Cleveland GA DUI Lawyer

Cleveland GA DUI Lawyer - Cleveland GA DUI Attorney

Cleveland Municipal Court is separate jurisdiction than White County.  This fact can be confusing because the White County Court system is held in the City of Cleveland, GA. However if you were arrested for DUI within the city limits of Cleveland Georgia, your case would begin the municipal court.

For over 25 Years Richard Lawson has been handling DUI cases in Cleveland, Georgia.  In 1995, he began his career as a DUI Prosecutor in White County, including Cleveland.  He is the top-rated and most reviewed DUI Lawyer in Georgia and his reviews can be found on AVVO. His experience is the difference!

30-Day Warning!

In Georgia, you only have thirty days to file an ALS Appeal to save your license.  Without a 30-day letteryour license will be suspended, possibly up to 12 months.  If you refused the breath test, the suspension would be without a permit to drive.  The State of Georgia charges $150 to file the 30-day letter.  The 30-day rule is inflexible and cannot be extended.  Act Now.

Cleveland Georgia DUI Process

Map To Cleveland Georgia Municipal Court

Cleveland Municipal Court is located in Cleveland City Hall.  Court sessions take place at the White County Courthouse once a month at 7:00 p.m.  Trials happen once a month at 5:00 p.m.  However as a matter of policy, Judge Garrison Baker does not hear DUI trials.  You can negotiate a settlement of your DUI case and potentially even a reduction to a lesser offense; however Judge Baker will not conduct a trial on a DUI case.  All DUI trials will be conducted in the White County Superior Court.  Minor traffic offenses can be paid without a court appearance.  To pay minor traffic tickets, contact Clerk of Court Charlie LaVelle.  For DUI cases, it's always best to hire a Cleveland GA DUI Lawyer.

If you are charged with DUI anywhere in North Georgia, you need to hire an attorney that understands the local customs and procedures.  No two courts have the same procedures and our Cleveland GA DUI Lawyers have been handling DUI cases for many years.  Our experience is the difference because we exclusively practice DUI defense.  When you contact a general practitioner, that attorney may be doing a real estate closing 20 minutes before your DUI case.  But at our office, we only handle DUI cases, and we use our experience to find the best possible outcome for your case.

There Are Defenses To Your DUI Case

Many lawyers assume guilt before they even look for potential defenses to your case.  For example, they see a breath test result above .08 and assume that the case cannot be won, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Our office has won hundreds of DUI cases for our clients.  Even in cases that cannot be won, our office has helped thousands of our clients restore their privilege to drive.  You do not have to lose your ability to drive just because you were arrested for DUI in White County or anywhere in North Georgia.

Roadblocks and Roadside Checkpoints in Cleveland GA

One example of a potential defense is whether the police implemented the roadblock in your case within Constitutional guidelines.  The police cannot simply set up a checkpoint anywhere and anytime they want.  There must be a legitimate reason for the roadblock: police supervisors must make the decision to set it up, they must stop every car, and the purpose of the roadblock must be for a legitimate reason other than general law enforcement.  Your Cleveland GA DUI Attorney will challenge the legality of the roadblock used in your case, and if the roadblock is invalid, it will not matter if you were impaired.  That is why challenging the roadblock can be an excellent defense in your case.

Was There Probable Cause to Arrest

Another potential defense is whether there was sufficient reason to place you under arrest.  Cleveland GA DUI Lawyers from our office will look at the reason you were arrested and challenge whether the arrest was based on sufficient grounds.

Another potential defense is whether there was sufficient reason to pull you over in the first place.  That is called articulable suspicion to stop the vehicle in which you were driving.  The police cannot simply pull anyone over because they appear suspicious; there has to be a sufficient suspicion that criminal activity has occurred.  Even if you were impaired, if there were not sufficient reason to pull you over your case would be dismissed.  That is why we never assume a person's guilt just because they failed a breath or blood test.

One more example of a potential defense is that you were not impaired to the extent that you were less safe to drive.  In effect, you are not guilty.  At our office, we respect and admire police officers.  They have a tough job, however; we also recognize they are human beings who make mistakes like everyone else.  Arresting someone for DUI is a snap judgment that can be wrong.  Many people have medical conditions the mimic impairment.

Many people refuse to take a breath test, even though they were not impaired because they were always told to refuse by others.  Many people are assumed guilty because they have had a prior DUI.  Many people are simply innocent and should never have been arrested in the first place.  Our Cleveland GA DUI Attorneys are skilled trial lawyers who will fight your case in White County Superior Court.  Our office will not rest until the best DUI Defense is presented on your behalf.

The Best DUI Defense Begins Here:

As shown through these examples, DUI defense is complicated, but all our attorneys are certified in standardized field sobriety testing and have been trained in the latest breath-testing procedures.  There are options and possibilities in even the most difficult cases.  Our office is here 24 hours a day, seven days a week and we are here to help you when you need it most.  Contact us today.

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

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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!