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Experienced Union City GA DUI Defense

Richard Lawson is a former Georgia prosecutor with over 20 years' experience in DUI law. The Law Office of Richard Lawson focuses solely on Georgia DUI Defense. You will not find any general practitioners in our office. Please check out our reviews on Avvo and contact us for a no-cost, hassle-free consultation and evaluation of your case. When you need a DUI Lawyer in Union City GA, look no further than our DUI Defense specialists.

30-Day Warning!

If you have been arrested for DUI in Union City Georgia, or anywhere in Fulton County, you should know that if you (or your Union City GA DUI Lawyer) have to file for an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Hearing or an ignition interlock device within thirty business days of your arrest or your license will be automatically suspended. There is a fee of $150 to file the request. If you refused the State's chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your license would be suspended for one year with no opportunity for a restricted permit. Contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson today to speak with a Union City GA DUI Attorney to save your ability to drive in Georgia!

Do Not Leave Your Freedom to Chance

Our Union City Georgia DUI Lawyers provide effective and aggressive legal representation to those facing DUI and DUI-related offenses. They have extensive experience as Union City Georgia DUI Attorneys and have employed their knowledge to defend thousands of clients accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs successfully.

DUI Stops and Reasonable Suspicion

Have you ever been pulled over by police for suspicion of DUI and felt you were done so unfairly? Many cases are proving that across the nation hundreds of DUI cases lack sufficient evidence of reasonable, articulable suspicion for DUI stops. Many times drivers feel intimidated by law enforcement and do not think to pursue the feeling they were pulled over without reasonable cause.

DUI cases in Georgia are aggressively prosecuted, and many motorists feel they were pulled over for no reason; because they were late night driving or coming home from a club or bar. In some instances, if an experienced Union City DUI Lawyer can show there was no lawful reason for the top, the case can get dismissed.

What is Reasonable Suspicion?

Before law enforcement can lawfully stop you, he/she must have reasonable, articulable suspicion that you have committed or about to commit a crime. Typically, in Georgia DUI stops, the officer will testify that reasonable suspicion was based on a violation of a traffic law. Sometimes this basis for the stop can be challenged through a motion to suppress. If successful, a motion would exclude any and all evidence that is the essence of the illegal stop and could result in a dismissal.

Your qualified Union City GA DUI Attorney will review the facts of your individual case to determine whether evidence could be excluded based on a motion to suppress.

If law enforcement lacked reasonable suspicion that you committed a crime, they cannot stop you and subsequently arrest you. If reasonable suspicion is absent, the traffic stop is illegal, and any evidence collected is inadmissible against you. If the case against you lacks evidence, it will be dismissed.

The Constitution of the United States prohibits illegal search and seizure, and any investigatory traffic stop is within this protection. If law enforcement wants to pull you over to determine if you are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they must have reasonable, articulable suspicion to do so. Roadblocks have been held to be unconstitutional in Georgia, and police cannot stop you solely on the basis of an anonymous tip or 911 call. 

Some examples of reasonable suspicion include

  • Making wide radius turns
  • Straddling center lane marker
  • Striking (or almost hitting) an object or another vehicle
  • Weaving
  • Driving on a surface other than a designated highway/roadway
  • Swerving
  • Driving more than 10mph below posted speed limit
  • Stopping in traffic lane for no apparent reason
  • Following too closely
  • Drifting
  • Braking erratically
  • Driving into crossing or opposing traffic
  • Signaling different from driving actions
  • Slow response to traffic light/signal
  • Stopping inappropriately
  • Turning illegally or abruptly
  • Headlights off when dark
  • Speeding or other Traffic violation

Defending Yourself Against a Union City GA DUI Charge

As a former prosecutor, Richard Lawson intimately understands the elements of a Union City GA DUI Defense. They are the following:

  • Guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt
  • The accused operated a motor vehicle
  • The defendant was under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Understanding these elements provides your Union City Georgia DUI Lawyer the opportunity to defend your case using one or more of these defenses. 

Law enforcement cannot stop a motorist unless there is reasonable suspicion to believe that a crime has, or is about to be committed. Law enforcement may pull over any individual for a violation of any traffic laws.

Union City GA Municipal Court

Union City GA Municipal Court is located at 5060 Union Street, Union City, GA 30291. Honorable Monica Emmons Ewing is the Chief Judge, and Ernestine Jones is the Chief Clerk.

Court is held Monday – Friday between the hours of 9 AM – 5 PM for first appearance hearings, warrant hearings, and other municipal court-related business. Union City GA Municipal Court also holds night sessions each month that begin at 6 PM. For more information, call (770) 306-6847.

 

Map to Union City GA Municipal Court 

Act Now

If you were arrested for DUI in Union City Georgia, there is no time to waste. Your case will certainly not defend itself. There are things your Union City DUI Attorney must do to make sure your rights are protected. Our Union City Georgia DUI Lawyers are here to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you need a DUI Attorney in Union City GA, the Law Office of Richard Lawson will be there for you. Call now; your best defense begins with us!

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

  • 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

 Union City DUI Resources 

Union City Police Department 

Fulton County Sheriff's Department

Georgia State Patrol 

Fulton County Solicitor General 

Fulton County District Attorney

Union City Municipal Court

Administrative Office of the Courts 

Union City Public Library

Wikipedia of Union City Georgia

 Have You Been Arrested For DUI in Union City 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!