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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. 

Is it safe to ever have a drink before driving?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Oct 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

As a personal rule, I will not consume an alcoholic beverage before driving. This is an ultra-conservative point of view because I have seen many injustices in court where I was certain innocent people were convicted of driving under the influence. When combined with the fact that I am a Georgia ...

Increase of Prescription Drug DUI Arrests in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Oct 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Driving under the influence is a common occurrence in every state, but across the nation, DUIs involving alcohol have been declining while prescription drug DUI arrests have increased. Specifically, in Georgia, the scales have tipped with many drivers being charged with being under the influence ...

Recent Court Ruling Regarding the HGN Test in Georgia:

Posted by Richard Lawson | Oct 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a DUI investigation, there are three field sobriety tests that an investigating officer will typically administer. These are called the standardized field sobriety tests. The tests included: the horizontal gaze nystagmus evaluation (HGN or eye test), the walk and turn evaluation (walking t...

Georgia DUI News September 2017

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

It was another busy month in Georgia with many DUI arrests. It is important to remember that a DUI can happen to anyone. On September 25th, 2017 a 20-year-old man crashed into a utility pole near the Clarkston Campus of Georgia State University Perimeter College. He was a student of the universi...

Rockdale Supervisor Resigns After DUI Arrest

Posted by Richard Lawson | Oct 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

Some people think that DUI charges only happen to bad people, but nothing is further from the truth. A DUI arrest is a mistake, not a statement of bad character. DUI is not a crime of moral turpitude. This week Richard Autry, the Rockdale County Public Schools Superintendent, was arrested Sunday...

Basis for a legal stop in a Georgia DUI case

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

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures. A police officer cannot just pull over a vehicle to meet a quota or because he or she feels like it. They must have a reasonable and articulable suspicion that a violation of the law has oc...

How to Avoid Legal Trouble While Tailgating

Posted by Richard Lawson | Sep 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

As summer comes to a close, a new season begins: football season. If you are from the South, you understand that fall is a sacred time of year. Whether you are a Georgia fan, Georgia Tech fan or possibly even a Georgia State fan, this is an exciting time of year. Football season and tailgating go...

Can A Clerk Sign A Search Warrant?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Sep 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution states “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and par...

DUI is not a crime of moral turpitude

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

One of the questions most new clients ask is whether a DUI is a crime of moral turpitude? In other words, does being arrested for a DUI means that a person has bad character? The simple answer is “no.” DUI is not considered to be a crime of bad character. In Georgia, it is considered to be a tra...

The Legal Consequences of underage drinking in Georgia

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

Teenagers often have a false notion that mistakes they make while they are young do not have lifetime consequences. Nothing could be further from the truth. This misperception may be the result of depictions on television, in the movies, or on social media where underage drinking is seen as norma...

What is a DUI Checkpoint?

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

DUI Checkpoints are also known as sobriety checkpoints, and they are designated locations where law enforcement officers stop and check drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. American motorists search the Internet on how to detect checkpoints tens of thousands of times per month. It app...

Sentenced to Six Years Behind Bars After DUI Crash

Posted by Richard Lawson | Sep 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

Recently a Georgia man was sentenced to prison because of an accident that occurred on Super Bowl Sunday this past February. On that day Jerry Lee Scott, of Cobb County, was driving with five other people in his car, including two adults and three children. The children were Scotts daughters and...

What happens if I am kicked out of a diversion program?

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

For many minor criminal offenses, prosecutors often offer people the opportunity to enter into a diversion program, instead of being prosecuted. Diversion is an alternative to prosecution. As a result, a court cannot sentence a person into it. Only the prosecution can choose whether to offer som...

Georgia DUI News August 2017

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

During the month of August in Georgia and especially this past week, there have been a tremendous number of DUI accidents and traffic accidents. This has been a month of some very poor decisions for people and some terrible consequences for others. First, some new information has been released c...

No Joy in Lt. Greg Abbott’s Demise

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Whether Lt. Abbott was fired or he resigned, his 28-year police career is over. For no apparent reason, he told a suspected DUI driver not to fear him because: We only kill black people. This was in response to her fear that he would harm her because he was a police officer. Her fear of the pol...

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