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DUI COURT IN GEORGIA - COURT SUPERVISED DUI TREATMENT PROGRAM

“DUI Court” refers to a treatment program offered in many jurisdictions throughout the state of Georgia.  It is typically for repeat DUI offenders who the prosecutors and judges deem have issues with substance abuse.  This program is difficult and should never be entered into with first looking at every option in your case.  Your case needs to be first investigated before every considering this program.

Richard Lawson is a former DUI Prosecutor with more than 20 years experience investigating DUI Cases in Georgia.  Our office will look at all possible defenses in your case and any possible way to limit punishment.  Our goal is your best defense and the best alternative punishments in your case. 

DUI Court is an intensive, zero tolerance program that is overseen by a State or Superior Court judge.   There are many rules and intricacies involved with DUI court, so you will want to discuss with your DUI lawyer at length whether or not it is a good option for you.  The program has monthly fees, weekly treatment and a bi-weekly court appearance before the judge.  YOU CANNOT MISS ANYTHING OR MAKE ANY MISTAKES. That is is reality of DUI Court in Georgia. This must be explained in detail in the event there is any question.

YOU CANNOT MAKE AN MISTAKES, MISS ANY APPOINTMENTS, OR VIOLATE ANY RULE:

DUI Court is designed to get the ultimate amount of accountability from you be forcing every square peg into a every round hole.  Life is a series of misunderstandings and accommodations.  People are late.  People make mistakes.  People need to have expectations reset and changed.  Unfortunately, in DUI Court, such mistakes are "understood" with sanctions ranging from more classes, more community service, and of course more time in jail.  NEVER GO INTO A DUI COURT PROGRAM UNLESS 100% COMMITTED TO FOLLOWING EVERY RULE AND TAKING EVERYTHING COMPLETELY SERIOUSLY.  Otherwise, you will likely spend more time in jail than had you simply been punished up front.

In the plea bargaining process, DUI court may be discussed as a possibility for you if you have multiple offenses regarding drugs and/or alcohol and you are a resident in the country where the charges stem from.  The Court system cannot force you into a DUI Court program, rather it is something that you agree to and it is a treatment plan that you are in following you conviction as a term of your probation.

Most DUI Courts are arranged into a series of phases, with the first phase being the most intensive and then participants being moved up over time until a graduation date approximately one year after being in the program.  Be aware, the DUI Court Program in Georgia is very intensive and is not for everyone.  If you fail to do everything you are told to do, you will face sanctions.  Those sanctions can range from additional community service to time in jail.

DUI Court programs typically involved in the first phase weekly court appearances, drug/alcohol testing and intensive counseling on both a group and individual level.  Usually participants are made to sign a 4th amendment waiver allowing DUI Court personnel total access to their homes and vehicles.  If any drugs or alcohol are found, that is a violation and immediate lock up typically follows.

The good news about these programs are that they offer a treatment option for repeat offenders that can be used in lieu of straight jail time.  The bad news is that these programs are not easy and have little flexibility.  If you travel for work or live with roommates, it is nearly impossible to successfully comply with the rigid terms of the program. When you are in the program your home and place of work can be searched 24 hours a day, 7 days week.

Should You Submit to a Georgia DUI Court Program?

You should never join a DUI Court Program in Georgia unless your Georgia DUI Lawyer has looked at all possible defenses and all possible alternatives.  To evaluate whether this option is a good choice for you in your case, contact our Georgia DUI lawyers today to discuss DUI Court and everything involved therein.  We will look to see if the program can work for you and will also look at alternatives to the DUI Court Program as well.

Our Attorneys

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    Richard Lawson

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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

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  • Changed my life

    I was charged with DUI, Hit and Run, and Failure to Yield while turning left. The dismissal of the Hit and Run charge has changed my life forever. I now belong to an organization that has helped me both spiritually and emotionally. Mr Lawson helped me get thru this trying time for both me and my ... Read On

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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!