Accidents and Serious Injuries by Vehicle in Georgia

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Accidents and Serious Injuries by Vehicle in Georgia DUI Cases

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The majority of DUI cases in Georgia are considered misdemeanors. There are several actors however that can lead cases, even first time DUI offenses, to be upgraded to felonies or potentially at least misdemeanors with more severe penalties. If you have been involved in a DUI where an accident or hit and run occurred, your case can be considered particularly serious by Georgia prosecutors. Under Georgia DUI law, if you cause another person bodily harm while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or by driving recklessly you can be charged with the felony offense of Serious Injury by Vehicle.

Georgia Code Section § 40-6-394 defines a serious injury as “caus[ing] bodily hard to another by depriving him of a member of his body, by rendering a member of his body useless, by seriously disfiguring his body or a member thereof, or by causing organic brain damage which renders the body or any member thereof useless through the violation of Code Section 4-6-390 [reckless driving] or 40-6-391 [DUI].” The statute's description is vague and what constitutes serious disfigurement is a question left for the jury.  Other statutes define serious injury as a fractured bone, severe burns, disfigurement, dismemberment, partial or total loss of sight or hearing, or loss of consciousness. To be “serious,” the injury does not need to be permanent – a serious, temporary injury is sufficient and only needs to impair or injure the appearance of a person.

If someone is serious injured due to an alleged DUI driver, the driver will be charged with a felony that result in up to 15 years in prison.  Even the injured party is your own passenger or family member, you can be charged with a felony that can result in 15 years in jail.  So, please take this charge with the utmost seriousness. Our attorneys are trained by the same people who are people who are prosecuting your case.  Put our experience to work for you.

There is Hope - There are Defenses - Our Experience is the Difference

Georgia DUI Lawyer Richard Lawson has almost 20 Years experience handling DUI cases involving accidents and serious injury by vehicle. In fact, he started his career prosecuting those cases almost 20 years ago. You are not alone.  Hire the attorney that know both sides of your case.  Knowing how the prosecution thinks will help in your defense.  Understanding prosecution tactics gives you the advantage.

More than 17 years ago DUI Lawyer Richard Lawson prosecuted his first Felony Vehicular Homicide Case.  As a prosecutor, he handled many DUI Cases and Serious Injury by Vehicle cases.  As a Georgia DUI Defense Attorney he has successfully defended several Serious Injury by Vehicle by Vehicle cases throughout Georgia.

Today Georgia DUI Attorney Richard Lawson exclusively handles only DUI cases in Georgia.  Never forget that the prosecution cannot convict you of the serious injury by vehicle charge unless they can win the DUI case against you. So, your defense begins with a defense of the DUI case. That's what we do at our office. Our office offers the Best DUI Defense in Georgia.

DUI cases in Georgia can be defended.  Even if you allegedly failed a breath or blood test does not mean you are guilty of the DUI, and as a result the serious injury by vehicle. Georgia DUI Attorney Richard Lawson has been handling cases throughout Metro Atlanta and throughout North Georgia for more than 17 years.  Put his experience to use for you.

How is Serious Injury by Vehicle Defined in Georgia?

What amounts to serious injury has been broadly interpreted by Georgia courts.  The following injuries were determined to be serious enough to support the offense of Serious Injury by Vehicle: loss of vision in one eye, blurry vision, a two inch scar on forehead, broken ribs and severe bruising.

In any DUI Serious Injury By Vehicle case, the State must prove that any serious injuries were caused by your act of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This can be as simple as showing that if you had not caused a collision with the victim's car, the victim would not have been injured even if the victim's own actions made injury more likely.

The State has an advantage in cases involving the offense of Serious Injury by Vehicle because Georgia's implied consent law states that any person involved in a traffic accident resulting in serious injuries or fatalities must submit to a blood test with drug screen even when a person has not been arrested for DUI prior to the police officer requesting a chemical test.

The officer still must have probable cause to believe that you had been driving under the influence of alcohol and that a serious injury had resulted from the accident at the time implied consent is read and the test is requested, however. If the officer does not read the required implied consent notice, the results of the State test will not be admissible as evidence against you at trial.

The penalties of being convicted of DUI Serious Injury by Vehicle are severe and this charge should not be taken lightly. Serious Injury by Vehicle is a felony offense in Georgia and punishable by imprisonment for not less that one year nor more than 15 years.  In addition, the minimum license suspension period is three years with no early reinstatement and you will not be eligible for a limited driving permit.

Serious Injury by Vehicle is a very controversial charge and the State is likely to invest a greater amount of time, money, and effort into the prosecution of these cases. Our office works closely with accident reconstruction experts who will investigate the circumstances of the accident and give light to the deficiencies and inaccuracies of the police investigation.  Because the risks are high, you will need the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced DUI specialist by your side from the very beginning to guide you through the court process and evaluate your case for any available defenses to the charge.

Resources are the Difference

The prosecutors will bring together the resources of the entire State of Georgia against you in order to achieve a felony DUI conviction.  You start the case out-numbered and out-gunned.  Hire our team of Georgia DUI Attorneys and expert witnesses in order present your counter-attack and win.  Winning your Georgia DUI case does not happen without a team of dedicated professionals devoted to your Georgia DUI Defense.

Specifically, if serious injuries to yourself or others were a result of DUI, you could face lengthy, life altering sentences. In these cases, it is even more crucial that you contact our Georgia DUI lawyers for help. We work closely with the best investigators, field sobriety experts and expert medical witnesses across the country. In cases involving serious accidents, we also can talk about employing an accident reconstructionist and other specialists who can help challenge the State's case against you.

Results that Matter - Winning Your Case:

The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson is Georgia's DUI lawyer with over 20 years of experience in these types of DUI defenses. Mr. Lawson's career long commitment to DUI law allows his firm to develop and utilize powerful resources to assist clients who face charges of a serious accident or injury in a Georgia DUI case.

Our office can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call or email us now.  Your freedom is at stake, and your case will not defend itself and will not go away. We are always here to help 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Your best defense begins here!

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  • Richard Lawson Saved My Career

    When I totaled my vehicle off the side of a mountain in North Georgia, the last thing I was thinking about was getting a DUI. I was injured severely and spent over a week in the hospital. While in the hospital, I got a call informing me I was facing a DUI charge. If I would have gotten a DUI, I would have lost my job and not been able to get another position in the same industry. I had gotten a DUI in the past, so this would have been my second. Mr. Lawson got my charges reduced to reckless driving and saved my career. With my charges reduced, I was able to keep my job. It also meant that I was eligible for advancement in the company I work for. After my conviction, Mr. Lawson made sure to follow up to discuss any questions I had and to make sure I knew exactly what to do. Several months later I had some questions and he got back to me the same day. He made sure to go above and beyond what was required and I could not have been more satisfied with Mr. Lawson. If it weren't for him, I don't know where my life would be today. Read On

  • Kimberly Berry is a hard working, honest, future saving, SUPERIOR Attorney!

    Our teenager went off to College (August 2012) with a "You don't have to worry about me, I will not get into trouble, I know what I'm doing" attitude. Two MIP's within the first three months and a citation four months later, proved that attitude wrong. After we had a "come to Jesus" discussion with our "know it all" college student, took away pretty much all privileges, and issued a required repayment plan, we then had to find an attorney. Kimberly was a Godsend. We were contacted in less than five minutes of sending an SOS email and she gave us her cell phone number to call at anytime, day or night with any questions or concerns. I have never heard of an attorney that would give out their cell number or allow to you call them anytime. She promptly returned phone calls and emails. She took care of everything, explained all options, advised us, dealt with DA's, judges, clerks, and eased our worries. Kimberly went above and beyond what we expected, kept us constantly informed, delayed the cases to our benefit, and worked tirelessly to save our teen's future. All of which was included in her initial fee! There were no added fees, no minute by minute charges, no paperwork charges, no charges for phone conversations, etc., that most all other attorneys require. I find this miraculous, because we got so much more than our moneys worth - if we calculated all of her hard work, emails, phone calls, court dates, etc., I just do not see how she can charge so little for everything! She is worth so much more. Kimberly is truly amazing!! Our teen now has a clean, clear record for the future, thank God, learned some very hard life lessons, found out parents are right in most things, growing up is not easy, and now is on the right track for success. The bad choices that were made in the first year of college will be erased, and the future is bright again because of Kimberly's successful strategy. I never do reviews, but I had to in this situation, because we are SO thankful that Kimberly represented our teen. No one could have done any better. We have dealt with other attorneys in our business, paid outrageous, ridiculous, overpriced fees by the minute, and never, ever felt they were working for our best interest. Kimberly is so different than all other attorneys. She does care, she works hard, she is honest, always in touch, and absolutely the BEST attorney you could ever have. We are not exaggerating, we were not asked to do a recommendation, we are doing this with sincere gratitude from the bottom of our hearts. Read On

  • Exceptional experience

    Richard Lawson is by far the BEST Lawyer in Georgia. I was on my way home from Northern Georgia and heading to Central Florida. I was pulled over by the Georgia Highway Patrol for speeding and was eventually charged with DUI Refusal (2nd Time). After I was released from around 10pm, Richard answered his phone the first time I called. We spoke about what had transpired and he also told me my options with me possibly hiring him and he was hired by the end our conversation. During the course of my case I never had to return to Georgia and by the end of my case Richard had gotten my DUI Refusal (2nd time) dismissed and reduced to Reckless Driving. In addition to this whenever I called or emailed Richard he would respond within an hour or less. I now am confident to recommend Richard to anyone that needs similar help while in the state of Georgia and lives out of state. Read On

Recent Case Results

  • The client was charged with DUI for the second time in 5 years. The DUI charge was reduced to Reckless Driving saving his job. When facing a second DUI in 5 years in Georgia, there is no limited permit if convicted. As a result, the reckless driving saved the client's job and family income. Read On

  • The client was charged with two DUIs within a single month. One DUI was reduced to Reckless Driving because of insufficient evidence that he had been driving the vehicle and because of the officer’s failure to properly administer the field sobriety tests. Read On

  • The client was charged with DUI and submitted to a State blood test which showed a B.A.C. almost three times the legal limit. After submitting to the State blood test, the client requested her own blood test at a hospital that was nearby. The officer denied the client's independent test request. Case reduced to reckless driving. Read On

Choosing the Best DUI Lawyer


When you are arrested for DUI in Georgia, finding the right Lawyer is Job #1. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson we will investigate your case and find the best possible legal defense to your DUI in Georgia. You are in good hands with Richard Lawson and his associates. We will work tirelessly to help you while compassionately holding your hand throughout the entire DUI Defense Process.

Georgia DUI Defense Attorneys

At the Law Office of Richard S. Lawson, we have offices conveniently located throughout metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia. If we do not have a convenient office, we will come to you. We practice throughout Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. If your case is in an area we do not serve, we will find you an attorney in your area free of charge. Our office is part of a State-wide network of Georgia DUI Lawyers. Contact us 24/7 for immediate legal help. Our attorneys are standing by. Your DUI Case will not defend itself. Your Best Georgia DUI Defense Begins Here!