When facing any type of driving while intoxicated offense, the penalties can be extremely harsh in our state. Even a first charge can result in time spent in jail, expensive fines, mandated alcohol education classes and community service, as well as a suspended license. If there is a prior conviction of DUI, the penalties increase and the danger to your future is extreme. Never consider facing a DUI charge without a skilled attorney.
Your decision about who represents you can have a significant effect on the outcome of your case. Many law firms advertise that they defend DUI cases, but this is part of a variety of cases they take on; they may not have the wealth of experience that our legal team at The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson provides to clients. As the firm has focused exclusively on DUI defense for over 20 years, we have developed powerful resources to bring to any type of case!
After being charged with DUI, perhaps the scariest part is feeling left in the dark. If you have questions about the DUI process and how it works, we would be happy to provide you with answers! When you hire The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, our firm walks alongside of you every step of the way. After being arrested and charged with DUI, you only have 10 days to schedule an ALS hearing and fight to keep your license. We can help you schedule this hearing and can also search for any evidence that could help convince the DMV that you deserve to keep your ability to drive.
If you refused to take a breath test, you should know that specific penalties could apply to your situation. In Georgia, you cannot apply for a limited or restricted license if you refused to take a breath test. We can advise you about all things pertaining to blood & breath tests! If the evidence is stacked against you, it is often better to negotiate a plea bargain instead of heading into trial. In other instances, heading to trial can simply be a dragged-out, emotional and wearying process. If the jury is not unanimous, a hung jury could result and you might have to be tried again.
If you have prior DUI convictions on your record, you can be certain that a prosecutor will exploit this and that a judge will not look upon you favorably as a result. If you are a habitual offender, you especially need hard-hitting legal representation! Were you charged with DUI while out of state? We can help make this process go as smoothly and simply as possible too, explaining each and every one of your options. If we can represent you in court, we will, so that you don't have to take time off of work and deal with increased expenses and further inconvenience!
If you were charged with DUI at a roadside checkpoint, we will investigate the checkpoint and challenge the legality of your charges. Police officers must follow the proper protocol, and when they do not, your case could be dismissed!
If you were charged with drugs & DUI, for example, if you were caught driving after having smoked marijuana or caught with it actually inside of your car, you should secure legal representation immediately! Driving under the influence of drugs differs in some ways from a standard DUI charge and should be informed about what to expect and how to combat these charges.
If you were driving under the influence and are under 21, we can help you preserve your rights! Young offenders tend to receive harsh penalties as a lesson, but we will do everything we can to uphold your innocence. Likewise, if you are a minor that was in possession of alcohol while you were driving, you should contact our office today! You can also receive sentence enhancements if you were violating probation, committed vehicular homicide or child endangerment. No matter what DUI charge you face, no driving while intoxicated allegation should be taken lightly!
Knowledgeable Defense Lawyer
Each case must be carefully reviewed and evaluated to advise you what can be done to defend your specific charges. There are often strong defense possibilities in these cases and with a careful assessment of the details in your case, the legal team will move forward to defend you. In some cases there have been serious errors in procedure, either in the arrest, or possible violations of constitutional rights in probable cause or search and seizure. When errors are found, they will be exploited on behalf of the client with challenges filed in the court. In other cases, the evidence against you may be flawed in some way, including false readings on the breath test or blood test, or incorrectly performed field sobriety tests. There are a multitude of options, depending upon the exact details of your case.
The firm can quickly advise you as to how to proceed with your defense; your best interests are always the top priority. The firm is aggressive and dedicated and relentlessly seeks out the evidence needed to defend you against any type of DUI charge. In many cases, a conviction will be an extremely serious matter particularly when an accident with injury has occurred, or in the worst cases, a fatality. In such cases, a conviction can result in a lengthy prison or jail term, and a felony conviction can destroy your life as you know it.
Take Action: Contact the Firm Today
It is vital that you do not discuss your case or answer questions by law enforcement without first contacting our firm and getting legal representation to advise you. Many individuals charged with DUI have discovered that they should have had a lawyer before speaking out and as a result, they have made their case more difficult to defend. Time is of the essence and the faster you move, the faster the defense can get on the case and the more likely a better outcome can be achieved.