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 offense, 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 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 DUI defense like our legal team. The firm has been focused exclusively on DUI defense for over 20 years. During that time, we have successfully defended numerous clients in trials and motions to suppress improperly obtained evidence. He has gained a strong understanding of how to proceed in defending all types of DUI cases.
If you have been charged with DUI, The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson 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 Attorney Richard S. 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 offenses.
If you failed your field sobriety tests or blood & breath tests, 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 are under 21 or whether you face minor in possession of alcohol 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 The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson immediately if any aggravating factors are present in your case, such as if you violated your probation, caused child endangerment or 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 (10 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 10 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 attorney 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.
Contact a Lawyer for DUI Defense
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, a 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!