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"Your resource for Georgia DUI News and Information"

The laws on DUIs are ever-changing and each year, thousands of DUI cases are taken up on appeal across the nation.  Many of these result in written opinions by judges that then become law.  In addition, each new DUI or traffic-related offense in the news has the potential to cause changes in the law.  These changes are the result of public reaction to serious car accidents and deaths on the roadways of the United States.

That is why Richard Lawson has developed this website; to provide you with 24-hour access to the latest updates on DUI laws and DUI related news. Our goal is to inform our clients and the general public about the latest news and legal decisions.  Accordingly, we update our blog and the entire website daily. All of our articles are written by the Georgia DUI Lawyers that work for our firm or affiliates.

For instance, there has been a flurry of legal activity over the legality of roadblocks, in Georgia and across the nation.  Seen as a minor intrusion by some courts and an unnecessary infringement upon Fourth Amendment rights by others, the matter seems far from settled. Roadblocks must be established in accordance with the United States and Georgia Constitutions.  The police cannot simply have a roadblock any place or any time they want.

There also has been a rash of injuries and deaths on our roadways.  The death or injury of any motorist is a tragedy, and as a result; our legislature reacts to the carnage on the road with new laws designed to curb accidents.  That is why our laws change every year.

Another recent change in the law regards the 'Boating Under the Influence' legislation in the State.  The Boating code was completely overhauled in 2013; attorneys who do not regularly practice DUI law might be unaware of the new changes to the law.

Knowledge is power, and this blog is designed to help you take the most updated information on your defense. It is our goal for you to use the wealth of information on this site; including the Georgia Information Blog, Resources, and Practice Areas pages to help you decide the best course of action in your DUI case. 

Georgia DUI News December 2017

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jan 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

December is an extremely busy month with celebrations of Christmas and New Years Eve. With all the celebration, it is no surprise that it is a busy month for drunk driving and other traffic incidents. Here are some of the events that occurred in December 2017 in Georgia: Georgia State Patrol an...

Man Shot After Fleeing DUI Checkpoint in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jan 05, 2018 | 0 Comments

It is a fair question for one to pose about DUI checkpoints: what if the driver simply speeds off? In this situation, what may the police do? What response is within their rights as law enforcement officers? A recent case has drawn attention to this question. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation h...

The Best Holiday Gift You Can Give Yourself

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Harris Blackwood, director of the Governors Office of Highway Safety, is urging Georgia drivers to give themselves a gift this holiday season. Blackwood says, The best Christmas gift you could give yourself is being alive for the New Year, WTOC 11 reports. A Drowsy Driver is Just as Dangero...

Thoughts as we near the end of 2017

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 22, 2017 | 2 Comments

As we come to end of another year, all of us should take time to be thankful. At our office party this evening, I spent some social time with the dedicated professionals at my office.  For years I practiced on my own. Now, I work with my Partner Kimberly Berry, and associates David Heath, Gabrie...

Synthetic Marijuana Laws in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Two recent Georgia news stories highlight the potential legal consequences of synthetic marijuana use and possession. The Rome News-Tribune reported that a man was arrested recently for driving under the influence of synthetic marijuana. He is also facing felony charges for possession of synthet...

Don’t Drink Before Attending Court:


Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

It may sound like common sense, but at least three times a year a client of mine appears in court either intoxicated or with the smell of alcohol on his or her breath. Attending court with either the smell of alcoholic beverage on your breath or intoxicated is a serious mistake. It shows disresp...

Citizen Thanks Georgia Deputy for DUI Arrest

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Getting arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) can turn someones life upside down. On occasion, a DUI arrest can also turn a persons life around. While the legal penalties and stigma that can result from a DUI can be severe, sometimes a DUI can be a wakeup call. That was the experience...

Why do we have night court in Georgia?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

When clients call, they are often surprised to find out that their court date occurs at night.  Some Georgia courts start at 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and even at 6:00 pm.  In fact, many clients were under the impression that the time for court on their citations was incorrect. There are two reasons...

Can the police search me if I am a convicted felon?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

When a person is convicted of a felony, many of their rights are limited or waived. Those rights can include their right to vote, their right to possess a firearm, and their 4th Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. As a consequence of the conviction, convicted felons very of...

Georgia DUI News November 2017

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 04, 2017 | 0 Comments

While November began the holiday season, it also had numerous DUI incidents. The end of the year is usually a time of happiness for people, but accidents or DUIs can put a damper on the holiday festivities. Some of the accidents this month included: On November 10th, a 54-year-old man, Jeffrey ...

Do Drivers Have A Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy In The Information Collected From Their Vehicle's Black Box? Florida Court Says Yes

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Florida appellate court was recently tasked with determining an interesting issue. Most cars nowadays have a “black box” that records certain information about the vehicle and its operation. The court evaluated what amount of privacy a driver could expect with the information collected by his o...

The Advantages of Reckless Driving vs. DUI in Georgia:

Posted by Richard Lawson | Nov 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Many of our clients that have been charged with a DUI ask if it is possible to get the case reduced to a reckless driving charge. They often ask this without even knowing what the difference is between the two charges, except that a reckless driving does not look as bad as a DUI. While it is true...

The Importance of Taking Steps to Avoid a Second DUI

Posted by Richard Lawson | Nov 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

It may sound surprising, but many of our clients get a second Georgia DUI before their First Georgia DUI is resolved. This past weekend, a client whom I like very much called and told me she was arrested again. Although it no longer surprises me, it does cause me to want to discuss how my client...

One Highway, Three DUI Accidents Involving Police

Posted by Richard Lawson | Nov 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

State Route 400 is a 54-mile long highway that travels through the northern part of Georgia. It begins in Atlanta and ends up in the city of Dahlonega. It was formerly a toll road and was even featured in the film Smokey and the Bandit. This stretch of road has also been the site of several recen...

The risk of getting a DUI at the University of Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Nov 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The University of Georgia is an icon across the Southeast known for their sports programs as well as their excellent location in Athens, Georgia. The University of Georgia campus sprawls over hundreds of acres in Athens, and the one thing you see everywhere are bars. With 30,000 students, there a...

What are H.E.A.T. Teams in Georgia?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Nov 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Impaired drivers account for almost 1/3 of the traffic deaths on Georgia roads each year. To lower the number of fatalities in Georgia, the Department of Highway Safety implemented the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) campaign. The Department of Highway Safety in Georgia developed...

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