Firm Overview

Our focus is on DUI and Criminal Defense in South Georgia, as well as Personal Injury for Plaintiffs across the state. We also represent those accused of speeding and other traffic offenses statewide.

Example cases

State of Georgia v. B.D. (State Court of Tift County, Georgia)

The defendant was charged with DUI, following too closely, and leaving the scene of an accident. He was following another vehicle on Interstate 75, and the trooper testified that it was apparent that the driver was oblivious to the fact that another vehicle was driving at a slower speed in front of him, due to the fact that there were no skid marks. The trooper testified that after impact the defendant continued northbound and exited the Interstate stopping only due to the damage sustained which resulted in mechanical failure. Because of the accident and the smell of alcohol on the defendant's breath, he was taken to the hospital for a blood test. At the Motion to Suppress Hearing, the State produced the troopers involved in the accident investigation as well as the nurse who drew the blood, and the G.B.I Crime Lab witness who wanted to testify that the blood alcohol was 0.192. We were successful in arguing that the State did not fulfill its requirement to establish a chain of custody of the evidence in order to admit the blood test results at trial. After the test results were thrown out, the State agreed to reduce the DUI charge to public intoxication and dismiss the other charges. The defendant was given a small fine, but had no jail time.

State of Georgia v. K.L. (State Court of Tift County, Georgia)
This defendant was unfortunate enough to arrive at a Georgia State Patrol roadblock at approximately 12:10 a.m. One of the State Troopers noticed a smell of alcohol on the defendant's breath, and had him pull his vehicle off to the side of the road for further investigation. The officer later testified that the defendant had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, was unsteady on his feet, and slurring his speech. The officer requested the defendant take a breath test, but since this was the third DUI arrest for the defendant within the past 6 month period, he had learned from his attorney (me) that it was not in his best interest to take the test, if he had been drinking. A Motion to Suppress Hearing was held wherein we discovered that the roadblock was only authorized to operate up until 12 o'clock midnight. As the defendant was arrested 10 minutes after the roadblock should have been closed down, all of the evidence was suppressed and all charges against the defendant were dismissed.

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Kunes Law Office was established by G. Gerald Kunes in 1949. His son Joe Kunes was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1972, and was followed by Joe's son Patrick Kunes who was admitted in 2008.

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