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Former North Georgia Prosecutor

The Law Office of Richard Lawson is a legal firm that specializes in DUI Defense. Our founder, Richard Lawson, is a former North Georgia prosecutor with over 25 years' experience. Having been on both sides of the courtroom, he knows just what to expect in a Dade County DUI GA case. When you need a DUI Lawyer in Dade County Georgia, please check out Richard's reviews on Avvo, and contact us for a free consultation.   

The Law Office of Richard Lawson distinguishes itself from most law firms handling DUI cases by focusing on learning the most effective ways to get you the best outcome possible. Our Dade County GA DUI Attorneys understand that a DUI arrest can be a terrible experience and can leave you reeling. Our Dade County DUI Lawyers also know that going to court can be intimidating; you are facing fines, possible jail time, a license suspension, and much more.

30-Day Warning!

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Dade County Georgia, you should know that you only have thirty days to file an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Hearing request or an ignition interlock device request to keep your license from suspension. You (or your Dade County Georgia DUI Attorney) must submit this request within the thirty-day timeframe, or your license will be suspended. If you refused the chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your license would be suspended for one year. Do not play games with your future. When you need a DUI Lawyer in Dade County GA, contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson.

What to Expect if Arrested for DUI in Dade County GA


Following your Dade County GA DUI arrest, your arraignment will be the first stage of your criminal case. At your arraignment, your charges will be read, and your Dade County Georgia DUI Attorney will enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty” for you.

Many individuals may enter a “guilty” plea in an attempt to get the whole deal “over with” or to please the judge. If you want to fight the charges against you, you should never plead “guilty.” If you plead guilty, you are giving up your right to fight your charges and a right to take your case to trial. The judge will then sentence you and your case will be “resolved.”

If cannot make up your mind how to plead, you should seek legal advice from a Dade County Georgia DUI Lawyer so that you will know your rights. If you are unable to afford an attorney, you may qualify for a court-appointed attorney. Alternately, you may also choose to hire a Dade County GA DUI Attorney with the Law Office of Richard Lawson.


An attempt to get the Court to issue a ruling on something is called a “motion.” A motion could ask for certain evidence to be excluded, or to make the Prosecution give up evidence that had previously been withheld. That is where an experienced Dade County GA DUI Lawyer makes a difference.

Pretrial Conference

If one of our Dade County DUI Attorneys are representing you, and you plead “not guilty,” one of our Dade County GA DUI Lawyers will request a pretrial conference and may be able to negotiate a plea bargain or ordered to participate in a diversion program, or in some cases, have their case resolved altogether.


If your case cannot be settled with motions or through negotiations, the next step would be to go to trial. Our Dade County GA DUI Lawyers have many years of trial experience and will employ experts, if necessary, to fight for your rights in court.


If you were arrested for misdemeanor DUI within the limits of an unincorporated city, your case would be heard in that city's municipal court.

Trenton GA Municipal Court

If your misdemeanor arrest occurred in the City of Trenton, Georgia, contact a Trenton GA DUI Lawyer right away to fight for your rights in Trenton GA Municipal Court. The Honorable Joel McCormick is the Municipal Court Judge, and Cindy Robertson is the Chief Clerk. Court is held at 12882 N Main Street, Trenton, Georgia 30752. Call (706) 657- 4167 for more information and hire a skilled DUI Lawyer in Trenton GA today.

Dade County GA Probate Court

If your misdemeanor DUI arrest occurred in an unincorporated area of Dade County, your case would go through Dade County Probate Court. The Honorable Kerry Carter is the Probate Court Judge and can be reached by calling (706) 657-4414. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 AM – 2 PM, and Friday, 8 AM – 2 PM. Court is held at 255 West Crabtree Street, Trenton, Georgia 30752. Call (706) 657-4414 for more information. 

Dade County Superior Court

Superior Court has jurisdiction over all felony cases. Kathy Page is the Clerk of Court and can be contacted by calling (706) 657-4778. Court is held at 255 West Crabtree Street, Trenton, Georgia 30752. There are four judges who preside over felony cases:

Judge Jon Bolling Wood

Chief Judge

P.O. Box 1185

LaFayette, GA 30728


706-638-1654 - Fax

Secretary: Kim Palmour

Court Reporter: Eddie Towns – 706-638-1423

Judge Kristina Cook Graham

P.O. Box 179

Summerville, GA 30747


706-857-0726 – Fax

Secretary: Ann Willis

Court Reporter: Leigh Ann McBryar – 706-657-2729

Judge Ralph Van Pelt, Jr.

Catoosa Courthouse

Ringgold, GA 30736


706-965-6246 - Fax

Secretary: Cindy Hall

Court Reporter: Renea Allmond – 706-638-1423

Judge Brian M. House

P.O. Box 609

Trenton, GA 30752


706-657-7224 – Fax

Chief of Staff: Michael Caldwell

Court Reporter: Janet Lewis – 423-267-4328

Dade County District Attorney

The Chief Prosecuting Officer for Superior Court is the District Attorney's Office. The District Attorney for Dade County Georgia Superior Court is Herbert Franklin.  His contact information is:

Herbert Franklin

Dade County District Attorney

P.O. Box 426

255 West Crabtree Street

Trenton, GA 30752

(706) 657-7530

Contact an Experienced Dade County GA DUI Attorney

Our Dade County Georgia DUI Lawyers have a reputation for combining excellent customer service with our extensive DUI knowledge and aggressive legal strategy. Our DUI Attorneys in Dade County GA know the DUI process can be scary and intimidating, and therefore, are dedicated to making the experience as painless as possible for you and everyone involved. We will ensure that you know your rights and will be with you every step of the way.

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Dade County Georgia, you more than likely have a lot of questions. To learn more about Georgia DUI process and how our DUI Lawyers in Dade County GA can help, contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson.

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    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

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    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

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    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

Dade County GA DUI Resources

Dade County Sheriff's Department

Georgia State Patrol

Dade County GA Clerk of Superior Court

Administrative Office of the Courts

Dade County GA Public Library

Wikipedia of Dade 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!