Why have I been charged with DUI twice?

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Changes Coming to Georgia Gun Laws

March 25th, 2014

Last week, the Georgia General Assembly passed HB 60 (as amended by the Senate) that contains a number of changes to Georgia’s gun law’s. Unless Governor Deal vetoes the bill, it will (among other things) allow firearm silencers to be used while hunting.

Currently, silencers are legal in Georgia – and in most states, for that matter – and can be used in any shooting activity except hunting. Oddly enough, hunting is the shooting sport that sees the least number of participants using hearing protection. An April, 2000 study found that hearing loss is a reality for the 95% of sportsmen that use no hearing protection while hunting with firearms (down from 96% in a 1966 study).

Assuming Governor Deal doesn’t veto HB 60, you may be able to have your own firearm silencer before the 2014 rifle season if you have a gun trust, as long as you find a Class 3 Federal Firearm Licensee who is set up to e-file ATF Forms 4 and has the silencer you want in stock already.

I have experience behind some of AAC’s silencers, and I can tell you from experience that the 762-SDN-6 will lower the blast of most 22- and 30-caliber cartridges to hearing-safe levels. If you’re more interested in a hunting-specific silencer, SilencerCo has released their “Harvester” line of suppressors at this year’s SHOT show.

The Vaportini Review

July 8th, 2013

I bought a “Vaportini” a few weeks ago. I hadn’t planned to review it here, but all of the sudden, half of the interwebs are screaming that the Vaportini is about to ignite a firestorm of teenage alcohol overdoses, so I thought I’d give a first-person perspective on this thing.

The Vaportini is a metal ring, a blown-glass ball, a tiny funnel, and a glass tube.  You take a regular pint glass (if you don’t have one, you can buy on from the Vaportini website), drop a tea-light candle in it, set the ring on top of it, pour liquor into the glass ball (with the funnel), and put the ball on the ring.  After a few minutes, you put the glass straw into the hole in it and inhale. The whole contraption looks like a 1980s crack pipe sitting on a votive too ugly even for Pier 1 to sell..

Once my crack pipe votive arrived, I got down to home experimentation without delay. After consulting the suggested liquor list that came with my Vaportini, I decided to use flavored Absolut vodka for my test run.  After about 3 minutes of heat, I stuck the tiny glass straw into the ball and inhaled.  I then waited 15 minutes to allow residual alcohol to clear (I did not wait 20 minutes as one would if they were drinking alcohol because no liquid alcohol ever got into my mouth).  After 15 minutes, I blew into my Alco-Sensor FST (an approved breath alcohol screening device).  According to the FST, a one ounce of Absolut vodka got me to .054.  I put another ounce in the Vaportini, inhaled it, waited 15 minutes, and blew a .064.  Evidently, I was metabolizing the alcohol vapor quickly.

The effect of inhaled alcohol is different than drinking it.  There’s a light-headedness to it, but that’s about it. To be totally honest, the glass tube is really narrow, and I wonder if the light-headed feeling isn’t just from trying to suck air throughout that tiny little tube.  Anyway, 30 minutes after I blew .064, I blew again and it came up .031.  applying the old Widmark guesstimate, I appeared to be metabolizing alcohol at roughly 4 times the normal rate. I felt completely unaffected by alcohol about 30 minutes after inhaling the second ounce of absolute. There is NO odor of alcoholic beverages on the breath of a booze smoker, according to my esteemed panel of experts (my wife and two children).

The following night I recruited some of my neighbors to test the Vaportini, and they reported similar results. Everyone involved in my very unscientific test had a hard time deciding whether they felt an alcohol “buzz” or just a hypoxia head rush after using the Vaportini.

I’m going to be honest: the Vaportini is a fun, interesting novelty that seems about as dangerous as holding one’s breath. If you’re terrified that “the kids” are going to start overdosing from smoking alcohol, I’d urge you to contact your legislators and ask them to pass a law restricting the sale of alcohol to people age 21 or over.

NTSB to Recommend Lowering BAC Limit

May 14th, 2013

The last time the legal BAC limit was lowered, it dropped from .10 grams/liter to .08. The move from .10 to .08 BAC levels took 21 years to implement.

Now that all 50 states have agreed to set the legal limit at .08 g/l, the NTSB has decided once again that the limit should be lowered – this time to .05 g/l. And even though alcohol-related driving fatalities have dropped by 50% over the last 30 years, the NTSB will begin working to persuade state legislators around the country to pass tough new laws lowering the legal alcohol limit for drivers.

The NTSB recommendation has prompted immediate criticism from restaurant trade groups. Sarah Longwell, managing director of American Beverage Institute, called it “ludicrous,” explaining that lowering the BAC to .05 “would criminalize perfectly responsible behavior.

However, prohibitionist groups have countered by pointing out that the United States should abandon the .08 limit it shares with Canada and adopt the .05 standard used by most countries in Europe. They also tout the use of the .05 standard in Russia, most of South America and in Australia.

Under Georgia law, a BAC between .05 and .079 will not even support an inference that the driver is less safe to drive (and a BAC below .05 affords the presumption of being a safe driver). Nevertheless, NTSB studies suggest that at .05 BAC, some drivers begin having difficulties with depth perception and possibly other visual functions.

Under Proposed Law, DUI = Cold Dead Hands

March 6th, 2013

Senate Bill 34, sponsored by Sen. Donzella James, will make it illegal for anyone who has been convicted of DUI to possess a handgun. It would also make it illegal to sell a handgun to anyone with a DUI conviction.

Linky: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20132014/128188.pdf

Let’s review. A guilty plea = conviction. A “nolo” plea = conviction. Bond forfeiture = a conviction (and without the benefit of a double jeopardy defense if you’re prosecuted again).

Assuming SB 34 passes, you’re going to have to get rid of that pistol.

Too many people call me to tell me that nobody told them about the collateral damage a DUI conviction causes. It’s NOT just a fine & probation.

Patrick Ferris – Georgia Gun Trust Lawyer

April 5th, 2012

Patrick S. Ferris, LLC can help you with your National Firearms Act (NFA) Gun Trust preparation. NFA-covered items include not only fully automatic weapons, but also certain rifles and shotguns. All silencers/sound suppressors are also covered. To buy or sell any covered firearm or silencer, you must pay a transfer tax. The process of obtaining the “tax paid” stamp can be a hassle for many people. A major benefit of having a NFA Gun Trust is that a trust transfer does not require the signature of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer every time you want to pay the tax to transfer a short-barrel rifle, short barrel shotgun, full automatic weapon, or suppressor. You will also not have to submit additional photographs and fingerprint cards for each transfer tax stamp. I am familiar with the NFA transfer process.

The primary benefit of a gun trust is the flexibility it affords multiple users of a covered item.  For example, if you own a silencer individually, you are the only individual who can be in possession of it.  You cannot allow a friend, relative, or even your spouse to take it to the range and use it.  If a gun trust is the transferee of a Class 3 item such as a silencer, there is much more flexibility in the use and possession of that item.

If you’re ready to streamline the process of obtaining your tax stamp with a trust, and to add flexibility to the use and possession of your Class 3 item, call me about a NFA Gun Trust. My number is (912) 384-1099.

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Patrick Ferris Coffee County DUI Defense Lawyer, Douglas, GA

March 8th, 2010

Patrick Ferris provides effective DUI defense lawyer services.  With offices located in Douglas, Georgia, Patrick Ferris serves all of Coffee County, Georgia.  If you have been arrested with a DUI charge in Coffee County, Georgia, call us today at (912) 384-1099 for expert DUI lawyer services.  We’ll analyze the evidence in your DUI case and help you navigate the complex Georgia DUI laws and DUI legal processes.

Welcome to the New Coffee County, Georgia Lawyer Website

March 8th, 2010

We just revamped our Coffee County lawyer website – www.ferris-legal.com.  Please take a look around at the services we offer.  They include DUI attorney, business litigation attorney, divorce lawyer, criminal defense lawyer, family lawyer, construction lawyer, personal injury lawyer, and gun trust lawyer services.  If you are in the market for effective legal services, call Coffee County, Georgia lawyer Patrick Ferriss at (912)384-1099‎.  Our law offices are located in Douglas, GA which is the county seat of Coffee County, Georgia.

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