Dillard GA DUI Lawyer


Driving under the influence is a serious criminal offense, and a single DUI charge can have permanent ramifications. Many people mistakenly believe that the best option is to plead guilty and accept the penalties because DUI is usually a misdemeanor charge. However, this is not true. There are always defenses we can use for your case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation and see how we can help with your case.

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 Woodbury DUI Attorney to discuss whether the ALS hearing or the ignition interlock device is the best option for your case.

Nolo Pleas in Dillard DUI Cases

Many people ask if they can plead nolo for their DUI case. We want to take the time to explain what a Nolo plea is and where the best places to use them are.

The term nolo contendere translates to “I do not wish to contest.” In a legal setting, this means that you are not admitting you are guilty, but you are also not claiming to be innocent either. People use nolo pleas when they think there is a possibility they will not win their case. They chose to plead nolo to save them time and money without going to court while also not admitting guilt.

However, there are some things to consider before using a nolo plea in your case. First, you cannot use a nolo contender plea if you are under 21 years of age. With regard to DUI cases, you are unable to plead nolo if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was higher than .15. Lastly, you cannot plead nolo if you have been convicted of a DUI or entered a plea in a DUI case within the past five years.

It is also very important to understand that pleading nolo does not save you from the severe DUI penalties. It will not save your license from being suspended or avoid other penalties. When a person pleads nolo, they generally face similar penalties to if they were found guilty of the charge. Therefore, if a person pleads nolo to DUI, they will face penalties such as:

  • License suspension
  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • Community Service
  • Probation
  • Completion of a Drug or Alcohol Risk Reduction Course

Facts About Nolo Pleas in Georgia

  1. The judge is not required to accept the nolo plea. A judge can reject it for any legitimate reason.
  2. Insurance companies can still see nolo pleas on your driving record and may choose to raise your rates because of it.
  3. Pleading nolo does not add any points on your driving record.
  4. You can only use a nolo plea once every five years.
  5. There are situations where you can waste a nolo plea. It is critical to contact a Dillard GA DUI Lawyer if you are unsure whether a nolo plea is appropriate for your case.

In sum, do not plead nolo contendere without first going over all your options with an experienced DUI Attorney in Dillard GA. Nolo pleas can be very useful for people charged with misdemeanor traffic offenses.

Dillard GA Municipal Court

If you have been charged with DUI or another misdemeanor traffic offense within the city limits of Dillard, then your case will proceed to Dillard GA Municipal Court. The Court is located at 892 Franklin Street, Dillard, GA 30537. The Honorable Robert Sneed presides over the Court. If you need to contact the Court, call (706) 742-5891. Court is held on the last Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. 

Map to Dillard Municipal Court

Contact Us

Given the complexity of DUI cases and the factors to consider when pleading nolo, we highly recommend speaking with an attorney before entering a plea. There are numerous ways we can assist with your case and help you avoid these punishments. Call today and set up a free case evaluation.

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    I was scared of losing my license and jail time after being charged with hit and run and DUI. I placed my trust in Ms. Berry and she delivered. The hit and run was dropped, I was able to get a driving permit, and all other punishments were minimal. What a relief! I can't thank Kimberly enough. We... Read On

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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

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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!