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Welcome to the Georgia DUI Information Blog

"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. 

The Importance of Telling Your Attorney Everything

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

One of the biggest frustrations I have is when I learn that a client has failed to tell me everything about their case.  I am well aware that sometimes, in these situations, I may get upset at the client and express my disappointment.   However, my frustration is often misunderstood.  I am not u...

Ambien and "Sleep Driving": A Defense to DUI?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fitness guru and Bravo reality star Jackie Warner was arrested last February when her vehicle crashed into a pole in West Hollywood. Shortly after word broke of Warner's arrest, a video surfaced of an unsavory police confrontation that followed the crash. The video shows Warner being escorted to ...

State Lawmaker Charged With DUI

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

A DUI charge can happen to anyone, even for those who never thought they'd find themselves ensnared in such charges. The prospect of dealing with the law and facing punitive action is very daunting. Many people charged with a DUI were every bit the law abiding citizen prior to their charge. Somet...

Funny How Video Changes Everything

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Police violence is common.  A small minority of bad officers have brutalized the public for years.  Their actions dishonor the vast majority of decent people who work as police officers.  What has changed is that some officers can no longer get away with brutalizing citizens because of citizen jo...

A Lawyer Cannot Promise to Win Your DUI Case

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

When speaking to a potential client today, he asked me the most commonly asked question I get: "What are my chances of winning my case?"  Another variation of this question is: "What should I expect will be the outcome of my case?" People naturally want to know what is going to happen to them, s...

When Innocent People are Charged with a DUI

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

In March of 2016, school teacher Meghan Caldwell was charged with Felony Vehicular Homicide as a result of an accident that killed two people.  She was accused of driving under the influence; however, the story did not end there.  As reported in the AJC, Meghan Caldwell was not driving under the ...

Georgia's DUI Conviction Rate

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

Lawyers regularly and rightfully hammer the point that an arrest is not a conviction. Just because an individual has been arrested on suspicion of drunk or drugged driving, does not mean that they are guilty of that crime or that they will be convicted on that exact charge. With this in mind, it ...

An Alternative Perspective on the I-85 Bridge Collapse

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

The I-85 Bridge collapse will go down as the worst traffic disaster in Atlanta history, making the nightmare of “Snowmageddon” seem like a day at the beach. Traffic in Atlanta will be affected for the next foreseeable future. Who is going to take responsibility for this traffic nightmare? It will...

Can You Own a Gun After a DUI Conviction in Georgia?

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

Thousands of Georgia citizens go hunting every year, and even more than that are in possession of a handgun for personal protection. We are often asked whether a person convicted of a DUI in Georgia can still own or possess a firearm. The short answer is yes; you can still own or buy a gun even ...

How Will A DUI Affect My Transportation Job?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Valdosta school bus driver was recently charged on 45 counts of DUI (a child endangerment charge for each child aboard.) A Georgia truck driver was terminated, after being deemed an "imminent hazard" to public safety following his DUI crash. It is evident that DUIs can be detrimental to one's c...

Do Not Let Spring Fever Give You a Legal Headache

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

Ah, Springtime is finally here!  The season is filled with warm weather, family cookouts, trees and flowers blooming new life; what is there not to love?  Festivals across the state, like the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia bring out crowds to enjoy great food and activiti...

Utah Adopts .05 Alcohol Legal Limit

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

As of March 23rd, 2017, Utah officially has the strictest DUI threshold in the country. Across the country, the blood alcohol content limit for most drivers is .08. However, Utah's lawmakers voted to lower the limit on March 9, 2017, and then it was up to the governor. Utah's Republican Governor ...

Can Police Perform Blood Draws on DUI Suspects?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

During a suspected DUI, law enforcement typically uses a breath test to determine the blood alcohol content (BAC) of the driver. However, a chemical test, such as a blood test, can also be used to determine the BAC. If an officer requests that a driver submits to a blood test and the driver gives...

School Bus Driver Faces 45 Counts of DUI

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

As reported in the AJC, a Valdosta school bus driver was charged with a DUI while having forty-four students on board.  As a result, the police will charge her with forty-four counts of DUI Child Endangerment. What the article does not explain are the two interesting legal issues that will have ...

Why You Should Take Advice When Calling a Lawyer

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

At least once daily someone calls my office to affirm their incorrect understanding of the law. It used to surprise me that someone would call to argue with me. Many people think they can handle their case without legal help, and most of the time they are wrong. If you do not need an attorney, I...

DUI Myths in Georgia

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

There are many misconceptions concerning DUIs. We will address some of these today, but if you have any other questions about DUI Law in Georgia, please contact our offices today. The Law Office of Richard Lawson and his team of Georgia DUI Attorneys have over 21 years of experience and are here ...

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