Dahlonega DUI Lawyer

Dahlonega DUI Lawyer - Dahlonega DUI Attorney

In Dahlonega, DUI is unfortunately a common offense and can happen to anyone.  It happens most often to people who have never been arrested and most likely will never be arrested again.  The Lumpkin County Sheriff and the University of North Georgia Police Department make dozens of arrests every month.  Over 25 years ago, DUI Lawyer Richard Lawson began his career as a DUI Prosecutor in Dahlonega. Since that time, he has devoted his life to helping ordinary people get the justice they deserve.  He has developed a reputation as Georgia's most reviewed DUI Lawyer on AVVO.

30-Day Warning

If you have been arrested for DUI you only have thirty days for your Dahlonega DUI Lawyer to file an appeal of your automatic license suspension.  Without that appeal, your license will be suspended up to 12 months.  In some instances, that suspension can be without any permit or restricted license. This does not have to happen; your Dahlonega DUI Attorney will make sure you are treated fairly.

Building Your BEST DUI Defense

After your 30-day letter is sent, you need to gather the evidence and look for any potential defenses. Defenses are not obvious; in fact, many of our clients are completely unaware of the legal defenses available in their case.  Legal defenses are not usually related to actual guilt or innocence but are related to the procedures that occurred during the arrest.

Such defenses can include challenging the reason for the stop or the legitimacy of the State Patrol roadblock.  They can also include challenging the probable cause for the arrest and the arrest procedures in general.  Finally, we can challenge the actual chemical test of your blood, breath, or urine or your alleged refusal to submit to testing. The point is that no person is automatically guilty of DUI just because they were arrested. As a Dahlonega DUI Lawyer, I make sure this office leaves no stone unturned when searching for defenses to your DUI.

Dahlonega DUI Process

After a person bonds out of jail, they will be given an arraignment date.  In Dahlonega, the municipal court is a part-time court.  As a result, the judge and prosecutor are both part-time employees.  Court is held twice a month at 6:00 p.m. Doug Parks is the prosecutor, and Hammond Law is the judge.  Amanda Hazlett is the Clerk of Court and is available on a full-time basis. If you are charged with a minor non-DUI traffic offense you can pay your ticket in advance.  All DUI cases, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and Possession of Marijuana cases require a court appearance. The Court is located at 465 Ridley Road Dahlonega, GA 30533.

Plea Bargaining

In municipal court, Dahlonega DUI Lawyers have two options.  The first option is to engage in plea-bargaining.  Seeking the best possible deal does not mean giving up on the case.  In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.  The best plea bargains are the result of actually fighting a person's case.  By researching a case and looking for the best defenses, skilled attorneys use those defenses to leverage a better outcome.  Anyone can ask the prosecutor for a plea offer, but the best DUI Lawyers explain to a prosecutor why a better offer should be made.  The prosecutor will never make a good offer until he/she believes that you are willing to fight your case.

DUI Trials in Dahlonega

The second option is to take a case to trial.  Trials can occur in municipal court and are called bench trials—a trial by the judge only.  In a bench trial, the judge sits as judge and jury and will decide your guilt or innocence.

If you would prefer a jury trial, the case must then be sent to Lumpkin County Superior Court.  Jury trials are exclusively held in superior court.  The Judges of the Lumpkin County Superior Court are Chief Judge Murphy Miller, Judge Raymond George, and Judge Stan Gunter.

University of North Georgia DUI Cases

The University Police Department is a fully certified police agency with jurisdiction on campus and up to 500 yards from campus in all directions.  For a small town like Dahlonega, those boundaries include a great deal of the city.  The campus police focus on the quality of life crimes in and around campus.  In our experience, common arrests include DUI, MIP, Possession of Marijuana, and small property crimes.  Dahlonega Municipal Court is the original jurisdiction for many crimes committed on campus.  Of course, any felony offense is sent directly to Superior Court and prosecuted by the District Attorney.

All North Georgia University Police officers are P.O.S.T. certified police officers with at least two years experience. Required training includes Radar, Field Sobriety Testing, Firearms, and Defensive Tactics.  The Chief of Police is Michael Stapleton, and his office can be reached at 706-864-1500.

DUI Penalties in Dahlonega

DUI Penalties in Dahlonega are similar to other jurisdictions throughout the State. There are certain minimum and maximum penalties for any DUI in Georgia.  However, there is a vast difference between the minimum consequence and the maximum possible consequences. That is why it is important to get the best possible legal counsel available.

To review the possible penalties and likely outcomes, visit our DUI penalties page on this website.  Keep in mind that your case will not defend itself and never assume you will receive the minimum sentence available. Never assume you will keep your license without the help of an attorney.

There is Hope if Arrested for DUI in Dahlonega

If you have been arrested, you are not automatically guilty.  In fact, many DUI cases are defendable and there are always potential alternatives to a DUI conviction.  Remember, you only have thirty days to protect your driving privilege.  Act now, and contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our Dahlonega DUI Attorneys look forward to helping you with your case.

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

Dahlonega DUI Resources

Dahlonega Municipal Court

Lumpkin County Sheriff

University of North Georgia Public Safety

Lumpkin County Clerk of Superior Court

North Georgia University Substance Abuse Information

Dahlonega Wikipedia

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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!