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"Your resource for Georgia DUI News and Information"

The laws on DUIs are ever-changing and each year, thousands of DUI cases are taken up on appeal across the nation.  Many of these result in written opinions by judges that then become law.  In addition, each new DUI or traffic-related offense in the news has the potential to cause changes in the law.  These changes are the result of public reaction to serious car accidents and deaths on the roadways of the United States.

That is why Richard Lawson has developed this website; to provide you with 24-hour access to the latest updates on DUI laws and DUI related news. Our goal is to inform our clients and the general public about the latest news and legal decisions.  Accordingly, we update our blog and the entire website daily. All of our articles are written by the Georgia DUI Lawyers that work for our firm or affiliates.

For instance, there has been a flurry of legal activity over the legality of roadblocks, in Georgia and across the nation.  Seen as a minor intrusion by some courts and an unnecessary infringement upon Fourth Amendment rights by others, the matter seems far from settled. Roadblocks must be established in accordance with the United States and Georgia Constitutions.  The police cannot simply have a roadblock any place or any time they want.

There also has been a rash of injuries and deaths on our roadways.  The death or injury of any motorist is a tragedy, and as a result; our legislature reacts to the carnage on the road with new laws designed to curb accidents.  That is why our laws change every year.

Another recent change in the law regards the 'Boating Under the Influence' legislation in the State.  The Boating code was completely overhauled in 2013; attorneys who do not regularly practice DUI law might be unaware of the new changes to the law.

Knowledge is power, and this blog is designed to help you take the most updated information on your defense. It is our goal for you to use the wealth of information on this site; including the Georgia Information Blog, Resources, and Practice Areas pages to help you decide the best course of action in your DUI case. 

Habitual Violator Civil Forfeiture Law in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Being declared a habitual violator is not a crime but instead a status. According to O.C.G.A. §40-5-58 a habitual violator means any person who has been arrested and convicted within the United States three or more times within a five-year period. In Georgia, you can become a habitual violator ...

10 things about Georgia DUI Law you may not know

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

There are many myths and misunderstandings about Georgias DUI Laws. Misinformation can lead to poor decision-making. Below are 10 things about Georgia DUI Law that you may not know. You are not drunk at .08:The legal limit in Georgia is .08. Many people charged with DUI are surprised becau...

Hemp Oil and Medical Marijuana Laws in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

With the legalization of marijuana in some states and the rise of the cannabis oil industry, it is important to know what you are allowed to do in Georgia. Illegal substance use is a serious crime and could have significant consequences to you if convicted. Therefore, it is vital that you underst...

A Driveway DUI? The Case of People v. Rea

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 04, 2017 | 0 Comments

Everyone knows that driving while intoxicated is against the law. How far this law stretches is something that the courts have been determining for years and will likely continue to wrestle with for years to come. A decision recently handed down by the Michigan Supreme Court added to the ever gro...

What I Thought I Knew Before Going to Law School

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

Guest Blog by Sarah Illg: Before going to law school, I had a picture in my mind of what being a lawyer looked like. My image was built on my limited knowledge of other attorneys in the field. I always thought of a lawyer as someone whose most important job was being in the courtroom fighting fo...

Problems with Georgia’s new ignition interlock law

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

At first glance, the new Georgia Ignition Interlock law does allow for people to avoid a license suspension and still fight their case. However, after thirty days of evaluating its implications, the downside of having an interlock placed on our clients automobiles is significant. One problem w...

Georgia 10 Day Rule

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

For years when someone was arrested for a DUI in Georgia, they had 10 business days to file an appeal of their automatic license suspension. Georgia 10 Day Letter in DUI Cases: For any case that occurred before July 1, 2017, the 10 day rule still applied. For any case that occurred on or after...

Setting an example and encouraging others

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

A colleague recently told me that he was planning to retire at the end of the year. I met this gentleman in 1995 when I was a young attorney in the Lumpkin County Georgia District Attorneys office. I was a young ADA prosecuting his client. He was an experienced and respected criminal defense att...

Taking probation seriously in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Today I had the unpleasant duty to visit a client in jail. For obvious reasons, I cannot discuss the circumstances that led to the clients incarceration, but the reason involved a violation of probation. Probation is an alternative to jail: It is difficult for people to understand, but when a ...

Please Call While Your DUI Case is Pending

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Once again, we have had a rash of calls where people have already resolved their case and are suffering collateral consequences. Today someone called and was having trouble getting a job in his or her field. He wanted to see if there was anything we could do about his closed Gwinnett County DUI ...

Teen Live Streams DUI Crash That Kills Sister

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a tragic turn of events, a California teen has been jailed after live streaming an automobile crash that left her 14-year-old sister dead. Authorities and news media have indicated that Obdulia Sanchez, the 18-year-old driver, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, however, further detai...

Let the Sun Shine Brightly in Georgia’s Courtrooms

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Recently Georgia judges have been attempting to change the courtroom access rules to prevent video and audio recording. As for with elimination of an independent judicial review committee, these proposals are a step in the wrong direction. The stated reason for the proposed change is to protect ...

Two more changes to Georgia’s DUI Laws July 1, 2017

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we explore the ramifications of the new Georgia DUI Law, several minor changes have come to our attention. The new law allows for a person charged with a first DUI to choose to install an ignition interlock device on their car. As I have examined the law, I have realized that the law applies ...

Is Justification a Defense to a DUI in Georgia?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Generally, a justification defense will not be successful, but it is technically possible. In a justification defense, the accused must first admit that they violated the law; however, the violation of the law should be excused because there was a justifiable and compelling reason. You cannot h...

Can a person drive after consuming alcohol in Georgia?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The question as to whether Georgia has a zero tolerance DUI Law has nothing to do with tolerance for people who drive while under the influence. The issue is when a person is considered to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A real "zero tolerance" law insofar as DUI is concerned would m...

Can a prosecutor see an arrest from another state?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The answer is that most likely a prosecutor can see an arrest from another state. There are many ways in which someone's traffic and criminal history may be revealed. When a person is facing a traffic misdemeanor offense, such as DUI, a record of that arrest and disposition is placed on that per...

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