As Forsyth County’s chief prosecutor of misdemeanors, Solicitor-General Donna Gopaul told members of the Cumming Vietnam Veterans organization that her office has seen a rise in driving under the influence cases involving prescription drugs.
In order to combat drug-related DUIs, as well as alcohol-related cases, many defendants are deferred to one of the local accountability courts. One is a DUI court and the second a drug court.
“These courts deal with multiple offenders who are in need of treatment and do not have the financial means to get private treatment,” Gopaul said.
Noting the cost of locking people up in detention centers, Gopaul noted that she is “of the opinion that treatment is always a better option than incarceration.”
Gopaul was appointed to the solicitor-general post by Gov. Nathan Deal to fill the unexpired term of Leslie Abernathy Maddox, who is now a State Court judge in Forsyth.
Prior to her appointment, Gopaul had served as assistant solicitor-general. She is expected to seek election to the office in 2014.
The Cumming chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the first Monday of each month at the Golden Corral Restaurant on Market Place Boulevard. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. All Vietnam-era veterans and their spouses are welcome.