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Lovejoy DUI Lawyer – Lovejoy DUI Attorney

The Law Office of Richard Lawson is an exclusive DUI Defense law firm that is dedicated to serving those arrested and charged with DUI and DUI-related charges. Richard Lawson is a former DUI Prosecutor with over 20 years' experience in Georgia DUI law. Please check out his reviews on Avvo and contact our office for a no-charge, hassle-free case evaluation.

10-Day Warning!

If you were arrested and charged with DUI in Lovejoy or elsewhere in Clayton County, be advised that you or your Lovejoy DUI Lawyer have only ten business days from the date of your arrest to file an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing. This hearing is to prevent your driver's license from being suspended and costs $150 to file. If an ALS hearing is not requested, your Georgia driver's license will automatically be suspended.

If you have been charged with refusing the State's chemical test of breath, blood, or urine, your license will be suspended for one full year with no chance for early reinstatement or limited permit to drive to and from work or school.

Lovejoy DUI Defense

As Lovejoy DUI Attorneys, our most important job is to fight for our clients aggressively. We take your defense seriously and are proud of our success: “not guilty” verdicts, case dismissals, ALS hearing victories, protecting our clients' futures, and helping them get their lives. The Law Office of Richard Lawson sets itself apart from other firms by the outcomes we get for our clients. We accomplish this by listening to clients, answering their questions and addressing their concerns, using tried and true methods and strategies in Georgia DUI Defense. We approach each and every case as winnable and fight as hard as possible.

Consequences of a Lovejoy DUI Arrest

In Georgia, a DUI charge has potential implications in criminal court and with Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). While they are completely separate processes, they both involve possible license suspensions and driving restrictions. Criminal convictions can also result in jail time, mandatory alcohol/substance abuse treatment, hefty fines, probation, and more.

Criminal Consequences

A permanent criminal is one of the most difficult consequences from misdemeanor or felony DUI convictions. The negative effect on an individual's career can mean difficulty obtaining professional licenses for nurses, doctors, airplane pilots, commercial drivers, and many others. Other consequences are expensive fines, mandatory alcohol/drug classes, probation, and time in jail or prison. The Court can even suspend your driver's license in addition to your Georgia DDS suspension.

Felony DUI – While many DUI cases are misdemeanors, there are others that are charged as felonies. Felony cases can potentially carry time in prison and usually are:

  • Hit-and-Run incidents
  • Accidents causing great bodily harm
  • Having multiple DUI convictions

While felony DUI cases are not as common, it should be understood what makes a charge a felony, and when it would be prosecuted as such. That is where a good Lovejoy DUI Lawyer comes into play.

DDS Consequences

Georgia DDS is harsh when it comes to DUI, and will automatically suspend a person's license unless they have a successful ALS hearing. The severity of the license suspension depends on many things:

  • The person's driving record (including previous DUI convictions)
  • Whether an accident includes a fatality or serious injury
  • Whether a driver submitted to the State's chemical test of breath, blood, or urine

Other Consequences

Ignition Interlock Device – a DUI conviction can result in a driver being required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on their automobile. An IID is a type of Breathalyzer that is connected to the car's ignition and the car will not start if alcohol is detected.

Car Insurance Rates –Insurance companies will increase their rates as a result of a DUI conviction that could mean thousands of dollars in increased premiums. DUIs are expensive, so it is beneficial to avoid the harshest of penalties associated with DUI cases.

How to Build a Winning Case

To build a successful defense, your Lovejoy DUI Attorney must start early, because it is crucial to gather evidence before it is lost. As soon as possible after a Lovejoy DUI arrest, you and your Lovejoy DUI Lawyer should go over the details of your case and do what is necessary to preserve evidence. That is critical because witnesses' memories are still fresh, and evidence (such as video) that can help you may be lost if time is wasted. Also, DDS is swift in automatically suspending your driver's license unless your Lovejoy DUI Attorney arranges for an ALS hearing.

Dedication and a Fighting Spirit

Your DUI case can be won with the right Lovejoy DUI Attorney. Below are steps that are taken by a Lovejoy DUI Lawyer to build a strong defense:

  • A free consultation where an experienced DUI Lawyer in Lovejoy will review the clients' case with them. It is essential for you to be honest with your Lovejoy DUI Lawyer when telling them about your case. Each DUI case has unique details and issues that a skilled DUI Attorney in Lovejoy will use to build a successful defense.
  • Requesting the ALS hearing and using that process to gather evidence. The ALS hearing is possibly the best way to obtain evidence in your Lovejoy DUI Your DUI Lawyer in Lovejoy will handle everything for you: your ALS hearing as well as your criminal case.

Lovejoy GA Municipal Court

The Municipal Court of the City of Lovejoy is responsible for handling city ordinance and misdemeanor traffic violations that occur within the Lovejoy city limits. The Honorable C. Crandle Bray is the Municipal Court Judge, and Stephanie Capers is the Chief Court Clerk. Arraignments are held the third Tuesday of each month, and trial dates are set for the second Tuesday of the next month. Court is held at 1:30 pm on both days, and is located at 2296 Talmadge Road, Lovejoy, GA 30250. Please call (678) 610-9748 for more information. 

Court Preparation

Before you head to court on your court date, here are some things you should know:

  • Bring proper ID (driver's license, State ID, or passport)
  • Any documents or proof of compliance with sentencing or judge's order
  • Provide the Court with your current address
  • Cell phones must e turned off
  • Wear appropriate attire. That means no clothing with obscene or profane writing or revealing. Hats are not allowed. If you are found to be inappropriately dressed, you will be asked to exit the courtroom.
  • Lastly, please be aware that if you fail to appear in court on your assigned court date, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.

Map to Lovejoy Municipal Court

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Fight your Lovejoy DUI case! Our Lovejoy DUI Lawyers will aggressively and tirelessly work to get you the best outcome possible. We fight DUI cases every day of the week and fight for the rights of people wrongly accused of DUI. The clock is ticking. Do not waste another minute wondering if you need to speak to our team of Lovejoy DUI Attorneys. Contact our office today!

Our Attorneys

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    Richard Lawson

    Richard Lawson has devoted his entire career to DUI Defense. He ex...

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    Kevin R. Fisher

    Of Counsel Attorney - Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson

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    Kimberly A. Berry

    Kimberly Berry has devoted her career to defending people. She is ...

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

Recommendations

  • Great lawyer!

    I was scared of losing my license and jail time after being charged with hit and run and DUI. I placed my trust in Ms. Berry and she delivered. The hit and run was dropped, I was able to get a driving permit, and all other punishments were minimal. What a relief! I can't thank Kimberly enough. We... Read On

  • 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

  • AMAZING LAWYER! Resolved DUI to reduced charges in under 90 days.

    Kimberly Berry has been vested, knowledgeable, and at my side the entire process. Imagine your best friend being a top lawyer in one of the toughest jurisdictions at your side 24/7. Not only was she relentless with her pursuit of the evidence but she was able to reduce the pending charge to Reckl... Read On

Lovejoy DUI Resources

Lovejoy GA Police Department

Clayton County Sheriff's Department

Georgia Department of Public Safety

Lovejoy GA Municipal Court

Administrative Office of the Courts

Clayton County District Attorney

Georgia Department of Driver Services

Lovejoy GA Public Library

Wikipedia of Lovejoy Georgia

Have You Been Arrested for DUI in Lovejoy Georgia?

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!