DUI Defense

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Have you recently been charged with DUI?

If you are currently struggling with the ramifications of a successful DUI conviction, it is vastly important that you do not hesitate to seek out the legal assistance that you truly deserve from a knowledgeable attorney. If you are indeed found to be guilty, you will be facing life-altering consequences that will leave your entire life shaken; you can't be flippant with your future at a time such as this. It is therefore extremely important that you do not hesitate to contact a Gainesville DUI lawyer that you can trust. By working with an attorney well-versed in this area of the law, you can begin your fight towards your desirable result.


Your best defense begins at the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson. Richard Lawson is not a "general practitioner" of law; he has specialized in and exclusively handled DUI cases in for over 20 years. As a former prosecutor, he knows a DUI arrest is very serious and time is of the essence. Call any time - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get our firm working for you. We will talk with you personally to discuss your case and go over possible defenses. Our firm can provide you with the following information:

DUI Process
Going through the DUI process alone should never be an option for a defendant. Our law firm has the legal advocacy you need to effectively defend your rights, save your driving privileges, and protect your future. From the ALS hearing to the criminal case, we will be here for you.

ALS Hearings
If you are facing your first DUI charge, you may be unaware that you have only thirty days to send a letter to the Department of Driver Services. Without this letter, an automatic suspension of your driver's license will take place, despite the outcome of the criminal case.

Refusals / Alleged Refusals
Did you refuse to take a breath or blood test before your arrest, or did an officer allege that you refused to take a breath or blood test? If you have been arrested due to the failure to take a sobriety test at the scene of the arrest or back at the station, do not hesitate to involve an attorney.

Plea Bargain vs. Trial
When a person is arrested for DUI, they are sometimes given the option by the prosecutor to accept a plea bargain or take the case to court. If you accept a plea bargain without first speaking to a DUI defense lawyer, you are risking your entire future, as you will be convicted of this offense.

Prior DUI Convictions
Do you have prior DUI convictions or arrests on your record? These will make a difference in the prosecution's strategy, and will most likely affect the consequences you could face. If this is your second, third, fourth or a subsequent charge, contact us immediately.

Georgia DUI By Out Of State Driver
Many people visit our state each year from other areas in the United States. When one of these individuals is arrested and charged with DUI during their stay here, they must take immediate action – their driving privileges and future are at stake.

Field Sobriety Tests
Three of the most common types of field sobriety tests include the one leg stand test, the walk and turn test, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus. If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated after failing one of the named tests, or another test an officer administered, it is important that you take legal action.

Prescription Drugs & DUI
In the past alcohol was the reason that people were arrested for driving under the influence. Today, we have seen a substantial increase in the numbers of drivers that are being arrested for driving under the influence of lawfully prescribed medications and over-the-counter medications. Since there haven't been any studies that quantify any drug with driving impairment, this is a worrisome development in DUI law.

Roadside Checkpoints
Was the roadside checkpoint that caused your arrest done so in a lawful fashion? There are many rules for law enforcement to follow in our state that can lead to an unlawful arrest being made at a roadside checkpoint, including the failure to announce the checkpoint.

Blood & Breath Tests
Breath tests and blood tests are two types of tests used to incriminate a person who is suspected of driving under the influence. Unfortunately, these tests are not always entirely accurate and can therefore lead to wrongful arrests for driving while intoxicated.

Drugs & DUI
Driving under the influence of drugs is a serious offense, especially due to the serious injury and harm it can cause to the people around the driver. Even driving under the influence of common over-the-counter medications can be considered unlawful.

Marijuana Cases
While many medical professionals argue that marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes, it has become a growing problem in the community. As a result, law enforcement is cracking down on individuals who are in possession or thought to be in possession of marijuana.

Suspended License
Were you caught while driving on a suspended license? If your driver's license has been suspended without your knowledge or due to a DUI charge, immediately speak to an attorney from this firm to understand your rights and the best way to approach this case.

DUI Under 21
Driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law for a person under the age of 21. If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration at or above .02%, you will be facing criminal charges, fines, and most likely a suspended driver's license.

Violation of Probation
If you were recently convicted of driving under the influence and placed on probation as a result, there are certain actions that you may not perform without life-long repercussions. For example, being pulled over for driving under the influence while on probation may have detrimental consequences.

Minor in Possession of Alcohol
Was your underage child caught with alcohol in their possession? Even if they were transported alcohol in their vehicle for you, your child may still be in trouble with the law. It is important for your child's future to get them the help that they deserve.

Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular homicide is the crime of fatally injuring another person with your vehicle. If the accident was investigated and authorities believed that you were intoxicated at the time of the incident, you may be facing some of the most serious driving while intoxicated related charges.

Child Endangerment
Driving with a child in your vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only dangerous, but against the law. Even driving under a common over-the-counter medication that may make you drowsy, such as Nyquil, can have long term criminal effects.

Accidents and Serious Injury by Vehicle
If you caused an accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, then you may be looking at long term penalties. Causing a car accident can not only spark a criminal case, however, but a civil case as well if the other person involved files a lawsuit.

Do I Need a Lawyer?
It is vitally important to your future to hire a DUI lawyer for your driving under the influence charges. Without an attorney, the prosecution will bring strong evidence and likely obtain a conviction against you. If you choose not to work with a lawyer, you will be going to court without any protection.


If you would like to learn more information about the DUI charges you are facing, do not hesitate to speak to a member of our law firm. Not only do we have almost two decades of experience, but our law firm is led by a former DUI prosecutor. We have the legal insight and know-how to effectively navigate a driving under the influence case and find a unique defense strategy, as we have handled over 4,900 cases in the past.

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