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Superior DUI Defense

The Law Office of Richard Lawson is a legal firm solely dedicated to Georgia DUI Defense. Richard Lawson is a former DUI Prosecutor with over 20 years' experience in DUI Law. Why choose a “general practitioner” when you can have an expert who knows all the facets of a DUI case from both sides of the courtroom. He is the top-rated DUI Attorney in Georgia. Please see his reviews on Avvo and you will understand why. Contact our office as soon as possible after your Powder Springs DUI arrest. Your best defense begins with us.

10-Day Warning!

If you have been arrested for DUI in Powder Springs, or anywhere else in Cobb County, you only have ten business days from the date of your arrest to save your Georgia driver's license from being suspended. You (or your Powder Springs DUI Lawyer) must file a request for an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing. The filing fee is $150. If you do not request an ALS hearing, your license will automatically be suspended. If you have been accused of refusing the State's chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your Georgia driver's license will be suspended for one year with no chance for a restricted permit.

Know Your Rights

What Are Miranda Rights?

If you have watched crime drama shows on television, you probably know the Miranda rights speech by heart or, at least, the part that goes: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law…”

However, what you might not know is that law enforcement necessarily does not have to read your Miranda rights, especially if you are arrested for DUI. That does not mean that police cannot use evidence against you (but it could affect the type of evidence used).

Here is what you need to know about Miranda Warnings and how they are applied to DUI arrests:

When law enforcement arrests a person and begins to question them about a crime, they must first advise the arrestee of their Constitutional rights. It often goes a bit like this:

  • You have the right to remain silent.
  • Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law
  • You have the right to a Powder Springs DUI Attorney before answering any questions.
  • If you would like a Powder Springs DUI Lawyer but cannot afford one, you will be appointed one free of charge.

When Miranda Rights Have to Be Read

Miranda rights are a reminder to those who are in the custody of police that they have particular constitutional rights under the Fifth Amendment; such as the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.

Keep in mind, these rights only apply to a person who is:

  • In the custody of law enforcement;
  • About to be questioned about a crime.

If you are in police custody are being questioned by police without reading your Miranda rights, mostly what you say will typically be inadmissible in court. Any evidence that was collected or discovered during the interrogation will also be inadmissible.

When Miranda Rights Are Not Necessary

In a DUI case, law enforcement more than likely has the evidence they need before a suspect is arrested and taken into custody. That being said, a Miranda warning may not be necessary. Your Powder Springs DUI Lawyer will explain Miranda rights in detail and make sure you have full understanding of your Powder Springs DUI case. 

Can My Case Be Dismissed If I Was Not Read My Miranda Rights?

Not likely. However, if you were questioned after you were taken into custody, any statements you make cannot be used against you.  

What Are Implied Consent Rights? 

Georgia's Implied Consent Law states that by obtaining a driver's license, you agree to submit (if asked by law enforcement) to a chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine to determine alcohol or drug content in your system. That means by having a Georgia driver's license, you have already consented to test if requested by police. Some information that is good to know:

  • You have a right to refuse the State's chemical test. However, driving is a privilege and not a right. If you choose to refuse testing, the State of Georgia can suspend your driver's license or place restrictions on your driving privilege within the state (if you have an out-of-state license). Refusing the State's chemical test carries a one year “hard” license suspension (meaning no chance of a restricted permit or early reinstatement).
  • If you are under the age of 21 and submit to testing and test .02 or more, your Georgia driver's license may be suspended for a minimum of one year. If you refuse to test, your license will be suspended for one year.
  • If you choose to submit to testing and test .08 or above, the maximum time of license suspension is one year (starting 30 days after your arrest, subject to appeal). If you are over the age of 21 and submitted to testing, you will be eligible for a restricted permit that will allow you to drive to work, school, and seek medical care/treatment. You will be eligible for an early license reinstatement after 30 days if you attend (and complete) a Risk Reduction course (also known as DUI school).
  • If you have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and refuse to test, you will be restricted from driving a commercial vehicle for one year. If you submit to testing and test .04 or more, you will be limited from driving a commercial vehicle for one year.

Powder Springs Municipal Court

The address of Powder Springs Municipal Court is 192 Anderson Street, Marietta, GA 30060. Tracie Jackson is the Chief Clerk and may be reached by calling (770) 943-8020. The Powder Springs Municipal Court Judges are Judge John Story Morgan, Judge Robert L. Whatley, and Judge Stephen A. Yaklin. 

Map to Powder Springs Municipal Court 

Contact Us Today For Expert Legal Advice

A Powder Springs DUI arrest is stressful. Choosing a competent Powder Springs DUI Attorney is easy when you choose a Powder Springs DUI Lawyer with the Law Office of Richard Lawson. We have Powder Springs DUI Attorneys waiting to speak with you about your Powder Springs DUI case. Do not trust your future to just any Powder Springs DUI Lawyer when you can have the best. Our Powder Springs DUI Attorneys are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and even weekends and holidays. When you need a DUI Lawyer in Powder Springs, look no further than the Law Office of Richard Lawson. Contact us today for your free consultation.

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

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    Mr. Lawson is a very understanding, patient, trustworthy attorney. He always responded to my calls or emails night or day. My case was professionally handled in a timely manner. He got my dui case dismissed. Read On

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    Although it was my first in 18 years once I got my DUI there was a ton of uncertainty. I was referred to a few lawyers but after some research it was clear I needed better and that's when I found Richard. I knew Richard would be the caliber of lawyer I needed and wanted to help me through this or... Read On

Powder Springs DUI Resources 

Powder Springs Police Department

Cobb County Police Department

Georgia State Patrol

Powder Springs Municipal Court

Administrative Office of the Courts

Cobb County District Attorney

Georgia Department of Driver Services 

Powder Springs Public Library

Wikipedia of Powder Springs Georgia

Have You Been Arrested for DUI in Powder Springs 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!