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The Law Office of Richard Lawson is an exclusive DUI defense firm. Our founder, Richard Lawson, is a former Georgia DUI prosecutor with over 20 years' experience in DUI law. He is the top-rated DUI lawyer in Georgia as rated by Avvo. Please see our views and contact us for a free case evaluation.

10-Day Warning!

If you have been arrested for DUI in Oglethorpe County, you should act right away to save your Georgia driver's license. To save your license, you or your Oglethorpe County DUI Lawyer must file a request for Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing within 10 business days of your arrest. If this requirement is not met, your driver's license will automatically be suspended.

If you have been accused of refusing the State's chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your driver's license will automatically be suspended for one full year with no opportunity for restricted permit or early reinstatement.

DUI Information

If you are over the age of 21, it is legal to operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages in all 50 of the United States. Regardless of this fact, DUI is still one of the most politically controversial criminal offenses; subjected to relentless lobbying by special interest groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Just what is drunk driving? Contrary to popular belief, the term “drunk driving” is a bit of a misnomer, because a person does not actually have to be drunk to be arrested and charged for driving under the influence of alcohol. Georgia law says that a driver only has to lack the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol to be guilty of DUI this terminology is very ambiguous and is subjective to the opinions of police officers, judges, and jurors. In Georgia, as it is in most states, a driver is per se DUI if they have blood a alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more. While DUI is not the most heinous crime on the Georgia books, is a very aggressively prosecuted crime and carries mandatory minimum sentences for convictions or guilty pleas. It is imperative that you understand all the possible penalties and consequences potentially against you in resolving your Oglethorpe DUI case. That is why choosing a skilled Oglethorpe County DUI Lawyer is so important.  

Your Life Is Not Over

Despite the grim and depressing picture painted above, the likelihood of you avoiding a DUI conviction is pretty good. The most beneficial thing you can do to avoid a DUI conviction is to get legal advice from a qualified Oglethorpe County DUI Attorney as soon as possible. Just like any criminal case, fast action and early intervention helps preserve evidence that could be used on your behalf and potentially mitigate some of the efforts the prosecutor is using to gather evidence to convict you.

Administrative License Suspensions

As mentioned above with the ten-day warning, if you refuse to take the chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your license will be suspended for one year. Unfortunately, there is no hardship license that can be obtained for the administrative license suspension. If you need your driver's license to go to work, school, or receive medical treatment, losing your driving privileges can be a nightmare. An Oglethorpe County DUI Lawyer can help you save your license if you call as soon as possible after your DUI arrest.

Court Procedures

Arraignment

The arraignment is your first appearance in court. This is when the court advises the defendant of the nature of the charges against them and enters a plea to that charge of “guilty” or “not guilty.” Unless you had a previous life as a criminal, prior court issues, or violent activity during your arrest, you will more than likely post bail to ensure that you will return to court. If you do not have an Oglethorpe County DUI Attorney representing you at your arraignment, do not plead guilty.

Pre-Trial Conference

A pretrial conference is usually the next court date after the arraignment, and it is the first opportunity for your Oglethorpe County DUI Lawyer to meet with the prosecution to discuss your case. Typically, by the end of the pretrial conference, both parties have reviewed the police reports and have identified other material available that is related to your case. The Court encourages both parties to decide whether a trial is necessary or if there is a possible resolution. If the case is not resolved at pre-trial conference hearing, a motion hearing date or trial date is scheduled at that time.

Motion Hearing

In a DUI case there are many pre-trial motions that can be used that may dispose of the charges against you. Motions to suppress evidence are often used in an attempt to exclude any damaging evidence against you that may have been improperly collected by law enforcement. Motions to dismiss the case may be filed in particular instances for a dismissal of your charges based on a technical violation.

Trial

DUI trials are usually held in the same place the pretrial dates were held. Choosing to go to trial is a decision to be taken seriously. Your Oglethorpe County DUI Attorney will handle the details of the trial, but you are not left out altogether. First of all, do you want to testify? Defendants in criminal proceedings have the right to testify or use their right to remain silent. The State of Georgia has the burden of proof against you so many defendants choose not to testify and therefore, offer no additional evidence at trial. Most defendants sit quietly while their Oglethorpe DUI Lawyer raises doubt and argues there is insufficient evidence to convict you beyond a reasonable doubt.

Sentencing 

If your DUI case goes to trial and unfortunately, there is a guilty verdict, sentencing will immediately follow. After the jury gives their verdict, have been thanked and excused, the judge will move to the sentencing phase. The State request a particular disposition and offer reasons why that disposition is recommended. Afterward, your Oglethorpe DUI Attorney makes a recommendation on your behalf and provides personal and factual arguments for that recommendation. The presiding judge will enter the sentence at that time.

Oglethorpe County Court System

If you are arrested for misdemeanor DUI anywhere in Oglethorpe County, your case will go to Oglethorpe County Probate Court. The Honorable Beverly Nation is the Oglethorpe County Probate Judge. The address of Oglethorpe County Probate Court is 109 East Boggs Street, Lexington, GA 30648. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 AM to 5 PM, and Friday, 7:30 AM to noon and 1 PM to 5 PM. For more information, please call (706) 743-5350. 

Map to Oglethorpe County Probate Court

Oglethorpe County Superior Court

If you have been arrested for felony DUI, or you would like a jury trial, your case will go to Oglethorpe County Superior Court. Oglethorpe County Superior Court is part of the Northern Judicial Circuit a long with Elbert, Franklin, and Hart Counties. Kelli Paradise Smith is the Chief Court Clerk. Court is held at 111 West Main Street, Lexington, GA 30648. Call (706) 743-5731 for more information. There are three judges who hear felony cases:

Thomas L Hodges, Chief Judge

(706) 376-7151

Judge Jeffery S Malcom

(706) 384-4377

Judge R Chris Phelps

(706) 283-2026

The district attorney is the chief prosecuting officer for Superior Court. The Dist. Atty. serving Oglethorpe County is D Parks White. His contact information is:

D Parks White

Oglethorpe County Superior Court

Post Office Box 515

Hartwell, GA 30643

(706) 376-3128 

Map to Oglethorpe County Superior Court 

Your Success is Our Business

If you have been arrested for DUI in Oglethorpe County and need skilled legal advice, look no further than the Oglethorpe County DUI Lawyers with the Law Office of Richard Lawson. Our most important goal is to get our clients the best outcome possible. Our DUI Lawyers in Oglethorpe County will make it their mission to protect your valuable time, money and good name. Call now for a free consultation with one of our Oglethorpe County DUI Attorneys.

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

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    Kimberly A. Berry

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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

Recommendations

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    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

Oglethorpe County DUI Resources

Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Department

Georgia State Patrol

Oglethorpe County Clerk of Superior Court

Administrative Office of the Courts

Georgia Department of Driver Services

Oglethorpe County Public Library

Wikipedia of Oglethorpe County Georgia

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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.

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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!