Bleckley County DUI Lawyer

Bleckley County DUI Lawyer - Bleckley County DUI Attorney

The Law Office of Richard Lawson is a Georgia legal firm that is entirely dedicated to DUI Defense. Our founder, Richard Lawson is a former DUI prosecutor with over 25 years' experience in Georgia DUI law. Please take the time to check out his reviews on Avvo and contact our office for a no-cost, hassle-free case evaluation. 

30-Day Warning!

If you were arrested for DUI in Bleckley County, you only have thirty days from the date of your arrest to save your license from automatic suspension. To do so, you or your Bleckley County DUI Lawyer must pay $150 to file an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing request or request an ignition interlock device. If this hearing or device is not requested within the thirty-day timeframe, your Georgia driver's license will be suspended.

If you refused the State of Georgia's chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your Georgia driver's license will be suspended for one full year with no opportunity for a restricted permit to drive or early reinstatement.

When you need a DUI Lawyer in Cochran or elsewhere in Bleckley County, call the Law Office of Richard Lawson.  

An Arrest Does Not Mean a Conviction  

The Law Office of Richard Lawson is different from many other law firms you may have come across in your search for the best DUI Lawyer in Bleckley County to represent you in your DUI case. All of the cases handled by our firm are in the area of DUI Law. Our firm is only one of a few firms in the state of Georgia that specializes in DUI defense.

The Bleckley County DUI Attorneys with the Law Office of Richard Lawson are committed to defending those accused of committing a crime. If you do not stand up for your rights, no one will; especially the government. A DUI conviction can be devastating to you financially, emotionally, and even socially. However, as we just said, an arrest is not a conviction. If you fight your case, it may not ever turn into conviction, either.

A Georgia DUI case is different from any other crime; as it involves complex and ever-changing Georgia DUI laws, scientific testing of breath and blood, and standard field sobriety testing. There are no DUI lawyers in the state of Georgia that had the unique set of skills and training that is possessed by the Bleckley County DUI Lawyers at our office. These skills are crucial for your Bleckley County DUI Attorney to be able to defend your DUI case effectively.

Field Sobriety Tests

In a perfect world, discussing field sobriety tests would not matter because no one would submit to them when they are being investigated for DUI. Why? Because they are entirely voluntary. However, that being said, a vast majority of potential clients that call us have performed these tests. That is because law enforcement officers often do not tell you the tests are voluntary. In fact, the way they tell you to do them would make anyone think they are mandatory.

What are field sobriety tests? Field sobriety tests are physical agility exercises that a DUI suspect performs so law-enforcement can find probable cause to arrest you for DUI. Police officers might tell you these tests work the other way as well: it could show them you are not impaired, and they should let you go (although that never actually happens).

There are standard fields sobriety tests and non-standard field sobriety tests. More often than not, police will have you perform the standard tests since non-standard tests are not credible. Examples of non-standard fields sobriety tests are reciting the alphabet backward, finger-to-nose, and other dexterity tests. Standard field sobriety tests were developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These tests are made up of particular instructions and elements of performance each field sobriety tests must be instructed, performed, and graded in the same way as the testing manual says or the test is deemed invalid.

Types of Field Sobriety Tests 


The law enforcement officer positions an object such as a pen or his finger 12 to 15 inches away from the suspects face and move the object from one side to another while watching the eyes of the suspect, looking for involuntary eye jerks, called “nystagmus.” In theory, the presence of nystagmus would indicate the suspect has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more. Note the term “in theory.” There are many natural causes of nystagmus that are completely unrelated to alcohol consumption.

One-leg Stand

The law enforcement officer instructs the DUI suspect stand, with heels together and arms at their side, and raise one leg at least 6 inches off the ground while counting out loud until told to stop. The officer is looking to see if the suspect raises their arms, hops, sways, or puts their foot down. There are also informal indicators police are looking for, such as tremors, muscle tension, fidgetiness, and any statements made by the suspect while being tested.


The law-enforcement officer tells the suspect to take nine steps, heel-to-toe along a line, make a turn by making a series of small steps, and take nine heel-to-toe steps back. The officer is observing to see if the suspect can maintain position, start the test at the appropriate time while keeping their arms to her side. They are also watching to see if the suspect can continue without stopping, take the exact number of steps, stay on the line, walk heel to toe, and turn correctly.

These tests are supposedly designed to assess “divided attention,' an important skill in driving a car. However, for many innocent reasons, some people are unable to perform these tests to the satisfaction of the officer. These people almost always pay the price with a nice DUI arrest. The law enforcement officer often sets suspects up for failure by making them perform the test under questionable conditions such as uneven ground or a slippery surface.

Bleckley County Court System

In Bleckley County, your DUI case may be adjudicated in Cochran Municipal Court, Bleckley County Probate Court, or Bleckley County Superior Court.

Cochran GA Municipal Court

Cochran Municipal Court is responsible for handling ordinance and traffic violations that occur within the city limits of Cochran. Lora Knight is the Clerk of Court, and the Honorable W. Dennis Mullis is the Municipal Court Judge.

Court is held each first and third Friday at 1 PM at 102 North Second Street, Cochran, GA 31014. For more information, please call (478) 934-7776. When you need a DUI Lawyer in Cochran, contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson. We have a qualified Cochran DUI Attorney waiting to discuss your case with you.

Map to Cochran GA Municipal Court

Bleckley County Probate Court

If you have been arrested in an area of unincorporated Bleckley County, your case will begin in Bleckley County Probate Court. The Honorable Kenneth Powell is the Bleckley County Probate Judge. Court is held at 112 North Second Street, Cochran, GA 31014. Please call (478) 934-3204 for more information.

Map to Bleckley County Probate and Superior Courts

Bleckley County Superior Court

Bleckley County Superior Court is responsible for handling all felony cases (and jury trials) and is part of the Oconee Judicial Circuit, along with Dodge, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, and Wheeler Counties. The Bleckley County Clerk of Superior Court is Dianne C. Brown, and may be reached by calling (478) 934-3210. Court is held at 112 North Second Street, Cochran, GA 31014. There are three Superior Court Judges who preside over cases:

Frederick Mullis, Jr.

Chief Judge

Post Office Box 4248

Eastman, GA 31023

(478) 374-7731

Judge Sarah F. Wall

Post Office Box 1096

Hawkinsville, GA 31036

(478) 783-2900

Judge C. Michael Johnson

Post Office Box 877

Eastman, GA 31023

District Attorney Timothy Vaughn handles the prosecution of all misdemeanor and felony cases in Bleckley County Superior Court. The DA has the final word on who is charged with a crime and what plea negotiations (if any) are considered. His contact information is: 

Timothy Vaughn, District Attorney

Oconee Judicial Circuit

Post Office Box 1027

Eastman, GA 31023-1027

Legal Advice You Can Trust

If you need a DUI Attorney in Bleckley County or a DUI Lawyer in Cochran GA, contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson. We offer a free, no-risk consultation so you can know your rights and what legal options are available to you. You will be convinced that our Bleckley County DUI Attorneys can get you the best outcome possible for your Bleckley County or Cochran GA DUI case. Our Cochran GA DUI Lawyers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience. Contact one of our skilled Bleckley County DUI Attorneys today!

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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



    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

Bleckley County DUI Resources

Bleckley County Sheriff’s Department

Cochran GA Police Department

Georgia State Patrol

Cochran GA Municipal Court

Bleckley County Probate Court

Bleckley County Superior Court Clerk

Administrative Office of the Courts

Georgia Department of Driver Services

Bleckley County Public Library

Wikipedia of Bleckley County Georgia

Wikipedia of Cochran Georgia

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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!