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First Georgia DUI

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Have you been arrested for your first DUI in Georgia?

A First Georgia DUI is a serious matter.  In Georgia you can receive time in jail and license suspension for up to a year.  Even the minimum consequences can include jail-time and suspension of your Georgia drivers license or privilege to drive on the highways of this state. This applies to citizens of Georgia and for out of state drivers.  Georgia DUI Attorney Richard Lawson has almost 20 years of experience representing people on their first Georgia DUI.  He is a former prosecutor trained by the same people who are prosecuting the case against you.  He has successfully handled more than 4600 Georgia DUI cases.

30 Day Warning!!

In Georgia you have 30 days to file an appeal of the suspension of your drivers license or choose to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.  Be warned that failure to file for an ALS Hearing in Georgia can result in the suspension of your Georgia drivers license, or privilege to drive in Georgia,  for up to 1 year.  Many States will also honor this license suspension.

Often, when an individual is arrested for DUI it is the first offense they have ever committed. When an officer takes your driver's license and you are subject to charges, it can be scary and confusing as to what happens next.  Georgia law has statutory minimums and maximums for a first time Georgia DUI offenses.

A first time DUI offender can face a minimum of 24 hours in jail which is required by law.  You may face up to 12 months incarceration. However, most of the time the judge will allow a first time DUI offender to complete the sentence on probation. The costs associated with DUI offenses are significant both in time and money.

There are usually fines which may amount to over $1,000 once court costs and surcharges are considered. There may also be several hundred dollars more required for probation supervision fees. Under Georgia law, you must also complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service as well as attend DUI School.

Generally speaking, Georgia judges will also require attendance at an alcohol and drug evaluation and subsequently, any recommended treatment programs. You will also likely face a one year driver's license suspension. Depending on the details of your case, suspension time may be less, or you may potentially be eligible for a limited driving permit.

Common punishments for a first DUI in Georgia can include:

12 months of probation

Fines of $300 - $1000

1-10 days in jail

40 hours of community service

License suspension

Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Mandatory treatment

DUI School

If this is your First DUI in Georgia, Call a Georgia DUI Attorney today.  Every case has options and has hope. You can reach an attorney 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to protect your drivers license, your criminal record, and your freedom.  Your case will not defend itself.  You need the experience of an office that only handles DUI cases in Georgia.  Put our experience to work for you.  You best DUI defense begins here!

For more information on Georgia DUI Penalties, visit the remainder of this website. 

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    Richard Lawson

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  • Kimberly Berry took care of my case

    I could not be a happier with how my case turned out. Kimberly helped reduce my sentence to reckless driving. she really took care of me and all of my needs. Read On

  • Mr. Lawson surpassed my expectations

    Not only is his previous experience as a DUI prosecutor, educational background and experience in the courtroom a plus, but his promptness in returning my telephone calls and answering my questions helped me through the most difficult time of my life. He restored my faith that anything was possib... Read On

  • Richard Lawson exceeded all expectations

    Richard initially set me up with one of his associates Kimberly berry. I could have not been happier with Kimberly. When it came to the day of my trial, Richard actually went out of his way to sit in with Kimberly during the negotiations. They negotiated a reduced sentence. I could have not beeen... Read On

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

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!