Chickamauga DUI Lawyer


If you have been charged with DUI in Chickamauga, you need an experienced DUI lawyer to assist with your case. Our Chickamauga DUI Attorneys understand the subtle nuances in the criminal justice system that can be the difference between success and failure. We offer representation for DUI, drug possession cases, and other related crimes.  Contact us now for a free case evaluation.

30 Day Warning

You only have 30 days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative license hearing or to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. If you fail to request a hearing or install the device, your driver's license will be automatically suspended. The hearing request must be submitted by mail and costs $150. It is in your best interest to contact a Chickamauga DUI Attorney to discuss whether the ALS hearing or the ignition interlock device is the best option for your case.

Penalty for DUI in Chickamauga

The penalties for a DUI can be life-altering. You are facing the possibility of losing your license and your freedom. Some of the penalties for DUI convictions are provided below. However, we want you to understand that you do not have to just accept these consequences! There are also defenses we can use to argue your case. A charge is not the same as a conviction.

A person charged with their first DUI in Chickamauga will face the following potential penalties if convicted:

  • 12 months probation
  • Minimum fine of $300 plus court costs and surcharges
  • Between 1-10 days in jail
  • At least 40 hours of community service
  • Drug and alcohol abuse counseling
  • Completion of a DUI Risk Reduction School
  • Driver's license suspension

second DUI conviction comes with the following consequences:

  • Fine between $600-$1,000, plus court costs and surcharges
  • Between 12-36 months of probation
  • At least 90 days in jail but no more than 12 months.
  • 240 hours of community service (30 days)
  • DUI school
  • Suspension of driver's license
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, after a “hard license suspension” for 120 days
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Publication of photo in the county in which DUI occurred

A person convicted of a third DUI in Georgia faces the following potential penalties:

  • 12-36 months of probation
  • $1000-$5000 in fines, plus court costs and surcharges
  • 120 days to 12 months in jail
  • 30 days of community service
  • DUI school
  • Five years of driver's license suspension
  • Mandatory drug and alcohol treatment
  • Habitual violator status

If a person is convicted of a fourth DUI in Georgia, it will be treated as a felony conviction. The penalties increase to between 1-5 years in prison, fines between $1000 - $5000, and 10 years of driver's license suspension. The accused will also have to complete 60 days of community school and attend DUI school.

The penalties for being charged with a DUI are significant. However, remember that a charge is not the same as a conviction. You are innocent until proven guilty and should not just plead guilty to a DUI thinking you have no other options. Your case can be defended!  We have represented thousands of clients and have been successful in getting cases reduced to reckless driving charges or lower sentences. We will work with you to discover what your goals are and develop a plan to meet those goals. Some clients value keeping their license above everything else. Other clients are professionals that do not want a DUI going on their criminal record. No matter your situation, our Chickamauga DUI Lawyers will do their best to meet your needs. Do not worry about the possible DUI penalties. We can help.

Chickamauga Municipal Court

Where your misdemeanor DUI arrest occurred will determine which court will have jurisdiction over your case. If you were arrested within the city limits of Chickamauga, your case will go to Chickamauga Municipal Court. The Honorable Winston Webb is the Municipal Court Judge, and Amy Bates is the Court Clerk. Court is held at 103 Crittenden Avenue, Chickamauga, Georgia 30707. Call (706) 375-3172 for more information.

Contact Us Today

Contact Lawson and Berry today if you have been arrested for a DUI or a related offense in Chickamauga. Our seasoned DUI lawyers in Chickamauga are waiting to take your call and explain the options for your case. Call today and speak with an attorney who truly cares about your future! We will make sure your rights, future, and freedom are protected!

Our Attorneys



    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

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

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!