Morrow DUI Lawyer - Morrow DUI Attorney
If you have received a citation for DUI in Morrow Georgia you need an experienced DUI Attorney to represent you. There are very few Morrow DUI Attorneys or Morrow DUI Lawyers. The attorneys and staff at the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson are here to defend you in your DUI case. With over 20 years of practice defending DUIs, Richard Lawson and his team of experienced Morrow DUI Attorneys will protect your rights and represent you in all hearings in Morrow, including court hearings and ALS hearings.
Richard Lawson is a former Georgia DUI Prosecutor that puts his experience to work for you. He has the advantage of knowing both sides of a case and was trained by the same people prosecuting the case against you. He is also Georgia's most reviewed DUI lawyer. His reviews can be found on AVVO.
IN EVERY DUI, THERE ARE TWO CASES AGAINST YOU
GEORGIA LICENSE SUSPENSION - YOUR 10-DAY LETTER
The officer who cited you for DUI actually began two cases against you; the court case AND an Administrative License Suspension case or ALS Case. The court case starts with the date given to you on your citation. The ALS case begins immediately upon the filing of your citation and gives you only thirty (30) days to file a request for a hearing before your license is automatically suspended! Richard Lawson and his team will file a request for hearing or request for an ignition interlock device in order to STOP THE IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION OF YOUR LICENSE. Contact a Morrow GA DUI Attorney now!
If you do not get your request for a hearing or interlock device in before the thirty-day deadline, your license will be automatically suspended. If you refused to take the blood, breath or urine test requested by the officer during his investigation, your license will be suspended for ONE YEAR, with no limited permit or restricted license allowed. In other cases where you took a breath test, you may suffer a 30 day suspension. That suspension could result in a restricted license or a limited permit for part of your suspension, which could allow you to drive to and from work or school.
Simultaneous to filing the request for an ALS Hearing, The Law Office of Richard Lawson will also appear on your behalf for the court case in Morrow to defend your rights and make sure the State does not take advantage of you. Your best defense begins here!
The court case will proceed through several different stages, from arraignment, through pretrial, to trial. Descriptions of each of these phases can be found on our website and will give you an idea of what takes place during each.
If you are arrested for DUI in Morrow, or anywhere in Georgia, it is very confusing. During these emotional times, it is easy to make a wrong decision when considering whether to hire an attorney to represent you and once you decide to hire one...which one?
The Law Office of Richard Lawson are here to guide you through this complicated process and offer a free consultation to discuss your case to help you determine how you would like to handle it.
If you would like to do some research ahead of time, our website offers a wealth of free information which will allow you to become an informed client. Check out the pages on DUI Consequences in Georgia, Georgia DUI Penalties, Georgia DUI Defenses, Georgia DUI Laws.
Once you have determined that it is time to hire a DUI Attorney in Morrow Georgia, set up your free consultation with us. And because we recognize that DUIs can happen at any time of the day or night, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are also aware that taking time off from work to meet with a DUI Lawyer in Morrow Georgia can be difficult for some people. Because of this, we can also set up a phone conference and evaluate your case without the inconvenience of setting up an in-person meeting. You time is valuable and we hope to make your experience as painless as possible.
DUI LAW IS INCREDIBLY COMPLICATED - YOU WILL NEED REPRESENTATION BY AN EXPERIENCED DUI LAWYER IN MORROW GEORGIA
The Law Office of Richard Lawson handles DUI cases exclusively. You do not want to hire an attorney who is not familiar with the complicated case law and statutory law relating to a DUI in Georgia. Because there are so many DUI cases cited each year and so many of the DUI investigations have serious legal issues, there are generally many DUI cases that result in an appeal. When a court case is appealed to higher courts, the judge or judges will often write an opinion. The conclusion they write then becomes law. If your DUI Attorney in Morrow Georgia is not entirely up to speed on new case law, your rights can be severely jeopardized!
THE MORROW GEORGIA DUI PROCESS
If you are arrested within Morrow City limits, you will be cited in Morrow Municipal Court. Your case will be handled at that courthouse until such a time as you, after consulting with your Morrow GA DUI Attorney, decide that you want to set your case for a jury trial. Jury trials in Morrow Georgia are bound over to the Clayton County State Court, unless they are felony DUI cases in Morrow, which are set in Clayton County Superior Court. We have more information about your DUI Cases in Clayton County Georgia.
You never want to bind your case over to State Court without first having consulted your Morrow GA DUI Attorney. Your Morrow GA DUI Lawyer may be able to negotiate a favorable plea agreement that includes saving your driver's license. If you decide to set your case for a jury trial in Morrow, your case will be sent to State Court and your attorney will have the chance to negotiate directly with the Clayton County Solicitor General's Office. If negotiations fail, your case will proceed to trial. Of course, most cases do not result in trial, but are plea bargained out before that happens.
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DEFENSES TO YOUR MORROW GEORGIA DUI:
Over the past 20 years, our office has developed and researched 50 Defenses to Driving Under the Influence cases in Georgia. These arguments are divided between defenses that show you were in fact not impaired, and defenses to the procedures the arresting officer followed (or did not follow) in your case.
Defenses to actual impairment usually take the form of challenges to the field sobriety tests and the state's chemical test (breath, blood, or urine test). The basis of the defense is that YOU WERE NOT DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. You were not impaired. The chemical analysis is incorrect. The breath testing machine was not working correctly or was not calibrated properly. These defenses usually need the use of an expert witness to challenge the State's evidence. The expert is used to explain why the State's position that you were impaired is not correct. Richard Lawson has, over the years, developed relationships with various highly competent and well respected experts in the areas of impairment, challenges to blood, breath and urine testing procedures and machines, and the field sobriety tests. These relationships and experts will play a significant role in the defense of your DUI case.
Procedural Defenses can sometimes be even more important. These are defenses to the manner in which the investigation was conducted and how you came to be arrested. In Georgia and throughout the entire United States, police officers have to follow certain procedures that are consistent with the United States Constitution and the Georgia law.
A procedural defense is one that is presented to the judge BEFORE a trial is even scheduled. Richard Lawson and his team of attorneys and staff will prepare written motions to file with the court. The motion is a written statement outlining some of the facts and why we believe that the State violated your rights and ultimately asking that the case be dismissed without the need for a trial. As you can see, this is a very powerful weapon in the defense attorney's arsenal.
A procedural defense is one that raises a question about how the investigation was conducted and whether your rights as a United States and Georgia citizen were violated. There are many procedural defenses. One of them is reasonable suspicion. The question that arises in a case where reasonable suspicion is an issue is did the office have a reasonable, articulable reason for stopping you? (Articulable is one of those legal words that doesn't really exist in the outside world...it means a reason that can be stated...not just a 'funny feeling'). A police officer cannot just stop you without reason. If he has a reason, he must be able to state it to the judge and testify to it under oath. Generally stops in DUI cases are made because you have violated some traffic law...violation of most traffic laws constitute reasonable suspicion to make a stop.
However, if the officer did not have a good reason to stop you, and we can convince the judge of that, your case can be dismissed altogether.
A lack of probable cause is another powerful defense. In order to place you under arrest in the United States, an officer must have probable cause...that is, he must be able to state that he had sufficient evidence that you had committed a crime. Whether the evidence collected by the officer was sufficient or not is a question the judge must decide. We will take the position that the officer DID NOT have enough evidence to arrest you, the State will take the position that the officer DID have sufficient evidence to arrest you...the judge will decide and if he decides in our favor, the case is dismissed.
Some other procedural defenses include the constitutionality of the roadblock and the advisement of the implied consent rights in your case. Again, the best part about procedural defenses is that they are complete defenses to the DUI case. That means, when we are successful in presenting these defenses to a judge, the State cannot prosecute the case. That is why we recommend investigating every Morrow DUI arrest. These procedural defenses are not readily apparent to a person arrested. That is why you need to hire the best DUI Lawyer in Morrow Georgia.
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT GEORGIA DUI LAWS?
This website has been written to provide 24 hour Georgia DUI Information. The DUI Information in Georgia is updated on a daily basis. Sometimes we update the site several times a day. We also provide daily Georgia DUI News in our Georgia DUI Information Blog. We are a state-wide DUI defense firm. We cover all of Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Our Morrow, Georgia DUI Lawyers are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days week. Our Morrow Georgia DUI Attorneys explore and investigate all potential defenses in order to get the best possible outcome.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN MORROW GA FOR A DUI, CONTACT ONE OF THE PREEMINENT DUI ATTORNEYS IN GEORGIA! THE LAW OFFICES OF RICHARD S. LAWSON OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS AND A 24 HOURS / 7 DAYS A WEEK HOTLINE.
The Top-Rated Morrow GA DUI Lawyer is here to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, nights, weekends and holidays. We are always here to help guide you through the DUI case process and don't feel you should have to wait until Monday morning. Contact us today for immediate legal help.