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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 is the Statute of Limitations in Georgia for a DUI?

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

The Statute of Limitations for a DUI in Georgia is two years.  However, many people have a misunderstanding of how a statute of limitation applies to their case. In Georgia, the prosecutor has two years to file the formal charges against someone in a DUI case.  The formal charges are filed on an...

When is DUI a Felony in Georgia?

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

Potential clients often ask me if DUI is a felony in Georgia.  For the most part, a DUI is a misdemeanor offense in Georgia. If it is a person's first DUI, second DUI, or third DUI, and no one was injured or killed, it will be considered a misdemeanor offense.  A third DUI is a high and aggravat...

What is a Recorder's Court in Georgia?

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

In Georgia, most traffic-related cases are heard in either Probate Court or in Municipal Court (for cases that originated within a city). In large counties like Gwinnett County, there is a county-wide traffic court called Recorders Court. The Gwinnett County Recorder's Court has original jurisd...

Is Entrapment a Defense to a DUI in Georgia?

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

Several times a year I am asked if entrapment is a defense to a DUI in Georgia.  Entrapment is a defense to any crime, however, when people ask about entrapment insofar as DUI is concerned, most people misunderstand the law. Usually, the question is in the context of when a police officer makes ...

How to Emotionally Handle A Pending Criminal Charge

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

When a person is charged with committing a crime, the criminal process itself can become the punishment  At our office, we generally handle traffic-related misdemeanors, such as driving under the influence.    That being said, our clients suffer the emotional burden of being charged and the str...

Standard of Proof in a Georgia Probation Violation

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

Recently Atlanta Television Chanel 11 had a story about a person who was serving ten years in prison after he was found "not guilty" at trial.   At first glance, the story would appear impossible to most people.  However, it is, in fact, true that Ramad Chatman has been sentenced to serve ten ye...

Conditions of Probation for a DUI in Georgia

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

It was reported today that an Ohio judge was ordering person's convicted of driving under the influence to install ridesharing software on their phones (Uber and Lyft).  I found this condition of their probation to be peculiar.   Installing such software seems to imply that a person on probation...

Does Punishment Deter DUI Drivers?

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

Almost every year the Georgia Legislature increases the punishment for driving under the influence. The theory must be that increased punishment is a general deterrent to anyone who may consider driving while impaired. A general deterrent is a message a law sends to everyone.  When a punishment ...

Different Ways You Can Be Charged with a DUI in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jun 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

There are six different ways in which a person can be charged with a DUI in Georgia. The most common type is when someone is under the influence of alcohol, but there are other reasons someone can be charged with a DUI. A DUI charge is generally considered a misdemeanor criminal offense, but it i...

Arrested for DUI Over Memorial Day Weekend?

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

Memorial Day weekend is a spirited time in Georgia, with a bustling parade in Metro Atlanta, 5k runs, and services honoring our men and uniform in uniform. The break, like any long weekend, sees a heightened number of travelers on roads and in the air, with many in-state and out of state resident...

Advice to Graduating Law Students

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

This time of year, a new crop of future lawyers is graduating from law school.  They will be taking the July Bar exam with hopes of becoming licensed in October.   With some humility, after practicing law for the past twenty-two years, I offer some advice.   The Justice system is about conflict...

What to do When You Are Suspected of Being DUI?

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

After watching a client's video recently, I was “impressed” with the police officer's ability to get my client to make admissions and to do things contrary to her interest.  The officer, very skillfully, got her to make admissions as to from where she had been coming, how much she had to drink, a...

I Did Not Intent to Drive Drunk

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

There is a great misunderstanding about Georgia's law on intent.  The confusion starts with the fact Judges instruct juries that: "Intent is an essential element of a crime and must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt."  Naturally, no person sets out to be arrested for DUI.  It can be argued tha...

Actual Innocence In Georgia DUI Cases

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

Most people who call my office want to be treated fairly.  “Fairness” can mean different things to different people.  For some, it means a dismissal.  For others, it can mean no jail time. For some, it means to substitute a treatment plan instead of going to jail.  Interestingly, very few people...

Why Georgia DUI Lawyers Go to Seminars

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

Several times a year clients are told I am unavailable because I am at a seminar.  Some people may find it odd, but it is important for attorneys to get continuing education.   In fact, I am writing this article from a seminar.  Some may think that a Georgia DUI Attorney with 22 years' experienc...

The Hypocrisy of Government Never Ceases to Amaze

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

A man in Big Rapids Michigan was convicted this week of jury tampering, the result of handing out fliers letting potential jurors know that they have the right to nullify laws they deem either unconstitutional or disproportionally enforced.   Jury Nullification is almost as old as the United Sta...

Georgia DUI Arrests Continue to Drop

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

Atlanta's Channel 2 News did an investigation into the decreasing amount of DUI arrests over the past ten years. They reported that the number of DUI arrests statewide has dropped nearly 50% in less than a decade. In spite of the decreased number of arrests, Georgia's DUI death toll is one of the...

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