Alpharetta DUI Lawyer
Few things are as embarrassing and humiliating as a DUI arrest. Dealing with law enforcement, getting booked at the police station and losing your ability to drive can create a frightening situation. There is every reason for concern, as DUI charges are actually a very serious legal problem. If you are convicted of a DUI, even a first offense, can result in jail time, expensive fines, a suspended license, community service and an alcohol education program. Most individuals who plead guilty face this result, as well as being on probation for a period of time. There is another option for those who wish to be proactive about a DUI offense and fight it. As it may be possible to have a different outcome other than “guilty as charged”, contacting an Alpharetta DUI attorney is the first action to take.
Not all law firms are equally experienced in defending a DUI charge, although many offer their "services" for DUI cases. Most law firms take a wide variety of cases, such as burglary, robbery, shoplifting, divorce, and personal injury. In addition, they take DUI cases. When a firm takes a variety of cases, they cannot get the intensive experience and training in like our team of DUI lawyers in Alpharetta. The firm has been focused exclusively on DUI defense for over 25 years. During that time, we have successfully defended numerous clients in trials and motions to suppress improperly obtained evidence. Our Alpharetta DUI Attorneys have gained a strong understanding of how to proceed in defending all types of DUI cases.
Our DUI Lawyers in Alpharetta Can Help No Matter Your Situation
If you have been charged with DUI, Lawson and Berry is the advocate you want on your side to help guide you through the DUI process. Whether you are unsure of the repercussions of refusing to take a breath test, are unsure of whether it is better to pursue a plea bargain vs. a trial or whether you are a first time offender or have prior DUI convictions, you can trust your case and your future to the Law Office of Richard Lawson.
Sometimes DUI cases involve some more complex situations such as if you are an out of state driver, if you were arrested in a roadside checkpoint or if you weren't charged with driving while intoxicated but rather driving while impaired by drugs. Our firm has handled a wide range of drug & driving cases, such as marijuana charges, prescription drug charges, open container charges, and minor in possession charges.
If you failed your field sobriety tests or your blood or breath test, you especially look guilty and will need a hard-hitting defense. If you need help fighting to overturn your suspended license, we can assist you in your ALS hearing as well.
If you are underaged and are facing an alcohol-related charge, don't take these allegations lightly. Whether you are accused of DUI and you are under 21 or whether you face minor in possession charges, these charges have the power to change your life and future. Don't allow your employment and school opportunities to be jeopardized because you failed to put up an adequate fight in court!
Finally, you should contact an Alpharetta DUI Attorney immediately if any aggravating factors are present in your case, such as if you violated your probation, child endangerment or caused an accident and serious injury by vehicle, or worse yet, vehicular homicide.
It is crucial that you act quickly in any DUI case, as the time frame involved is very tight in the legal system. You have limited time (30 Days) to move forward with the actions that could help you avoid losing your license. You must have an attorney request an ALS hearing with the Department of Drivers Services within 30 days of your arrest or your license will be suspended up to a year.
At your arraignment you will be formally charged with the DUI. Do not attempt to enter a plea without first consulting with an Alpharetta DUI Lawyer from our firm. Legal representation is essential at your arraignment, and no plea should be attempted without first getting legal representation that can advise you.
Defenses to an Alpharetta DUI Charge
We speak to clients every day that doubt whether we can actually defend their Alpharetta DUI case. They are under the misconception that DUI cases cannot be won and that it is best for them to plead guilty. This could not be further from the truth. There are hundreds of DUI defenses that can be explored to see if they are appropriate for your case. We never advise our clients to just plead guilty without us investigating all of the facts. Our Alpharetta DUI Attorneys have over 50 combined years of experience. We have successfully defended thousands of cases even when the client was sure there was no hope. Even if you blew over the limit, we can help. Even if this DUI was your second DUI in a year, we can help! Some defenses we will explore to see if they apply to your case include but are not limited to:
- Challenging the constitutionality of the stop: When pulled over for a DUI, the officer must have probable cause to initiate the stop the stop. Whether it was for a traffic violation or suspected DUI, the officer must have had probable cause. A successful defense of the underlying traffic violation can result in the collapse of the probable cause supporting the DUI charge as well.
- Challenging the field sobriety tests: Many people are unsure as to whether they have to submit to field sobriety tests or not. Some people wrongfully assume they will be arrested if they fail to do so. However, this is not true, and many times, the tests are not administered correctly. A successful challenge of field sobriety tests can result in them being admissible. This could result in the DUI charge being dismissed.
- Challenging the validity of the blood test: There are numerous ways in which the results of the blood test can be challenged. From a mistake in the chain of command to tampering or error during the test, even a positive reading taken incorrectly may not be admissible in court.
These are just a few of the numerous DUI defenses we can use to strengthen your case.
Alpharetta Municipal Court
Most DUI cases in Alpharetta are processed in the Alpharetta Municipal Court, that is located at 12624 Broadwell Road, 2nd Floor Alpharetta, GA 30004. The Court can be reached at 678-297-6250.
Contact an Alpharetta DUI Attorney Today
No matter what DUI-related charges you face, each case requires the full attention and evaluation from one of the lawyers at our firm! After an attorney has examined your case, you will be advised about the best defense strategy and how it can be utilized on your behalf.
Minimizing the damage to the client is of utmost concern to the legal team, and every effort is made to find the areas of the case that can be challenged in court for the client's benefit. There are often more opportunities for defending cases than is generally known, and with the vast knowledge and resources of the legal team, you will receive the best possible defense in your case.
At our firm, an Alpharetta DUI defense attorney will guide you through the process and take defense actions from the moment of your arrest. Act quickly, and protect your right to drive and your freedom!