Georgia lawmaker, who cosponsored bill to drug test welfare recipients, arrested for DUI

Atlanta 1/20/2012 06:31 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Kip Smith, a Republican lawmaker in Georgia, who co-sponsored a bill that would require welfare recipients to take a drug test before receiving benefits, was arrested last week for DUI. 

An Atlanta police officer stopped Smith when ha ran red light after leaving a Sandy Springs bar. The officer said a strong odor of alcohol came from Smith’s car. The officer then asked Smith to submit to a sobriety test but he initially refused. He failed a few of the field sobriety tests.  

Once the officer explained that he would be arrested, he was given a breathalyzer test. The officer took three readings which ranged from .91 to .99, well above the legal limit of .08. 

The irony of this charge is that Smith co-sponsored a bill in the Georgia legislature that would require individuals who receive welfare to pass a drug test. 

Even though Smith is lawmaker he will still need the assistance of a DUI attorney

In a statement to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Smith said, “Mistakes were made and I take full responsibility for them,” he continued, “I understand there are consequences and there’s no excuse.”  

Smith is right a DUI is a serious charge and there are equally serious consequences. A DUI lawyer can apply their expertise and have your penalties and original charges reduced. Anyone who is charged with intoxicated driving will need to find the most experienced DUI attorney in their area.


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