Ephesus DUI Lawyer


Lawson and Berry and their team of DUI lawyers have over 50 combined years of experience. We represent clients all over the State of Georgia and are a top-rated DUI firm you can trust. Our experience is unparalleled and we are prepared to handle your DUI case, drug possession case, or other DUI related charge. Time is of the essence so call now for a free case evaluation.

30-Day Warning 

If arrested for DUI in Ephesus, Georgia, or elsewhere in Heard County, you only have thirty (30) days from the date of your arrest to file a request for an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing. Some people have the option to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle instead of requesting the ALS hearing. However, if the hearing is not requested or the device is not installed within the 30 days, then your Georgia's driver license will automatically be suspended.

If Charged with DUI in Ephesus, You Have Two Cases To Resolve

In Georgia, there are two separate cases in a driving under the influence (DUI) case. There is an administrative proceeding in which the Department of Drivers Services (DDS) attempts to suspend your license or your privileges to drive in Georgia. The second case is the criminal case where you face the possibility of jail time, a fine, and other penalties.

The DDS proceeding is started once you are arrested. In Georgia, you must request an Administrative License Hearing within 30 days of your arrest. This hearing is separate and distinct from your criminal case! Therefore, even if your criminal case is dismissed, if you failed to request an ALS hearing, your license will still be suspended. The hearing must be requested in writing with the $150 fee. Your Ephesus DUI attorney will explain this process to you and make sure your driving privileges are protected!

The other side of your case is the criminal case. In Georgia, DUI cases can be shared as a misdemeanor or a felony. This depends on whether one has any prior DUI convictions and whether there was an accident or an injury to another person. If a person has a prior DUI conviction, there are significant jail sentences that a judge can impose.

Our DUI Lawyers in Ephesus are prepared to handle both cases for you. We have decades of experience with ALS hearings and defending the DUI charge. We are skilled in negotiating plea bargains outside of court but also proficient in achieving an excellent outcome by taking a case to trial. No matter what your case needs, we are ready to assist.

Prescription Drug DUI

A number of our clients find themselves charged with a DUI due to taking prescription medicines. Prescription drug DUI charges have been on the rise over the past decades. Drivers are unaware of how their medications can affect them and then drive impaired. 

A prescription drug DUI can include over the counter medications, allergy medications, and other legal prescriptions. Many of our clients are under the false assumption that just because they take a legal prescription, it is okay to drive while taking it. Several medications can cause drowsiness that can cause them to drive impaired. As soon as your driving becomes impaired, the act comes illegal. Some types of drugs and the effects they can have on your driving include:

  • Prescription Painkillers: Drugs such as Percocet and Vicodin can cause intoxication.
  • Muscle Relaxers: Drugs that help with back or other muscle pain can cause severe drowsiness.
  • Cough Syrup: Most cough syrups contain codeine, which causes people to feel drowsy, sleepy, or dizzy.
  • Anxiety Medications: Drugs like Zoloft, Lexapro, Prozac, Buspirone, or Celexa may cause a driver to feel drowsy.
  • Nighttime Cold or Flu Medicine: These types of medicines contain chemicals intended to help you sleep.

Similarly to DUI alcohol, a charge does not mean you are guilty! While there are challenges when it comes to testing for impairment related to prescription drug DUIs, our DUI attorneys in Ephesus are skilled at finding applicable legal defenses. If you were charged with prescription drug DUI because you did not realize the side effects, we may be able to reduce your charge. This is especially true with first-time DUI drivers.

If you have been charged with prescription drug DUI in Ephesus or DUI alcohol, we can help. We exclusively practice DUI law and have an intimate knowledge of the laws surrounding these offenses. Call now and discover the options for your case. 

Ephesus Municipal Court

Ephesus Municipal Court is held at 24500 GA Highway 110, Roopville, GA 30217. The Honorable Emmett K. Harrod is the judge, and Linda Yearwood is the Clerk of Court. Call (770) 854-8616 for more information.

Map to Ephesus Municipal Court

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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

  • 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

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!