DeKalb County DUI Attorney
Aggressive Defense for DUI Charges in DeKalb County
Drivers accused of DUI face serious penalties, expensive fines, imprisonment, and the loss of their rights. For this reason, it is crucial that individuals who have been accused of driving under the influence retain experienced legal representation right away.
At The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, our seasoned DUI defense attorneys have the tools and resources to help you challenge field sobriety tests, blood & breath tests, and the government's case against you.
If you have been arrested for a DUI offense, get in touch with our DeKalb County DUI lawyers today. We can work hard to protect your freedom and have your charges or penalties reduced or dismissed.
Why Choose The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
Finding an aggressive and competent DUI lawyer can be one of the biggest challenges after a person has been being accused of driving under the influence. When you choose to work with The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, you can rest easily knowing that your team is backed with the following attributes:
- We focus our practice exclusively on DUI cases.
- We have over two decades of experience.
- Our lead attorney is a former DUI prosecutor
- Our lead attorney has handled more than 4,900 DUI cases
- We have exceptional knowledge regarding blood and breath tests
- We have ample amounts of resources such as doctors, investigators, former police officers.
From understanding the DUI process to obtaining the help you need for your ALS hearing, our law firm is ready to give you the information you need. In addition, we can help you make decisions regarding plea bargains vs. trials and provide you with pertinent information on the ramifications of refusing a breath test or chemical test. No matter what the case may be, our team can defend your rights.
Penalties for First and Subsequent DUI Offenses
If you are facing a DUI offense, it is crucial that you seek the counsel of an experienced DUI defense lawyer before going to court. If convicted for a first DUI offense, you could face harsh penalties such as the following:
- Jail sentence from 24 hours to one year
- A one-year suspension of your driver's license
- Up to $1000 in fines
Of course, subsequent DUI charges can result in worse penalties and fines. A fourth DUI conviction can result in a felony charge as well as the following consequences and penalties:
- Imprisonment for one to five years
- Fines up to $5,000
- License suspension for as long as judge orders
- Mandatory ignition interlock device
Consequences for Minors Charged with DUI Offenses
According to Georgia state laws, a minor cannot have a blood alcohol content level equal to or in excess of .02%. If you were charged with a DUI under 21 or a minor in possession of alcohol offense, it is imperative that you contact a DUI defense lawyer to advocate on your behalf. A minor in possession or DUI charge can result in the following penalties:
- License suspension for up to a year
- 24 hours of imprisonment
- Probation period up to 12 months
- Fines up to $1,000
- Community service hours
- DUI School
Penalties for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
If you have been pulled over and found to be in possession of recreational or pharmaceutical drugs, you can be charged with a DUI offense. In Georgia, a person is guilty of drugged driving if they participate in the following:
- Operate a vehicle while under the influence of a drug to an extent that makes their driving abilities unsafe
- Operate a vehicle with any amount of marijuana or controlled substance present in the body
Drugged driving cases must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. However, if convicted, a person can face the same penalties as a person driving under the influence of alcohol.
Vehicular Homicide Due to Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
In the state of Georgia, a person may be guilty of a felony, first-degree homicide by vehicle if they cause death to a person due to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These types of offenses are punishable with up to 15 years in state prison and any additional penalties a judge may order.
DUI Lawyer Serving DeKalb County
At our firm, our former DUI prosecutors understand what strategies must be used when defending the rights of those who have been accused of DUI offenses. Our DeKalb County criminal defense lawyer understands that each case is unique and requires a complete review. That is why we are here to defend you. These types of charges can carry serious consequences and you should not go through the trial process alone.
If you are arrested for DUI, contact our DeKalb County criminal defense attorneys today. The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson can put an aggressive and knowledgeable team on your side of the courtroom.