About Our Firm

Georgia DUI Lawyer

The Law Office of Richard Lawson is exclusively devoted to DUI Defense in Georgia.   With more than 25 years of experience handling DUI cases, Richard is the Top-Rated Georgia DUI Attorney.  He is a former prosecutor dedicated to defending persons arrested and charged with DUI in Georgia.  Using his vast experience, he has put together a law practice focused on the client and his/her needs.

We are here to help.  No situation is hopeless.  There are always options and alternatives.

Georgia law enforcement officers arrest thousands of drivers every year for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). In Georgia, a DUI is a serious and often frightening offense. Once arrested you are suddenly thrust into a world of police officers, attorneys, courts, judges, and the possibility of facing considerable jail time, not to mention the license suspension, fines, and probation!  If convicted of DUI, you could come away with a criminal history that will follow you forever.

Do not go down without a fight! You are not required to plead guilty.  You have options. A good defense attorney can stop the DUI license suspension, negotiate a favorable plea agreement or even win a case at trial.  All of these are possible outcomes with an experienced DUI trial attorney on your side.

Richard Lawson is one such trial attorney.  His reviews can be found on AVVO, where he is considered to be top-rated and one of the most reviewed lawyers in Georgia.

Even a first time DUI conviction in Georgia has severe consequences and may include a suspension of your driver's license, jail time, probation, fines and fees that may total upwards of thousands of dollars.  Don't forget community service, DUI School, alcohol and drug counseling and/or treatment, as well as other measures that the court deems appropriate for the crime.

A second Georgia DUI offense, as well as a third or repeated Georgia DUI offense, carries harsher sentences including greater jail time and probation. Also, your Georgia driver's license suspension or revocation becomes much more severe and lengthy. Driver's license suspensions can last for several years. You may also find yourself faced with the requirement of an ignition interlock system installed on your vehicle before you can reinstate your Georgia driving privilege. Beyond the court sanctions, a DUI can have a detrimental effect on securing employment or educational pursuits.

In short, a DUI conviction is a serious matter, and the consequences are potentially permanent. These are among the important reasons why you should hire a skilled DUI defense attorney immediately following your arrest. We are ready to help protect your rights while working to ensure you the best possible outcome.

Navigating DUI Drug Cases

As a former prosecutor, Richard was trained as a trial attorney by the very same agencies that are currently prosecuting you. He has appeared in front of your judge; he has worked alongside most of the prosecutors and police officers, and he knows the ins and outs of each jurisdiction in Metro Atlanta and throughout North Georgia. This experience enhances his knowledge of what Georgia prosecutors look for in arguing cases against DUI drivers, and it gives him an edge in negotiating with prosecuting attorneys. Mr. Lawson has been serving accused DUI drivers and winning their cases for over 20 years. He is the recipient of numerous accolades and awards for his dedication to quality results.  He has also written a book on Defending DUI Drug Cases, outlining defenses in DUI Drug and DUI Prescription Drug Cases. He has assembled a team of attorneys, investigators and support staff that are well-equipped to handle any DUI or traffic-related case.

DUI in Georgia is a serious offense that needs serious attention:

30-Day Warning!

Beginning with the moment the Department of Driver Services (DDS) received notice that you were charged with a DUI, the clock began ticking.  The countdown results in an automatic license suspension for you and the possibility you will not be able to drive yourself to work or school, or provide for your family.  You can stop or delay this automatic license suspension, but you only have THIRTY DAYS to do so.

We will file a request for a hearing on your case, along with your $150 check (the DDS fee) immediately and stop the State from suspending your driving privileges.  We will appear at the Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing on your behalf, allowing you to fight the suspension without taking time off from work or school or having to arrange for childcare.

We will cross-examine the officer who stopped you, getting him to testify on the record so that we will have a valuable recording of his testimony for future use.  In many cases, we can show that he had no reason to stop you. Sometimes the officer doesn't show up for the hearing at all, which means your license cannot be suspended!  In some cases, if you end up with a suspension, we can also request a restricted permit. A limited license can allow you to drive to and from work or school.

Richard Lawson and his team believe communication is one of the most important traits of a good DUI defense firm. We will keep you apprised of developments in your case and will be there 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions and address concerns.  We view ourselves as a team, working toward resolving this troubling time in your life, and you are the most important member of that team.  We have established an 'on-call' system so that you can reach us whenever it is convenient for you.  We are not like most attorneys who are only available from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.  That takes weekends away from the firm and their clients.  We are available to you when you need us.

Our attorneys are trained by the same people who are prosecuting the case against you.  Experience is the difference. Your case can be defended.  There are defenses as well as alternative sentences.  We investigate each of our cases and never assume a client is guilty.  We approach every case as if you were not guilty even if you have had multiple offenses; we look for defenses and alternative sentences. There is hope.

If you are charged with DUI in Georgia, Contact Georgia DUI Lawyer Richard Lawson 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your defense today!  Your case will not defend itself.  We are here every day because your problems should not have to wait until Monday morning.  We have nine office locations in Georgia to serve you. If an office is not near you, one of our lawyers can arrange to meet with you telephonically or in an area that is convenient for you.  We also conduct telephone interviews in the evenings, so you don't have to miss valuable time at work.

Our Attorneys

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



    Richard was not the first lawyer I spoke with after my DUI charge, but he was the last when searching for representation. This was my very first time encountering any sort of legal dispute so I had no idea what I was doing and I was very scared. Richard was very friendly, down to earth and consol... Read On

  • Miracle Worker!

    Not only did Richard Lawson and his very capable associate get my DUI reduced to reckless driving with parole, but he did something that I didn't think was possible. I was stopped for a moving violation recently. The police arrested me because they showed my driver's license had been suspended. H... Read On

  • Ideal attorney for anyone

    Mr. Lawson is outstanding. He was professional, attentive to any requests, and got the outcome I wanted but thought was unachievable. I had been arrested for a DUI. The case was very difficult, intricate, and was seemingly without hope, but Mr. Lawson was able to get the charges drastically reduc... Read On


Choosing the Best DUI Lawyer

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!