Georgia DUI by out of State Driver

Were You Arrested for DUI While Visiting Georgia?

Only a Georgia DUI Attorney Can Help!

If you have been arrested for DUI while being a resident of another State, you must take your arrest very seriously.  Your Georgia DUI arrest can cause you to not only lose your freedom, but it can also cause you to lose both your privilege to drive in Georgia and even your drivers license in your home state.  A conviction for DUI will be reported to your home state.  Act now to prevent a conviction for DUI and the loss of your drivers license.

You Have Options - There Are Defenses to Your Georgia DUI Case:

Georgia DUI Lawyer Richard Lawson is devoted to defending people who have visited Georgia and while here have received a DUI. It is important to realize that when an out of state driver gets a DUI in Georgia you are facing the criminal consequences in Georgia, issues regarding your privilege to drive in Georgia, and potential drivers license suspension in your home state (when the result is sent from Georgia to your home state).  So, it is essential to hire the best DUI Defense Attorney in Georgia to defend your case.You can read reviews of our office on AVVO.

Richard Lawson is a former DUI Prosecutor with more than 25 years of experience defending DUI cases in Georgia by out of state drivers.  He understand the issues related to out of state drivers and their unique concerns.  You have to act right away to begin your defense.  As with any Georgia DUI case, you only have 30 days to protect your ability to drive in Georgia.  Also the 30 day warning may also apply to your right to drive in your home state because many states will recognize a Georgia Administrative License Suspension.  That is why we sent a 30 day letter in all cases.

30 Day Warning!!

As with any DUI in Georgia, you only have 30 days from the date of your arrest to prevent the suspension of your right to drive in Georgia.  Your Georgia DUI Attorney must send a hearing request to the Department of Drivers Services for an ALS Hearing or you can choose to install an ignition interlock device.  If not, you will lose your privilege to drive in Georgia.  Also, many States will honor that suspension and suspend your drivers license at home.  Act Now!

One of the reasons you may find yourself reading this information is because you are facing Georgia DUI charges and you currently hold an out-of-state driver's license. If you hold an out-of-state driver's license, there are a few unique challenges to your case which may only be solved by consulting a Georgia DUI lawyer immediately. Georgia law only allows for the DUI suspension of a Georgia driver's license or, if you hold a license outside of the state of Georgia, the suspension of your driving privileges in the state. But beware!. In cases where a Georgia driver is able to obtain a limited driving permit, an out-of-state driver does not qualify. Further, Georgia will report the suspension to authorities in your home state which may have severe penalties for DUI there, even greater than Georgia's.

Our Experience is the Difference:

It is crucial to work with a Georgia DUI attorney following an arrest because officers may improperly advise out-of-state drivers about the consequences of a DUI charge on their out-of-state driver's license. This is one area that may provide ripe opportunity to challenge the statements and advice of the officer in court, possibly winning your case. In light of the unique circumstances that out-of-state drivers face when it comes to maintaining a valid driver's license, it is vital that a Georgia DUI lawyer is brought into your case immediately following your arrest. If you need a referral to a local attorney in your home state, we can help with that as well.

From One Arrest There is the Criminal Case and the Civil Case Administrative License Case:

Georgia DUI charges will lead to two separate prosecutions and two types of driver's license suspensions; the court case and administrative license suspensions. These suspensions can be puzzling and difficult to work through, so hiring our Georgia DUI lawyers to help may significantly help your case. It is often considered a wise decision to obtain a Georgia driver's license if you have moved into the state. Following an arrest however, this may not be possible until the administrative license suspension hold is removed. Our Georgia DUI attorneys are ready and able to guide you through this challenging situation.

In addition, if you are arrested in Georgia you can be punished just as anyone else.  You can receive punishments ranging from Jail-time, community service, fines and fees, mandatory counseling, and anything else the court deems appropriate.  You need to hire a Georgia DUI Attorney today to defend your rights.  When you are arrested for DUI, that does not mean you are guilty.  Never assume Guilt.  You have a right to fight your case and hire local counsel to protect your rights.

Our Office is the top-rated and most reviewed Georgia DUI Defense practice.  Read our reviews on AVVO.  Our attorneys are trained in Georgia breath, blood, urine, and field sobriety testing.  We are always available to help and calm your nerves.  Being arrested for DUI is a stressful event.  We are here to help.

A Georgia DUI Lawyer Can Help With Your Case

If you have visited Georgia and get a DUI, call a Georgia DUI Lawyer.  Contact Georgia DUI Attorney Richard Lawson 24/7 to protect your rights. We are hear 365 days a year because your rights do not take a take off, so we don't either.

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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



    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


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!