration, driving with an unlawful...

Foster v. State - 9/9/2004
A Fulton County grand jury indicted Russell Foster on two counts of first degree vehicular homicide based upon driving under the influence and reckless driving, two counts of second degree vehicular homicide and five traffic offenses....

Hough v. State - 9/3/2004
Following a bench trial upon stipulated facts in the State Court of Coweta County, Scott Hough was found guilty under a two-count accusation of DUI--less safe driver, and DUI "per se"--excessive BAC. [FN1] These charges arose in relation...

Professional Standards Commission v. Valentine - 8/27/2004
Following the superior court's reversal of its decision to suspend the teaching license of Mitchell Valentine for a six-month period, the Professional Standards Commission (PSC) appeals, contending that the superior court failed to...

Riding v. State - 8/26/2004
Following a bench trial, William Christopher Riding appeals his conviction for driving under the influence, contending that the trial court erred by denying his motion to suppress evidence of his intoxication after he was illegally stopped...

Jeter v. State - 8/26/2004
David Jeter appeals the trial court's dismissal of his motion to reopen his case. Jeter contends the trial court erred by doing so because the court improperly forfeited his bond. We disagree, and affirm. Jeter's motion contended...

Bradshaw v. State - 8/11/2004
Tom Bradshaw, Jr., appeals from a jury conviction for possession of cocaine, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, and driving under the influence ("DUI"). In his only enumeration of error, Bradshaw argues that the verdict is contrary...

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