DUI Defense Lawyer Serving Cherokee County

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At the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, we have been representing clients against DUI and DUI drug charges for nearly twenty years. Over the past 20+ years and counting, attorney Lawson has helped more than 4,000 Georgians keep their drivers' licenses despite the DUI charges that they were facing. Our founding attorney Richard S. Lawson has served as lead counsel at the jury trials and motions of hundreds of Georgia DUI cases. Not only that, but he has effectively resolved hundreds of DUI charges with dismissals, reductions to reckless driving and other lesser offenses.

When you are searching for an attorney to represent you, at Georgia's premier DUI defense law firm, you are getting the high quality representation you deserve. We want to help our clients learn about DUI law in every way that we can; therefore, below we have hi-lighted our practice areas. If you would like more information please contact a Cherokee County DUI lawyer from the firm without delay.

Best DUI Lawyer
Are you looking for the best DUI lawyer in Cherokee County to represent you in your DUI case? When you are possibly facing jail time, hefty fines and license suspension, you are going to need someone with experience and a proven track record for success to defend you in court. As a former prosecutor, attorney Richard S. Lawson has been working in the field of DUI for more than 20 years. Read more about the best DUI lawyer

Do I Need a Lawyer?
Although there are a lot of things that we can do on our own, representing ourselves in court is not one of them. In the legal community, it is never advised that an average person without a law degree represent themselves. Each court system is unique and has its own courtroom procedure. A highly experienced Cherokee County DUI attorney will know how to develop the best strategy to defend your DUI case. Read more about whether or not you need a lawyer

DUI Process
In DUI cases there is typically a predictable sequence of events that begins with the stop. If a police officer is suspicious that you are intoxicated, they will pull you over. Normally they must first observe erratic driving, weaving, wide turns, speeding or some other similar activity. Other times people are stopped at a roadside sobriety checkpoint. Read more about the DUI Process

Accidents and Serious Injury by Vehicle
Car accidents that include serious bodily injury are traumatic events for all involved. However, if you were involved in a car accident that caused serious bodily injury then you could be facing serious criminal charges. This may or may not be an accurate charge, and for this reason it's absolutely critical that you enlist an aggressive and meticulous defense attorney. Due to anti-drinking and driving campaigns, our courts are under a lot of pressure to uphold serious penalties for those accused of drunk driving. Read more about accidents and serious injuries by vehicle

ALS Hearings
When you are arrested for DUI in Cherokee County, part of the administrative process involves a hearing to determine whether or not your driver's license should be suspended. The ALS Hearing is completely separate from the DUI trial and the hearing is held at the Department of Driver Services. It's important to note that you have just 30 days from your arrest to request this hearing to challenge the suspension of your license. Read more about ALS Hearings

Blood & Breath Tests
Most DUI charges are accompanied by some form of chemical test that is used to determine the driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the arrest. These tests come in the forms of a breath, blood or urine test. These tests are not infallible and they are subject to human error and faulty equipment as much as any other device. When you are facing DUI charges based upon a blood or breath test result, it does not mean these cannot be challenged. Read more about blood & breath tests

Child Endangerment
When someone is arrested and charged with DUI and they were found to have a child under the age of 14 in their vehicle, then they will most likely be charged with child endangerment. Depending upon your individual circumstances, this could be very serious. For example, if you are involved in a contentious child custody battle, this could affect your ability to gain custody of your children. What's more, if you are convicted of DUI and child endangerment then you will most likely be looking at jail time. Read more about child endangerment

Drugs & DUI
A person can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs and even over-the-counter medicine. Our legal team has handled hundreds of DUI drug cases over nearly twenty years in practice. Most people are aware that they can be arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana, but many of them are shocked to learn they can be arrested for driving under the influence of a prescription medication or an over-the-counter medicine. Read more about drugs & DUI

DUI Under 21
It's unlawful for a driver under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .02% or greater. This means that an underage driver can be convicted of DUI after having just one drink. What's more, those people who are convicted of an under 21 DUI offense face driver's license suspension for up to one year. Read more about under 21 and DUI...

Field Sobriety Tests
When people are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, the police officer usually asks them to perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests. It's important to remember that unlike a blood, breath or urine test, you can decline to submit to a field sobriety test without facing any legal penalties. Field sobriety tests have many factors that can make the results subject to doubt, and the results can be challenged in court. Read more about field sobriety tests

Georgia DUI By Out Of State Driver
If you are not a resident of Georgia and you have been charged with DUI, then you need to take immediate action to protect your rights and your driving privileges. When you live in another state it's important to resolve a Georgia DUI offense quickly. Our firm has extensive experience assisting out-of-state clients in their DUI cases. Since it may be necessary to travel to Georgia for hearings, we will assist you in the possibility of having an attorney represent you in your place if at all possible. Read more about Georgia DUI by out of state driver

Marijuana Cases
The state of Georgia prosecutes marijuana cases very heavily. Even if you weren't driving your vehicle at the time of your arrest, the state might still suspend your driver's license even though it hasn't been proved that marijuana impairs one's ability to operate a motor vehicle. When you are facing any type of DUI drug charge, it's critical that you enlist the services of our legal team. Read more about marijuana cases

Minor in Possession of Alcohol
Our court system comes down on minors who are in possession of alcohol. Even if a young person attempts to purchase alcohol and fails, they can lose their driver's license if they are caught. This would not only entail fines, and increased insurance rates; it can make getting to work or school difficult for the young person. On a first conviction for minor in possession of alcohol, the minor faces a 120 day driver's license suspension. There is no option for a restricted driver's license. Read more about minor in possession of alcohol

Prescription Drugs & DUI
These days, law enforcement has expanded their assessment of impaired drivers to include those driving under the influence of prescription and over-the-counter medications. The police have a broad discretion when it comes to assessing a person's impairment from a legal or illegal drug. This is a troubling development in DUI law because unlike alcohol-related DUI cases, there aren't any studies quantifying any legal or illegal drug use with impairment level. Read more about prescription drugs & DUI

Plea Bargain vs. Trial
There will be cases where a person who is charged with DUI will be offered a plea bargain by the prosecutor and they will have to decide whether or not they want to accept the plea bargain. This is a critical decision and one that shouldn't be made without the assistance of an attorney from our firm. In certain cases such as DUI with injury, or a fatality or other serious accident, a plea bargain might be a better option for you. Read more about plea bargain vs. trial

Prior DUI Convictions
While most penalties for a first-time DUI offense are less serious, the penalties for repeat offenders are far more extreme. If you have been charged with a second, or third, or even fourth DUI offense in Georgia, we suggest that you do not go to court without securing legal representation. If you have had a DUI conviction on your record within the last five years, then you are facing enhanced penalties. Read more about prior DUI convictions

Refusals/Alleged Refusals
When a driver is pulled over on suspicion of DUI in Cherokee County, he or she will be asked to perform field sobriety tests and they will be asked to submit to chemical test in the form of a breath, blood or urine test. These tests are used to determine a person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. Under Georgia's implied consent law, all individuals from all states are expected to submit to a chemical test when a police officer asks them to do so. Read more about refusals/alleged refusals

Roadside Checkpoints
Georgia law allows for roadside sobriety checkpoints to take place throughout Woodstock and Cherokee Counties. However, law enforcement is not supposed to set these checkpoints up at random. They are required to announce where the checkpoint will be and follow certain guidelines. When you are asked if you have been drinking, you are not required to answer the question. However, you are required to provide your license, registration and insurance. Read more about roadside checkpoints

Suspended License
If your license has been suspended due to a DUI offense, there is a good chance that something can be done about it. In fact, a driver's license suspension can be appealed with the help of a lawyer from our firm. There are a variety of ways that the firm can assist people in this difficult situation. A suspended license can jeopardize your ability to get to school or work, and it can make it difficult to take care of your family. Read more about how we can challenge a suspended license

Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular homicide is one of the most serious types of criminal charges someone can face. A conviction can mean years in prison, even if it was entirely an accident. Any fatal car accident is a traumatic event, and it's one that can destroy your family and your career if you are sent to prison. Our firm has a significant amount of experience handling all types of DUI cases, including vehicular homicide and we are here to help. Read more about vehicular homicide

Violation of Probation
The terms of someone's probation may include alcohol restriction, community service, mandatory participation in a risk reduction alcohol program, fines and more depending upon what you were convicted for. If you fail to adhere to the terms of your probation, then you will be charged with a probation violation and will most likely have to go to jail while you wait for your hearing. Probation violations are serious matters, especially if a judge feels that you are disrespecting your probation and the court. Read more about probation violations

Cherokee County DUI Lawyer

A DUI arrest does not have to lead to a criminal conviction for the accused. Our founding attorney Richard S. Lawson has helped more than 4,000 Georgians keep their driver's licenses and their driving privileges. As a former prosecuting attorney, he has a unique insight into how the prosecution thinks and acts, which he uses to his clients' advantage at all times. Attorney Lawson has handled DUI cases all throughout the state of Georgia and has garnered a reputation for being a skilled trial attorney and negotiator. He is licensed to practice in all trial courts in the Atlanta metropolitan area of North Georgia. You deserve the chance to fight your DUI charges, contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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