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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. 

What Information is Needed When Contacting a DUI Lawyer

Posted by Richard Lawson | Feb 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

When calling a Georgia DUI Lawyer, there is important information about your case that you should have readily available. For your Georgia DUI Attorney to give you the best advice, you will have to provide certain facts and details regarding your arrest. If you are calling for a family member or ...

Not Everyone that is Arrested for DUI is Guilty

Posted by Richard Lawson | Feb 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Innocent until proven guilty is what we hear on TV, right? Unfortunately, we live in a world where the stigma of being arrested for a DUI can be overwhelming. When the world is judging you before you have ever been to court, what do you do? We represent plenty of clients that are in fact guilty o...

Top Reasons for Car Accidents in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Feb 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

We hear about car accidents all the time. We check for them on our way to work to see if we need to find an alternate route and we see them regularly on television. But what is the leading cause of car wrecks in Georgia?  In 2008, the Georgia Department of Transportation found there were 342,534...

Our Drug Laws Treat us Like Children

Posted by Richard Lawson | Feb 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

It has been reported in the AJC that Georgia State Legislators have introduced legislation that will require a refill every five days for certain ADHD medications such as Ritalin ®. First, it was medications that contain Pseudoephedrine, and now it is medication for our kids. The point of these ...

Two Police Officers Charged with Crimes in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Feb 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

One such incident occurred this past Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Officer Scott York was driving on his way to an accident when he drove up on the curb and struck two pedestrians and two parked cars. The officer told investigators he traveled into the center lane in an...

Tips for a DUI Free Super Bowl

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

Who doesn't love the Super Bowl? Great football, Funny commercials, and best of all, amazing food! The Super Bowl is a great time to get together with friends and family and enjoy the All-American game of football, especially if you are a Falcons Fan… RISE UP!  One of the things that usually doe...

A Lawful Prescription Is Not a Defense To DUI-Drugs

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

Georgia law not only criminalizes driving under the influence of alcohol, but it also criminalizes driving under the influence of drugs. O.C.G.A § 40-6-391(a) sets out six methods of proving that a person is driving under the influence (“DUI”) of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances. ...

The Scope of a Limited DUI Permit in Georgia

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

When a person pleads guilty to a first-time DUI offense in Georgia, they will qualify for a limited permit from Driver' Services. This Limited permit restricts the use of a license but still allows the driver to operate his or her vehicle under a few exceptions. If pulled over, a person's limited...

New Study States Ignition Interlocks Effective

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

One possible consequence that a person who is convicted of driving under the influence may face is having to install an ignition interlock device in his or her vehicle. When this device is installed in a vehicle, the driver must provide a breath sample in order to start his or her car. If the dev...


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

Many criminal offenses, including DUI, include community service as part of the sentence. For that reason, depending on the offense and jurisdiction, we usually advise our clients to perform community service before the scheduled court date.  We do this for a few reasons. First, doing community ...

A Review of Georgia's Texting While Driving Laws

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

Using Your Phone While Driving is Illegal in Georgia: We have all been warned about the dangers of cell phone usage while driving. All of us have seen the horror stories on television of those seriously injured or killed as a result of texting and driving. The Georgia General Assembly has passed...

New Laws, New Questions, New Tests For Marijuana

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jan 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

More and more people in the United States are expressing their support for marijuana legalization. According to NBC, a 2016 Pew Research Center study found that "57 percent of U.S. adults say marijuana should be made legal, compared to just 32 percent a decade ago." Prior to the election this pas...

New Year’s Resolutions and Alcohol Consumption

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

Drink less; lose weight; save money; be kind to others; get more rest; follow the golden rule.  These are just some of the many new year's resolutions we all make, yet, we all rarely keep our promises.   Zig Ziglar once said: “Never make a promise without a plan.”  His point is that without dire...

Drinking, Driving, and Live-Streaming

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jan 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the past ten years, social media use has grown by leaps and bounds. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2015, 65% of adults were using social media. This was a significant increase from 2005 when just 7% of adults were doing so. Some of the most popular social media sites are Facebook, Tw...

Probation Violations While On Probation for DUI

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

GA law mandates a 12-month sentence in DUI cases. Judges usually allow DUI offenders to serve most of this sentence on probation rather than in custody. While on probation, you must follow certain conditions, which typically include reporting to your probation officer, not violating any new crimi...

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