Clarke County Georgia DUI Lawyer

Clarke County DUI Lawyer – Clarke County DUI Attorney

Athens - Clarke County DUI Lawyer

Athens - Clarke County DUI Attorney 

The Law Offices of Richard Lawson is a Georgia law firm specializing in DUI DefenseRichard Lawson is a former DUI prosecutor with over 25 years' experience.  Take a look at his reviews on Avvo and see why he is the top-rated DUI Defense attorney in the state of Georgia. He has handled DUI cases in Athens-Clarke County for as long as he has been a defense attorney, with exceptional results.

DUI Defense Attorney in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia       

DUI is a serious offense in the state of Georgia. However, those arrested for drinking and driving are not predisposed to breaking the law.  Most of the time, a driver will miscalculate the amount of alcohol they have consumed and makes the unfortunate mistake of operating their motor vehicle on the roadways of Georgia.  At the Law Offices of Richard Lawson, we have an Athens-Clarke County DUI Lawyer who can provide defense to those arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Clarke County, Georgia.  With over two decades of experience, the Law Offices of Richard Lawson has a successful track record of defending individuals arrested for DUI in Athens-Clarke County, metro Atlanta, and North Georgia. Were you arrested for DUI? If so, it is time to take your case seriously.  Do not hesitate to contact a Clarke County DUI Attorney from our office. 

Athens-Clarke County DUI Lawyer

The Law Offices of Richard Lawson represents clients in Athens-Clarke County who have been arrested and charged with:

Our Clarke County GA DUI Lawyers also represent clients in their Administrative License Suspension Hearings for the suspension of their driver's license.  Let a skilled Athens-Clarke County DUI Attorney from our office help navigate you through the maze-like court system.  If you have been arrested for DUI in Athens-Clarke County or the surrounding area, you are facing time in jail, fines, probation, and a driver's license suspension, to name a few. You need a Clarke County Georgia DUI Attorney; someone who is familiar with DUI cases.  You need a Clarke County DUI Attorney from the Law Offices of Richard Lawson. 

30-Day Warning!

If you were arrested and charged with DUI in Athens-Clarke County, you (or your Clarke County GA DUI Attorney) would need to request an Administrative License Suspension Hearing or request an ignition interlock device.  The State assesses a fee of $150 to file the hearing request.  If the hearing or interlock device is not requested within thirty days, your driver's license will be suspended.  If you have been accused of refusing the State's chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your license will be suspended for one year, with no opportunity for a permit to drive. 

Fighting to Protect Your Interests and Rights

At the Law Offices of Richard Lawson, our Athens-Clarke County Georgia DUI Attorneys aggressively defend those in Athens and Clarke County against DUI charges.  We offer experienced DUI Defense and will look at all available legal options so that we may minimize the repercussions of your arrest and make sure your rights are not being violated. 

A Clarke County DUI Lawyer will investigate every unique detail of your arrest to find out if the police followed procedures correctly when they pulled you over and began a DUI investigation. If your Clarke County DUI Attorney believes your rights were violated, they will file a motion with the court to have evidence against you thrown out, and your case dismissed. 

Call the Law Offices of Richard Lawson to discuss your Clarke County DUI with a Clarke County DUI Lawyer. Our Clarke County GA DUI Lawyers defend many individuals who have been pulled over in Athens-Clarke County and arrested for DUI. A Clarke County DUI Attorney will respond to your voicemails and emails, and will be available to answer any questions you may have throughout your Athens-Clarke County DUI case.

Former DUI Prosecutor Providing Top-Rated DUI Defense

As previously mentioned, Richard Lawson began his legal career as a North Georgia DUI prosecutor and has acquired much trial experience in more than 25 years of law practice.  He and his team of Clarke County GA DUI Attorneys are quite knowledgeable about Georgia's strict DUI Laws. 

Athens-Clarke County DUI Defenses

  • Lack of evidence that DUI suspect was actually driving
  • No reasonable articulable suspicion to conduct a DUI stop
  • No probable cause for arrest
  • Incorrectly administered field sobriety tests
  • Violation of Miranda Warning
  • Denial of right to legal representation
  • Inaccurate breath test device
  • Breath/blood test evidence improperly obtained, stored, or analyzed 
  • Denial of independent test of breath, blood, or urine


Depending on where your misdemeanor DUI arrest occurred determines which court has jurisdiction over your case.  If you are arrested within the limits of an incorporated city, you case would be heard in that city's municipal court.  

Athens-Clarke County Municipal Court

Athens-Clarke County DUI Lawyer - Athens-Clarke County DUI Attorney

If you were arrested for misdemeanor DUI in the City of Athens, your case needs an Athens DUI Lawyer to defend you in Athens Municipal Court.  Judge Leslie Spornberger Jones presides over Athens Municipal Court. Court is held at 325 East Washington Street, #450, Athens, Georgia 30601.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM. Call (706) 613-3690 for more information, and call a DUI Lawyer in Athens right away.  

Winterville Municipal Court

Winterville DUI Lawyer - Winterville DUI Attorney

If your misdemeanor DUI arrest occurred in the City of Winterville, contact a Winterville DUI Lawyer right away to protect your rights in Winterville Municipal Court.  The Honorable Jason Slider is the Municipal Court Judge, and Wendy L. Bond is the Municipal Court Clerk. Court is held at 125 North Church Street, Winterville, Georgia 30683.  Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM (closed for lunch from 12 - 1 PM).  Call (706) 742-8600 for more information. When you need a DUI Lawyer in Winterville, call the Law Offices of Richard Lawson.  

Clarke County State Court

If you were arrested in an unincorporated area of Clarke County, or if you would like a jury trial, your case would be heard in Clarke County State Court. The Clarke County State Court Judges are Ethelyn N. Simpson, Chief Judge, and Charles E. Auslander, III. Beverly Logan is the Clerk of Court. Court is held at 325 East Washington Street, Suite 425, Athens, Georgia 30601.  Office hours are Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM.  Call (706) 613-3200 for more information.  

Clarke County Superior Court

Superior Court has jurisdiction over all felony cases.  Beverly Logan is the Clerk of Court. Clarke County Superior Court Judges are H. Patrick Head, David Sweat, and Lawton E. Stephens. Court is held at 325 East Washington Street, Athens, Georgia 30601. Call (706) 613-3175 for more information.  Call the Law Offices of Richard Lawson whenever you need a DUI Lawyer in Clarke County GA.  

The Chief Prosecuting Officer for Superior Court is the District Attorney's Office. The District Attorney for Clarke County is:

Ken Mauldin

District Attorney

Athens-Clarke County Courthouse

325 E Washington Street

Athens, GA 30601

(706) 613-3240

Aggressive Athens-Clarke County DUI Lawyers

The Law Offices of Richard Lawson is highly versed in all aspects of Georgia DUI Law.  Our Athens-Clarke County DUI Attorneys take DUI Defense seriously and will fight for your rights in court. If you find yourself in need of a DUI Attorney in Clarke County GA, call our office right away; 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Holidays, too!

Our Attorneys

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

Clarke County DUI Resources

Clarke County Sheriff's Office

Athens-Clarke County Police Department

Georgia State Patrol

Athens-Clarke County Clerk of Courts

Administrative Office of the Courts

Athens Public Defender Office

Athens-Clarke County Library

Wikipedia of Clarke County Georgia

Have You Been Arrested in Clarke County 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!