Acworth DUI Lawyer – Acworth DUI Attorney
Former North DUI Georgia Prosecutor
Richard Lawson is the state's premier DUI Defense Attorney. As a former North Georgia DUI prosecutor, he knows all facets of a Georgia DUI case and brings over 25 years' experience to the table. When you need skilled legal representation by a seasoned DUI Lawyer in Acworth, he is the one to call. Please see his stellar reviews on Avvo, and contact our office for a no-charge, hassle-free case evaluation.
If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Acworth or elsewhere in Cobb County, you need to act fast to save your Georgia driver's license from being suspended. To prevent that from happening, you (or your Acworth DUI Lawyer) should file an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing request or an ignition interlock device request within thirty days of your arrest. If this hearing is not requested or is not done so within the thirty-day timeframe, your Georgia driver's license will automatically be suspended.
If you are accused of refusing the State's chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your license will automatically be suspended for one year with no opportunity for a restricted permit.
Do not waste time feeling sorry for yourself and hoping your Acworth DUI charge will just magically disappear. Contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson today to speak with an Acworth DUI Attorney regarding your options.
Key Georgia DUI Terms
Having to deal with the consequences of a DUI charge is scary, and it is even scary when you do not know what is going on or if you do not understand some of the legal terms tossed around in connection with your Acworth DUI case. Hopefully these help:
Actual Physical Control – This is a term that means the key is in the ignition of a motor vehicle and said vehicle can be driven. If a driver is not in Actual Physical Control or was not at the time they were pulled over or involved in an accident, they cannot be convicted of DUI.
Arraignment – Your arraignment is the step of your Acworth DUI case where a judge advises you of the charges against you. If you hire an Acworth DUI Attorney with the Law Office of Richard Lawson, you will not have to attend your arraignment because your Acworth DUI Lawyer will attend in your place.
Bail/Bond – Bail/bond is the sum of money that a defendant must put up (or post) to be released from jail on a criminal charge. This amount of money is used as a tool to guarantee the defendant's appearance in court. Sometimes a bail bondsman is used to post a portion of the bond of the accused to secure a court appearance. If the defendant does not show up for court, the bondsman has to find them and bring them in front of the court or pay the amount owed to the court.
Blood-Alcohol Content (BAC) – Blood-alcohol content refers to the concentration of alcohol in a person's blood. It is expressed as the weight of alcohol in a fixed amount of blood to be used as a measure of the level of intoxication of a DUI defendant. This alcohol concentration depends on the body weight of the individual, gender, how much alcohol and the rate that it was ingested, as well as absorption and metabolism.
Controlled Substance – A controlled substance is a drug, substance or relative precursor. Our Acworth DUI Lawyers are well-trained and experienced in DUI-Drugs cases.
DUI – It is illegal for a person to operate or be in control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is also illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to operate or control a motor vehicle with a BAC of .02 or more.
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) – Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus is a standard field sobriety test that determines intoxication by observing the defendant's involuntary and jerking eye movements as they attempt to follow an object horizontally. The defendant is thought to be intoxicated he or she exhibits four out of six possible clues.
Ignition Interlock Device – An ignition interlock device is a mechanism that is installed in a person's vehicle that prevents them from starting it if their BAC is .02 or more. At random times, after the vehicle has been started, the machine will request another breath sample. That is to keep friends from blowing into the device to allow the person to get in their car and drive away while intoxicated. If a breath sample is not performed or is more than the allowed amount, the device will start an alarm that will not stop until the ignition is off or an acceptable breath sample is given.
Field Sobriety Test – There is a battery of three tests that have been standardized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine an individual's level of intoxication based on physical clues. The three tests are HGN, Walk-and-Turn, and One-leg Stand. Every Acworth DUI Lawyer with our office is an expert in standard field sobriety testing.
One-leg Stand – The One-Leg Stand is a test that looks for intoxication based on the defendant standing on one leg while holding the other foot about six inches above the ground, with their foot pointed so it is parallel to the ground for thirty seconds. Law enforcement is looking to see if the suspect sways while balancing, uses their arms to balance themselves, hopping, and if they bring their foot down before the end of the test.
Walk-and-Turn – The Walk-and-Turn is a standard field sobriety test that evaluates intoxication by asking the suspect to walk an imaginary straight line for approximately nine steps, turn, and walk nine steps back.
Acworth Municipal Court
The Municipal Court of Acworth is responsible for handling civil ordinance and traffic violations that occur within the city limits of Acworth. The Honorable Joan Vaughan Bloom is the Acworth Municipal Court Judge, and Misty Day is the Chief Clerk. Court is held at 4408 Acworth Industrial Drive, Acworth, GA 30101. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, contact Court Services at (770) 974-0965.
Map to Acworth Municipal Court
Acworth DUI Defense
When you are faced with DUI charges and need an Acworth DUI Lawyer, contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson right away. We have skilled Acworth DUI Attorneys ready to discuss your case with you and come up with an effective plan of action. When you feel as if your case is hopeless and think no DUI Attorney in Acworth can help you, contact the professionals. With Acworth DUI Lawyers available to discuss your case right now for free, what do you have to lose?
Acworth DUI Resources
Administrative Office of the Courts
Georgia Department of Driver Services