In May of 2013, the Georgia Court of Appeals upheld the trial court judge's ruling in Hill v State. Hill was convicted for possession of marijuana for a partially smoked marijuana cigarette found under his console. Although he had not broken any traffic laws while driving, Fayette County deputies used License Plate Recognition Software that suggested that a wanted person might be driving the vehicle. After Hill was stopped, the officer smelled an odor of burnt marijuana and discovered Hill's license had been suspended. Even though Hill was not the owner of the vehicle, and not the wanted person the system alerted to, the Court of Appeals ruled that the stop was justified and the conviction affirmed. Watch the video below for more information on License Plate Recognition Software (thanks to Bubba Head for pointing out the video to me).
- Kunes Law Office
- Tifton, Georgia, United States
- Joe Kunes is a Personal Injury and Criminal DUI/DWI defense Attorney in Tifton, Georgia. He has been practicing law in Tifton and the surrounding counties since 1972. He is a graduate of Tift County Schools, the University of Georgia, 1969, B.A., and University of Georgia Law School J.D., 1972. In 40 years of practice in Tifton he has handled all areas of the law, but now restricts his practice to criminal defense and personal injury work. The majority of his criminal practice relates to the defense of drinking drivers, not only in Tifton, but all over South Georgia. His personal injury practice includes representing plaintiffs injured in automobile accidents and medical malpractice cases in Tifton and surrounding counties. He is a member of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Vice President in 2000), American Trial Lawyers Association (sustaining member), National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), and the Georgia Defense of DUI Drivers (D.O.D.D.).