Laying Drag is a Serious Offense
Laying drag is defined by O.C.G.A. §40-6-251 as driving in a manner which endangers persons or property by intentionally causing the vehicle to move in a zigzag or circular course or to gyrate or spin around.
The laying drag statute can lend itself to interpretation and is often based upon the police officer’s perception. A conviction for laying drag can result in a substantial fine, 3 points on your license, and jail time in some cases. However, laying drag be difficult for a prosecutor to prove since he or she must prove the driver’s intent and the driver is always presumed innocent until proven guilty.
There are many different defenses to laying drag. However, the defenses must be presented in a manner consistent with the statutory language. It is important to be represented in these cases because at trial, it is often your word against the officer’s.