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Former North DUI Georgia Prosecutor

Richard Lawson is the state's premier DUI Defense Attorney. As a former North Georgia DUI prosecutor, he knows all facets of a Georgia DUI case and brings over 20 years' experience to the table. When you need skilled legal representation by a seasoned DUI Lawyer in Acworth, he is the one to call. Please see his stellar reviews on Avvo, and contact our office for a no-charge, hassle-free case evaluation.

30-Day Warning!

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Acworth or elsewhere in Cobb County, you need to act fast to save your Georgia driver's license from being suspended. To prevent that from happening, you (or your Acworth DUI Lawyer) should file an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing  request or an ignition interlock device request within thirty days of your arrest. If this hearing is not requested or is not done so within the thirty-day timeframe, your Georgia driver's license will automatically be suspended.

If you are accused of refusing the State's chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your license will automatically be suspended for one year with no opportunity for a restricted permit.

Do not waste time feeling sorry for yourself and hoping your Acworth DUI charge will just magically disappear. Contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson today to speak with an Acworth DUI Attorney regarding your options.

Key Georgia DUI Terms

Having to deal with the consequences of a DUI charge is scary, and it is even scary when you do not know what is going on or if you do not understand some of the legal terms tossed around in connection with your Acworth DUI case. Hopefully these help:

Actual Physical Control – This is a term that means the key is in the ignition of a motor vehicle and said vehicle can be driven. If a driver is not in Actual Physical Control or was not at the time they were pulled over or involved in an accident, they cannot be convicted of DUI.

Arraignment – Your arraignment is the step of your Acworth DUI case where a judge advises you of the charges against you. If you hire an Acworth DUI Attorney with the Law Office of Richard Lawson, you will not have to attend your arraignment because your Acworth DUI Lawyer will attend in your place. 

Bail/Bond – Bail/bond is the sum of money that a defendant must put up (or post) to be released from jail on a criminal charge. This amount of money is used as a tool to guarantee the defendant's appearance in court. Sometimes a bail bondsman is used to post a portion of the bond of the accused to secure a court appearance. If the defendant does not show up for court, the bondsman has to find them and bring them in front of the court or pay the amount owed to the court.

Blood-Alcohol Content (BAC) – Blood-alcohol content refers to the concentration of alcohol in a person's blood. It is expressed as the weight of alcohol in a fixed amount of blood to be used as a measure of the level of intoxication of a DUI defendant. This alcohol concentration depends on the body weight of the individual, gender, how much alcohol and the rate that it was ingested, as well as absorption and metabolism.

Controlled Substance – A controlled substance is a drug, substance or relative precursor. Our Acworth DUI Lawyers are well-trained and experienced in DUI-Drugs cases.

DUI – It is illegal for a person to operate or be in control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is also illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to operate or control a motor vehicle with a BAC of .02 or more.

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) – Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus is a standard field sobriety test that determines intoxication by observing the defendant's involuntary and jerking eye movements as they attempt to follow an object horizontally. The defendant is thought to be intoxicated he or she exhibits four out of six possible clues.

Ignition Interlock Device – An ignition interlock device is a mechanism that is installed in a person's vehicle that prevents them from starting it if their BAC is .02 or more. At random times, after the vehicle has been started, the machine will request another breath sample. That is to keep friends from blowing into the device to allow the person to get in their car and drive away while intoxicated. If a breath sample is not performed or is more than the allowed amount, the device will start an alarm that will not stop until the ignition is off or an acceptable breath sample is given.

Field Sobriety Test – There is a battery of three tests that have been standardized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine an individual's level of intoxication based on physical clues. The three tests are HGN, Walk-and-Turn, and One-leg Stand. Every Acworth DUI Lawyer with our office is an expert in standard field sobriety testing. 

One-leg Stand – The One-Leg Stand is a test that looks for intoxication based on the defendant standing on one leg while holding the other foot about six inches above the ground, with their foot pointed so it is parallel to the ground for thirty seconds. Law enforcement is looking to see if the suspect sways while balancing, uses their arms to balance themselves, hopping, and if they bring their foot down before the end of the test.

Walk-and-Turn – The Walk-and-Turn is a standard field sobriety test that evaluates intoxication by asking the suspect to walk an imaginary straight line for approximately nine steps, turn, and walk nine steps back.

Acworth Municipal Court

The Municipal Court of Acworth is responsible for handling civil ordinance and traffic violations that occur within the city limits of Acworth. The Honorable Joan Vaughan Bloom is the Acworth Municipal Court Judge, and Misty Day is the Chief Clerk. Court is held at 4408 Acworth Industrial Drive, Acworth, GA 30101. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, contact Court Services at (770) 974-0965. 

Map to Acworth Municipal Court

Acworth DUI Defense

When you are faced with DUI charges and need an Acworth DUI Lawyer, contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson right away. We have skilled Acworth DUI Attorneys ready to discuss your case with you and come up with an effective plan of action. When you feel as if your case is hopeless and think no DUI Attorney in Acworth can help you, contact the professionals. With Acworth DUI Lawyers available to discuss your case right now for free, what do you have to lose? 

Our Attorneys

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    Richard Lawson

    Richard Lawson has devoted his entire career to DUI Defense. He ex...

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    Kevin R. Fisher

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    Kimberly A. Berry

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Recent Case Results

  • This case was in Helen Municipal Court.  The client was charged with a DUI and four counts of DUI Child Endangerment.  In Georgia, for every child under the age of 14 in a vehicle it is considered a separate DUI offense.  The client would have been declared an habitual violator from one arrest an... Read On

  • Client was charged with a suspended license because he did not reinstate his privilege to drive after the expiration of his restricted license.  Per my advice, the client properly reinstated his license the day after he was charged.  Case Dismissed in Cobb County State Court.  Read On

  • Client was a resident of New York who was arrested while he was visiting Georgia for pleasure. He was charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, and Speeding 37 MPH over the speed limit. We were able to get the client an unbelievable outcome in Hampton, Georgia. His DUI dismissed, his speeding ticket wa... Read On

Recommendations

  • Kimberly Berry took care of my case

    I could not be a happier with how my case turned out. Kimberly helped reduce my sentence to reckless driving. she really took care of me and all of my needs. Read On

  • Mr. Lawson surpassed my expectations

    Not only is his previous experience as a DUI prosecutor, educational background and experience in the courtroom a plus, but his promptness in returning my telephone calls and answering my questions helped me through the most difficult time of my life. He restored my faith that anything was possib... Read On

  • Richard Lawson exceeded all expectations

    Richard initially set me up with one of his associates Kimberly berry. I could have not been happier with Kimberly. When it came to the day of my trial, Richard actually went out of his way to sit in with Kimberly during the negotiations. They negotiated a reduced sentence. I could have not beeen... Read On

Acworth DUI Resources

Acworth Police Department

Cobb County Police Department

Georgia State Patrol

Acworth Municipal Court

Administrative Office of the Courts

Cobb County District Attorney

Georgia Department of Driver Services 

Acworth Public Library 

Wikipedia of Acworth Georgia

Have You Been Arrested for DUI in Acworth Georgia? 

Choosing the Best DUI Lawyer

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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!